Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site.'Cumberland' Target Drilled by Curiosity.Cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. The image was taken at a target called "Whale Rock" within the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.This illustration depicts a lake of water partially filling Mars' Gale Crater.
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Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSNASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
'Cumberland' Target Drilled by Curiosity.NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. It was taken Nov. 2, 2014, at a target called "Whale Rock" within the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
This illustration depicts a lake of water partially filling Mars' Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater's northern rim. Evidence of ancient streams, deltas and lakes that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover mission has found in the patterns of sedimentary deposits in Gale Crater suggests the crater held a lake such as this more than three billion years ago, filling and drying in multiple cycles over tens of millions of years.NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS
Mission name: MSL

Mars Science Laboratory

MSL’s Curiosity rover is studying whether or not Mars ever had environments capable of supporting microbial life.

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