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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-06 Mars Helicopter
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter carries a small swatch of muslin material from the lower-left wing of the Wright Brothers Flyer 1.
PIA24291:
Swatch of Wright Brothers Flyer 1 Attached to Mars Helicopter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-05 Mars 2020 Rover
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Photo of a rover wheel with etched illustration inside, featuring two sets of rover wheel tracks, one straight and one twisted.
PIA24552:
Rover DNA Inscription
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
Plasma Instrument for Magnetic Sounding (PIMS)
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In this photo, the Plasma Instrument Calibration Chamber at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, recreates the plasma environments that PIMS and other instruments will encounter in space.
PIA24330:
Preparing NASA's Europa Clipper's Plasma Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
Europa Imaging System - Wide Angle
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Included in the payload of science instruments for NASA's Europa Clipper is the Europa Imaging System (EIS) Wide Angle Camera (WAC).
PIA24329:
Europa Imaging System Wide Angle Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
Europa Imaging System - Narrow Angle
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Included in the payload of science instruments for NASA's Europa Clipper is the Europa Imaging System (EIS) Narrow Angle Camera (NAC).
PIA24328:
Europa Imaging System Narrow Angle Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
Plasma Instrument for Magnetic Sounding (PIMS)
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Pictured in a clean room at APL are NASA's Europa Clipper's recently assembled Faraday cup sensors and instrument housings in two configurations.
PIA24327:
Faraday Cups Up Close: NASA's Europa Clipper
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
Europa Imaging System - Wide Angle
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An engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) works with an engineering model of part of the Europa Imaging System (EIS) that will fly aboard NASA's Europa Clipper.
PIA24325:
Europa Clipper's Europa Imaging System in the Works
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
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Technicians and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory work together on Sept. 12, 2019, to bond thermal tubing to a panel built for NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
PIA24324:
Europa Clipper's Thermal Tubing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory test an engineering model of a high-frequency (HF) radar antenna that makes up part of NASA's Europa Clipper radar instrument on Dec. 17, 2019.
PIA24323:
Europa Clipper REASON Testing on the Mesa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
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Technicians at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center check the fit of the cylinders of the propulsion module core of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft on Oct. 15, 2020.
PIA24322:
Stacked Cylinders: Europa Clipper Propulsion Module
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
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NASA's Europa Clipper, depicted in this illustration that was updated in December 2020, will swoop around Jupiter on an elliptical path, dipping close to its moon Europa on each flyby to collect data.
PIA24321:
Europa Clipper Spacecraft (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-30 Jupiter Juno
Stellar Reference Unit (SRU)
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This animation gives an X-ray view of the Juno spacecraft's Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) star camera as it is bombarded by high-energy particles in Jupiter's inner radiation belts.
PIA24436:
High Energy and Juno's Stellar Reference Unit
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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 2021-03-24 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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The S-band SAR arrived at JPL on March 19. The next day, technicians and engineers moved the S-SAR into the airlock to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 clean room, to be unpacked over several days in the clean room.
PIA24137:
NISAR S-Band SAR Arrival
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-16 Mars Helicopter
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This image is an illustration of NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter flying on Mars.
PIA24466:
Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-18 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Perseverance rover was able to use its new Terrain-Relative Navigation technology to avoid hazards and find a safe place to land in Jezero Crater on Mars.
PIA23970:
Avoiding Hazards at Jezero Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is equipped with two microphones that will capture the sounds during entry, descent, and landing, and sounds on the Martian surface.
PIA24166:
Mars 2020 Microphone Testing at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-17 Mars Mars Sample Return
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During the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission, pristine samples of Mars rock and regolith will be collected and sealed inside collection tubes for later retrieval by the Sample Retrieval Lander mission in the late 2020s.
PIA24164:
Mars Sample Return Lander's Divert Maneuver
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-16 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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This narrated animation shows NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars and how the rover's SuperCam laser instrument works.
PIA24426:
Animation: How Perseverance's SuperCam Works
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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 2021-01-27 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This graphic shows the location of four cameras and a microphone on the spacecraft for NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance mission. These cameras will capture the entry, descent, and landing phase of the mission.
PIA24378:
Mars 2020 Camera and Microphone Location (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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SuperCam's mast unit before being installed atop the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover's remote sensing mast.
PIA24208:
SuperCam Mast Unit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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The mast-mounted portion of Mars 2020's SuperCam awaits integration into the Perseverance rover.
PIA24207:
SuperCam is Not Seeing Red
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX)
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The bowtie-shaped antenna for the Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX) instrument has been mounted on the underside of the Perseverance rover.
PIA24206:
Put a Bowtie on It!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX)
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The Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX) electronics box before being integrated into the Perseverance rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA24205:
This Gold Box to Searches for Buried Treasure
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX)
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This image, taken in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, shows the Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX) electronic's box after it has been inserted into the Perseverance rover.
