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Image description: This image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover’s drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover’s scoop. 
In planned subsequent steps, the sample will be sieved, and portions of it delivered to the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument and the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument. The scoop is 1.8 inches (4.5 centimeters) wide.
Image from NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Image description: This image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover’s drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover’s scoop.

In planned subsequent steps, the sample will be sieved, and portions of it delivered to the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument and the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument. The scoop is 1.8 inches (4.5 centimeters) wide.

Image from NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Image description: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden greets Lucas Yaroschuk, 3, of Arlington, Va., during a stargazing event at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School in Arlington, Va. on November 7, 2013. 
Photo by Jay Westcott, NASA.

Image description: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden greets Lucas Yaroschuk, 3, of Arlington, Va., during a stargazing event at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School in Arlington, Va. on November 7, 2013. 

Photo by Jay Westcott, NASA.

Image description: NASA’s Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. It launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41 on November 18.
Learn more about MAVEN.
Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA.

Image description: NASA’s Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. It launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41 on November 18.

Learn more about MAVEN.

Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA.

Image description: On the left, bright green auroras appear to emanate from the largest glacier in Iceland as if it’s a volcano. On the right, clouds appear tinged with the green light reflecting from the auroras.
Photo from NASA.

Image description: On the left, bright green auroras appear to emanate from the largest glacier in Iceland as if it’s a volcano. On the right, clouds appear tinged with the green light reflecting from the auroras.

Photo from NASA.

Image description: This “Moon Ahead” sign is posted outside launch Pad-OA at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. You can see the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard, in the background.
Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA.

Image description: This “Moon Ahead” sign is posted outside launch Pad-OA at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. You can see the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard, in the background.

Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA.