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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-29 Juno
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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft in orbit above Jupiter. From its unique polar orbit, Juno will repeatedly dive between the planet and its intense belts of charged particle radiation.
PIA20704:
Juno Above Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-29 Juno
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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter, with its solar arrays and main antenna pointed toward the distant sun and Earth.
PIA20703:
Juno Points Homeward (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-29 Juno
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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft approaching Jupiter.
PIA20702:
Juno Approaches Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-13 James Webb Space Telescope
Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI)
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This image shows the cooling device for the Mid-Infrared Instrument, or MIRI, one of the James Webb Space Telescope's four instruments.
PIA20688:
MIRI Cryocooler Packing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-13 James Webb Space Telescope
Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI)
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Technicians inspect the cooler for the Mid-Infrared Instrument, or MIRI, part of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
PIA20686:
Inspecting the MIRI Cryocooler
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This graphic shows Martian atmospheric temperature data related to seasonal patterns in occurrence of large regional dust storms. The data shown here were collected by the Mars Climate Sounder instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA20746:
Seasonal Temperature Pattern Indicating Martian Dust Storms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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By repeated measurements of the concentration of methane in the atmosphere at Gale Crater, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected long-term variation in background levels below one part per billion.
PIA20601:
Methane Background Levels at Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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By monitoring weather throughout two Martian years since landing in Gale Crater in 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has documented seasonal patterns such as shown in these graphs of temperature, water-vapor content and air pressure.
PIA20600:
Seasonal Cycles in Curiosity's First Two Martian Years
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-28 WFIRST
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Two different types of masks to be used in NASA's upcoming Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope, or WFIRST, coronagraph instrument, are pictured.
PIA20585:
Tiny Masks for Seeing Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-28 WFIRST
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The vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, used for testing WFIRST and other coronagraphs.
PIA20584:
Coronagraph Test Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-20 Europa Europa
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This artist's rendering shows NASA's Europa mission spacecraft, which is being developed for a launch sometime in the 2020s.
PIA20025:
Europa Mission Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-05 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
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At 11:02 a.m. EDT on April 7, 2001, crowds watch a Boeing Delta II rocket lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, carrying NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft into space on its seven-month journey to Mars.
PIA20331:
Odyssey's Launch to Mars on April 7, 2001
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The varying brightness of an exoplanet called 55 Cancri e is shown in this plot of infrared data captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA20069:
Hot N' Hotter Planet Measured by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers watched an exoplanet called HD 80606b heat up and cool off during its sizzling-hot orbit around its star. The results are shown in this data plot from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA20067:
HD 80606b Light Curve
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-14 ExoMars
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The European Space Agency's ExoMars 2016 mission, combining the Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli landing demonstrator, launches on a Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
PIA20325:
Launch of Europe's ExoMars 2016 from Kazakhstan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-09 Mars MAVEN
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This artist's depiction shows the close encounter between comet Siding Sprng and Mars in 2014. The comet's powerful magnetic field temporarily merged with, and overwhelmed, the planet's weak magnetic field.
PIA20321:
Passing Comet Affects Magnetic Field at Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-18 WFIRST
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WFIRST, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, is shown here in an artist's rendering. It will carry a Wide Field Instrument to provide astronomers with Hubble-quality images covering large swaths of the sky.
PIA20060:
WFIRST Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 InSight
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One of the two MarCO (Mars Cube One) CubeSat spacecraft is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA20346:
MarCO Flight Hardware 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 InSight
MarCO
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One of the two MarCO (Mars Cube One) CubeSat spacecraft, with its insides displayed, is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA20345:
MarCO Flight Hardware 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 InSight
MarCO
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO (Mars Cube One) technology demonstration inspect one of the two MarCO CubeSats. Joel Steinkraus, MarCO lead mechanical engineer, left, and Andy Klesh, MarCO chief engineer, are on the team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA20344:
MarCO CubeSat Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 InSight
MarCO
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO (Mars Cube One) technology demonstration inspect one of the two MarCO CubeSats. Joel Steinkraus, MarCO lead mechanical engineer, left, and Andy Klesh, MarCO chief engineer, are on the team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA20343:
MarCO CubeSat Engineers 3
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 InSight
MarCO
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO technology demonstration inspect one of the two MarCO CubeSats. Cody Colley, MarCO integration and test deputy, left, and Andy Klesh, MarCO chief engineer, are on the team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.