PIA24204:
The Parts Inside Perseverance
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars Helicopter
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An Ingenuity team member inspects NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in one of the space simulation chambers at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA23969:
Bottom of Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars Helicopter
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The Mars Helicopter Base Station stores and routes communications between NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter and mission controllers on Earth.
PIA23968:
Mars Helicopter Base Station on Perseverance Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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In this image, the gold-plated Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) Instrument shines after being installed inside the Perseverance rover.
PIA24203:
MOXIE All Tucked In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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This engineering model of Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument is about to undergo vibration testing in a lab at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA24202:
MOXIE Shakes it UP
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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The engineering model (EM), an almost identical twin of Mars 2020's MOXIE, is used for testing in the lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA24201:
MOXIE Twin During Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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The twin Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z cameras, shown with a pocket knife for scale, are assembled and ready for testing in this photo taken at Malin Space Science Systems, in San Diego, California.
PIA24200:
Ready for a Close Up (or a Wide Angle)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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This modern-looking geoboard adds a pop of color to the lab at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, California.
PIA24199:
Modern Art for Mastcam-Z
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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The Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z cameras are on a workbench during their assembly at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego.
PIA24198:
Mastcam-Z Looking Left
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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A JPL optical technician performs a final inspection and swab cleaning of the front optics of the Mars 2020 mission's Perseverance rover Mastcam-Z cameras at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in March 2020.
PIA24197:
Mastcam-Z Final Lens Cleaning
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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With two cameras set about 10 inches apart at the top of the Mars 2020 rover's remote sensing mast, Mastcam-Z can produce a 3D image to be viewed with 3D glasses.
PIA24196:
Mastcam-Z Can See in 3D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-05 SPHEREx
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This animation shows the preliminary design for the spacecraft, including hexagonal sun shields that will help keep the instruments cool.
PIA23869:
SPHEREx Preliminary Design (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-22 Mars 2020 Rover
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This illustration depicts the interior of a sample tube being carried aboard the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.
PIA24307:
Anatomy of a Sample Tube Interior
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-22 Mars 2020 Rover
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This illustration depicts the exterior of a sample tube being carried aboard the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.
PIA24306:
Anatomy of a Sample Tube
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-22 Mars 2020 Rover
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A tray holding 39 sample tubes, each protected in a gold-colored sheath, is installed in NASA's Perseverance rover in this picture taken at the agency's Kennedy Space Center on May 21, 2020.
PIA24305:
Installing Perseverance's Sample Tubes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-22 Mars 2020 Rover
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This animation shows the data collected on a Mars 2020 sample tube using a computerized tomography (CT) scanner. Engineers working on the sample tubes used the 3D imagery to better understand the tubes' internal structure.
PIA24304:
CT Scan of Mars Sample Tube
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-22 Mars 2020 Rover
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Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong works with an Apollo Lunar Sample Return Container during a lunar surface simulation training exercise in Building 9, Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas.
PIA24297:
Armstrong and Rock Box
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-22 Mars 2020 Rover
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A technician working on the Mars 2020 mission takes a sample from the surface of sample tube 241, to test for contamination. The image was taken in a clean room facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the tubes were developed and assembled.
PIA24294:
Sampling Mars 2020 Sample Tube 241
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-16 Mars 2020 Rover
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An illustration of NASA's Perseverance rover landing safely on Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land safely on Feb. 18, 2021.
PIA24319:
Perseverance Touches Down on Mars (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-16 Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Perseverance rover fires up its descent stage engines as it nears the Martian surface in this illustration.
PIA24318:
Powered Descent for Perseverance (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-16 Mars 2020 Rover
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In this illustration, NASA's Perseverance rover gets its first look at the Martian surface below, after dropping its heat shield just under six minutes after entry into the Mars atmosphere.
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Perseverance Heat Shield Separates (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-16 Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Perseverance rover deploys a supersonic parachute from its aeroshell as it slows down before landing, in this artist's illustration.
PIA24316:
Perseverance Deploys its Parachute (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-16 Mars 2020 Rover
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The aeroshell containing NASA's Perseverance rover guides itself towards the Martian surface as it descends through the atmosphere in this illustration.
PIA24315:
Perseverance Guides Itself Towards the Surface (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-16 Mars 2020 Rover
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In this illustration of its descent to Mars, the spacecraft containing NASA's Perseverance rover slows down using the drag generated by its motion in the Martian atmosphere.
PIA24314:
Perseverance Rover Decelerates in the Martian Atmosphere (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-16 Mars 2020 Rover
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With its heat shield facing the planet, NASA's Perseverance rover begins its descent through the Martian atmosphere in this illustration.
PIA24313:
Entering the Martian Atmosphere with the Perseverance Rover (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-16 Mars 2020 Rover
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This illustration shows NASA's Perseverance rover casting off its spacecraft's cruise stage, minutes before entering the Martian atmosphere.
