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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 2020-12-16 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 2020-12-16 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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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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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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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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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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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.
PIA24317:
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 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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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 2020-12-22 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 2020-12-22 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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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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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 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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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 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 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 2021-01-20 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 2021-01-27 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 2021-02-02 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 2021-02-17 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 2021-02-17 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 2021-02-18 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 2021-03-16 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 2021-03-29 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 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 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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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 2021-04-01 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 2021-04-01 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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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 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 2021-04-06 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 2021-04-19 Mars Mars Helicopter
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An altimeter chart shows data from the first flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which occurred on April 19, 2021.
PIA24587:
Altimeter Chart for Ingenuity's First Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-19 Mars Mars Helicopter
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A simulation made from data from the first flight of NASA's Ingenuity helicopter, showing the flight from different angles. The flight occurred on April 19, 2021.
PIA24588:
Video Animation Made From Ingenuity's First Flight Data
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-06 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Project Manger Parage Vaze stands in the JPL clean room where the SWOT satellite is being assembled. The spacecraft will help researchers survey the amount and distribution of Earth's surface water, including lakes and rivers, as well as the ocean.
PIA24531:
SWOT Project Manager Parag Vaze
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-21 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This map shows sea level measured by the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite from June 5 to15. Red areas are regions where sea level is higher than normal, and blue areas indicate areas where it's lower than normal.
PIA24533:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Sea Surface Height
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Teams from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the March Air Reserve Base loaded the scientific payload for the SWOT Earth-observing satellite into a C-17 airplane on June 27. The hardware is headed to a clean room facility near Cannes, France.
PIA24534:
Loading SWOT Into C-17 Aircraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Some of the people who helped to load the hardware for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite's research instruments onto a C-17 airplane pose for a picture. The payload left March Air Reserve Base on June 27 and is headed to France.
PIA24535:
SWOT Teamwork
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Part of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite's science instrument payload sits in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory during assembly.
PIA24536:
SWOT Science Payload
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-14 Mars Science Helicopter
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This illustration shows a conceptual design of a Mars Science Helicopter, a proposed follow-on to NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.
PIA24729:
Proposed Mars Science Helicopter (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Contamination control engineers in a clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, evaluate a propellant tank before it is installed in NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24478:
Prepping Europa Clipper's Propulsion Tanks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California stand between the thick-walled aluminum vault and its duplicate that they helped build for the agency's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24479:
Complete: Europa Clipper Vault and Its Twin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California build the nadir deck for NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24480:
Building a Nadir Deck for Europa Clipper
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians in a clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, integrate the tanks that will contain helium onto the propulsion module of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24782:
Europa Clipper Propulsion Module: Integration Underway
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, inspect the propulsion module of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24783:
Europa Clipper: Propulsion Module Inspection
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Seen here in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California is the nadir deck for NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24784:
Final Stretch for Europa Clipper's Nadir Deck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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The dish antenna, seen here face down, for NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft is being fabricated at aerospace vendor Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation (AASC) in Stockton, California.
PIA24785:
Europa Clipper: High-Gain Antenna Under Construction
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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 2021-09-20 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 2021-09-20 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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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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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 2021-09-28 Mars Helicopter
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The upper swashplate of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter controls the pitch of the upper rotor blades as they rotate and is critical to stable, controlled flight. The swashplate is driven by three small servo motors.
PIA24812:
Ingenuity's Upper Swashplate Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-30 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows a concept for a set of future robots working together to ferry back samples from the surface of Mars collected by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover.
PIA24870:
Mars Sample Return Campaign Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-18 Mars 2020 Rover
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This illustration of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover indicates the location of its two microphones.
PIA24931:
Illustration: Perseverance's Microphones
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-18 Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover carries two commercial-grade microphones, including this one on its mast. The mast microphone is part of the SuperCam instrument.
PIA24932:
Perseverance's Mast Microphone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-18 Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover carries two commercial-grade microphones, including this one on its chassis.
PIA24933:
Perseverance's Body Microphone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-17 Mars 2020 Rover
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Engineering models of the Curiosity Mars rover (foreground) and the Perseverance Mars rover share space in the garage at JPL's Mars Yard.
