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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 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 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 2013-07-23 ISON 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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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 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 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 2013-04-23 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 2013-04-23 Jupiter Herschel Space Observatory
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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 2013-03-18 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This sequence of radar images of asteroid 2013 ET was obtained on Mar. 10, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) DSN antenna at Goldstone, CA, when the asteroid was about 693,000 mi (1.1 million km) from Earth.
PIA16895:
Goldstone Radar Images of Asteroid 2013 ET
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-05 ISON Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This frame from an animation series of images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was taken by the Medium-Resolution Imager of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 2013.
PIA16748:
NASA'S Deep Impact Spacecraft Images Comet ISON Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this diagram, the Vega system, which was already known to have a cooler outer belt of comets (orange), is compared to our solar system with its asteroid and Kuiper belts. The ring of warm, rocky debris was detected using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope,
PIA16611:
Vega: Two Belts and the Possibility of Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-14 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This image of asteroid Toutatis was generated with data collected using NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012 and indicates that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object with ridges and perhaps craters.
PIA16599:
Tumbling Asteroid Toutatis Animation Icon
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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 2012-11-28 Herschel Space Observatory
Herschel Telescope
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This artist's impression shows the orbits of planets and comets around the star 61 Vir, superimposed on a view from the Herschel Space Telescope.
PIA16467:
A Vast Disk of Comets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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Images of asteroid 2007 PA8 have been generated with data collected by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar. The images of 2007 PA8 reveal possible craters, boulders, an irregular, asymmetric shape, and very slow rotation.
PIA16474:
Nine Radar Images of Asteroid PA8
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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 2012-10-23 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 2012-10-03 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Spitzer and GALEX shows the Helix nebula, a dying star throwing a cosmic tantrum. In death, the star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense UV radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core.
PIA15817:
The Helix Nebula: Unraveling at the Seams
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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 2012-09-11 Exoplanet
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A hypothetical planet is depicted in this artist's concept moving through the habitable zone and then further out into a long, cold winter.
PIA15800:
Eccentric Habitable Zones (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-23 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This radar image of asteroid 1999 RQ36 was obtained NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. on Sept 23, 1999. NASA detects, tracks and characterizes asteroids and comets passing close to Earth using both ground- and space-based telescopes.
PIA15776:
Asteroid 1999 RQ36
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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 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 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
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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 2011-11-07 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. on Nov. 7, 2011, when the space rock was at 3.6 lunar distances, which is about 860,000 miles, or 1.38 million kilometers, from Earth.
PIA15019:
Asteroid 2005 YU55 Approaches Close Earth Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-20 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Herschel telescope, illustrates an icy planet-forming disk around a young star called TW Hydrae, located about 175 light-years away in the Hydra, or Sea Serpent, constellation.
PIA14870:
Misty Star in the Sea Serpent (Artist's Concept)
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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 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 2011-10-05 Tempel 1 EPOXI
Herschel Space Observatory
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Using NASA's Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered that comet Hartley 2 possesses a ratio of 'heavy water' to light, or normal, water that matches what's found in Earth's oceans.
PIA14737:
Heavy and Light Just Right
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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 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 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 2011-07-14 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained these false-color images of a circular feature in a region known as Xanadu on Saturn's moon Titan. The images show Titan in infrared wavelengths of radiation.
PIA14311:
Circular Feature at Xanadu, Titan
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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 2011-05-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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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 2011-04-28 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 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 2011-04-13 Moon Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (NAC)
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Bouldery Crater near Mare Australe
PIA14421:
Bouldery Crater near Mare Australe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-31 Jupiter Galileo
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Comet Impact Into Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
PIA13894:
Comet Impact Into Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-31 J Rings Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Subtle Ripples in Jupiter's Ring
PIA13893:
Subtle Ripples in Jupiter's Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-31 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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Tilting Saturn's Rings
PIA12820:
Tilting Saturn's Rings Animation Icon
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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 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 2011-02-18 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 2011-02-18 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 2011-02-18 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 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 2011-02-17 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 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 2011-02-16 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
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 2011-02-16 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
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 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 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 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 2011-02-15 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 2011-02-14 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 2011-02-10 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 2011-02-01 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 2011-01-27 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 2011-01-26 Jupiter Gemini North Telescope
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This infrared image, showing thermal radiation at a wavelength of 9.7 microns, was obtained by the Gemini North Telescope in Hawaii. The bright white and yellow features at bottom are the aftermath of an impactor hitting Jupiter on July 19, 2009.
