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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 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)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
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A time-lapse photograph of the CIBER rocket launch, taken from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in 2013. This was the last of four launches of the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER).
PIA18853:
CIBER Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
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Observations from NASA's Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment, or CIBER, have shown a surprising surplus of infrared light filling the spaces between galaxies.
PIA18850:
Measuring the Tip of Cosmic Icebergs
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-15 SMAP
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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft is slowly lowered into place in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA18828:
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Lowered into Place
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-14 Mars Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph
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Three views of an escaping atmosphere around Mars, obtained by NASA's MAVEN's Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph, are shown here.
PIA18613:
Ultraviolet Views of Martian Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-09 Mars 1000x1000x3
Comet Siding Spring will have a close approach to Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. This artist's concept shows people in the Southern Hemisphere where to look for Mars in the night sky. Mars and the comet may be visible with binoculars.
PIA18612:
View of Comet Siding Spring from Southern Hemisphere (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-09 Mars 2560x1600x3
This artist's concept shows NASA's Mars orbiters lining up behind the Red Planet for their 'duck and cover' maneuver to shield them from comet dust that may result from the close flyby of comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) on Oct. 19, 2014.
PIA18611:
Mars Orbiters 'Duck and Cover' for Comet Siding Spring Flyby (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-26 Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL)
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Members of the Cold Atom Laboratory team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are seen here with their ground-based testbed, which can reliably create a Bose-Einstein condensate.
PIA18787:
Cold Atom Laboratory Team Displays Ground-Based Testbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-26 Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL)
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This sequence of false-color images shows the formation of a Bose-Einstein condensate in the Cold Atom Laboratory prototype at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the temperature gets progressively closer to absolute zero.
PIA18786:
Forming a Bose-Einstein Condensate
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-21 Mars MAVEN
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This image shows an artist concept of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission.
PIA18811:
MAVEN (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-21 Earth 1537x2148x3
The Surrogate robot ('Surge'), built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA., is being developed in order to extend humanity's reach into hazardous environments to perform tasks such as using environmental test equipment.
PIA18667:
Surrogate Robot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 4000x3000x3
A researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, holds a prototype of a solar panel array that folds up in the style of origami.
PIA18666:
Researcher With Solar Array
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 5184x3456x3
Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, and Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, collaborated to construct a prototype of a solar panel array that folds up in the style of origami, to make for easier deployment.
PIA18655:
Power Origami
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 5184x3456x3
A Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, unfolds a solar panel array that was designed using the principles of origami.
PIA18654:
Unfolded Solar Array
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) integration and test team is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to OPALS shipment to Kennedy Space Center.
PIA18665:
Integration and Test Team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is pictured in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to shipment.
PIA18664:
Spacecraft Assembly Facility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) integration and test team is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to OPALS shipment to Kennedy Space Center.
PIA18662:
OPALS Integration and Test Team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is seen in the SpaceX Dragon trunk following second stage separation of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 18, 2014.
PIA18661:
Second Stage Separation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) operations team at Kennedy Space Center's Space Launch Complex-40 on April 14, 2014, with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying OPALS in the background.
PIA18660:
OPALS Operations Team At Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) operations team is seen at the Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory ground station during an operations planning retreat on February 13, 2014.
PIA18659:
OPALS Team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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This photo shows the Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) stowed in the SpaceX Dragon trunk on April 22, 2014, two days after docking with the International Space Station.
PIA18658:
OPALS Stowed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 2020 Mars Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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This illustration depicts the mechanism and conceptual research targets for an instrument named SHERLOC, which has been selected as one of seven investigations for the payload of NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission.
PIA18407:
Ultraviolet Instrument for Mars 2020 Rover is SHERLOC
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 2020 Mars Rover
Planetary Instrument for X-RAY Lithochemistry (PIXL)
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This diagram depicts the sensor head of the Planetary Instrument for X-RAY Lithochemistry, or PIXL, which has been selected as one of seven investigations for the payload of NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission.
