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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Icy particles in the cloud around Hartley 2, as seen by NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft. A star moving through the background is marked with red and moves in a particular direction, with a particular speed; icy particles move in random directions.
PIA13626:
Tracking "Snowballs" Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This still from an animation made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the topography of a portion of the wall and interior of the Rheasilvia impact basin in asteroid Vesta's south-polar region.
PIA15493:
Wall of Rheasilvia Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-06 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This composite image of asteroid 2007 PA8 was obtained using data taken by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif.
PIA16296:
NASA Radar Images Asteroid 2007 PA8
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This mosaic from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows dark material near a series of craters known as the 'snowman' on asteroid Vesta. That ejected material is a complex mixture of components.
PIA15492:
Dark Materials at the Snowman
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-27 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Taken on April 25, 2005, sixty-nine days before it gets up-close-and-personal with a comet, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft successfully photographed its quarry, comet Tempel 1, at a distance of 39.7 million miles.
PIA07879:
Deep Impact Spots Quarry
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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The interplay of bright and dark material at the rim of Marcia crater on Vesta is visible in this image mosaic taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The bright and dark material appear to be exposed from weathering.
PIA15491:
Bright and Dark at West Rim of Marcia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-07-06 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Southwest of the Big Crater (Mosaic)
PIA02933:
Southwest of the Big Crater (Mosaic)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This false-color image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory on June 30, 2005, Universal Time. The comet was bright and condensed.
PIA02118:
X-ray Eyes on Tempel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-19 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters in various states of degradation on the asteroid Vesta.
PIA14675:
Craters in Various States of Degradation
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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 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Eros' Eastern and Western Hemispheres
PIA02474:
Eros' Eastern and Western Hemispheres
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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 2010-10-26 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This artist's concept shows a view of NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft during its Nov. 4, 2010 flyby of comet Hartley 2. The fluffy shell around the comet, called a coma, is made up of gas and dust that blew off the comet's core, or nucleus.
PIA13548:
Comet Hartley 2 Gets a Visitor (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-14 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This image of asteroid Toutatis was generated with data collected using NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012 and indicates that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object with ridges and perhaps craters.
PIA16599:
Tumbling Asteroid Toutatis Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-28 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This composite image NASA's Dawn spacecraft is a simulated true color image of part of asteroid Vesta's south polar region.
PIA14975:
Vesta's South Polar Region in Simulated True Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-27 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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On April 25, 2005 NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft obtained its first optical navigation (Op-Nav) image of comet Tempel 1. At the time the picture was taken the distance between spacecraft and comet was 64 million kilometers (39.7 million miles) away.
PIA07880:
Tempel 1 First Op-Nav
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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The upper panel of this figure shows small images of comet Hartley 2 taken by NASA's EPOXI mission over time. The lower panel is a graph showing the variation of total brightness, and the variation of the total amount of carbon dioxide, during the time.
PIA13573:
Carbon Dioxide Fluctuations in Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca
La Sagra Sky Survey
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This set of images from the La Sagra Sky Survey, operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca in Spain, shows the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 shortly after its closest, and safe, approach to Earth.
PIA16738:
Outbound Near-Earth Asteroid, as Seen from Spain Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Mosaic of Eros' Northern Hemisphere
PIA02923:
Mosaic of Eros' Northern Hemisphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Large Crater on Eros
PIA02481:
Large Crater on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Interesting Structural Features on Eros
PIA02482:
Interesting Structural Features on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Glimpses into Eros' Shadows
PIA02487:
Glimpses into Eros' Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-18 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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A Swath of Eros
PIA02926:
A Swath of Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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The Many Faces of Eros
PIA03108:
The Many Faces of Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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A Trio of Craters on Eros
PIA02488:
A Trio of Craters on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-09 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows dark material at impact craters, up to 12.5 miles-wide (20 kilometer-wide) and sets of worm-like tracks in the north-south direction.
