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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Comet Siding Spring appears to streak across the sky like a superhero in this new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The comet, also known as C/2007 Q3, was discovered in 2007 by observers in Australia.
PIA12830:
Visitor from Deep Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Is it a bird, or a plane? No, it's comet Siding Spring streaking across the sky, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA12836:
Ablaze with Infrared Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-11 P/2010 B2 (WISE) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The red smudge at the center of this image is the first comet discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The comet is a dusty mass of ice and parades around the sun every 4.7 years.
PIA12449:
First Comet Seen by WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-23 2010 AB78 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The red dot at the center of this image is the first near-Earth asteroid discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE -- an all-sky mapping infrared mission designed to see all sorts of cosmic objects.
PIA12499:
First of Many Asteroid Finds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-26 C/2008 Q3 (Garradd) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a mosaic of 3 individual WISE frames spanning an area on the sky about 7 times the size of the full Moon in portions of the constellations Bootes and Canes Venatici.
PIA12985:
M3 & Comet Garradd
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-04 Asteroid 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 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This chart based on data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer illustrates why infrared-sensing telescopes are more suited to finding small, dark asteroids than telescopes that detect visible light.
PIA14732:
Infrared Telescopes Spy Small, Dark Asteroids
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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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This chart based on data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer illustrates how infrared is used to more accurately determine an asteroid's size; three asteroids of different sizes can look similar when viewed in visible-light.
PIA14733:
How to Tell the Size of An Asteroid
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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 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Changing Views of Our Solar System
PIA14735:
Changing Views of Our Solar System Animation Icon
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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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Portrait of Two Asteroids in Different Light
PIA14736:
Portrait of Two Asteroids in Different Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-25 Asteroid 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 2013-08-21 Asteroid Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE, snapped this infrared picture of near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula.
PIA17255:
Asteroid Zips By Orion
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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 2011-02-10 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 2011-02-14 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 2011-02-16 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
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 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
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 2011-02-18 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 2011-02-16 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 2011-02-18 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 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 2011-02-16 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)
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
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 2011-02-15 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 2011-02-16 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 2011-02-18 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 2011-02-18 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 2011-02-17 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 2002-11-05 Annefrank Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Stardust Image of Asteroid Annefrank
PIA02885:
Stardust Image of Asteroid Annefrank
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-02 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Comet Wild 2 Up Close and Personal
PIA05571:
Comet Wild 2 Up Close and Personal
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Stardust Navigation Camera
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Comet Wild 2 - Stereo Image Pair
PIA05579:
Comet Wild 2 - Stereo Image Pair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-17 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Wild 2: If You Were There
PIA06283:
Wild 2: If You Were There
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-17 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Wild 2 Features
PIA06284:
Wild 2 Features
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Stardust Navigation Camera
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Wild 2 Close Look
PIA06285:
Wild 2 Close Look
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-11-05 Annefrank Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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False colors emphasize the variations in surface brightness on asteroid Annefrank, as seen in an image taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft during a Nov. 2, 2002 flyby of the asteroid.
PIA02886:
Annefrank Near Closest Approach
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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 2004-01-06 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image was taken during the close approach phase of NASA's Stardust's Jan 2, 2004 flyby of comet Wild 2. It is a distant side view of the roughly spherical comet nucleus.
PIA05004:
Comet Wild 2 - Stardust Approach Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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NASA's	Stardust Navigation Camera captured this anaglyph of the comet Wild 2. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA05580:
Comet Wild 2 - Anaglyph
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image was taken by the navigation camera during the close approach phase of Stardust's Jan 2, 2004 flyby of comet Wild 2. Several large depressed regions can be seen. Comet Wild 2 is about five kilometers (3.1 miles) in diameter.
PIA05578:
Comet Wild 2 - Jet Release
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-10 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the broken Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 skimming along a trail of debris left during its multiple trips around the sun.
PIA08452:
A Million Comet Pieces
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-13 Holmes Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this picture of comet Holmes in March 2008, five months after the comet suddenly erupted and brightened a millionfold overnight.