PIA20342:
MarCO CubeSat Engineers 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 InSight
MarCO
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO (Mars Cube One) technology demonstration inspect the MarCO test bed, which contains components that are identical to those built for a flight to Mars.
PIA20341:
MarCO CubeSat Engineers 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Euclid
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Artist's impression of the Euclid spacecraft, a dark energy and dark matter mission planned for launch in 2020.
PIA20059:
Euclid Spacecraft (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 InSight
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Personnel supporting NASA's InSight mission to Mars load the crated InSight spacecraft into a C-17 cargo aircraft at Buckley Air Force Base, Denver, for shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
PIA20278:
Shipping InSight Mars Spacecraft to California for Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 InSight
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A spacecraft specialist in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver affixes a dime-size chip onto the lander deck in November 2015. This chip carries 826,923 names, submitted by the public online from all over the world.
PIA20165:
Names Chip Placed on InSight Lander Deck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 InSight
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The dime-size microchip in this close-up image carries 826,923 names that will go to Mars on NASA's InSight lander. The image was taken in November 2015 inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, where the lander was built.
PIA20164:
Names-to-Mars Chip for InSight Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-03 LISA Pathfinder
Disturbance Reduction System
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The LISA Pathfinder spacecraft is on its way to space, having successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana Dec. 3, 2015. On board is the state-of-the-art Disturbance Reduction System (DRS), a thruster technology developed at NASA's JPL.
PIA20197:
Disturbance Reduction System Thrusters Stabilize LISA Pathfinder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-03 LISA Pathfinder
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This artist's concept shows ESA's LISA Pathfinder spacecraft, which launched on Dec. 3, 2015, from Kourou, French Guiana, will help pave the way for a mission to detect gravitational waves.
PIA20196:
LISA Pathfinder Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-23 Earth 3090x2506x3
This illustration shows Jupiter surrounded by filaments of dark matter called 'hairs,' according to a new study based on computer simulations.
PIA20178:
Dark Matter 'Hairs' Around Jupiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-23 Earth 2550x1769x3
Close-up of dense filaments of dark matter particles, called 'hairs,' are sprouting from Earth, according to a new study based on computer simulations.
PIA20177:
Dark Matter 'Hairs' Around Earth -- Close-up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-23 Earth 3090x2506x3
Dense filaments of dark matter particles, called 'hairs,' are sprouting from Earth, according to a new study based on computer simulations.
PIA20176:
Dark Matter 'Hairs' Around Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-22 1226x689x3
Artists concept of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Robotic (ARM) Mission capturing an asteroid boulder before redirecting it to a astronaut-accessible orbit around Earth's moon.
PIA19349:
NASA's Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view of a test rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, results from advance testing of arm positions and camera pointings for taking a low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19810:
Test Rover at JPL During Preparation for Mars Rover's Low-Angle Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-18 InSight
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Spacecraft specialists at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, prepare NASA's InSight spacecraft for vibration testing as part of assuring that it is ready for the rigors of launch from Earth and flight to Mars.
PIA19815:
Preparing NASA's InSight Spacecraft for Vibration Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-18 InSight
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The heat shield is suspended above the rest of NASA's InSight spacecraft in this image taken July 13, 2015. The gray cone is the back shell, which together with the heat shield forms a protective aeroshell around the stowed InSight lander.
PIA19814:
InSight Aeroshell Coming Together
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-18 InSight
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In this photo, NASA's InSight Mars lander is stowed inside the inverted back shell of the spacecraft's protective aeroshell. It was taken July 13, 2015, in a clean room of spacecraft assembly and test facilities at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
PIA19813:
NASA's InSight Lander in Spacecraft's Back Shell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-18 InSight
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In this photo, a spacecraft specialist prepares NASA's InSight spacecraft for thermal vacuum testing in the flight system's 'cruise' configuration for its 2016 flight to Mars.
PIA19812:
Preparing NASA's InSight for Space Simulation Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-18 InSight
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This artist's concept from August 2015 depicts NASA's InSight Mars lander fully deployed for studying the deep interior of Mars.
