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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-25 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image shows asteroids observed so far by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13113:
Scanning for Asteroids and Comets Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-04 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This frame from a video demonstrates how NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer surveys asteroids and comets in the solar system. Perspective shown here is looking down from high above Earth's North Pole, a kind of bird's eye view of the solar system.
PIA13435:
Asteroid and Comet Census from WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-05 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This visitor from deep space, seen here by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, is comet Hartley 2, the destination for NASA's EPOXI mission. The comet's tail is seen here as a fuzzy streak to the right of the comet.
PIA13438:
Icy Visitor from Beyond
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Add Image to Favorite List 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 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
VLT
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This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.
PIA17667:
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Oct. 5, 2013
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-27 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 21, 2014, by the narrow-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).
PIA17795:
Rosetta's Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-27 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 20, 2014, by the wide-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).
PIA17796:
Rosetta Images its Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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Comet NEOWISE was first observed by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft on Valentine's Day, 2014. This heat-sensitive infrared image was made by combining six exposures taken by the NEOWISE mission of the newly discovered comet.
PIA18032:
An Infrared portrait of Comet NEOWISE (C/2014 C3)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-14 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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MESSENGER's First Images of Comets Encke and ISON
PIA17693:
MESSENGER's First Images of Comets Encke and ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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A Tale of Two Comets: ISON
PIA17740:
A Tale of Two Comets: ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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A Tale of Two Comets: Encke
PIA17741:
A Tale of Two Comets: Encke
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-05 Comet 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 2013-09-10 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 2005-07-01 Comet 720x573x3
It Happens in a Flash
PIA02108:
It Happens in a Flash
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Comet Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's animation depicts one of the most widely accepted theories pertaining to the origin of comets. This image is courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA02107:
Genesis of a Comet (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
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Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).
PIA17664:
U.S. Instruments Aboard Rosetta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
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Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.
PIA17666:
Rosetta at Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-02 Comet Hubble Space Telescope
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Superficially resembling a skyrocket, Comet ISON is hurtling toward the Sun at a whopping 48,000 miles per hour in this still from a Hubble animation.
PIA17483:
Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-09 Comet Hubble Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of the sunward plunging comet ISON suggests that the comet is intact despite some predictions that the fragile icy nucleus might disintegrate as the sun warms it.
PIA18153:
NASA's Hubble Sees Comet ISON Intact
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Add Image to Favorite List 1986-03-14 Comet 1836x961x3
In 1986, the European spacecraft Giotto became one of the first spacecraft ever to encounter and photograph the nucleus of a comet, passing and imaging Halley's nucleus as it receded from the sun.
PIA17485:
Comet Halley
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-09-05 Comet Hubble Space Telescope
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Hubble measured the size, shape and rotational period of the Rosetta mission's backup target, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G).
PIA17484:
3-D Models of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's Nucleus
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