PIA11228:
Anatomy of a Busted Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-05 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three of the many fragments making up Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3. The picture also provides the best look yet at the crumbling comet's trail of debris.
PIA08438:
Comet Stepping Stones
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Add Image to Favorite List 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 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 2014-06-19 Asteroid Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations of infrared light from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light measurements.
PIA18454:
How to Measure the Size of an Asteroid
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Asteroid Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, have helped to reveal that a small asteroid called 2011 MD is made-up of two-thirds empty space.
PIA18455:
Solid as a Rock? Porosity of Asteroids
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Asteroid Spitzer Space Telescope
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Illustrated in this artist's concept are two possible structures for asteroid 2011 MD. NASA's Spitzer infrared camera helped reveal that this asteroid consists of about two-thirds empty space.
PIA18456:
The Spacious Structure of Asteroid 2011 MD (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Asteroid Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours.
PIA18453:
I Spy a Little Asteroid With My Infrared Eye
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Siding Spring Observatory
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An animated set of images, from the telescope known as the iTelescope.net Siding Spring Observatory, shows asteroid 2012 DA14 as the streak moving from top to bottom in the field of view. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
PIA16737:
Asteroid 2012 DA14 as Seen from Siding Spring, Australia Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Samford Valley Observatory
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This frame from a movie from the Samford Valley Observatory in Brisbane, Australia, shows the progress of asteroid 2012 DA14 across the night sky as it nears its closest approach. It was taken at 12:59 UTC on Feb. 15 (7:59 a.m. EST, or 4:59 a.m. PST).
PIA16735:
Approach of Asteroid 2012 DA14 from Samford Valley Observatory 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 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 2014-06-19 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.
PIA18516:
Rosetta Closing In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-17 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This observation from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has a two-part shape. The image on the left is from OSIRIS; the image on the right is enhanced with interpolated data.
PIA18402:
Rosetta Mission's Destination: Comet 67P/Churnyumov-Gerasimenko
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was imaged by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on July 20, 2014, from a distance of approximately 3,400 miles (5,500 kilometers). These three images were taken two hours apart.
PIA18418:
Rosetta Approach Tripych: Comet 67P
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken on July 14, 2014, by the OSIRIS imaging system aboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft have allowed scientists to create this three-dimensional shape model of the nucleus.
PIA18419:
Rotating Shape Model of Rosetta's Comet Target Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seen with ESA'S OSIRIS onboard the Rosetta spacecraft, shows the hazy circular structure to the right and center of the coma is an artifact due to overexposure of the nucleus.
PIA18422:
Rosetta's Comet: Imaging the Coma
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OSIRIS
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This view from the OSIRIS instrument onboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimernko from a distance of 1,210 miles (1950 kilometers).
PIA18423:
Comet 67P from 1,200 Miles Away
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OSIRIS
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 3, 2014, from a distance of 177 miles (285 kilometers). The image resolution is 17 feet (5.3 meters) per pixel.
PIA18641:
Rosetta's Comet from 177 Miles
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OSIRIS
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Close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the 'base' of the 'body' section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS on August 6, 2014.
PIA18642:
Rosetta's Target Up Close
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OSIRIS
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This image from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus.
PIA18596:
Comet Surface Variations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-25 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This annotated image depicts two of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.
PIA18777:
Two Small-Lobe Landing Sites for Rosetta
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OSIRIS
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This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.
PIA18778:
Four Rosetta Candidate Landing Sites
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OSIRIS
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This image depicts the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko chosen for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.
PIA18809:
Rosetta Lander's Primary Landing Site
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OSIRIS
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This annotated image depicts the backup landing site (Site C) chosen for ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander.
PIA18810:
Rosetta Lander's Backup Landing Site
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Rosetta NAVCAM
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Four images taken by the ESA Rosetta spacecraft create a montage showing jets of dust and gas escaping from the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
PIA18823:
Rosetta Comet Fires Its Jets
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OSIRIS
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An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft shows 'Site J,' the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the mission's Philae lander.
PIA18827:
Rosetta's Comet Landing Site Close Up
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OSIRIS
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This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.