PIA19811:
Artist's Concept of InSight Lander on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-05 696x886x3
A laboratory-created 'chemical garden' made of a combination of black iron sulfide and orange iron hydroxide/oxide is shown in this photo. Chemical gardens are a nickname for chimney-like structures that form at bubbling vents on the seafloor.
PIA19835:
Patchwork 'Chemical Garden'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-05 2117x2220x3
This photo simulation shows a laboratory-created 'chemical garden,' which is a chimney-like structure found at bubbling vents on the seafloor. Some researchers think life on Earth might have got its start at structures like these billions of years ago.
PIA19834:
Harnessing Electricity from 'Chemical Gardens'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 Pluto New Horizons
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Artist's concept of the interaction of the solar wind (the supersonic outflow of electrically charged particles from the Sun) with Pluto's predominantly nitrogen atmosphere based on NASA's New Horizons' SWAP instrument.
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Artist's Concept of the Interaction of the Solar Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 Dawn
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This artist concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft above dwarf planet Ceres, as seen in images from the mission.
PIA19598:
Dawn Fires Its Engine Above Ceres (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-09 Pluto New Horizons
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This artist's concept shows NASA's fleet of observatories busily gathering data before and after July 14, 2015 to help piece together what we know about Pluto, and what features New Horizons data might help explain.
PIA19703:
NASA Missions Have Their Eyes Peeled on Pluto (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-09 1000x1250x3
This cartoon shows how magnetic waves, called Alfvén S-waves, propagate outward from the base of black hole jets. The jet is a flow of charged particles, called a plasma, which is launched by a black hole.
PIA19822:
Magnetic Black Hole Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-07 Juno
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This artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft making one of its close passes over Jupiter. Launched in 2011, the Juno spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter in 2016 to study the giant planet from an elliptical, polar orbit.
PIA19639:
Juno's Arrival at Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-12 InSight
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The full-scale mock-up of NASA's MarCO spacecraft held by Farah Alibay, a systems engineer for the project, is dwarfed by the one-half-scale model of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter behind her.
PIA19671:
Size Contrast for Mars CubeSat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-12 InSight
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO technology demonstration display a full-scale mechanical mock-up of the small craft in development as part of NASA's next mission to Mars.
PIA19389:
Model of Mars-Bound MarCO CubeSat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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Two members of the U.S. Navy's Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 Explosive Ordnance Detachment work on recovering the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.
PIA19684:
Saucer Shoal: LDSD Recovery off Kauai
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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Many members of Team RoboSimian and a few guests gather with competition hardware at a 'Meet the Robots' event during the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals in Pomona, California, on June 6, 2015.
PIA19329:
Team RoboSimian
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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The spindly appearance of JPL's RoboSimian was somewhat unique among competitors in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, as most were bipedal walkers.
PIA19328:
RoboSimian at DARPA Robotics Challenge
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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Following each competition run, spectators at the event were able to get a close-up look at the robot competitors and meet the teams who built them.
PIA19327:
Meeting RoboSimian
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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Using a cordless power drill, RoboSimian cuts a hole into a panel of drywall to complete one of the tasks in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.
PIA19326:
RoboSimian Cuts Hole in Wall
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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JPL's RoboSimian drives a four-wheeled vehicle through a slalom course at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.
PIA19325:
RoboSimian Driving
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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JPL's RoboSimian exits its vehicle following a brief drive through a slalom course at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.
PIA19324:
RoboSimian Exits Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle attached to launch tower just prior to take off.
PIA19683:
LDSD Test Vehicle Attached to Launch Tower
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-05 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator hangs from a launch tower at U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The saucer-shaped vehicle will test two devices for landing heavy payloads on Mars.
PIA19343:
LDSD on the Launch Tower
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-05 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator hangs from a launch tower at U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The saucer-shaped vehicle will test two devices for landing heavy payloads on Mars.
PIA19342:
LDSD Ready for Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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The science deck of NASA's InSight lander is being turned over in this April 29, 2015, photo from InSight assembly and testing operations inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
PIA19670:
Turning the InSight Lander's Science Deck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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In this photo, spacecraft specialists at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, are reaching up to guide lowering of the parachute cone for installation onto NASA's InSight spacecraft. The photo was taken on April 29, 2015.
