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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-02-08 Deep Space Network (DSN)
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Deep Space Station 13 at NASA's Goldstone complex is an experimental antenna that has been retrofitted with an optical terminal. This proof of concept received both radio frequency and laser signals from deep space at the same time.
PIA26148:
DSN's Experimental Hybrid Antenna Tracks DSOC's Laser Downlink
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-18 Psyche
Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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This image shows an annotated screenshot from the first ultra-HD video streamed from deep space via a laser. NASA's DSOC experiment aboard the Psyche spacecraft sent the 15-second video back to Earth on Dec. 11, 2023.
PIA26146:
Explaining the First Ultra-HD Video Sent From Deep Space via Laser
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-18 Psyche
Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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Members of the DSOC team react to the first high-definition streaming video to be sent via laser from deep space on Dec. 11, 2023, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA26145:
DSOC Team Members React to the First HD Streaming Video From Deep Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-05 Pan Psyche
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This mosaic was made from first light images acquired by both of the cameras on NASA's Psyche spacecraft on Dec. 4, 2023.
PIA25960:
First Images From NASA's Psyche
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-16 Psyche
Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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DSOC ground laser transmitter operators pose for a photo at the Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory at JPL's Table Mountain Facility near Wrightwood, California, shortly after the technology demonstration achieved first light on Nov. 14, 2023.
PIA26144:
The DSOC Ground Laser Transmitter Team After 'First Light'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-16 Psyche
Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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The flight laser transceiver operations team for NASA's Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration works in the Psyche mission support area at JPL in the early hours of Nov. 14, 2023, when the project achieved first light.
PIA26143:
DSOC 'First Light' at JPL's Psyche Mission Support Area
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-16 Psyche
Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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The downlink laser signal for NASA's Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration is detected at the Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Table Mountain Facility near Wrightwood, California,
PIA26142:
Confirmation of DSOC 'First Light' at JPL's Table Mountain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-04 Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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Shown here is an identical copy of the DSOC, superconducting nanowire single-photon detector that is coupled to the 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope located at Caltech's Palomar Observatory in San Diego County, California.
PIA26141:
DSOC's Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detector
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-04 Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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Shown here is a prototype of the Deep Space Optical Communications, or DSOC, ground receiver detector built by the Microdevices Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25840:
DSOC's Downlink Detector Prototype
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-01 Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft will gather science at the asteroid Psyche at four orbit altitudes, as depicted in this graphic. It has been updated to reflect an October 2023 launch.
PIA26102:
Psyche Orbital Operations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-01 Psyche
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This graphic shows the expected timeline of milestones immediately following liftoff for NASA's Psyche spacecraft if Psyche launches at the beginning of its launch period on Oct. 5, 2023.
PIA26101:
Psyche Launch Ascent Timeline
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-01 Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft takes a spiral path to the asteroid Psyche, as depicted in this graphic that shows the path from above the plane of the planets, labeled with key milestones of the prime mission.
PIA24930:
Psyche's Mission Plan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-28 Asteroid Psyche
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Members of NASA's Psyche mission pose at JPL in April 2022.
PIA25140:
Psyche Mission Team at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-28 Asteroid Psyche
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Psyche undergoes vibration testing at JPL in March 2022 to ensure the spacecraft can withstand the jostling of launch.
PIA25139:
Psyche Undergoes Vibration Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-28 Asteroid Psyche
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft with its large solar arrays fully deployed and one of its four Hall-effect thrusters firing (visible via its blue glow) atop the spacecraft's body.
PIA25138:
Psyche Spacecraft en Route to the Asteroid Belt (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-03 Asteroid Psyche
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Team members prepare to integrate one of two solar arrays on NASA's Psyche spacecraft inside the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 24, 2023.
PIA25955:
Preparing for Psyche's Array Test Deployment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-03 Asteroid Psyche
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Technicians begin to retract one of the two solar arrays attached to NASA's Psyche spacecraft. This photo was taken on July 25, 2023.
PIA25954:
NASA's Psyche: Solar Arrays Stowed for Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-18 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on June 26, 2023, at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
PIA25953:
Home Stretch to Launch for Psyche
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-18 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on June 26, 2023, at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
PIA25952:
Psyche Ramping up to Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-24 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on Dec. 8, 2022, at Astrotech Space Operations Facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
PIA25664:
NASA's Psyche: Picking up Launch Prep for 2023
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-11 Asteroid Psyche
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Members of the media view the Psyche spacecraft on April 11, 2022, inside a clean room at JPL. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch in August on a journey to a metal-rich asteroid of the same name.
PIA25242:
NASA Shows Off Psyche Spacecraft to Media
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-11 Asteroid Psyche
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A member of the media interviews Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the principal investigator of NASA's Psyche mission, in front of the spacecraft on April 11, 2022, inside a clean room at JPL.
PIA25241:
Media Meet the Team Leading NASA's Psyche Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-06 Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration's flight laser transceiver can be easily identified on NASA's Psyche spacecraft, seen in this December 2021 photograph.
PIA24570:
DSOC Flight Laser Transceiver Integrated with NASA's Psyche Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-06 Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration's flight laser transceiver is shown at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in April 2021.
PIA24569:
DSOC's Flight Laser Transceiver
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-04 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, updated in April 2022, depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft. Set to launch in August 2022, the Psyche mission will explore a metal-rich asteroid of the same name.
PIA24834:
Psyche Spacecraft at the Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-04 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is placed into the ultra-sturdy vacuum chamber at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25232:
Tall Order: NASA's Psyche in TVAC Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-04 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is seen on its way to the vacuum chamber at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25231:
NASA's Psyche en Route to TVAC
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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Only one of the 37-foot-long (11.3-meter-long) arrays on NASA's Psyche spacecraft can be unfolded at a time during testing in JPL's High Bay 2 clean room.
