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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-04-23 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Global Views of Mars in late Northern Summer
PIA03755:
Global Views of Mars in late Northern Summer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-09-05 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Hellas Planitia
PIA04723:
Hellas Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-31 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Isidis Planitia
PIA04838:
Isidis Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-24 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Crater Cluster Near Pathfinder
PIA04886:
Crater Cluster Near Pathfinder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-13 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Clouds Near Mie Crater
PIA04930:
Clouds Near Mie Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-08 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Gullies in Galle
PIA05020:
Gullies in Galle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-22 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Amenthes Crater Cluster
PIA06326:
Amenthes Crater Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-07 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Rock Outcrops near Hellas
PIA06913:
Rock Outcrops near Hellas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-07 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Secondary Craters
PIA03019:
Secondary Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-09-16 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Fluidized Crater Ejecta Deposit
PIA01330:
Fluidized Crater Ejecta Deposit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
CRISM
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Oudemans Crater
PIA10947:
Oudemans Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-28 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows channels to the southeast of Hale crater on southern Mars. Channels associated with impact craters were once thought to be quite rare.
PIA12333:
Channels from Hale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-15 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
CTX
HiRISE
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This set of images from cameras on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter documents the appearance of a new cluster of impact craters on Mars. The orbiter has imaged at least 248 fresh craters, or crater clusters, on Mars.
PIA16928:
Fresh Cluster of Impact Craters on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-30 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This non-circular pit seen in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is due to a low angle impact from an asteroid or comet. The raised plateau west of the crater was where most of the impact debris landed.
PIA17626:
Martian Thunderbird
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Many types of craters exist on Mars. Most are generated by impacts of asteroids and comets. However, in this image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the craters may be due to steam explosions.
PIA17673:
Cratered Cones in Tartarus Montes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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If the atmosphere of Mars contains methane, various possibilities have been proposed for where the methane could come from and how it could disappear.
PIA16461:
Potential Sources and Sinks of Methane on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-15 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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MESSENGER's First Look at Mercury's Previously Unseen Side
PIA10172:
MESSENGER's First Look at Mercury's Previously Unseen Side
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-24 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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Counting Mercury's Craters
PIA10191:
Counting Mercury's Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-02-21 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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Craters with Dark Halos on Mercury
PIA10602:
Craters with Dark Halos on Mercury
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-26 Mercury MESSENGER
MASCS
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Exploring Mercury's
PIA11076:
Exploring Mercury's "Tail"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-20 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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This Erosion
PIA14202:
This Erosion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-28 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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I Melt With You
PIA14843:
I Melt With You
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-29 Mercury MESSENGER
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Model of Polar Ice Deposit Formation
PIA16519:
Model of Polar Ice Deposit Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-21 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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Oblique Impacts in Color
PIA17415:
Oblique Impacts in Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-14 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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MESSENGER's First Images of Comets Encke and ISON
PIA17693:
MESSENGER's First Images of Comets Encke and ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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A Tale of Two Comets: ISON
PIA17740:
A Tale of Two Comets: ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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A Tale of Two Comets: Encke
PIA17741:
A Tale of Two Comets: Encke
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-08-05 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Common Craters (Earth and Eros)
PIA02953:
Common Craters (Earth and Eros)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-19 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.
PIA17811:
NEOWISE's Next Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-07 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA17829:
NEOWISE's New Find
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-28 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured images of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. The infrared pictures reveal a comet that is active and very dusty.
PIA17833:
NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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Comet NEOWISE was first observed by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft on Valentine's Day, 2014. This heat-sensitive infrared image was made by combining six exposures taken by the NEOWISE mission of the newly discovered comet.
PIA18032:
An Infrared portrait of Comet NEOWISE (C/2014 C3)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-03 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured this series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies on May 20, 2014.
PIA18460:
Infrared View of a Comet and Distant Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) first looked like an asteroid when NASA's NEOWISE team first observed it on December 31, 2013. These exposures were taken that day, when the comet was at a distance of about 2.9 AU from the sun.
PIA18652:
NEOWISE Spots Comet Catalina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spotted Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina), appearing to be a highly active comet one day past perihelion on July 7, 2014.
PIA18653:
NEOWISE Spies Activity on Comet Catalina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-07 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission detected comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on July 28, 2014, less than three months before this comet's close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.
PIA18593:
NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring a Second Time
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-23 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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These images, taken by NASA's black-hole hunter, NuSTAR, are the first, focused high-energy X-ray views of the area surrounding the supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A*, at the center of our galaxy.
PIA16213:
First Look at Milky Way's Monster in High-Energy X-ray Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
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Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).
PIA17664:
U.S. Instruments Aboard Rosetta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
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Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.
PIA17666:
Rosetta at Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
VLT
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This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.
PIA17667:
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Oct. 5, 2013
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-27 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 21, 2014, by the narrow-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).
PIA17795:
Rosetta's Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-27 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 20, 2014, by the wide-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).
PIA17796:
Rosetta Images its Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This still from a sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moving against the background star field.
PIA18376:
Rosetta's Comet Comes Alive Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Comet Rosetta
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.
PIA18516:
Rosetta Closing In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-17 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This observation from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has a two-part shape. The image on the left is from OSIRIS; the image on the right is enhanced with interpolated data.
PIA18402:
Rosetta Mission's Destination: Comet 67P/Churnyumov-Gerasimenko
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-17 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet
PIA18403:
Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was imaged by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on July 20, 2014, from a distance of approximately 3,400 miles (5,500 kilometers). These three images were taken two hours apart.
PIA18418:
Rosetta Approach Tripych: Comet 67P
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken on July 14, 2014, by the OSIRIS imaging system aboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft have allowed scientists to create this three-dimensional shape model of the nucleus.
PIA18419:
Rotating Shape Model of Rosetta's Comet Target Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seen with ESA'S OSIRIS onboard the Rosetta spacecraft, shows the hazy circular structure to the right and center of the coma is an artifact due to overexposure of the nucleus.
PIA18422:
Rosetta's Comet: Imaging the Coma
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This view from the OSIRIS instrument onboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimernko from a distance of 1,210 miles (1950 kilometers).
PIA18423:
Comet 67P from 1,200 Miles Away
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 3, 2014, from a distance of 177 miles (285 kilometers). The image resolution is 17 feet (5.3 meters) per pixel.
PIA18641:
Rosetta's Comet from 177 Miles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the 'base' of the 'body' section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS on August 6, 2014.
PIA18642:
Rosetta's Target Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus.
PIA18596:
Comet Surface Variations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-09-13 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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Shaded Relief with Height as Color, Iturralde Structure, Bolivia
PIA03359:
Shaded Relief with Height as Color, Iturralde Structure, Bolivia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-09-26 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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Stereo Pair with ASTER Image, Iturralde Structure, Bolivia
PIA03363:
Stereo Pair with ASTER Image, Iturralde Structure, Bolivia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-09-26 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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This anaglyph, from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, is of the Iturralde Structure, Bolivia, a possible impact crater. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA03362:
Anaglyph: Shaded Relief and Height as Brightness, Iturralde Structure, Bolivia
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-01-27 Earth Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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Space Radar Image of the Yucatan Impact Crater Site
PIA01723:
Space Radar Image of the Yucatan Impact Crater Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-04-15 Earth Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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Space Radar Image of Possible String of Impact Creaters
PIA01831:
Space Radar Image of Possible String of Impact Creaters
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-04-15 Earth Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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Space Radar of Image Aorounga Impact Crater, Chad
PIA01833:
Space Radar of Image Aorounga Impact Crater, Chad
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
IRAC
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This archival image from 2003 captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, an elongated dark globule within the emission nebula IC 1396 in the constellation of Cepheus.
PIA04935:
Multi-Wavelength Views of Protostars in IC 1396
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope has obtained the first infrared images of the dust disc surrounding Fomalhaut, the 18th brightest star in the sky.
PIA04942:
Circumstellar Disk Around Fomalhaut
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an image of an unusual comet that experiences frequent outbursts, which produce abrupt changes in brightness.
PIA04943:
Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann I
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-09 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The Helix nebula exhibits complex structure on the smallest visible scales. It is composed of gaseous shells and disks puffed out by a dying sun-like star.
PIA03294:
The Infrared Helix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-10 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the broken Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 skimming along a trail of debris left during its multiple trips around the sun.
PIA08452:
A Million Comet Pieces
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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The potential planet-forming disk (or 'protoplanetary disk') of a sun-like star is being violently ripped away by the powerful winds of a nearby hot O-type star in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA01319:
A Star's Close Encounter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-12 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.
PIA09178:
Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-13 Holmes Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this picture of comet Holmes in March 2008, five months after the comet suddenly erupted and brightened a millionfold overnight.
PIA11228:
Anatomy of a Busted Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-27 Epsilon Eridani Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows the closest known planetary system to our own, called Epsilon Eridani. Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the system hosts two asteroid belts.
PIA11375:
Double the Rubble (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-05 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three of the many fragments making up Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3. The picture also provides the best look yet at the crumbling comet's trail of debris.
PIA08438:
Comet Stepping Stones
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates how silicate crystals like those found in comets can be created by an outburst from a growing star. The image shows a young sun-like star encircled by its planet-forming disk of gas and dust. Animation available.