PIA18406:
X-Ray Instrument for Mars 2020 Rover is PIXL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 2020 Mars Rover
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This diagram shows components of the investigations payload for NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission.
PIA18405:
Payload for NASA's Mars 2020 Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's rendering shows a regional cross-section of the ice shell underlying Enceladus' south polar terrain, illustrating our current knowledge of the physical and thermal structure and processes ongoing below and at the surface.
PIA17190:
What Lies Beneath: Regional View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's rendering shows a cross-section of the ice shell immediately beneath one of Enceladus' geyser-active fractures, illustrating the physical and thermal structure and the processes ongoing below and at the surface.
PIA17189:
What Lies Beneath: Close Up View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a NASA Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.
PIA17186:
Geyser Basin in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Earth 752x564x3
Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory make a rocket nozzle using a new 3-D printing technique that allows for multiple metallic properties in the same object.
PIA18570:
Laser Printing of Gradient Metals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Earth 3717x3583x3
This is a prototype of a mirror mount that scientists made using a new 3-D printing technique at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA18569:
Mirror Mount
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth 3888x2592x3
The Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) flight terminal undergoes testing in a thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to simulate the space environment.
PIA18651:
OPALS Thermal Vacuum Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth ISS
OPALS
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This photo shows the Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) flight terminal at JPL being prepared for shipment to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
PIA18650:
OPALS Preparation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth ISS
OPALS
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Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) flight terminal undergoes final testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. OPALS was launched to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014.
PIA18579:
OPALS Final Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth ISS
OPALS
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Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is covered in white thermal blankets awaiting integration with its launch vehicle at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
PIA18578:
OPALS Thermal Blankets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth ISS
OPALS
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This is a 3-foot (1-meter) aperture main telescope located at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory ground station.
PIA18577:
OPALS Main Telescope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth ISS
OPALS
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The Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) undergoes vibration testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in December 2012.
PIA18576:
OPALS Vibration Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth ISS
OPALS
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The Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) undergoes vibration testing at NASa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in December 2012.
PIA18575:
OPALS Vibration Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth ISS
OPALS
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An engineer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory oversees a fit check during the integration & testing of the Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS).
PIA18574:
OPALS Fit Check
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth ISS
OPALS
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The Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) undergoes final inspection prior to shipment to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. OPALS was launched to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014.
PIA18573:
OPALS Final Inspection
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth ISS
OPALS
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This artist's rendition shows the Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) operating from the International Space Station. OPALS was launched to the station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014.
PIA18572:
OPALS on the ISS (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Earth ISS
OPALS
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This photo shows the Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) being installed in SpaceX's Dragon capsule prior to launching on April 18, 2014.
PIA18571:
OPALS Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the size of a world outside our solar system, as illustrated in this artist's conception.
PIA18463:
Gauging an Alien World's Size (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Earth RoboSimian
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Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory carry RoboSimian, a robot developed at JPL, at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in Florida in December 2013.
PIA18568:
Carrying RoboSimian
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Earth RoboSimian
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RoboSimian, a limbed robot developed by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in Florida in December 2013.
PIA18567:
RoboSimian's Inner Workings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Earth RoboSimian
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Limbed robot RoboSimian was developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, seen here with Brett Kennedy, supervisor of the JPL Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators Group, and Chuck Bergh, a senior engineer in JPL's Robotic Hardware Systems Group.
PIA18566:
RoboSimian and Friends
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Earth RoboSimian
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RoboSimian, a limbed robot developed by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials in Florida in December 2013.
PIA18565:
RoboSimian Competes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-10 NASA's Flight Opportunities Program
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This is a hopping/tumbling robot called 'Hedgehog' that scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will test on a parabolic aircraft flight.
PIA18536:
Hedgehog
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-10 NASA's Flight Opportunities Program
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Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed a tool for grappling non-cooperative objects that incorporates gecko-like adhesives. The adhesives are reusable and can be turned on and off.
PIA18535:
Gecko Adhesives
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-10 NASA's Flight Opportunities Program
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This artist's concept shows a robot with legs that have microspine grippers, which could potentially explore a rocky surface, such as an asteroid, in microgravity.
