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Favorite Images From Mars

  • Using Gravity to Map Mars' Crustal Thickness
  • For a Decade Orbiting Mars: One Recent View
  • Wind at Work
  • Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars
  • Strata at Base of Mount Sharp
  • Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply
  • Minerals at Gale Crater: Curiosity's Home
  • Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater
  • Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015 (Figure 1)
  • Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars (Figure 1)
  • Mars Orbiter Sees Curiosity Rover in 'Artist's Drive'
  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp
  • Yardangs in Arsinoes Chaos, Mars
  • Martian 'Blueberries'
  • Frost on Crater Slope
  • Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
  • An Enigmatic Feature in Athabasca Lava Flows
  • Dunes and Ripples in Nili Patera
  • You Are My 'Hole' World!
  • Weird Crater
  • Activity in Martian Gully
  • Feathery Ridges
  • Endeavour Crater on Mars
  • Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope
  • Frost in Dune Shadows
  • Craters in an Icy Surface
  • You made a big impact on me!
  • Gale Crater Erosion
  • Colorful Dunes
  • Mars Global View of Valles Marineris
  • Polygonal Sand Dunes
  • Curiosity's Stars and Stripes
  • Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
  • A Glimpse of Mt. Sharp
  • Landing on Mars!
  • Hands Held High
  • The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars
  • A Martian Sunset
  • Dust Devils on Mars
  • East Rim of Endeavour Crater
  • Martian Mosaic
  • A Wild Assortment of Jumbled Rocks
  • Northern Ice Cap of Mars
  • A Gem of a Find
  • Crater on North Polar Layered Deposits
  • Mars' Moon Phobos
  • Phoenix and the American Flag on Mars
  • Defrosting Polar Sand Dunes
  • 'Victoria Crater' at Meridiani Planum
  • Rover Selfie of Solar Panels
  • Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes
  • Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain
  • Tharsis Volcano
Using Gravity to Map Mars' Crustal Thickness For a Decade Orbiting Mars: One Recent View Wind at Work Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars Strata at Base of Mount Sharp Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply Minerals at Gale Crater: Curiosity's Home Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015 (Figure 1) Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars (Figure 1) Mars Orbiter Sees Curiosity Rover in 'Artist's Drive' Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp Yardangs in Arsinoes Chaos, Mars Martian 'Blueberries' Frost on Crater Slope Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock' An Enigmatic Feature in Athabasca Lava Flows Dunes and Ripples in Nili Patera You Are My 'Hole' World! Weird Crater Activity in Martian Gully Feathery Ridges Endeavour Crater on Mars Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope Frost in Dune Shadows Craters in an Icy Surface You made a big impact on me! Gale Crater Erosion Colorful Dunes Mars Global View of Valles Marineris Polygonal Sand Dunes Curiosity's Stars and Stripes Curiosity Leaves Its Mark A Glimpse of Mt. Sharp Landing on Mars! Hands Held High The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars A Martian Sunset Dust Devils on Mars East Rim of Endeavour Crater Martian Mosaic A Wild Assortment of Jumbled Rocks Northern Ice Cap of Mars A Gem of a Find Crater on North Polar Layered Deposits Mars' Moon Phobos Phoenix and the American Flag on Mars Defrosting Polar Sand Dunes 'Victoria Crater' at Meridiani Planum Rover Selfie of Solar Panels Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain Tharsis Volcano