PIA13761:
Heat Map of Jupiter Impact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Tempel 1 EPOXI
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Tempel 1 and Hartley 2
PIA13629:
Tempel 1 and Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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The Many Faces of Hartley 2
PIA13628:
The Many Faces of Hartley 2
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This 3-D image shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. This picture was taken six years after the Deep Impact collision. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA13627:
Hartley 2 in 3-D
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Tracking
PIA13626:
Tracking "Snowballs" Animation Icon
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Icy Particle Spray
PIA13625:
Icy Particle Spray Animation Icon
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Views of Hartley 2 Nucleus and Inner Coma
PIA13624:
Views of Hartley 2 Nucleus and Inner Coma
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Cometary Flurries
PIA13623:
Cometary Flurries
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This image from the High-Resolution Instrument on NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft shows part of the nucleus of comet Hartley 2. The sun is illuminating the nucleus from the right. A distinct cloud of individual particles is visible.
PIA13622:
Hartley 2, Close Up
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Flight of the Comet
PIA13602:
Flight of the Comet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-05 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken at 7:00 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT), after NASA's EPOXI mission flew by.
PIA13601:
Leaving Comet Hartley 2
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken at 7:00 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT), after NASA's EPOXI mission flew by.
PIA13600:
Slipping By Comet Hartley 2
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken as NASA's EPOXI mission approached the comet at 6:59 a.m. PDT (9:59 a.m. EDT).
PIA13579:
Almost There at Comet Hartley 2
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken as NASA's EPOXI mission approached the comet at 6:58 a.m. PDT (9:58 a.m. EDT).
PIA13578:
Closing in on Comet Hartley 2
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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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Fab Five
PIA13576:
Fab Five
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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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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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Carbon Dioxide Fluctuations in Comet Hartley 2
PIA13573:
Carbon Dioxide Fluctuations in Comet Hartley 2
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Evidence for a First-of-Its-Kind Comet Jet
PIA13572:
Evidence for a First-of-Its-Kind Comet Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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Comet Hartley 2 can be seen in glorious detail in this image from NASA's EPOXI mission. It was taken as the spacecraft flew by around 6:59 a.m. PDT (9:59 a.m. EDT), from a distance of about 700 kilometers (435 miles).
PIA13570:
Introducing Comet Hartley 2
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Spacecraft Images Comet Target's Jets
PIA13568:
Spacecraft Images Comet Target's Jets Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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NASA's EPOXI mission took this image of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 2, 2010. The spacecraft will fly by the comet on Nov. 4, 2010. The white blob and the halo around it are the comet's outer cloud of gas and dust, called a coma.
PIA13566:
Comet Hartley 2 Looms Large in the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-26 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This artist's concept shows a view of NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft during its Nov. 4, 2010 flyby of comet Hartley 2. The fluffy shell around the comet, called a coma, is made up of gas and dust that blew off the comet's core, or nucleus.
PIA13548:
Comet Hartley 2 Gets a Visitor (Artist Concept)
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This image from NASA's EPOXI mission shows Hartley 2 moving across the background field of stars. The coma, or cloud of gas and dust around the comet, expands and brightens over this time period. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA13547:
Hartley 2 on the Move
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EPOXI's Trip to Meet Comet Hartley 2
PIA13546:
EPOXI's Trip to Meet Comet Hartley 2
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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 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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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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This first image of comet 103P/Hartley 2 was taken from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft 60 days prior to the spacecraft's flyby of the comet.
PIA13374:
Deep Impact Spacecraft's First Glimpse of Comet Hartley 2
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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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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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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 2010-03-26 C/2008 Q3 (Garradd) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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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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