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JPL News's Snapshots

  1. Shiny Object

    Snapshot Title: Shiny Object
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity has found numerous shiny objects like this one that most likely are pieces of debris shed during the rover's parachute deployment and landing.



  2. Shaler

    Snapshot Title: Shaler
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    This is the area where Curiosity found finely layered rocks like those that form in sandy places on Earth.



  3. Dune Field

    Snapshot Title: Dune Field
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity will have to find her way through dune fields of dark-colored sand on her way to Mt. Sharp.



  4. Shiny Rocks

    Snapshot Title: Shiny Rocks
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    The shine on these rocks results from sunlight reflecting off of areas where wind has swept away the dust.



  5. John Klein

    Snapshot Title: John Klein
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    This site inside Yellowknife Bay was where Curiosity used her drill for the first time.



  6. Rocknest

    Snapshot Title: Rocknest
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity made her first scoops at this location called Rocknest.



  7. Distant Crater Rim

    Snapshot Title: Distant Crater Rim
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    The rim of Gale Crater can been seen during two different periods in this snapshot. The left part of the image was taken on Sol 75, while the hazy right image was taken 25 days later on Sol 100.



  8. Broken Rock

    Snapshot Title: Broken Rock
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity drove over this rock, breaking it apart.



  9. Wheel Tracks

    Snapshot Title: Wheel Tracks
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    These chevron-like patterns are made by Curiosity's aluminum, 20-inch (0.5 meter) diameter wheels.



  10. Hill Near Mt. Sharp

    Snapshot Title: Hill Near Mt. Sharp
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    This closeup shows a hill near the base of Mt. Sharp and the Gale Crater rim beyond.



  11. Yellowknife Bay

    Snapshot Title: Yellowknife Bay
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity performed her first drill activities at this area called Yellowknife Bay.



  12. Bird-Shaped Rock

    Snapshot Title: Bird-Shaped Rock
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Wind erosion has shaped this Mars rock into something resembling a bird from this point of view.



  13. JPL in Morse Code

    Snapshot Title: JPL in Morse Code
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    If you look closely, you'll see JPL in Morse code in Curiosity's wheel print: . J . - - - P . - - . L . - . .



  14. Laser Shots

    Snapshot Title: Laser Shots
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity made this "L" shaped laster pattern with her ChemCam tool.



  15. Landing Site

    Snapshot Title: Landing Site
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity's Bradbury Landing site is just over this ridge. (Can you spot the rover's tracks?)



  16. Rock for Scale

    Snapshot Title: Rock for Scale
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    This rock is about 17 inches by 10.5 inches (44 centimeters by 27 centimeters) -- about the size of two sheets of paper side-by-side.



  17. Mount Sharp

    Snapshot Title: Mount Sharp
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - Gamma Version
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity's ultimate destination is this 3-mile-high (5-kilometer-high) mountain.



  18. Shiny Object

    Snapshot Title: Shiny Object
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity has found numerous shiny objects like this one that most likely are pieces of debris shed during the rover's parachute deployment and landing.



  19. Shaler

    Snapshot Title: Shaler
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    This is the area where Curiosity found finely layered rocks like those that form in sandy places on Earth.



  20. Dune Field

    Snapshot Title: Dune Field
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity will have to find her way through dune fields of dark-colored sand on her way to Mt. Sharp.



  21. Shiny Rocks

    Snapshot Title: Shiny Rocks
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    The shine on these rocks results from sunlight reflecting off of areas where wind has swept away the dust.



  22. John Klein

    Snapshot Title: John Klein
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    This site inside Yellowknife Bay was where Curiosity used her drill for the first time.



  23. Rocknest

    Snapshot Title: Rocknest
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity made her first scoops at this location called Rocknest.



  24. Distant Crater Rim

    Snapshot Title: Distant Crater Rim
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    The rim of Gale Crater can been seen during two different periods in this snapshot. The left part of the image was taken on Sol 75, while the hazy right image was taken 25 days later on Sol 100.



  25. Broken Rock

    Snapshot Title: Broken Rock
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity drove over this rock, breaking it apart.



  26. Wheel Tracks

    Snapshot Title: Wheel Tracks
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    These chevron-like patterns are made by Curiosity's aluminum, 20-inch (0.5 meter) diameter wheels.



  27. Hill Near Mt. Sharp

    Snapshot Title: Hill Near Mt. Sharp
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    This closeup shows a hill near the base of Mt. Sharp and the Gale Crater rim beyond.



  28. Yellowknife Bay

    Snapshot Title: Yellowknife Bay
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity performed her first drill activities at this area called Yellowknife Bay.



  29. Bird-Shaped Rock

    Snapshot Title: Bird-Shaped Rock
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Wind erosion has shaped this Mars rock into something resembling a bird from this point of view.



  30. JPL in Morse Code

    Snapshot Title: JPL in Morse Code
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    If you look closely, you'll see JPL in Morse code in Curiosity's wheel print: . J . - - - P . - - . L . - . .



  31. Laser Shots

    Snapshot Title: Laser Shots
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity made this "L" shaped laster pattern with her ChemCam tool.



  32. Landing Site

    Snapshot Title: Landing Site
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity's Bradbury Landing site is just over this ridge. (Can you spot the rover's tracks?)



  33. Rock for Scale

    Snapshot Title: Rock for Scale
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    This rock is about 17 inches by 10.5 inches (44 centimeters by 27 centimeters) -- about the size of two sheets of paper side-by-side.



  34. Mount Sharp

    Snapshot Title: Mount Sharp
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: Curiosity's Billion Pixel Panorama - White Balanced
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Curiosity's ultimate destination is this 3-mile-high (5-kilometer-high) mountain.



  35. Mobility Test Rover

    Snapshot Title: Mobility Test Rover
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: NASA Summer of Innovation Kickoff (5)
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Mobility Test Rover for Curiosity on the Mall at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory



  36. Mars Exploration Rover

    Snapshot Title: Mars Exploration Rover
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: NASA Summer Of Innovation (4)
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Test rover rock-crushing on the mall at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory



  37. Curiosity Mars Rover

    Snapshot Title: Curiosity Mars Rover
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: NASA Summer Of Innovation Kickoff (3)
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    Camera Mast with ChemCam, Mastcam and Navigation Cameras



  38. Students discuss Mars Images

    Snapshot Title: Students discuss Mars Images
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: NASA Summer Of Innovation Kickoff (1)
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    On the Mall at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory



  39. Curiosity Rover Model and Astronaut Leland Melvin

    Snapshot Title: Curiosity Rover Model and Astronaut Leland Melvin
    Taken by: JPL News

    Image: NASA Summer of Innovation Kickoff (2)
    Image Owner: JPL News



    Description:

    On the Mall at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory