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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Comet Siding Spring appears to streak across the sky like a superhero in this new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The comet, also known as C/2007 Q3, was discovered in 2007 by observers in Australia.
PIA12830:
Visitor from Deep Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Is it a bird, or a plane? No, it's comet Siding Spring streaking across the sky, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA12836:
Ablaze with Infrared Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-11 P/2010 B2 (WISE) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The red smudge at the center of this image is the first comet discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The comet is a dusty mass of ice and parades around the sun every 4.7 years.
PIA12449:
First Comet Seen by WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-23 2010 AB78 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The red dot at the center of this image is the first near-Earth asteroid discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE -- an all-sky mapping infrared mission designed to see all sorts of cosmic objects.
PIA12499:
First of Many Asteroid Finds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Asteroid Belt Bird's Eye View
PIA12469:
Asteroid Belt Bird's Eye View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-26 C/2008 Q3 (Garradd) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a mosaic of 3 individual WISE frames spanning an area on the sky about 7 times the size of the full Moon in portions of the constellations Bootes and Canes Venatici.
PIA12985:
M3 & Comet Garradd
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-25 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image shows asteroids observed so far by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13113:
Scanning for Asteroids and Comets Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer features comet 65/P Gunn. Comets are balls of dust and ice left over from the formation of the solar system. The comet's tail is seen here in red trailing off to the right of the comet's nucleus.
PIA13115:
WISE Catches Comet 65P/Gunn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-04 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This frame from a video demonstrates how NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer surveys asteroids and comets in the solar system. Perspective shown here is looking down from high above Earth's North Pole, a kind of bird's eye view of the solar system.
PIA13435:
Asteroid and Comet Census from WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-05 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This visitor from deep space, seen here by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, is comet Hartley 2, the destination for NASA's EPOXI mission. The comet's tail is seen here as a fuzzy streak to the right of the comet.
PIA13438:
Icy Visitor from Beyond
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The Sculptor galaxy, or NGC 253, is seen in a rainbow of infrared colors in this mosaic by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The Sculptor galaxy can be seen by observers in the southern hemisphere with a pair of good binoculars.
PIA13440:
The Many Infrared 'Personalities' of the Sculptor Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-01 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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During its one-year mission, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, mapped the entire sky in infrared light. Among the multitudes of astronomical bodies that have been discovered by the NEOWISE portion of the WISE mission are 20 comets.
PIA13457:
Comets WISE -- A Family Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-05 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This stellar object is called Spitzer 073425.3-465409, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; the cloud CG4 might be imagined as a cosmic alligator eating its way across the sky.
PIA14108:
Cosmic Alligator Eats its Way through the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A large spiral galaxy dominates this view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The galaxy, often called the Pinwheel galaxy, was designated object 101 in astronomer Charles Messier's catalog of fuzzy things in the sky that are not comets.
PIA14403:
M 101: The Pinwheel Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has led to revisions in the estimated population of near-Earth asteroids. The most accurate survey to date has allowed new estimates of the total numbers of objects in different size categories.
PIA14734:
WISE Revises Numbers of Asteroids Near Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This is a mosaic of the images covering the entire sky as observed by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), part of its All-Sky Data Release. In this mosaic, the Milky Way Galaxy runs horizontally across the map.
PIA15481:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky
Full Resolution:     TIFF (150.9 MB)     JPEG (6.828 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This mosaic of images covering the entire sky was observed by NASA's WISE telescope and is part of its All-Sky Data Release. The projection used in this image of the sky is called an 'equirectangular.'
PIA15482:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky -- Rectangular Format
Full Resolution:     TIFF (150 MB)     JPEG (7.365 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows the NASA's WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth. In September of 2013, engineers will attempt to bring the mission out of hibernation to hunt for more asteroids and comets in a project called NEOWISE.
PIA17254:
NEOWISE: Back to Hunt More Asteroids (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.
PIA17990:
What WISE Can and Cannot See
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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An artist's concept illustrates the positions of the Voyager spacecraft in relation to structures formed around our Sun by the solar wind.
PIA04927:
Voyager Approaches Final Frontier (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-28 Voyager
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This graphic shows the different streams of charged particles inside the bubble around our sun and outside, in the unexplored territory of interstellar space. The heliosheath, where NASA's two Voyager spacecraft are now traveling, is shown in red.
PIA13898:
Streams of Charged Particles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.
PIA17046:
Voyager Goes Interstellar (Artist Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (49.32 MB)     JPEG (3.534 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 1998-06-08 Mars Viking
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Hellas Planitia
PIA00416:
Hellas Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-09-17 Earth Terra
ASTER
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This image of Iturralde Crater, Bolivia was acquired on June 29, 2001 by NASA's Terra satellite.
PIA03859:
Iturralde Crater, Bolivia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-12-19 Earth Terra
MISR
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Decked out in reds, greens, blues and whites, this image captured by NASA's Terra satellite March 8, 2001 highlights the Canadian province of New Brunswick.
PIA03436:
Christmas Mountains Wrapped in Holiday Colors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-27 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image is the first taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft's navigation camera. The observations were made on Jan. 18 and 19, 2011. Stardust will fly within about 200 kilometers (124 miles) of the comet's nucleus.
