marscuriosity While investigating the lower rock layers (~500ft/150m) of Mount Sharp (#AeolisMons), #Curiosity used its #FocusMerge technology to obtain a clear closeup image of the sedimentary rock layers. It is believed that these layers were once part of a lake bed tens of millions of years ago. This #MAHLI color focus merge was performed by Curiosity itself on Sol 828 (2014-12-05 03:05:40 UTC) 3w

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marscuriosity Having reached the base of Mount Sharp (#AeolisMons), #Curiosity captured this image of its rocky surroundings using its Right-side #MastCam on Sol 796 (2014-11-02 00:38:32 UTC). Instagram contrast enhanced photo, no filters. 1mon

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marscuriosity Parked at the foot of Mount Sharp (#AeolisMons), #Curiosity uses its Right-side 'B' #NavCam to image this dune-textured sea of wind blown sand on Sol 777 (2014-10-13 13:47:20 UTC). Instagram contrast enhanced photo. 2mon

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marscuriosity At the base of Mount Sharp (#AeolisMons), #Curiosity images an interesting junction of clean layered rock and sand dune. It is here that Curiosity will deploy its hammer drill to collect specimens for analysis. This image was taken by Left-side 'B' #NavCam on Sol 759 (2014-09-24 22:42:00 UTC) 3mon

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marscuriosity On 11-Sept-2014 #Curiosity finally reached the central peak of Gale Crater, Mount Sharp (#AeolisMons), which rises 5.5km/3.4mi high from the valley floor. Damage to Curiosity's 0.75mm thick aluminum wheels (7.5mm treads) is evident. They were designed to last the 10-20km distance of Curiosity's prime mission. This image was taken by the 'Left-side' #MastCam on Sol 744 (2014-09-09 14:09:12 UTC) 3mon

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marscuriosity Using its 'Right-side' #MastCam, #Curiosity images the differing sand patterns surrounding a standalone rock outcropping. This contrasting sand pattern indicates the area is exposed to winds from a multitude of directions. This image was taken on Sol 707 (2014-08-02 12:51:13 UTC) 4mon

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marscuriosity During travel through an area of fine-grain Martian sand, Curiosity stopped to perform some experiments upon it and take a photo of the powder-like consistency. This image was taken by the 'Left-side' #MastCam on Sol 673 (2014-06-28 18:05:35 UTC) 5mon

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marscuriosity Taking a series of photos with its Mars Hand Lens Imager #MAHLI, Curiosity shot this self-portrait on Sol 613 (27-Apr-14) and 627 (12-May-14) at the windswept and sandstone strewn 'Windjana' experiment area. If you look where Curiosity's #MastCam is pointed, you'll see the dust and drill holes that were created on Sol 627 by the hammering drill. The 24-Jun-14 marks the one Martian year (687 Earth days) anniversary of Curiosity landing on Mars. 6mon
  •   svegeau Вау! Спасибо! @paninebaluy 3mon
  •   oman901 What is holding the camera?!! 2mon
  •   cloudatlasnetwork Self portrait? Smoke and mirrors maybe @oman901 ? 2mon
  •   __kath @cloudatlasnetwork @oman901 it uses more than one camera and then splices it together. 1mon
  •   cloudatlasnetwork @oman901 @__kath I follow this gallery not knowing whether it really, truly is an official website for Mars Curiosity and note this well: this image has been posted on another gallery quite some time ago. Experimental out-of-camera and digital manipulation, without stating it as a part of the process as with filters, is deception as any professional photographer will tell you. In theory, American taxes give Americans the right to know. They paid the piper to sing the song so what's that tune? @marscuriosity 1mon
  •   __kath @cloudatlasnetwork You're really over-thinking this. The rover has multiple cameras so you can achieve 360 views and/or eliminate the sight of the robotic arm that holds the camera. It doesn't cost you any more money either way, so it's really not anything that has to do with your taxes. 1mon
  •   saharascorpion This is so awesome! 3w
  •   wowpao Next time they should put a flying gopro in there 1w

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marscuriosity Looking back over its left-side, Curiosity images its tracks which indicate a turn maneuver occurring in the recent past. In the far distance is the rim of Gale Crater. On the deck of Curiosity you see the flat hexagonal shaped high gain antenna (160 to 800 bits per second speed to the Deep Space Network) and the circular Radiation Assessment Detector #RAD. This image was taken by the Right-side 'B' #NavCam on Sol 658 (2014-06-13 07:12:05 UTC) 6mon

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marscuriosity Curiosity has been drilling & laser zapping (#ChemCam) the sandstone around itself these past weeks. However, Curiosity took a break from experiments to image this landscape shot of its immediate wind-swept surroundings. This Instagram contrast-enhanced image was taken by the 'Left-side' #MastCam on Sol 632 (2014-05-17 14:05:35 UTC). 7mon