PIA19669:
Installing the InSight Spacecraft's Parachute Cone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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This photo shows the upper side of the cruise stage of NASA's InSight spacecraft as specialists at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, attach it to the spacecraft's back shell. The photo was taken on April 29, 2015.
PIA19668:
Top View of InSight's Cruise Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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Spacecraft specialists at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, are preparing to attach the cruise stage of NASA's InSight spacecraft to the top of the spacecraft's back shell in this April 29, 2015, photo.
PIA19667:
Lowering InSight's Cruise Stage onto Back Shell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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In this photo, the back shell of NASA's InSight spacecraft is being lowered onto the mission's lander, which is folded into its stowed configuration.
PIA19666:
Lowering Back Shell onto Stowed InSight Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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Engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, run a test of deploying the solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander in this April 30, 2015 image.
PIA19665:
Solar-Array Deployment Test for InSight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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The solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. This configuration is how the spacecraft will look on the surface of Mars. The image was taken on April 30, 2015.
PIA19664:
InSight Lander in Mars-Surface Configuration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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This parachute testing for NASA's InSight mission to Mars was conducted inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, in February 2015.
PIA19405:
Parachute Testing for NASA's InSight Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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In this February 2015 scene from a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, specialists are building the heat shield to protect NASA's InSight spacecraft when it is speeding through the Martian atmosphere.
PIA19404:
Heat Shield Construction for NASA's InSight Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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Spacecraft specialists in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, are working on NASA's InSight spacecraft in this January 2015 scene from the mission's assembly and testing phase.
PIA19403:
InSight Cruise Stage and Lander in Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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The Mars lander that NASA's InSight mission will use for investigating how rocky planets formed and evolved is being assembled by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
PIA19402:
InSight Lander in Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-11 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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Crews from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility prepare the balloon for flight for the 2014 NASA Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test from the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.
PIA17799:
The Saucer's Ride
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-04 Mars 720x412x3
This graphic depicts the relative shapes and distances from Mars for five active orbiter missions plus the planet's two natural satellites. It illustrates the potential for intersections of the spacecraft orbits.
PIA19396:
Diverse Orbits Around Mars (Graphic)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-22 Earth 1271x671x3
This scene from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity looks upward at 'Knudsen Ridge' on the southern edge of 'Marathon Valley' from inside the valley.
PIA19318:
Orbiting Rainbows Simulation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-31 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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A Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) team member at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland prepares the SAM testbed for an experiment.
PIA19149:
Preparation for Analytical Measurements on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-11 Earth RoboSimian
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This artist's rendering shows a concept for a robot called AquaSimian that would assist with hazardous situations underwater.
PIA19315:
AquaSimian Poster (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-11 Earth RoboSimian
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This artist's concept shows Surrogate, a robot that could one day assist in disasters or hazardous situations such as a dangerous chemical laboratory.
PIA19314:
Surrogate Poster (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-11 Earth RoboSimian
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This artist's concept shows RoboSimian, a robot intended to assist with disaster relief and mitigation.
PIA19313:
RoboSimian 'Disaster Relief' Poster (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-04 InSight
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In the weeks after NASA's InSight mission reaches Mars in September 2016, the lander's arm will lift two science instruments off the deck and place them onto the ground.
PIA19144:
Testing for Instrument Deployment by InSight's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-26 MESSENGER
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Thomas Morgan Robertson, better known to music fans as Thomas Dolby, has joined Johns Hopkins University as an honorary Homewood Professor of the Arts.
PIA19029:
MESSENGER's Encounter With A Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-21 Earth SMAP
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The sun sets behind Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission satellite is being prepared for liftoff. Launch is scheduled for Jan. 29.
PIA19137:
Sunset at Vandenberg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-21 Earth SMAP
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At Space Launch Complex 2 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission satellite is lifted up the side of a mobile service tower for mating to its Delta II rocket.
PIA19136:
Going Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-21 Earth SMAP
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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite is transported across Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to Space Launch Complex 2, where it will be mated to a Delta II rocket for launch, targeted for Jan. 29.
PIA19135:
Satellite in a Can
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-21 Earth SMAP
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In the Astrotech payload processing facility on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians secure a transportation canister around NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft for its move to the launch pad.