PIA14696:
Worm-like Markings on Vesta's Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This 3D image was obtained as Dawn approached Vesta and circled the giant asteroid during the mission's survey orbit phase. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA15140:
Dawn Soars Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-29 Comet Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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These radar images of comet P/2016 BA14 were taken on March 22, 2016, by scientists using an antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, CA. At the time, the comet was about 2.2 million miles (3.6 million kilometers) from Earth.
PIA19298:
Comet Scanned by NASA Radar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-26 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This view of the topography of asteroid Vesta's surface is composed of several images obtained with the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft on August 6, 2011. The image mosaic is shown superimposed on a digital terrain model.
PIA14682:
Topography of Vesta's Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-23 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This view of the topography of asteroid Vesta's surface is composed of several images obtained with the clear filter in the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft on August 6, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14679:
Topography of Troughs on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-26 Tempel 1 EPOXI
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This frame from a movie begins with the launch of NASA's Deep Impact on Jan. 12, 2005, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. On July 4, 2005, the mission released a probe into Comet Tempel 1, revealing its pristine, inner material.
PIA13546:
EPOXI's Trip to Meet Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft's High- and Medium-Resolution Imagers (HRI and MRI) captured multiple jets emanating from comet Hartley 2 turning on and off while the spacecraft is 8 million kilometers (5 million miles) away from the comet.
PIA13568:
Spacecraft Images Comet Target's Jets Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on Aug. 23, 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14702:
Different Surface Ages on Vesta
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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 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft obtained these views of the icy particle cloud around comet Hartley 2. The image on the left is the full image of comet Hartley 2 for context, and the image on the right was enlarged and cropped.
PIA13624:
Views of Hartley 2 Nucleus and Inner Coma
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a perspective view of a layered young crater in the Rheasilvia basin at asteroid Vesta.
PIA15496:
Perspective View of Layered Young Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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In this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, bright material extends out from the crater Canuleia on asteroid Vesta. The bright material appears to have been thrown out of the crater during the impact that created it.
PIA15235:
Bright Rays from Canuleia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the crater Numisia, located just south of the equator in the Numisia quadrangle on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15234:
Bright Material at Numisia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-08 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This time-exposure picture of the asteroid Gaspra and background stars is one of four optical navigation images made by NASA's Galileo's imaging system to improve knowledge of Gaspra's location for the spacecraft flyby.
PIA00229:
Gaspra Optical Navigation Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows densely cratered terrain near Vesta's terminator on August 6, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter aboard the spacecraft. North is pointing towards the two o'clock position.
PIA14672:
Densely Cratered Terrain Near the Terminator
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-11-03 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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During its examination of the asteroid Ida, NASA's Galileo spacecraft returned images of a second object, Dactyl--the first confirmed satellite or moon of an asteroid; the much smaller moon is visible to the right of Ida.
PIA00333:
Asteroid Ida and its Satellite Dactyl in Enhanced Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This false-color image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is of the of the giant asteroid Vesta. Scientists are studying image like these to better understand the different materials on the surface.
PIA14325:
Different Shades of Vesta (False-Color)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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NEAR Road to Eros
PIA02462:
NEAR Road to Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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NEAR's First Whole-Eros Mosaic from Orbit
PIA02467:
NEAR's First Whole-Eros Mosaic from Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Over Eros' Horizon
PIA02468:
Over Eros' Horizon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of bright and dark materials on Vesta's surface on August 6, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter aboard the spacecraft.
PIA14671:
Bright and Dark Material on Vesta's Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Tracking a Feature on Eros
PIA03115:
Tracking a Feature on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.
PIA16490:
Sinuous Gullies, Close-up
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-12 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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NASA scientists used Earth-based radar to produce these sharp views -- an image montage and a movie sequence -- of the asteroid designated '2014 HQ124' on June 8, 2014.
PIA18412:
Radar Images of Asteroid 2014 HQ124 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-08 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many fresh craters, several with bright ejecta rays, which were formed by impacts into the floor of asteroid Vesta's south polar basin.