PIA13829:
NASA Comet Hunter Spots its Valentine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
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Artist concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13847:
Stardust-NExt (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-14 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image was taken by NASA's Stardust navigation camera 42 hours before its encounter with comet Tempel 1. The spacecraft is due to encounter the comet in the evening hours of Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13851:
NASA Spacecraft Hours from Comet Encounter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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These two images show the different views of comet Tempel 1 seen by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft (left) and NASA's Stardust spacecraft (right).
PIA13859:
Tempel 1, as Seen by Two Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the area affected by the impactor released by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft in July 2005.
PIA13856:
Tempel 1 Impact Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image mosaic shows four different views of comet Tempel 1 as seen by NASA's Stardust spacecraft as it flew by on Feb. 14, 2011. The images progress in time beginning at upper left, upper right, to lower left, then lower right.
PIA13860:
Four Views of Comet Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image obtained by NASA's Stardust spacecraft shows a side of the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 that has never been seen before; three terraces of different elevations are visible, with dark, banded scarps, or slopes, separating them.
PIA13861:
New Territory on Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Comet Tempel 1 in Stereo (reversed)
PIA13870:
Comet Tempel 1 in Stereo (reversed)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This pair of images shows the area affected by the impactor released by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft in July 2005.
PIA13857:
Comet Tempel 1, in Context
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image shows the surface of comet Tempel 1 before and after NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the comet in 2005. The region was imaged by Deep Impact before the collision (left), then six years later on by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission.
PIA13869:
Comet Tempel 1 Six Years Later
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
PIA13873:
Tempel 1 Impact Site (unannotated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This anaglyph shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA13872:
Deep Impact Site in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This pair of images shows a before-and-after comparison of the area on comet Tempel 1 targeted by an impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft in July 2005.
PIA13858:
Deep Impact's Effect on Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).
PIA13862:
Changes to Smooth Terrain (Annotated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).
PIA13863:
Changes to Smooth Terrain (Unannotated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-15 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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NASA's Stardust-NExT mission transmitted the first image it took during its approach to comet Tempel 1 at 8:35 p.m. PST (11:35 p.m. EST) on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13853:
Comet Tempel 1 as Seen by NASA's Stardust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
PIA13855:
Tempel 1 Impact Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This series of images shows the area where NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. The view zooms in as the images progress from top left to right, and then bottom left to right.
PIA13868:
Before the Deep Impact Collision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
PIA13871:
Comet Tempel 1 in Stereo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-17 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed
PIA13867:
Stardust Swoops by Tempel 1 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-11-05 Annefrank Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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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
Stardust Navigation Camera
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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
Stardust Navigation Camera
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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
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Wild 2: If You Were There
PIA06283:
Wild 2: If You Were There
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-17 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Wild 2 Features
PIA06284:
Wild 2 Features
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Stardust Navigation Camera
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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)
PIA03181:
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Stardust Comet Wild 2 Encounter (Artist's Concept)
PIA03183:
Stardust Comet Wild 2 Encounter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Particle Tracks in Aerogel
PIA03186:
Particle Tracks in Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Earth Stardust
Stardust Capsule
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The capsule contains cometary and interstellar samples 
gathered by the Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03669:
Sample Return Capsule
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
Stardust Capsule
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The capsule contains cometary and interstellar samples 
gathered by the Stardust spacecraft. Here, the capsule is being lifted at the landing site
PIA03670:
Lifting Sample Return Capsule
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
Stardust Capsule
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This image shows the return capsule inside a protective covering. The capsule, which landed at 2:10 a.m. Pacific time (3:10 a.m. Mountain time), contains cometary and interstellar samples gathered by the Stardust spacecraft
PIA03671:
Stardust Sample Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-20 Stardust
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View of a Cometary Impact Into Aerogel
PIA03683:
View of a Cometary Impact Into Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-21 Stardust
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Making Celestial Tracks
PIA02188:
Making Celestial Tracks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-21 Stardust
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Slice of Comet Dust
PIA02189:
Slice of Comet Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-21 Stardust
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Piece of a Comet
PIA02190:
Piece of a Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-21 Stardust
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Comet Ejecta in Aerogel
PIA02191:
Comet Ejecta in Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-11-05 Annefrank Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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False colors emphasize the variations in surface brightness on asteroid Annefrank, as seen in an image taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft during a Nov. 2, 2002 flyby of the asteroid.
PIA02886:
Annefrank Near Closest Approach
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-24 Annefrank Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image shows the three small worlds NASA's Stardust spacecraft encountered during its 12 year mission. Stardust performed a flyby of asteroid Annefrank in 2002, Comet Wild in 2004, and Tempel 1 in 2011.
PIA13943:
Stardust's Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-06 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image was taken during the close approach phase of NASA's Stardust's Jan 2, 2004 flyby of comet Wild 2. It is a distant side view of the roughly spherical comet nucleus.
PIA05004:
Comet Wild 2 - Stardust Approach Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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NASA's	Stardust Navigation Camera captured this anaglyph of the comet Wild 2. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA05580:
Comet Wild 2 - Anaglyph
Full Resolution:     TIFF (6.111 MB)     JPEG (185 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image was taken by the navigation camera during the close approach phase of Stardust's Jan 2, 2004 flyby of comet Wild 2. Several large depressed regions can be seen. Comet Wild 2 is about five kilometers (3.1 miles) in diameter.
PIA05578:
Comet Wild 2 - Jet Release
Full Resolution:     TIFF (11.5 MB)     JPEG (320.8 kB)
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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 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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