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Mars Rover Curiosity Photos: Aug.-Sept. 2012

First Image From Curiosity's Arm Camera With Dust Cover Open

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

The reclosable dust cover on Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) was opened for the first time during the 33rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars. This image was taken Sept. 8, 2012.

Martian Ground Seen by Arm Camera With and Without Dust Cover

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

As the last step in a series of inspections of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, this camera's reclosable dust cover was opened for the first time during the 33rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars. This image was taken Sept. 8, 2012.

Dissecting the Scene of Sky Crane Crash

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

After a rocket-powered descent stage, also known as the sky crane, delivered NASA's Curiosity rover to Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT), 2012, it flew away and fell to the surface. Possible multiple impacts from that collision are revealed in blue in this enhanced-color view taken by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Panorama of Curiosity's Belly Check

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

This view of the lower front and underbelly areas of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines nine images taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 34th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Sept. 9, 2012).

Sealed Organic Check Material on Curiosity

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity carries five cylindrical blocks of organic check material for use in a control experiment if the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory detects any organic compounds in samples of Martian soil or powdered rock. This image was taken Sept. 9, 2012.

A Piece of New Mexico on Mars

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

A sample of basaltic rock from a lava flow in New Mexico serves as a calibration target carried on the front of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity for the rover's Canadian-made Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) instrument. This image was taken Sept. 9, 2012.

'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Close-Up View

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

This is the highest-resolution view that the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired of the top of a rock called "Bathurst Inlet." This is a merged-focus view combining information from a set of eight images taken by MAHLI at different focus settings during Curiosity's 54th Martian day, or sol (Sept. 30, 2012).

Martian Streambed Evidence Rock in 3-D

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This stereo image from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a rock outcrop called "Hottah," cited as evidence for vigorous flow of water in a long-ago Martian stream. The scene covers an area roughly 1 yard or meter across at the near edge. This imahe was taken on Sept. 15, 2012.

'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Context View

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity held its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera about 10.5 inches (27 centimeters) away from the top of a rock called "Bathurst Inlet" for a set of eight images combined into this merged-focus view of the rock. This image was taken Sept. 30, 2012.

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