PIA14828:
Ray Craters in Vesta's South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Reversed stereo image pair covering the region of NASA's Deep Impact site from the Stardust-NExT mission.
PIA13870:
Comet Tempel 1 in Stereo (reversed)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on August 6, 2011. Old and heavily cratered terrain is shown on Vesta. The framing camera has a resolution about 280 yards (260 meters) per pixel.
PIA14328:
Old and Heavily Cratered Terrain on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-19 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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This image, taken by ESA's Rosetta navigation camera, was taken from a distance of about 53 miles (86 kilometers) from the center of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on March 14, 2015.
PIA19687:
Rosetta Comet Marches On
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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 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Closing in on Eros
PIA03138:
Closing in on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-08 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This false-color image shows comet Tempel 1 about 50 minutes after NASA's Deep Impact's probe smashed into its surface. The impact site is located on the far side of the comet in this view.
PIA02139:
Comet Tempel's Silhouette
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-07 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. on Nov. 7, 2011, when the space rock was at 3.6 lunar distances, which is about 860,000 miles, or 1.38 million kilometers, from Earth.
PIA15019:
Asteroid 2005 YU55 Approaches Close Earth Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker is of processed data showing Eros from slightly different perspectives is combined as anaglyphs or stereo pairs. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA02473:
Eros' Global Morphology
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-05 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This anaglpyh from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Caparronia crater on asteroid Vesta. The 3-D effect of the anaglyph highlights the large ridge running across the base of Caparronia crater. You will need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA15407:
3-D Image of Caparronia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-25 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of a central mound in a large structure at the south pole of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 12, 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter.
PIA14681:
Central Mound at the South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-05 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This spectacular image of comet Tempel 1 was taken 67 seconds after it obliterated NASA's Deep Impact's impactor spacecraft.
PIA02137:
Tempel Alive with Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of two large, young craters on Vesta with its framing camera on August 6, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter aboard the spacecraft.
PIA14329:
Two Large Young Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Eros: The First Look from Orbit
PIA02465:
Eros: The First Look from Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Stereo imaging, an important tool on NASA's NEAR Shoemaker for geologic analysis of Eros, provides three-dimensional information on the asteroid's landforms and structures. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA02471:
Eros in Stereo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows examples of straighter, shorter, wider gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Fonteia.
PIA16491:
Straight Gullies in Fonteia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This zoomed-in image from the High-Resolution Instrument on NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft shows the particles swirling in a 'snow storm' around the nucleus of comet Hartley 2.
PIA13623:
Cometary Flurries
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-13 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a surface with craters buried under thick ejected material that displays a grooved texture on the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15298:
Smooth Ejecta with Grooved Surface Showing Buried Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-10 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these images with its visible and infrared instrument of asteroid Vesta. The top image is a simulated true-color picture of the asteroid's surface.
PIA14697:
Visible and Infrared Data Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.
PIA16489:
Sinuous Gullies in Cornelia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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The Sculptured Surface of Eros
PIA02480:
The Sculptured Surface of Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-18 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This 3D image of the asteroid Vesta was taken on July 9, 2011 by the framing camera instrument aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14314:
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-10 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image of asteroid Vesta, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, calculated from a shape model, shows a tilted view of the topography of the south polar region. This perspective removes the overall curvature of Vesta, as if the giant asteroid were flat and not
PIA14869:
Oblique View of Vesta's South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Eros' Bland Butterscotch Colors
PIA02475:
Eros' Bland Butterscotch Colors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Location of the NEAR Shoemaker Landing Site
PIA03143:
Location of the NEAR Shoemaker Landing Site
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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 'Sedna,' in relation to the rest of the solar system in 2004.
PIA13867:
Stardust Swoops by Tempel 1 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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This frame from an animation illustrates the benefits of observing asteroids in infrared light. It begins by showing two artistic interpretations of asteroids up close.