Mars: Press Release Images

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This stereo view from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows contrasting textures and tones of "Hinners Point," at the northern edge of "Marathon Valley," and brighter outcrop on the valley floor to the left.
'Hinners Point' Above Floor of 'Marathon Valley' on Mars (Stereo)
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This Martian scene shows contrasting textures and colors of "Hinners Point," at the northern edge of "Marathon Valley," and swirling reddish zones on the valley floor to the left.
'Hinners Point' Above Floor of 'Marathon Valley' on Mars (Enhanced Color)
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This Martian scene shows contrasting textures and colors of "Hinners Point," at the northern edge of "Marathon Valley," and swirling reddish zones on the valley floor to the left.
'Hinners Point' Above Floor of 'Marathon Valley' on Mars
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This artists concept illustrates a Martian dust storm, which might also crackle with electricity.
Illustration of a Martian Dust Storm
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Artist's impression depicting the separation of the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, named Schiaparelli, from the Trace Gas Orbiter, and heading for Mars.
Schiaparelli Separating From the Trace Gas Orbiter
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Large-scale crossbedding in the sandstone of this ridge on a lower slope of Mars' Mount Sharp is typical of windblown sand dunes that have petrified. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Mastcam to capture this vista on Aug. 27, 2015. Similarly textured sandstone is common in the U.S. Southwest.
Vista from Curiosity Shows Crossbedded Martian Sandstone
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This view combines information from two instruments on a NASA Mars orbiter to map color-coded composition over the shape of the ground within the Nili Fossae plains region of Mars. Carbonate-rich deposits in this area (coded green) hold some carbon formerly in the atmosphere's carbon dioxide.
Rocks Here Sequester Some of Mars' Early Atmosphere
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Researchers estimating the amount of carbon held in the ground at the largest known carbonate-containing deposit on Mars utilized data from five instruments on three different NASA Mars orbiters, including physical properties from THEMIS (left) and mineral information from CRISM (right).
Multiple Instruments Used for Mars Carbon Estimate
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Researchers estimating the amount of carbon held in the ground at the largest known carbonate-containing deposit on Mars utilized data from five instruments on three different NASA Mars orbiters, including physical properties from THEMIS (left) and mineral information from CRISM (right).
Multiple Instruments Used for Mars Carbon Estimate (Labeled)
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This view of a test rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California results from advance testing of arm positions and camera pointings for taking a low-angle selfie of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. The rehearsal led to a dramatic Aug. 5, 2013, selfie of Curiosity by the rover's MAHLI camera.
Test at JPL Prepares for Mars Rover's Low-Angle Selfie
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Curiosity's DAN instrument for checking hydration levels in the ground beneath the rover detected an unusually high amount at a site near "Marias Pass," prompting repeated passes over the area to map the hydrogen amounts. This map shows color-coded results from multiple traverses over the area.
Curiosity Finds Hydrogen-Rich Area of Mars Subsurface
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This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin." Bright powder from that July 30, 2015, drilling is visible in the foreground.
Looking Up at Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Buckskin' Selfie
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This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from Aug. 5, 2015, shows the vehicle above the "Buckskin" rock target in the "Marias Pass" area of lower Mount Sharp. The MAHLI camera on Curiosity's robotic arm took dozens of images that were stitched together into this sweeping panorama.
Curiosity Low-Angle Self-Portrait at 'Buckskin' Drill Site
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This version of a self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at a drilling site called "Buckskin" is presented as a stereographic projection, which shows the horizon as a circle. The MAHLI camera on Curiosity's robotic arm took dozens of component images for this selfie on Aug. 5, 2015.
Round-Horizon Version of Curiosity's Low-Angle Selfie
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Spacecraft specialists at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, prepare NASA's InSight spacecraft for vibration testing as part of assuring that it is ready for the rigors of launch from Earth and flight to Mars.
Preparing NASA's InSight Spacecraft for Vibration Test
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The heat shield is suspended above the rest of the InSight spacecraft in this image taken July 13, 2015, in a spacecraft assembly clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
InSight Aeroshell Coming Together
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In this photo, NASA's InSight Mars lander is stowed inside the inverted back shell of the spacecraft's protective aeroshell. It was taken on July 13, 2015, in a clean room of spacecraft assembly and test facilities at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, during preparation for vibration testing of the spacecraft.
NASA's InSight Lander in Spacecraft's Back Shell
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In this photo, a spacecraft specialist prepares NASA's InSight spacecraft for thermal vacuum testing in the flight system's "cruise" configuration for its 2016 flight to Mars.
Preparing NASA's InSight for Space Simulation Testing
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This artist's concept from August 2015 depicts NASA's InSight Mars lander fully deployed for studying the deep interior of Mars.
Artist's Concept of InSight Lander on Mars (Labeled)
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This artist's concept from August 2015 depicts NASA's InSight Mars lander fully deployed for studying the deep interior of Mars.
Artist's Concept of InSight Lander on Mars
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NASA's next mission to Mars, the InSight lander, will study the deep interior of Mars to advance understanding of the early history of all rocky planets, including Earth.
Your Name Could Go to Mars Aboard NASA's InSight Lander
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Among the many discoveries by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter since the mission was launched on Aug. 12, 2005, are seasonal flows on some steep slopes, possibly shallow seeps of salty water. This July 21, 2015, image from the orbiter's HiRISE camera shows examples within Mars' Valles Marineris.
Seasonal Flows in Mars' Valles Marineris
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This photo simulation shows a laboratory-created "chemical garden," which is a chimney-like structure found at bubbling vents on the seafloor.
Harnessing Electricity from 'Chemical Gardens'
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A laboratory-created "chemical garden" made of a combination of black iron sulfide and orange iron hydroxide/oxide is shown in this photo.
Patchwork 'Chemical Garden'
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NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover drilled this hole to collect sample material from a rock target called "Buckskin" on July 30, 2015, about a week prior to the third anniversary of the rover's landing on Mars. The diameter is slightly smaller than a U.S. dime.
Hole at 'Buckskin' Drilled Days Before Landing Anniversary
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