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Amazing Mars Photos by NASA's Curiosity Rover (Latest Images)

First Night Image of MAHLI Calibration Target in White Lighting

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This image of a calibration target illuminated by white-light LEDs (light emitting diodes) is part of the first set of nighttime images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. Image released Jan. 24, 2013.

Blast Zone Created by Curiosity Rover's Sky Crane

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the blast zone created by the Curiosity rover's "sky crane" descent stage as it appeared in August 2012, just after Curiosity touched down.

'John Klein' Site Selected for Curiosity's Drill Debut

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This view shows the patch of veined, flat-lying rock selected as the first drilling site for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. Image released Jan. 15, 2013.

Diversity in Vicinity of Curiosity's First Drilling Target

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this contextual view of the vicinity of the location called "John Klein," selected as Curiosity's first drilling site. Image released Jan. 15, 2013.

Windblown Sand from the 'Rocknest' Drift

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired close-up views of sands in the "Rocknest" wind drift to document the nature of the material that the rover scooped, sieved and delivered to the Chemistry and Mineralogy Experiment (CheMin) and the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) in October and November 2012. The picture on the left shows some of the variety of coarse sand grains observed on a portion of the Rocknest wind drift. The picture on the right shows a magnified view of the fraction of smaller sand grains examined by Curiosity. Image released Dec. 3, 2012.

Veins in 'Sheepbed' Outcrop

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This image of an outcrop at the "Sheepbed" locality, taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover with its right Mast Camera (Mastcam), shows show well-defined veins filled with whitish minerals, interpreted as calcium sulfate. Image released Jan. 15, 2013.

Veins in Rocks on Mars and Earth

NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRAP/LPGNantes/CNRS/LGLyon/Planet-Terre

This set of images shows the similarity of sulfate-rich veins seen on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover to sulfate-rich veins seen on Earth. Image released Jan. 15, 2013.

Curiosity Rover Uses Brush on Mars

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the patch of rock cleaned by the first use of the rover's Dust Removal Tool (DRT). The rover brushed the rock clean on Jan. 6, 2013. [Full Story]

Martian Rock Brushed Clean: Curiosity Close-Up

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows details of rock texture and color in an area where the rover's Dust Removal Tool (DRT) brushed away dust that was on the rock. Image taken on Jan. 6, 2013. [Full Story]

Snake River Rock on Mars by Curiosity

NASA/JPL-Caltech

The sinuous rock feature in the lower center of this mosaic of images recorded by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is called "Snake River." Image taken Dec. 20, 2012.

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