PIA12008:
Silicate Crystal Formation in the Disk of an Erupting Star (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-04 HR 8799 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this infrared image of a giant halo of very fine dust around the young star HR 8799, located 129 light-years away in the constellation Pegasus.
PIA12336:
A Picture of Unsettled Planetary Youth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This artist's concept illustrates a tight pair of stars and a surrounding disk of dust, most likely the shattered remains of planetary smashups. Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the scientists found dusty evidence for such collisions.
PIA13346:
Circle of Planetary Ashes (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-27 Epsilon Eridani Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's diagram based on observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope compares the Epsilon Eridani system to our own solar system. The two systems are structure
PIA11376:
Young Solar System in the Making (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-30 Carina Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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These false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the 'South Pillar' region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula.
PIA03515:
All Pillars Point to Eta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the nasty effects of living near a group of massive stars: radiation and winds from the massive stars (white spot in center) are blasting planet-making material away from stars like our sun.
PIA11726:
Devastated Stellar Neighborhood
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This figure charts 30 hours of observations taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of a strongly irradiated exoplanet (an planet orbiting a star beyond our own). Spitzer measured changes in the planet's heat, or infrared light.
PIA11390:
Light from Red-Hot Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-11 G29-38 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates a comet being torn to shreds around a dead star, or white dwarf, called G29-38. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a cloud of dust around this white dwarf that may have been generated from comet disruption.
PIA03652:
Comet 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows microscopic crystals in the dusty disk surrounding a brown dwarf, or 'failed star.' The crystals, made up of a green mineral found on Earth called olivine, are thought to help seed the formation of planets.
PIA03048:
Sowing the Seeds of Planets? (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 69830 (upper line) has a very similar composition to that of Comet Hale-Bopp.
PIA07852:
Super-Comet or Big Asteroid Belt?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Bright, young disks can be imaged directly by visible-light telescopes, such as NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Older, fainter debris disks can be detected only by infrared telescopes like NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which sense the disks' dim heat.
PIA07099:
The Evolution of a Planet-Forming Disk (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Encke Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the comet Encke riding along its pebbly trail of debris (long diagonal line) between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
PIA07222:
Riding a Trail of Debris
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rocky Earth-like planet is forming around one of the stars.
PIA09931:
Birth of an Earth-like Planet (Artist Xoncept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently captured these infrared images of six older stars with known planets. The yellow, fuzzy blobs are stars circled by disks of dust, or 'debris disks,' like the one that surrounds our own Sun.
PIA07098:
Is There Anybody Home?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist concept based on data from NASA' Spitzer Space Telescope, depicts a quadruple-star system called HD 98800. The system is approximately 10 million years old, and is located 150 light-years away in the constellation TW Hydrae.
PIA09939:
Evidence for Strange Stellar Family (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image depicts a faraway solar system like our own except for one big difference. Planets and asteroids circle around not one, but two suns. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such solar systems may be common in the universe.
PIA09229:
Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have revealed that mature planetary systems -- dusty disks of asteroids, comets and possibly planets -- are more frequent around close-knit twin, or binary, stars than single stars like our sun.
PIA09228:
Alien Sunset (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have, for the first time, found signatures of silicate crystals around a newly forming protostar in the constellation of Orion.
PIA14100:
Cosmic Fountain of Crystal Rain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared detectors.
PIA14739:
It's Raining Comets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Comet Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's animation depicts one of the most widely accepted theories pertaining to the origin of comets. This image is courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA02107:
Genesis of a Comet (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this image, an artistic version of a hot Jupiter inspired by computer simulations has been inserted into a photo showing a Spitzer researcher, Heather Knutson, in a laboratory.
PIA17008:
An Astronomer's Fantasy: Planets in the Lab
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of C/2012 S1 (Comet ISON) were taken on June 13, when ISON was 310 million miles (about 500 million kilometers) from the sun.
PIA17251:
Spitzer Eyes Comet ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-10 Comet Spitzer Space Telescope
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With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.
PIA17443:
Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-11-05 Annefrank Stardust
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Stardust Image of Asteroid Annefrank
PIA02885:
Stardust Image of Asteroid Annefrank
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-02 Wild 2 Stardust
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Comet Wild 2 Up Close and Personal
PIA05571:
Comet Wild 2 Up Close and Personal
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
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Comet Wild 2 - Stereo Image Pair
PIA05579:
Comet Wild 2 - Stereo Image Pair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-17 Wild 2 Stardust
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Wild 2: If You Were There
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Wild 2: If You Were There
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-17 Wild 2 Stardust
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Wild 2 Features
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Wild 2 Features
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-17 Wild 2 Stardust
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Wild 2 Close Look
PIA06285:
Wild 2 Close Look
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Stardust Returns to Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Stardust Returns to Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Stardust Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
PIA03182:
Stardust Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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