PIA19134:
SMAP Gets Ready to Move
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-21 Earth SMAP
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Artist's rendering of the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite. The width of the region scanned on Earth's surface during each orbit is about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers).
PIA19133:
Soil Moisture Active Passive Satellite
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-20 Earth SMAP
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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft is lowered onto the Delta II payload attach structure in the Astrotech payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in preparation for launch, to take place no sooner than Jan. 29.
PIA19132:
NASA's SMAP is Readied for Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-09 Earth RoboSimian
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Robotics researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, stand with robots RoboSimian and Surrogate, both built at JPL.
PIA18793:
The JPL Team Behind RoboSimian and Surrogate
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-09 Earth RoboSimian
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Surrogate, nicknamed 'Surge,' is a robot designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA18792:
JPL's Surrogate Robot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-09 Earth RoboSimian
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RoboSimian is an ape-like robot that moves around on four limbs designed. It was designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA18791:
RoboSimian Gets Ready for Competition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-09 Earth RoboSimian
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RoboSimian and Surrogate are robots that were designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA18790:
JPL's RoboSimian and Surrogate Robots
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image depicts how a mountain inside a Mars' Gale Crater might have formed. At left, the crater fills with layers of sediment. Yellow is for deposits in alluvial fans, deltas, and drifts during both wet and dry periods.
PIA19079:
Sedimentation and Erosion in Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This series of images reconstructs the geology of the region around Mars' Mount Sharp, where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover landed and is now driving. The images were taken on Earth and have been altered for the illustration.
PIA19078:
Sediment Accumulation in Dry and Wet Periods
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram depicts a vertical cross section through geological layers deposited by rivers, deltas and lakes. Deposits from a series of successive deltas build out increasingly high in elevation as they migrate toward the center of the basin.
PIA19073:
Multiple Deltas Built Out Over Time
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram depicts rivers entering a lake. Where the water's flow decelerates, sediments drop out, and a delta forms, depositing a prism of sediment that tapers out toward the lake's interior.
PIA19071:
How a Delta Forms Where River Meets Lake
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-17 InSight
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Technicians in a Lockheed Martin clean room near Denver prepare NASA's InSight Mars lander for propulsion proof and leak testing on Oct. 31, 2014. Following the test, the lander was moved to another clean room for start of the mission's ATLO phase.
PIA18884:
Work on NASA's InSight Lander Starts New Phase
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Comet Rosetta
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This artist's concept of the Rosetta mission's Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is from an animation showing the upcoming deployment of Philae and its subsequent science operations on the surface of the comet.
PIA18891:
Philae's Descent and Science of the Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This graph shows changes in apparent brightness of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it approached and receded from Mars, as seen by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The pattern suggests the comet rotates once every eight hours.
PIA18862:
Brightness Rhythm of Mars Flyby Comet Is Clue to Rotation Rate
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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These plots portray data from radar sounding of Mars' mid-latitude ionosphere at three times on Oct. 19 and 20, 2014. The data are from the MARSIS instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
PIA18860:
Change in Mars' Mid-Latitude Ionosphere After Comet Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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These spectrograms from the MARSIS instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter show the intensity of radar echo in Mars' far-northern ionosphere at three times on Oct. 19 and 20, 2014.
PIA18859:
Radar-Detected Change in Martian Near-Polar Ionosphere After Comet's Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars MAVEN
Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer
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These eight graphs present data from the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer on NASA's MAVEN orbiter identifying ions of different metals added to the Martian atmosphere shortly after comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring sped close to Mars.
PIA18858:
Ions of Eight Metals from Comet Dust Detected in Mars Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars MAVEN
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The places where the red line on this graph extends higher than the blue line show detection of metals added to the Martian atmosphere from dust particles released by a passing comet on Oct. 19, 2014. The graphed data are from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.
PIA18857:
Comet Meteor Shower Put Magnesium and Iron into Martian Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars MAVEN
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This artist's concept depicts the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) on NASA's MAVEN spacecraft scanning the upper atmosphere of Mars. IUVS uses limb scans to map the chemical makeup and vertical structure across Mars' upper atmosphere.
PIA18856:
Artist's Concept of MAVEN's Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph at Work
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