PIA24312:
Perseverance Rover's Cruise Stage Separates (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-16 Mars 2020 Rover
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This illustration shows NASA's Mars 2020 spacecraft carrying the Perseverance rover as it approaches Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land on Mars safely on Feb. 18, 2021.
PIA24311:
Perseverance Rover Approaches Mars (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-10 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This graphic shows radar measurements, called waveforms, collected by the sea level instrument on Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich.
PIA24136:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich First Light Waveform
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-10 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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The data in this graphic are the first sea surface height measurements from the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite (S6MF), which launched Nov. 21, 2020.
PIA24135:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich First Light Sea Level
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-08 Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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The calibration target for SHERLOC, one of the instruments aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, features a slice of Martian meteorite, plus spacesuit materials, including helmet-visor material that doubles as a geocache target.
PIA24261:
SHERLOC's Calibration Target Aboard the Perseverance Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-08 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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This fragment of a Martian meteorite, seen floating inside the International Space Station, is is now part of a calibration target for SuperCam, one of the instruments aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover.
PIA24179:
Supercam's Mars Meteorite Aboard the ISS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-08 Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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Scientists use the color swatches on the primary calibration target for Mastcam-Z aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. Symbols and mottos relevant to the mission are included around the target's perimeter.
PIA24178:
Mastcam-Z's Calibration Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-02 Lunar Trailblazer
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Peering into the Moon's permanently shadowed regions, Lunar Trailblazer will detect signatures of water ice in reflected light, and it will pinpoint the locations of micro-cold traps less than a football field in size.
PIA24161:
Lunar Trailblazer to Support NASA's Artemis Program
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-24 Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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An illustration of MOXIE and its components. An air pump pulls in carbon dioxide gas from the Martian atmosphere, which is then regulated and fed to the Solid OXide Electrolyzer (SOXE), where it is electrochemically split to produce pure oxygen.
PIA24177:
Components of MOXIE (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-24 Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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Engineers lower MOXIE into the belly of NASA's Perseverance rover.
PIA24176:
Engineers Lower MOXIE into Perseverance
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-13 Mars 2020 Project
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Flight Director Matt Smith studies the data during the second post-launch trajectory correction maneuver during Perseverance's cruise to Mars.
PIA24195:
A Flight Director's Focus
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Propulsion Lead Rebekah Lam participates in Perseverance's second trajectory correction maneuver at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24194:
Propulsion Lead Checks the Tanks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-13 Mars 2020 Project
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Matt Smith, flight director for the second Mars 2020 mission trajectory correction maneuver (TCM-2), studying the screens at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24193:
All Systems Go for Planned Course Correction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-13 Mars 2020 Project
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The Mars 2020 navigation team celebrates Perseverance's nominal, or successful, trajectory correction maneuver in the Mission Support Area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24192:
Celebrating a Good Day in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-13 Mars 2020 Project
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Attitude Control Systems lead Chris Pong donned a dinosaur-themed mask for his participation in the Mars 2020 mission's second trajectory correction maneuver at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24191:
Maneuvers While Masked
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-13 Mars 2020 Project
Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA)
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One of two wind sensors springs out of the mast on NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. These sensors are part of Perseverance's weather instrumentation, called MEDA.
PIA24175:
MEDA's Wind Sensor Springs Out
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-13 Mars 2020 Project
Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA)
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SkyCam is a sky-facing camera aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. As part of MEDA, the rover's set of weather instruments, SkyCam will take images and video of clouds passing in the Martian sky.
PIA24174:
Perseverance Rover's SkyCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-10 Mars 2020 Project
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An electrical cable can be seen snaking its way along insulation material in this in-flight image of the interior of the Mars 2020 spacecraft on its way to the Red Planet.
PIA24233:
Mars 2020 Showing Some Inflight Heat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-05 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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Technicians and engineers working on the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite pose in front of the spacecraft in its protective nosecone, or payload fairing, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Spacecraft Team and Fairing
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The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is encapsulated in a protective nosecone, or payload fairing, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The fairing will sit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the satellite into Earth orbit.
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Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Encapsulated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-27 Mars 2020 Project
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NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover reached its halfway point — 146.3 million miles (235.4 million kilometers) — on its journey to Jezero Crater on Oct. 27, 2020, at 1:40 p.m. PDT (4:40 EDT).
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Perseverance Rover at Halfway Point
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-27 Mars 2020 Project
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This illustration of the Mars 2020 spacecraft in interplanetary space was generated using imagery from NASA's Eyes on the Solar System. The image is from the mission's midway point between Earth and Mars.
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Mars 2020 Spacecraft Mid-Cruise (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-22 Mars 2020 Project
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MEDLI2 sensors are installed on the Mars 2020 heat shield and back shell prior that will protect NASA's Perseverance rover on its journey to the surface of Mars.
