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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-05 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This frame from a movie shows the progression of NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) investigation for the mission's first two years following its restart in December 2013. Green circles represent near-Earth objects.
PIA20546:
Two Years of NEOWISE Observations Mapped 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 2016-03-24 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 23, 2016, by scientists using an antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California. At the time, the comet was about 2.2 million miles (3.6 million kilometers) from Earth.
PIA20542:
Comet Frozen In Time by NASA Radar Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-23 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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The elongated asteroid in this radar image, named 2003 SD220, will safely fly past Earth on Dec. 24, 2015, at a distance of 6.8 million miles (11 million kilometers).
PIA20280:
Elongated Asteroid Will Safely Pass Earth on Christmas Eve
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-23 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This image of an asteroid that is at least 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) long was taken on Dec. 17, 2015, by scientists using NASA's 230-foot Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California.
PIA20279:
Radar Image of 'Christmas Eve' Asteroid 2003 SD2020
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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Asteroid 1998 WT24 (left in December 2001, right on December 11, 2015) taken by NASA's the 230-foot (70-meter) DSS-14 antenna at Goldstone, California.
PIA20215:
Not Your Father's Asteroid
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-23 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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An expanded view of comet C/2006 W3 (Christensen) is shown here. NASA's WISE spacecraft observed this comet on April 20th, 2010 as it traveled through the constellation Sagittarius.
PIA20119:
Comet Christensen Has Carbon Gas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-23 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft observed the Oort cloud comet C/2006 W3 (Christensen) on April 20th, 2010, as it traveled through the constellation Sagittarius.
PIA20118:
NEOWISE View of Comet Christensen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-03 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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The 230-foot (70-meter) DSS-14 antenna at Goldstone, Ca. obtained these radar images of asteroid 2015 TB145 on Oct. 31, 2015.
PIA20043:
Halloween Asteroid Rotation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-30 Asteroid Arecibo Observatory
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This partial frame from an animation was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
PIA20041:
Halloween Asteroid Rotation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-30 Asteroid Arecibo Observatory
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These first radar images of 2015 TB145 from the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, indicate the near-Earth object is spherical in shape and approximately 2,000 feet (600 meters) in diameter.
PIA20040:
First Radar Images of Halloween Asteroid
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-01 Comet Rosetta
MIRO
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Subsurface temperature maps of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, showing the southern hemisphere of the comet. The maps are based on observations obtained with ESA's MIRO instrument.
PIA19970:
Taking a Comet's Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-01 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Image of the southern polar regions of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta's Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS) on September 29, 2014, when the comet was still experiencing the long southern winter.
PIA19969:
Taking a Comet's Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-29 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Scientists from the European Space Agency's Rosetta team have honored two late team members by naming comet features after them. The comet is 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where the mission successfully landed a probe.
PIA19838:
Comet Scientists Honor Colleagues
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-11 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This frame from an animation shows a very strong jet from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured by Rosetta's OSIRIS on July 29, 2015.
PIA19867:
Rosetta Comet In Action (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-03 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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The asteroid Euphrosyne glides across a field of background stars in this time-lapse view from NASA's WISE spacecraft. Euphrosyne is quite dark in visible light, but glows brightly at infrared wavelengths.
PIA19645:
Asteroid Euphrosyne as Seen by WISE
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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 2015-07-31 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
NRAO Green Bank Telescope
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This frame from a movie made from radar images of asteroid 1999 JD6, obtained on July 25, 2015. The asteroid is approximately 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) on its long axis.
PIA19646:
Radar Movie of Asteroid 1999 JD6 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
NRAO Green Bank Telescope
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Scientists using two giant, Earth-based radio telescopes bounced radar signals off passing asteroid 2011 UW158 to create images for an animation showing the rocky body's fast rotation. This is a frame from the animation.
PIA19644:
Radar Movie of Asteroid 2011 UW158 Animation Icon
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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 2015-04-15 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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An asteroid discovered by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft has been given the formal designation 316201 Malala, in honor of Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. The asteroid's previous appellation was 2010 ML48.
PIA19362:
Asteroid Named for Nobel Prize Winner Joins Historic Lineup
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-22 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows Cornelia Crater on the large asteroid Vesta. On the right is an inset image showing an example of curved gullies, indicated by the short white arrows, and a fan-shaped deposit, indicated by long white arrows.
PIA19170:
Gully and Fan-Shaped Deposit on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
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On clear nights in January 2015, comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is visible in the Taurus region of the sky to observers using binoculars. This chart indicates where to look for it on different dates during the month.
PIA19103:
Finder Chart for Viewing Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is one of more than 32 comets imaged by NASA's NEOWISE mission from December 2013 to December 2014. This image of comet Lovejoy combines a series of observations made in November 2013.
PIA19102:
NASA's NEOWISE Images Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This frame from a movie shows the progression of NASA's NEOWISE survey in the mission's first year following its restart in December 2013. Each dot represents an asteroid or comet that the mission observed.
PIA19101:
One Year of NEOWISE Observations Mapped Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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This graphic depicts the position of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, and a nearby cliff photographed by the lander, in the context of topographic modeling of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's nucleus.
