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The mission team for NASA's long-lived Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will be awarded the Haley Space Flight Award.

"Late Afternoon Shadows at Endeavour Crater on Mars" NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in this dramatically lit view eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars. The rover used the panoramic camera (Pancam) between about 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. local Mars time to record images taken through different filters and combined into this mosaic view.

Out-of-this-World Records This chart illustrates comparisons among the distances driven by various wheeled vehicles on the surface of Earth's moon and Mars. Of the vehicles shown, the NASA Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity are still active and the totals for those two are distances driven as of May 15, 2013.

Southbound Opportunity, June 2013 This map of a portion of the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars shows the path of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity as the rover is driving from the "Cape York" segment of the rim to its next destination, the "Solander Point" segment......

Opportunity Pausing at a Bright Outcrop on Endeavour Rim, Sol 3854 NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is continuing its traverse southward on the western rim of Endeavour Crater during the fall of 2014, stopping to investigate targets of scientific interest along way. This view is from Opportunity's front hazard avoidance camera on Nov. 26, 2014, during the 3,854th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars. This camera is mounted low on the rover and has a wide-angle lens.


Dusty Mars Rover's Self Portrait

Dusty Mars Rover's Self Portrait This self portrait from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows dust accumulation on the rover's solar panels as the mission approached its fifth Martian winter. The dust reduces the rover's power supply, and the rover's mobility is limited until the winter is over or wind cleans the panels.

The scientists and engineers of NASA's Curiosity rover mission have selected the first driving destination for their one-ton, six-wheeled mobile Mars laboratory.

Blocky Rock is Exam Target for Mars Rover Opportunity The flat-faced rock near the center of this image is a target for contact investigation by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in early March 2015. The rock includes a target called "Sergeant Charles Floyd," for the quartermaster of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Site of Curiosity's Second Bite of Mount Sharp Gray cuttings from drilling by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover into a target called "Mojave 2" are visible surrounding the sample-collection hole in this image from the rovers' Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera. This site in the "Pink Cliffs" portion of the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop provided the mission's second drilled sample of layered rock forming the base of Mount Sharp.

Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling Site NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the camera at the end of its arm in April and May 2014 to take dozens of component images combined into this self-portrait where the rover drilled into a sandstone target called "Windjana." The camera is the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), which previously recorded portraits of Curiosity at two other important sites during the mission: "Rock Nest"


Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site, Cropped

NASA - Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site, Cropped

Check out this infographic I found on NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory website


Sunset on Mars

On May 19, 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover's 489th Martian day, or sol.