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Exploring Mars with rovers Curiosity and Opportunity

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This pair of images from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the upper portion of a windblown deposit dubbed 'Rocknest.' The rover team recently commanded Curiosity to take a scoop of soil from a region located out of frame. The soil was then analyzed with the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument, or CheMin. The colors in the image at left are unmodified, showing the scene as it would appear on Mars. The image at right has been white-balanced to show what the same area would look like under the lighting conditions on Earth. The rounded rock located in the upper center of the images is about eight inches across.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/The Herald-Times/AP

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