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MEDLI2 Onboard Mars 2020 Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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This nickel-alloy heat exchanger is among several that were 3D printed for MOXIE, an instrument aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover.
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Close-up of 3D printed MOXIE Heat Exchanger
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-19 Mars 2020 Rover
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This video clip shows a 3D printing technique where a printer head scans over each layer of a part, blowing metal powder which is melted by a laser.
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Video of 3D printing at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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This X-ray image shows the interior of a 3D-printed heat exchanger in Perseverance's MOXIE instrument. X-ray images like these are used to check for defects within parts.
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X-ray Image of 3D-Printed MOXIE Part
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-16 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite undergoes final preparations in a clean room at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for an early November launch.
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Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich processing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-15 Mars 2020 Rover
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This illustration depicts five major components of the Mars 2020 spacecraft.
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Mars 2020 Expanded Spacecraft Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-13 DuAxel Project
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The two-wheeled Axel descends the slope while tethered to its counterpart anchored above the slope. The tether serves as a climbing rope of sorts while also providing power and a means of communication.
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The Tethered Axel Autonomously Descends a Rocky Slope
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During the same field test, the DuAxel rover separates into two single-axled robots so that one can rappel down a slope too steep for conventional rovers.
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DuAxel Undocks a Tethered Axel to Explore a Steep Slope
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The DuAxel rover is seen here participating in field tests in the Mojave Desert. The four-wheeled rover is composed of two Axel robots. One part anchors itself in place while the other uses a tether to explore otherwise inaccessible terrain.
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The DuAxel Rover During a Field Test in California's Mojave Desert
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-08 Mars 2020 Rover
Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX)
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Highlighted in blue in this visualization, the RIMFAX instrument's antenna is externally mounted underneath the MMRTG (the rover's nuclear battery) on the back of Perseverance.
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RIMFAX Location on NASA's Perseverance Rover (Illustration)
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Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX)
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A test model of the RIMFAX instrument, aboard the trailer behind the snow mobile, undergoes field testing in Svalbard, Norway.
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Testing RIMFAX for NASA's Perseverance Rover
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Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX)
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Perseverance's Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX) uses radar waves to probe the ground, revealing the unexplored world that lies beneath the Martian surface.
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RIMFAX at Work on NASA's Perseverance (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-02 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This illustration shows the rear of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft in orbit above Earth with its deployable solar panels extended.
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The Rear of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite (Illustration)
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This illustration shows the front of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft in orbit above Earth with its deployable solar panels extended.
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The Front of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-02 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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In this illustration, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft, the world's latest sea-level satellite, orbits Earth with its deployable solar panels extended.
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The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite Orbits Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-01 Mars Helicopter
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This illustration depicts Mars Helicopter Ingenuity during a test flight on Mars.
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Helicopter Above Perseverance on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-28 Mars 2020 Rover
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Visible both in the inset photograph on the upper left and near the center of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover in this illustration is the palm-size dome called the Laser Retroreflector Array (LaRA).
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Perseverance's Laser Retroreflector (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-25 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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A shipping container containing the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is transported on a truck to the SpaceX payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base after landing in California on Sept. 24, 2020.
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Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Transported for Payload Processing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-25 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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A shipping container containing the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is removed from an aircraft at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sept. 24, 2020, after its two-day journey from an IABG engineering facility near Munich, Germany.
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Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-23 Earth 8000x5955x3
The OASIS project seeks to study fresh water aquifers in the desert as well as ice sheets in places like Greenland. This illustration shows what a satellite with a proposed radar instrument for the mission could look like.
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OASIS Study Project (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-22 Mars 2020 Rover
Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL)
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PIXL requires pictures of its rock targets to autonomously position itself. Using artificial intelligence, PIXL relies on the images to determine how far away it is from a target to be scanned.
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PIXL's Nightlight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-22 Mars 2020 Rover
Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL)
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A device with six mechanical legs, the hexapod is a critical part of the PIXL instrument aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. The hexapod allows PIXL to make slow, precise movements to get closer to and point at specific parts of a rock's surface.
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PIXL's Hexapod Has Moves
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Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL)
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PIXL opens its dust cover during testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. One of seven instruments on NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, PIXL is located on the end of the rover's robotic arm.
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Perseverance's PIXL Opens its Dust Cover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-22 Mars 2020 Rover
Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL)
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In this illustration, NASA's Perseverance Mars rover uses the Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL), which will help search for signs of ancient microbial life in rocks.
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Perseverance's PIXL at Work on Mars (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-21 Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE)
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JPL engineers and technicians follow COVID-19 Safe-at-Work guidelines as they transport the RIME transmitter and electronics on Aug. 19, 2020, for shipping to the Italian Space Agency (ASI).
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RIME Instrument en Route to JUICE
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