PIA19097:
Philae Lander's Setting on Comet, with Cliff-Image Inset
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
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This graphic depicts the position of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission in the context of topographic modeling of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's nucleus.
PIA19096:
Philae Lander's Setting on Comet's Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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From the location where it came to rest after bounces, the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission captured this view of a cliff on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The feature is called 'Perihelion Cliff'.
PIA19095:
Philae Lander's View of 'Perihelion Cliff' on Comet Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission captured this view during its first bounce after hitting the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12, 2014, with blurring as a result of the lander's own motion. The image from
PIA19094:
Comet Lander's View During First Bounce
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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This mosaic of images from the navigation camera on the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it appeared at in the early morning, Universal Coordinated Time, of Dec. 17, 2014 (evening of Dec. 16, PST).
PIA19093:
December 2014 View of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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This mosaic of images from the navigation camera on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it appeared at 5 a.m. UTC on Dec. 17, 2014 (9 p.m. PST on Dec. 16).
PIA19092:
December 2014 View of Rosetta's Destination Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-10 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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This composite is a mosaic comprising four individual Rosetta NAVCAM images taken from 19 miles (31 kilometers) from the center of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 20, 2014.
PIA18899:
Rosetta Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-21 Comet Rosetta
ROLIS
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A 3D image shows what it would look like to fly over the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was generated by data collected by ESA's Philae spacecraft during the decent to the spacecraft's initial touchdown on the comet Nov. 12, 2014.
PIA18898:
Rosetta Comet in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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The descent of its comet lander Philae was captured by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's main camera as the lander approached -- and then rebounded off -- the comet's surface.
PIA18897:
Rosetta Lander Captured Before/After Bounce
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-17 Vesta Dawn
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This graphic shows the geologic time scale of asteroid Vesta derived from geologic mapping.
PIA18789:
Geological Time Scale of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-17 Vesta Dawn
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This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from NASA's Dawn spacecraft data.
PIA18788:
Geological Map of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
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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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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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 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-11 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-11 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-11 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-11 Comet Rosetta
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 2014-11-07 Comet Rosetta
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This artist's concept of the Rosetta mission's Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is from an animation showing the upcoming deployment of Philae and its subsequent science operations on the surface of the comet.
PIA18891:
Philae's Descent and Science of the Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-24 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-24 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-15 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-14 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-02 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-15 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-15 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-25 Comet Rosetta
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-25 Comet Rosetta
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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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 Comet Rosetta
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 2014-08-06 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 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 2014-07-31 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 Comet Rosetta
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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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 2014-07-24 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 2014-07-17 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This frame from an animated sequence combined 36 interpolated images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, each separated by 20 minutes. This comet is the destination for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission in 2014.
PIA18403:
Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet Animation Icon
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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 2014-07-03 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured this series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies on May 20, 2014.
PIA18460:
Infrared View of a Comet and Distant Galaxy Animation Icon
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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 2014-06-19 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
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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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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
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 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 2014-05-15 Comet Rosetta
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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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 2014-03-27 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 2014-03-06 Asteroid 1024x768x3
This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 EC past Earth on March 6, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach is a distance equivalent to about one-sixth of the distance between Earth and the moon. The indicated times are in Universal Time.
PIA17957:
Asteroid 2014 EC Flyby of Earth on March 6, 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-05 Asteroid 1024x768x3
This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 DX110 past Earth on March 5, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach was at a distance equivalent to about nine-tenths of the distance between Earth and the moon.
PIA17955:
Asteroid 2014 DX110 Flyby of Earth on March 5, 2014
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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 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 2014-01-24 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
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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 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA17832:
Asteroid Tracks Among the Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-07 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA17829:
NEOWISE's New Find
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-19 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.
PIA17811:
NEOWISE's Next Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA17663:
Vesta's Many Colors at Sextilia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA17662:
Antonia in Blue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.
PIA17661:
Flowing in, Flowing out of Aelia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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How did scientists know that NASA's Voyager spacecraft entered interstellar space? Increase in the density of charged particles was the key piece of evidence. Our sun sits in a bubble, called the heliosphere, carved out by wind emitted from the hot sun.
PIA17741:
A Tale of Two Comets: Encke
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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An optical color image of galaxies is seen here overlaid with X-ray data (magenta) from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). Both magenta blobs show X-rays from massive black holes buried at the hearts of galaxies.
PIA17740:
A Tale of Two Comets: ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-14 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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As comets C/2012 S1 (ISON) and the well-known short-period comet 2P/Encke both approached their closest distances to the Sun in November, 2013, they also passed close to the MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting the innermost planet Mercury.
PIA17693:
MESSENGER's First Images of Comets Encke and ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a crater in the northern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta called Bellicia.
PIA17478:
Bellicia Crater, in Visible Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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In this contrast-enhanced infrared image of Bellicia Crater on the giant asteroid Vesta, scientists from NASA's Dawn mission can see signs of the mineral olivine. Olivine was not expected to be found at Bellicia.
PIA17477:
Contrast-Enhanced Image of Bellicia Crater
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