PIA25134:
Unfolding Psyche's Giant Solar Arrays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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An engineer examines a panel on a stowed solar array on NASA's Psyche spacecraft prior to a deployment test in a clean at JPL. The panels are designed to work in low-light conditions, far from the Sun.
PIA25133:
Up Close With a Solar Panel on Psyche
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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Before a deployment test in a clean room at JPL, engineers examine one of Psyche's two solar arrays. The arrays are folded and stowed flush with the chassis, as shown here, before launch and then deployed in flight.
PIA25132:
Preparing for Psyche's Solar Array Deployment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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The first of two solar arrays on NASA's Psyche spacecraft is successfully deployed in JPL's storied High Bay 2 clean room. The twin arrays will power the spacecraft and its science instruments during a mission to the asteroid belt.
PIA25135:
One of Psyche's Solar Array Successfully Deployed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-20 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration shows how NASA's Psyche spacecraft will explore asteroid Psyche, starting with a high-altitude Orbit A and gradually lowering into Orbit D as it conducts its science investigation.
PIA24896:
Orbiting Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This photo shows Psyche's multispectral imager, in the process of assembly and testing on September 13, 2021, at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, California.
PIA24894:
Psyche's Imager in Progress
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Magnetometer
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California integrate the magnetometer instrument into the agency's Psyche spacecraft on June 28, 2021. The instrument will help determine if the Psyche asteroid is part of a planetesimal.
PIA24893:
Psyche's Magnetometer Integration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer (GRNS)
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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an engineer inspects the gamma ray and neutron spectrometer as it is integrated into the agency's Psyche spacecraft. The instrument will help determine the elements that make up its target.
PIA24892:
Psyche's Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer (GRNS)
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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers integrate a gamma ray and neutron spectrometer into the agency's Psyche spacecraft. The instrument will help determine the elements that make up its target, an asteroid also named Psyche.
PIA24891:
Psyche's Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer in the Works
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is photographed in July 2021 during the mission's assembly, test, and launch operations phase at JPL. Hall thrusters will propel the spacecraft to its target in the main asteroid belt.
PIA24790:
Psyche Thrusters: Integration Complete
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory work to integrate Hall thrusters into the agency's Psyche spacecraft in July 2021. One of the thrusters is visible on the side of the spacecraft underneath a red protective cover.
PIA24789:
Psyche's Thruster Integration Underway
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers prepare to integrate four Hall thrusters onto the agency's Psyche spacecraft. The thrusters will propel Psyche to its target in the main asteroid belt.
PIA24788:
Preparing Psyche's Thruster Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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At left, xenon plasma emits a blue glow from an electric Hall thruster identical to those that will propel NASA's Psyche spacecraft to the main asteroid belt. On the right is a similar non-operating thruster.
PIA24030:
Psyche's Hall Thruster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-24 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is in the midst of system integration and test at JPL. This image was taken on August 18, 2021, less than a year from launch in August 2022.
PIA24787:
Psyche: One Year Until Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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The Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Chassis of NASA's Psyche spacecraft is mounted onto a rotation fixture in High Bay 1 of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24476:
Chassis of NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Docks Safely
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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This image, shot March 28, 2021 shows engineers and technicians preparing to move the Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Chassis from its shipping container to a dolly in High Bay 1 of JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility.
PIA24475:
NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Chassis Welcomed Into JPL's High Bay 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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A major component of NASA's Psyche spacecraft has been delivered to the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where the phase known as assembly, test, and launch operations (ATLO) is now underway.
PIA24474:
NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Chassis Arrives at the Agency's JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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This illustration, updated as of March 2021, depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft.
PIA24473:
Psyche Spacecraft (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, created in March 2021, depicts the 140-mile-wide (226-kilometer-wide) asteroid Psyche, which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
PIA24472:
Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, created in March 2021, depicts the 140-mile-wide (226-kilometer-wide) asteroid Psyche, which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
PIA24471:
Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-02 Asteroid Psyche
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Technicians power on the main body of NASA's Psyche spacecraft, called the Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Chassis, at Maxar Technologies in Palo Alto, California, in November 2020.
PIA24326:
Power On: Psyche Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
Gamma Ray/Neutron Spectrometer (GRNS)
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Engineers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, make progress on the spectrometer for NASA's Psyche spacecraft, while observing COVID-19 safety procedures.
PIA23880:
Psyche's Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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An electric Hall thruster, identical to those that will be used to propel NASA's Psyche spacecraft, undergoes testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA23879:
Ring of Firepower
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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Thumbs-up for a successful test. Psyche engineers test an electric Hall thruster identical to those that will propel NASA's Psyche spacecraft on its journey to the asteroid Psyche.
PIA23878:
Thumbs-up for Ion Propulsion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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A technician prepares to integrate part of the electric propulsion system onto the main body of NASA's Psyche spacecraft at Maxar Technologies in Palo Alto, California.
PIA23877:
Psyche in Progress
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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This artist's concept depicts the asteroid Psyche, the target of NASA's Psyche mission.
PIA23876:
A Metal-Rich World (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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This artist's concept, updated as of June 2020, depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft.
PIA23875:
Psyche Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-23 Psyche
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This artist's-concept illustration depicts the spacecraft of NASA's Psyche mission near the mission's target, the metal asteroid Psyche. The artwork was created in May 2017 to show the five-panel solar arrays planned for the spacecraft.
PIA21499:
Artist's Concept of Psyche Spacecraft with Five-Panel Array
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-04 Psyche
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Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft, which will conduct a direct exploration of an asteroid thought to be a stripped planetary core.
PIA21275:
Psyche Artist's Concept
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