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marscuriosity Curiosity's aluminum wheels are slowly being damaged as the rover drives over sharp rocks such as these. An alternative course has been plotted and driving the course in reverse is sometimes used to help minimize the ongoing damage. This image was taken by the 'Right-side' #MastCam on Sol 590 (2014-04-04 11:56:15 UTC). 8mon

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marscuriosity While driving to its current science destination, Curiosity pointed its Right-side 'B' #NavCam toward its rear deck capturing this contrasty image of the hills of Gale Crater and its immediate surroundings. This image was taken on Sol 569 (2014-03-13 21:38:38 UTC) 9mon
  •   bionicdave Would be very eerie if you panned back to reveal it's actually the surface of Bruno Mars.. 9mon
  •   litalsun Wow 9mon
  •   boingybanditbill "Contrasty"? 9mon
  •   atanas91 U have hd cameras in color onboard why dont u surprise us with some photos 9mon
  •   3diu So much technology and we still see black and white pics. 9mon
  •   gillie666 Wow images from mars 9mon
  •   thebohmie There's the fish I planted in the desert just to the left. 9mon
  •   stobeliuz Having read tons of scifi about Mars - especially as a kid in the eighties - and now seeing the surface for real in such detail is really amazing. 9mon

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marscuriosity While driving toward Mount Sharp (#Aeolis Mons) #Curiosity stops to use its 'Left-side' #MastCam to image an area named "Junda". The next waypoint is an area of greater rock striation known as "Kimberly" where further science investigations will take place. This image was taken by the 'Left-side' #MastCam on Sol 546 (2014-02-18 05:06:44 UTC) 10mon

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marscuriosity While driving toward its long-term goal of Mount Sharp, Curiosity encountered a dune of very dense fine sand. Luckily, #Curiosity was designed to operate in these powder-like sand consistencies. This image was taken by the 'Left-side' #MastCam on Sol 532 (2014-02-03 18:42:46 UTC) 11mon

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marscuriosity Taking time away from its Martian experiments, #Curiosity points its 'Left-side' #MastCam towards the sky and images the illuminated third planet from the sun approximately 99 million mi / 159 million km away. If you look closely in the upper-middle of the image you will see a small dot which is Earth... from Mars. This is a composite of a series of images taken on Sol 529 (2014-01-31 22:20 through 22:25 UTC) and adjusted for cosmic ray aberration. 11mon

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marscuriosity Using its 120' field of view #HazCam (front-left 'B'), #Curiosity snaps a ground perspective of its ongoing experiments. Above and to the left of the rover's arm shadow, you can see the slope of Mount Sharp rising in the distance. This Instagram contrast enhanced photo was taken on Sol 520 (2014-01-22 10:34:36 UTC) 11mon

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marscuriosity Curiosity turns its Left-side #MastCam on itself, capturing the dust that's been collecting on the rover. The MastCam system provides multiple spectra and true-color imaging with two cameras (8GB of flash storage per camera). The cameras can take true-color images at 1600×1200 pixels (~2 megapixels) and up to 10 frames per second of hardware-compressed, video at 720p (1280×720 WXGA-H) quality. This image was taken on Sol 493 (2013-12-25 09:28:51 UTC) 11mon

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marscuriosity Taking a pause from experiments, Curiosity inspects its sampling drill. With the ability to bore & sample up to 65mm deep, a 16mm tungsten-carbide tip installed atop its 4340 steel shaft turns rock into dust. The 'sample exit tube' can be seen just to the left of the drill head. This exit tube pours rock dust into #Curiosity's analysis equipment. This image was taken by the Right-side #MastCam on Sol 486 (2013-12-18 12:08:06 UTC) 12mon
  •   kochnev_na Боже мой, да всем похуй!!! 12mon
  •   kaifehler @francesco At least they know the difference between "there" and "their". 12mon
  •   richardharris0n @francesc0bilotta this is not an official NASA instagram account. It says that in the bio. Maybe the enthusiast who started this account has a job to do, a family to tend to. Maybe you should start your own feed? 12mon
  •   akraneiry What is a function of little funnel on the left side? 12mon
  •   omarc6 I took like to pause to check my sampling drill.... 12mon
  •   marscuriosity The 'little funnel' receives the rock dust that the drill bores from its holes. It is then funneled into Curiosity's analysis equipment. @akraneiry 11mon
  •   hame_che_darhame @sadf.12 3mon

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marscuriosity Curiosity takes some time away from its rock/soil experiments to use its Right-side 100mm 'zoom' #MastCam to image the hilly features of Mount Sharp (#Aeolis Mons). This image was taken on Sol 467 (2013-11-29 02:27:20 UTC) 1y

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marscuriosity With Gale Crater in the background, #Curiosity lowered its robotic arm to take this undercarriage inspection shot using its Mars Hand Lens Imager #MAHLI. Instagram contrast enhanced photo. This image was taken on Sol 463 (2013-11-24 22:18:55 UTC) 1y

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