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Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. A Martian dust storm has reduced sunlight and visibility around the planet, including at the rover's location in Gale Crater. Hide Caption. Did you miss me? Take a look back at what the rover has been up to these past five years, including this selfie it took on January 19, Curiosity has temperature and humidity sensors mounted on its mast.
Calculations in based on Curiosity's measurements indicate that Mars could be dotted with tiny puddles of salty water at night. The Mars rover Curiosity does a test drill on a rock dubbed "Bonanza King" to determine whether it would be a good place to dig deeper and take a sample. But after the rock shifted, the test was stopped.
Wheel tracks from Curiosity are seen on the sandy floor of a lowland area dubbed "Hidden Valley" in this image. A portion of the rock was outlined by NASA scientists. Curiosity took this nighttime photo of a hole it drilled May 5 to collect soil samples. NASA said this image combines eight exposures taken after dark on May This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon, taken by Curiosity, includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky.
Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth. A human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright "evening stars. The lower slopes of "Mount Sharp" are visible at the top of this image, taken on July 9, The turret of tools at the end of the rover's arm, including the rock-sampling drill in the lower left corner, can also be seen. The rock on the left, called "Wopmay," was discovered by the rover Opportunity, which arrived in on a different part of Mars.
Iron-bearing sulfates indicate that this rock was once in acidic waters. On the right are rocks from "Yellowknife Bay," where rover Curiosity was situated.
These rocks are suggestive of water with a neutral pH, which is hospitable to life formation. Curiosity shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill.
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The image was taken by Curiosity's mast camera on February 20, The rover drilled this hole, in a rock that's part of a flat outcrop researchers named "John Klein," during its first sample drilling on February 8, Curiosity's first set of nighttime photos include this image of Martian rock illuminated by ultraviolet lights.
Curiosity used the camera on its robotic arm, the Mars Hand Lens Imager, to capture the images on January 22, A view of what NASA describes as "veined, flat-lying rock. Curiosity used a dust-removal tool for the first time to clean this patch of rock on the Martian surface on January 6, The Mars rover Curiosity recorded this view from its left navigation camera after an foot eastward drive on November 18, Three "bite marks" made by the rover's scoop can be seen in the soil on Mars surface on October 15, The robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity delivered a sample of Martian soil to the rover's observation tray for the first time on October 16, This image shows what the rover team has determined to be a piece of debris from the spacecraft, possibly shed during the landing.
The rover's scoop contains larger soil particles that were too big to filter through a sample-processing sieve. After a full-scoop sample had been vibrated over the sieve, this portion was returned to the scoop for inspection by the rover's mast camera. Curiosity cut a wheel scuff mark into a wind-formed ripple at the "Rocknest" site on October 3, This gave researchers a better opportunity to examine the particle-size distribution of the material forming the ripple.
NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for what scientists believe was an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here. The rounded shape leads the science team to conclude they were transported by a vigorous flow of water. The grains are too large to have been moved by wind. Curiosity completed its longest drive to date on September 26, The rover moved about feet east toward the area known as "Glenelg.
This image shows the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with the first rock touched by an instrument on the arm. The photo was taken by the rover's right navigation camera. The image was used to see whether it had been caked in dust during the landing.
Researchers also used the mast camera to examine the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the rover to inspect its dust cover and check that its LED lights were functional. In this image, taken on September 7, , the imager is in the center of the screen with its LED on. The main purpose of Curiosity's imager camera is to acquire close-up, high-resolution views of rocks and soil from the Martian surface. This is the open inlet where powdered rock and soil samples will be funneled down for analysis. The image is made up of eight photos taken on September 11, , by the imager and is used to check that the instrument is operating correctly.
This is the calibration target for the imager. This image, taken on September 9, , shows that the surface of the calibration target is covered with a layor of dust as a result of the landing. The calibration target includes color references, a metric bar graphic, a penny for scale comparison, and a stair-step pattern for depth calibration. In the distance is the lower slope of "Mount Sharp.
The image was taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager camera. The rover captured this mosiac of a rock feature called 'Snake River" on December 20, Sub-image one of three shows the rover and its tracks after a few short drives. Tracking the tracks will provide information on how the surface changes as dust is deposited and eroded. Sub-image two shows the parachute and backshell, now in color. The outer band of the parachute has a reddish color.
Sub-image three shows the descent stage crash site, now in color, and several distant spots blue in enhanced color downrange that are probably the result of distant secondary impacts that disturbed the surface dust. The image shows "Mount Sharp" on the Martian surface. NASA says the rover will go to this area. The Mars rover Curiosity moved about 15 feet forward and then reversed about 8 feet during its first test drive on August 22, The rover's tracks can be seen in the right portion of this panorama taken by the rover's navigation camera.
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Curiosity moved its robot arm on August 20, , for the first time since it landed on Mars. This picture shows the 7-foot-long arm holding a camera, a drill, a spectrometer, a scoop and other tools. The arm will undergo weeks of tests before it starts digging. With the addition of four high-resolution Navigation Camera, or Navcam, images, taken on August 18, The pastor asked him how in the world that could be his favorite passage.
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