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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 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 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 2009-10-15 Sol (our sun) Cassini-Huygens
MIMI
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As the solar wind flows from the sun, it creates a bubble in space known as the
PIA12310:
The Bubble of Our Solar System Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-02 Comet Hubble Space Telescope
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Superficially resembling a skyrocket, Comet ISON is hurtling toward the Sun at a whopping 48,000 miles per hour in this still from a Hubble animation.
PIA17483:
Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-02 Hale-Bopp Hubble Space Telescope
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
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Hubble Images of Comet Hale-Bopp
PIA01289:
Hubble Images of Comet Hale-Bopp
Full Resolution:     TIFF (1.289 MB)     JPEG (124.7 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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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 1998-08-03 Hyakutake Hubble Space Telescope
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
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Hubble Probes Inner Region of Comet Hyakutake
PIA01290:
Hubble Probes Inner Region of Comet Hyakutake
Full Resolution:     TIFF (1.269 MB)     JPEG (77.61 kB)
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 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 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 1998-03-26 Ganymede Galileo
Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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The left image is an airbrush map of the surface of Ganymede from NASA's Voyager data. The small square shows the location of Antum crater, target of the image from NASA's Galileo spacecraft on the right.
PIA00854:
Antum Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-06-26 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
THEMIS
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Claritas Fossae
PIA03833:
Claritas Fossae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-05-21 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
THEMIS
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Uzboi Vallis, Nirgal Vallis, and Luki Crater
PIA03765:
Uzboi Vallis, Nirgal Vallis, and Luki Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-05-23 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
THEMIS
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Degraded Crater Rim
PIA03788:
Degraded Crater Rim
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-05-21 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
THEMIS
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Naktong Valles
PIA03762:
Naktong Valles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-06-17 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
THEMIS
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Syrtis Major
PIA03823:
Syrtis Major
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-11 Europa Galileo
Near Infra-Red Mapping Spectrometer
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This image, using data from NASA's Galileo mission, shows the first detection of clay-like minerals on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.
PIA17658:
Clay Prints on Europa
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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 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 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 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 1998-06-04 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Nine Galileo Views in Natural Color of Main-Belt Asteroid Ida
PIA00330:
Nine Galileo Views in Natural Color of Main-Belt Asteroid Ida
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-06-04 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Nine Galileo Views in Exaggerated Color of Main-Belt Asteroid Ida
PIA00331:
Nine Galileo Views in Exaggerated Color of Main-Belt Asteroid Ida
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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 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 2003-05-09 Borrelly Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Star Tracker
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Artist's Concept of Deep Space 1 Encounter with Comet Borrelly
PIA04496:
Artist's Concept of Deep Space 1 Encounter with Comet Borrelly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-09-05 Comet Hubble Space Telescope
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Hubble measured the size, shape and rotational period of the Rosetta mission's backup target, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G).
PIA17484:
3-D Models of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's Nucleus
Full Resolution:     TIFF (4.609 MB)     JPEG (103 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-18 1439x1080x3
Researchers are brewing up icy, organic concoctions in the lab to mimic materials at the edge of our solar system and beyond. The lab is shown at right, and a very young solar system, with its swirling planet-forming disk is at left.
PIA15805:
Ice from the Solar System's Edge (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-03-26 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer
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Comets and Enceladus - Similar Chemistry
PIA10357:
Comets and Enceladus - Similar Chemistry
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-02 Borrelly Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Ion Engine
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Deep Space 1 Using its Ion Engine (Artist's Concept)
PIA04604:
Deep Space 1 Using its Ion Engine (Artist's Concept)
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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 2011-02-16 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
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 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 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 1986-03-14 Comet 1836x961x3
In 1986, the European spacecraft Giotto became one of the first spacecraft ever to encounter and photograph the nucleus of a comet, passing and imaging Halley's nucleus as it receded from the sun.
PIA17485:
Comet Halley
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-21 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts a comet-like tail of a possible disintegrating super Mercury-size planet candidate as it transits, or crosses, its parent star, named KIC 12557548. The results are based on data from NASA's Kepler mission.
PIA15629:
Possible Disintegrating Planet (Artist's Concept)
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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 2011-02-16 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 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 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 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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (5.888 MB)     JPEG (98.12 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-23 Phoebe Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Phoebe Hi-Resolution Mosaic
PIA06073:
Phoebe Hi-Resolution Mosaic
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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 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 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 2009-09-21 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Alternating light and dark bands, extending a great distance across Saturnís D and C rings taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft one month before the planetís August 2009 equinox.