PIA18534:
Microspine Grippers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-02 ExoMars
ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter
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This June 2014 image from the clean room at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, shows ongoing assembly of the European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, including the first of the orbiter's two Electra UHF relay radios provided by NASA.
PIA18398:
NASA Radio Installed in Europe's Next Mars Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-02 ExoMars
ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter
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The European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, being assembled in France for a 2016 launch opportunity, will carry two Electra UHF relay radios provided by NASA.
PIA18397:
Europe's 2016 Mars Orbiter Gets NASA Electra Radio
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-01 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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Two members of the Navy's Explosive Ordinance Disposal team perch on the test vehicle used in the first flight of NASA's Low-density Supersonic Decelerator project.
PIA18522:
Mach 4 to Pacific
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-30 Earth OCO-2
OCO-2
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This illustration highlights key events in the launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, beginning with its liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California.
PIA18458:
Key Events in the Launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-30 Earth OCO-2
OCO-2
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The launch gantry, surrounding the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite onboard, is seen at Space Launch Complex 2, Sunday, June 29, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
PIA18457:
Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Ready to Blast Off
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-29 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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Hours after the June 28, 2014, test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator over the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range, the saucer-shaped test vehicle is lifted aboard the Kahana recovery vessel.
PIA18521:
Saucer Out of the Drink
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-29 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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Hours after the June 28, 2014, test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator over the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range, two members of the Navy's Explosive Ordinance Disposal swim toward the test vehicle.
PIA18520:
Saturday Afternoon Swim
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-29 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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The first 'flown' test vehicle of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project relaxes aboard the recovery vessel Kahana.
PIA18519:
First Seconds of LDSD Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-29 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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The first 'flown' test vehicle of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project relaxes aboard the recovery vessel Kahana.
PIA18518:
LDSD Saucer Aboard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-29 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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Hours after its successful engineering flight, the first test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project is lifted aboard the recovery vessel Kahana.
PIA18517:
Test Vehicle Gets a Lift
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-06 ISS
OPALS
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This frame from an animated GIF shows Earth's moon moving below NASA's OPALS laser instrument as seen by a robotic camera on the exterior of the International Space Station.
PIA18386:
OPALS and the Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-06 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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The saucer-shaped test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) will undergo a series of events in the skies above Hawaii, with the ultimate goal of testing future landing technologies for Mars missions.
PIA18451:
Timeline of Events for Planetary Landing Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-04 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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This image shows the tower from which the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) will hang before a balloon lifts it to high altitudes.
PIA18450:
Launch Tower for LDSD
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-04 Earth Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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Members of the team for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) stand in front of the project's saucer-shaped test vehicle at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.
PIA18019:
LDSD Team in Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-02 Kepler
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An artist's conception shows the Kepler-10 system, home to two rocky planets. In the foreground is Kepler-10c, a planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than twice as large in size.
PIA18018:
Kepler-10 System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-02 Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions.
PIA18017:
LDSD's Rocket-powered Test Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-28 Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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The saucer-shaped test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, packaged in the box shown here, was shipped via plane to the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii on April 17.
PIA18016:
Unloading LDSD Test Device in Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-28 Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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Engineers unload ground support equipment for a June engineering test flight above Kauai, Hawaii. The test flight is part of NASA's LDSD project, which is investigating cutting-edge landing technologies that could fly on future Mars missions.
PIA18015:
LDSD Test Device Arrives in Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-22 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This infographic explains a popular theory of active supermassive black holes, referred to as the unified model -- and how new data from NASA's WISE, is at conflict with the model.
PIA18013:
Unified, or 'Doughnut,' Theory of Active, Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-21 Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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A saucer-shaped vehicle (part of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project) designed to test interplanetary landing devices hangs on a tower in preparation for launch at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.
PIA18011:
Before the Drop: Engineers Ready Supersonic Decelerator
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-16 Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
Parachute Deployment Device
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An engineer works on the Parachute Deployment Device of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle in this image taken at the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua'i, Hawaii.
