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Mars Rover Curiosity Photos (November 2012-March 2013)

Curiosity Rovers 1st Mars Sample Drill Site (Raw Color)

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) to take the images combined into this mosaic of the drill area, called "John Klein." The rover conducted its first sample drilling on Feb. 8, 2013.

Close-Up After Preparatory Test of Drilling on Mars

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

After an activity called the "mini drill test" by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera recorded this close-up view of the results during the 180th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (Feb. 6, 2013). [Full Story]

Preparatory Drill Test Performed on Mars

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

In an activity called the "mini drill test," NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its drill to generate this ring of powdered rock for inspection in advance of the rover's first full drilling (Feb. 6, 2013). Image released Feb. 7, 2013. [Full Story]

First Night Image of MAHLI Calibration Target Under Ultraviolet Lights

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This image of a calibration target illuminated by ultraviolet 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.

Curiosity's Drill in Place for Load Testing Before Drilling

NASA/JPL-Caltech

The percussion drill in the turret of tools at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has been positioned in contact with the rock surface in this image from the rover's front Hazard-Avoidance Camera (Hazcam). The drill was positioned for pre-load testing, and the Hazcam recorded this image during the 170th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Jan. 27, 2013).

MAHLI's First Night Imaging of Martian Rock, White Lighting

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This image of a Martian rock 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. MAHLI took the images on Jan. 22, 2013 (PST).

MAHLI's First Night Imaging of Martian Rock Under Ultraviolet Lighting

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This image of a Martian rock illuminated by ultraviolet 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. MAHLI took the images on Jan. 22, 2013 (PST).

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.

'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.

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