PIA11664:
Extensive Spiral Corrugations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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Fab Five
PIA13576:
Fab Five
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image montage shows comet Hartley 2 as NASA's EPOXI mission approached and flew under the comet. The images progress in time clockwise, starting at the top left.
PIA13577:
Flying Under Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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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 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 4565, one of the nearest and brightest galaxies not included in the famous list by 18th-century comet hunter Charles Messier.
PIA17246:
Galaxy's Pencil-Thin Profile
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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 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 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 2008-06-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
CRISM
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Oudemans Crater
PIA10947:
Oudemans Crater
Full Resolution:     TIFF (7.073 MB)     JPEG (217.1 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer discovered an exceptionally long comet-like tail of material trailing behind Mira -- a star that has been studied thoroughly for about 400 years.
PIA09961:
Mira's Tail There All Along
Full Resolution:     TIFF (7.544 MB)     JPEG (471.7 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-21 1600x1600x3
This is an artist's conception of a solar-system montage of the eight planets, a comet and an asteroid.
PIA10969:
Solar System Montage with Eight Planets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-29 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's Rings (Artist's Concept)
PIA03550:
Saturn's Rings (Artist's Concept)
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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 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 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 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 1998-02-04 Io Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Landscape Comparisons - Galilean Satellites
PIA00743:
Landscape Comparisons - Galilean Satellites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-23 Jupiter Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
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This map shows the distribution of water in the stratosphere of Jupiter as measured with the Herschel space observatory. White and cyan indicate highest concentration of water, and blue indicates lesser amounts.
PIA17006:
Distribution of Water in Jupiter's Stratosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-23 Jupiter Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This is a composite photo, assembled from separate images of Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, as imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 1994.
PIA17007:
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Approaching Jupiter in 1994
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-12-18 Io Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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High Resolution Global View of Io
PIA00583:
High Resolution Global View of Io
Full Resolution:     TIFF (9.084 MB)     JPEG (400.9 kB)
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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (10.85 MB)     JPEG (235.8 kB)
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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (9.179 MB)     JPEG (359.4 kB)
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 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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (12.02 MB)     JPEG (377.8 kB)
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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (12.08 MB)     JPEG (1.312 MB)
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
Full Resolution:     TIFF (16.99 MB)     JPEG (1.246 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Encke Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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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 2009-09-21 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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New insights into the nature of Saturnís rings are revealed in this panoramic mosaic of 15 images taken during the planetís August 2009 equinox, taken by NASA's Cassini Orbiter.
PIA11670:
Ring Scan Spilling Secrets
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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 1998-09-15 J Rings Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Jupiter's Main and Gossamer Ring Structures
PIA01628:
Jupiter's Main and Gossamer Ring Structures
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-21 Deep Impact
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Deep Impact on Launch Pad
PIA07292:
Deep Impact on Launch Pad
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-09-15 J Rings Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Jupiter's Inner Satellites and Ring Components
PIA01627:
Jupiter's Inner Satellites and Ring Components
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-11 Europa Galileo
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This artist's concept shows a possible explosion resulting from a high-speed collision between a space rock and Jupiter's moon Europa.
PIA17657:
Hit Hard: Possible Collision at Europa (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-02 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1 (Artist's Concept)
PIA03516:
Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1 (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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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 2012-04-12 Herschel Space Observatory
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New data from the Herschel Space Observatory suggest comets are constantly smashing together around the star Fomalhaut, a young star, just a few hundred million years old, and twice as massive as the sun.
PIA15425:
Herschel Spots Comet Massacre Around Nearby Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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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 2004-03-18 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
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-05 Tempel 1 EPOXI
Herschel Space Observatory
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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New measurements from NASA's Herschel Space Observatory have discovered water with the same chemical signature as our oceans in a comet called Hartley 2 (pictured at right). The image at bottom right is an artist's concept of a comet.
PIA14738:
The Same Here as There
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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
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-10 Comet Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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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 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
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NGC 520
PIA10390:
NGC 520
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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 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 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 2009-11-20 Cassini-Huygens
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Bubble of Our Sun's Influence
PIA12375:
Bubble of Our Sun's Influence
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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 2006-01-09 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 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This enhanced image, one of the closest taken of comet Harley 2 by NASA's EPOXI mission, shows jets and where they originate from the surface. There are jets outgassing from the sunward side, the night side, and along the terminator.
PIA13574:
Jets Galore
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image, one of the closest taken of comet Hartley 2 by NASA's EPOXI mission, shows many features across the comet's surface. The length of the comet is equal to the distance between the Capitol building and the Washington Monument in Washington.
PIA13575:
Up Close and Personal with Hartley 2
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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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