PIA18008:
Prepping the Parachute Deployment Device
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-16 Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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In this picture, NASA's saucer-shaped experimental flight vehicle is prepared for a Range Compatibility Test at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua'i, Hawaii.
PIA18007:
Hanging Saucer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-16 Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
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NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project, will test an inflatable decelerator and a parachute at high altitudes and speeds over the Pacific Missile Range this June.
PIA18006:
Preparing for a Supersonic Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 OCO-2
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This most recent artist's rendering shows NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
PIA18374:
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 OCO-2
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This most recent artist's rendering shows NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
PIA18375:
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-15 OCO-2
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The Delta II second stage for NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission, or OCO-2, is positioned atop the rocket's first stage in the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex 2 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
PIA18044:
Positioning NASA's OCO-2's Delta II Launch Vehicle Second Stage for Mating
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-15 OCO-2
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The Delta II second stage for NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission, or OCO-2, makes contact with the rocket's first stage in the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex 2 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
PIA18045:
Mating NASA's OCO-2's Delta II Launch Vehicle First and Second Stages
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-15 OCO-2
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Workers monitor the Delta II second stage for NASA's OCO-2, as it is lifted into position for mating with the rocket's first stage in the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex 2 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
PIA18043:
Lifting NASA's OCO-2's Delta II Launch Vehicle Second Stage into Position for Mating
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-15 OCO-2
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The Delta II second stage for NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission, or OCO-2, is lifted to the top of the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex 2 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
PIA18042:
Lifting of NASA's OCO-2's Delta II Launch Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-02 OCO-2
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Technicians prep NASA's OCO-2 instrument for shipping at Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Ca. Animation available in More Details.
PIA17797:
NASA's OCO-2 Instrument Completes Construction Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-26 Mars InSight
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This artist's concept depicts the stationary NASA Mars lander known by the acronym InSight at work studying the interior of Mars. InSight is scheduled to launch in March 2016.
PIA17358:
Artist's Concept of InSight Lander on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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This image shows an array of the 512 superconducting detectors used on the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole. The technology was key to detecting the effects of gravitational waves associated with the early epoch of our universe known as inflation.
PIA17995:
Detectors See Gravitational Waves from Dawn of Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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This image shows one of the NASA detectors from the BICEP2 project, developed in collaboration with the NSF. The sensors were used to make the first detection of gravitational waves in the ancient background light from the early universe.
PIA17994:
Detector Suspended in Free Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole used a specialized array of superconducting detectors to capture polarized light from billions of years ago. The detector array is shown here, under a microscope.
PIA17993:
Superconducting Detectors for Study of Infant Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.
PIA17990:
What WISE Can and Cannot See
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Kepler
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On March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to find planets around other stars, called exoplanets, in search of potentially habitable worlds.
PIA14446:
Kepler Team Marks Five Years in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 MAVEN
Electra Relay Radio
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This radio hardware, the Electra UHF Transceiver on NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars, is designed to provide communication relay support for robots on the surface of Mars.
PIA17952:
Electra Relay Radio on MAVEN Mission to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 445x334x3
This scanning electron microscope image shows speroidal features embedded in a layer of iddingsite, a mineral formed by action of water, in a meteorite that came from Mars.
PIA17954:
Spheroidal Features in Yamato Meteorite From Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 607x456x1
This scanning electron microscope image of a polished thin section of a meteorite from Mars shows tunnels and curved microtunnels.
PIA17953:
Microtunnels in Yamato Meteorite From Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-30 Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL)
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Artist's concept of a magneto-optical trap and atom chip to be used by NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) aboard the International Space Station.
PIA17794:
NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) Chip (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
DAN
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN), measures the flow of neutrons with different energy levels returning from the ground, and their delay times, as an indication of the amount and depth of hydrogen in the ground beneath the NASA's rover, Curiosity.
PIA17762:
Russian Hydrogen-Checking Instrument on Curiosity Fires 2 Millionth Pulse
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