PIA14736:
Portrait of Two Asteroids in Different Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This still from a movie shows an image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft layered on a digital terrain model of an unusual hill containing a dark-rayed impact crater and nearby dark deposit on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15148:
Dark Hill on Asteroid Vesta Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-11-03 Borrelly Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer
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Over 1300 energy spectra taken on September 22, 2001 from the ion and electron instruments on NASA's Deep Space 1 span a region of 1,400,000 kilometers (870,000 miles) centered on the closest approach to the nucleus of comet Borrelly.
PIA03502:
Comet Borrelly Slows Solar Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-11-03 Borrelly Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer
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NASA's Deep Space 1 flew by comet Borrelly on September 22, 2001 and took these measurements with its plasma instruments. These data show that the flow of ions around the comet's rocky, icy nucleus.
PIA03503:
Comet Borrelly Nucleus Found to the Side
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Tempel 1 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image shows the nuclei of comets Tempel 1 and Hartley 2, as imaged by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, which continued as an extended mission known as EPOXI.
PIA13629:
Tempel 1 and Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image mosaic from NASA's Dawn mission shows a slice of the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. This mosaic, which covers one quarter of Vesta's surface, shows the pronounced difference between the northern and southern hemispheres.
PIA15666:
Slice of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-23 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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On June 8, 2011, the visible and infrared mapping spectrometer aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured the instrument's first images of Vesta that are larger than a few pixels, from a distance of about 218,000 miles (351,000 kilometers).
PIA14124:
Vesta in Spectrometer View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-23 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows NASA's Dawn's view of Vesta from June 20, 2011, when the approaching spacecraft was about 117,000 miles (189,000 kilometers) away from the body.
PIA14122:
Dawn's Approach to Vesta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image is one from a series of images provided by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft; the series shows a full rotation of Vesta, which occurs over the course of roughly five hours.
PIA14321:
Vesta Full Rotation Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this false-color image of asteroid Vesta's equatorial region with its framing camera on July 25, 2011.
PIA14677:
False-Color Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-31 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
NRAO Green Bank Telescope
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This collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 1999 JD6 was collected by NASA scientists on July 25, 2015. The asteroid is between 660-980 feet (200-300 meters) in diameter.
PIA19647:
Asteroid 1999 JD6
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-07 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This anaglyph from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows degraded craters shows partially degraded craters and ridges in asteroid Vesta's Pinaria quadrangle. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA15452:
3-D Image of Partially Degraded Craters
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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 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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NEAR Approach to Eros - 12 Panel Rotation Sequence
PIA02463:
NEAR Approach to Eros - 12 Panel Rotation Sequence
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-08 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This anaglyph from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows three fresh craters on asteroid Vesta, which have been nicknamed the 'Snowman' craters. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA15453:
3-D Image of Fresh Craters
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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 2013-09-27 Vesta Dawn
Hubble Space Telescope
Framing Camera
Hubble Space Telescope
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These two maps of the giant asteroid Vesta show patterns of brightness from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble's view is from an orbit around Earth. Dawn went into orbit around Vesta from 2011 to 2012.
PIA17465:
Two Views of Vesta Bright and Dark
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-01 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This montage of 14 images (the time order is right to left, bottom to top) shows asterpod Ida as it appeared in the field of view of NASA's Galileo's camera on August 28, 1993.
PIA00070:
Asteroid Ida Rotation Sequence
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This 3-D image shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. This picture was taken six years after the Deep Impact collision. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA13627:
Hartley 2 in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This montage of 11 images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft as it flew by the asteroid Gaspra on Oct. 1991, shows Gaspra growing progressively larger in the field of view of Galileo's solid-state imaging camera as the spacecraft approached the asteroid.
PIA00079:
Gaspra Approach Sequence
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-12 Dactyl Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Dactyl Dark Side Illuminated by Idashine
PIA00298:
Dactyl Dark Side Illuminated by Idashine
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