PIA18835:
Rosetta Comet Spreads its Jets
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OSIRIS
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This is a rare glance at the dark side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Light backscattered from dust particles in the comet's coma reveals a hint of surface structures. This image was taken by OSIRIS, Rosetta's scientific imaging system.
PIA19041:
Rare Glance at Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The saturation of the image allows the viewer to see some surface structures on 'dark side' of the comet.
PIA19042:
Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Saturated)
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Rosetta NAVCAM
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A jagged horizon of the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko appears in this image taken by the navigation camera on the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft during the second half of October 2014.
PIA18867:
Jagged Horizon on Rosetta's Destination Comet
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Rosetta NAVCAM
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A patch of relatively smooth ground on the nucleus surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko appears in this image taken by the navigation camera on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft in October 2014.
PIA18868:
Smooth Ground on Rosetta's Destination Comet
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Rosetta NAVCAM
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Some relatively rough terrain on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko appears in this image taken by the navigation camera on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft in the second half of October 2014.
PIA18869:
Rough Terrain on Rosetta's Destination Comet
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OSIRIS
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The Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured this parting shot of the mission's Philae lander after its separation from the mother ship on Nov. 12, 2014.
PIA18873:
Farewell, Philae
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ROLIS
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This image was taken by the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission when it was about 130 feet (40 meters) above the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during descent to the surface on Nov. 12, 2014.
PIA18878:
Comet from 40 Meters
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OSIRIS
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This frame from an animated sequence shows the Rosetta mission's Philae lander descending toward comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (not in frame) on Nov. 12, 2014. The images are from the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on the ESA's Rosetta orbiter.
PIA18877:
Descent to the Surface of a Comet Animation Icon
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ROLIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission during Philae's descent toward the comet on Nov. 12, 2014 from a distance of approximate two miles (three kilometers).
PIA18874:
View of Comet from Lander During Descent
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OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The right half is obscured by darkness.
PIA19040:
Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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OSIRIS
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Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet
PIA18403:
Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet Animation Icon
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OSIRIS
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This annotated image depicts the two potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta's Philae lander that are on the comet's larger lobe.
PIA18779:
Two Large-Lobe Landing Sites for Rosetta
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OSIRIS
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This view of the 'belly' and part of the 'head' of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko indicates several morphologically different regions as seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft.
PIA18429:
Distinct Terrains on Rosetta's Comet
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OSIRIS
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This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.
PIA18886:
Rosetta Comet Spreads its Jets
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OSIRIS
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This still from a sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moving against the background star field.
PIA18376:
Rosetta's Comet Comes Alive Animation Icon
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CIVA
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A composite image from a camera on ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae comet lander shows a solar array, with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the background.
PIA18826:
Rosetta Selflessly Offers Beautiful Comet Selfie
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CIVA
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission took this parting shot of its mother ship, Rosetta, shortly after separation on Nov. 12, 2014. The image was taken with the lander's CIVA-P imaging system.
PIA18870:
Farewell Shot of Rosetta by Philae Lander
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CIVA
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission took this self-portrait of the spacecraft on Sept. 7, 2014, at a distance of about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
PIA18871:
Rosetta Mission Selfie at 10 Miles
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CIVA
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission took this self-portrait of the spacecraft on Sept. 7, 2014, at a distance of about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
PIA18872:
Rosetta Mission Selfie at 30 Miles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko marks the first touchdown point of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. The image was taken by on Sept. 14, 2104, nearly two months before Philae's Nov. 12 landing.
PIA18875:
First Touchdown Site of Comet Lander
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CIVA
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two images from the lander's CIVA camera confirm. One of the lander's three feet can be seen in the foreground.
PIA18876:
Welcome to a Comet, from Lander on Surface
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CIVA
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The Philae lander of Europe's Rosetta mission has returned the first panoramic image from the surface of a comet. The unprocessed panorama from the lander's CIVA-P camera shows a 360-degree view around the point of final touchdown.
PIA18879:
First Panoramic View from Comet Lander
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