PIA24525:
Twin Rover Twins
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-17 Mars 2020 Rover
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On October 29, 2021, a heavy-duty vehicle transports the Perseverance rover's engineering model, called OPTIMISM, from a test lab to the Mars Yard garage at JPL.
PIA24526:
Heavy-Duty OPTIMISM
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-17 Mars 2020 Rover
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OPTIMISM faces a doorway of JPL's Mars Yard garage shortly after arriving there on October 29, 2021.
PIA24527:
OPTIMISM Ready for Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-17 Mars 2020 Rover
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Updated with new features, the twin of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover arrives at JPL's Mars Yard garage on October 29, 2021.
PIA24528:
Improved OPTIMISM
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-07 Mars Helicopter
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This annotated graphic depicts the orientation of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover during the 17th flight of the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on December 5, 2021.
PIA24966:
Orientation of Mars Helicopter Base Station Antenna for Flight 17
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-13 1920x1080x3
Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory dropped this prototype to learn how a future Sample Return Lander could safely touch down on Mars.
PIA24766:
Testing a Lander Touchdown
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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 2003-10-22 Mars Mars Express (MEX)
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The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft is depicted in orbit around Mars in this artist's concept illustration.
PIA04802:
Mars Express, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-15 Venus ACRIMSAT
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Observations of the total solar irradiance made with the ACRIM3 instrument on NASA's ACRIMSAT satellite on June 5 and 6, 2012, tracked the effect of the transit of Venus, which lasted about six hours.
PIA15820:
NASA's ACRIMSAT Observes Venus Transit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
Aerogel Dust Collector
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The aerogel dust collector, an instrument aboard NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03188:
Dust Collector with Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-20 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Located on the arm of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer uses alpha particles and X-rays to determine the chemical make up of martian rocks and soils.
PIA05113:
Super Rover's X-Ray Vision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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The sensor head on the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer instrument was installed during testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The instrument is part of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA13874:
Sensor Head on the Mars-bound APXS Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Grad student Nicholas Boyd (left) and Principal Investigator Ralf Gellert, both of the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, prepare for the installation of the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer sensor head during testing at NASA's JPL.
PIA13875:
Preparing to Install APXS Sensor Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (MSL)
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This graph compares the elemental composition of typical soils at three landing regions on Mars: Gusev Crater, from Spirit; Meridiani Planum, from Opportunity; and now Gale Crater, where NASA's newest Curiosity rover is currently investigating.
PIA16572:
Inspecting Soils Across Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (MSL)
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This graphic presents results from APXS onboard NASA's rover Curiosity, with the comparisons simplified across diverse elements by dividing the amount of each element measured in the rocks by the amount of the same element in a local soil.
PIA16791:
Elemental Compositions of 'Yellowknife Bay' Rocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
MAHLI
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Two instruments at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will use calibration targets attached to a shoulder joint of the arm. The penny is a size reference giving the public a familiar object for perceiving size on Mars easily.
PIA15284:
Contact Instrument Calibration Targets on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-26 Aquarius
Aquarius
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Technicians from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., install thermal blankets on the Aquarius instrument at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.
PIA13825:
NASA's Salt-Seeking Instrument Gets a Silvery Blanket
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-17 Aqua
AIRS
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Light energy is collected by the optics system on the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument and digitized.
PIA11170:
Light Travels Through AIRS Optics Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole used a specialized array of superconducting detectors to capture polarized light from billions of years ago. The detector array is shown here, under a microscope.
PIA17993:
Superconducting Detectors for Study of Infant Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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This image shows one of the NASA detectors from the BICEP2 project, developed in collaboration with the NSF. The sensors were used to make the first detection of gravitational waves in the ancient background light from the early universe.
PIA17994:
Detector Suspended in Free Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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This image shows an array of the 512 superconducting detectors used on the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole. The technology was key to detecting the effects of gravitational waves associated with the early epoch of our universe known as inflation.
PIA17995:
Detectors See Gravitational Waves from Dawn of Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-09 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Capture Magnet
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This image of a model capture magnet was taken after an experiment in a Mars simulation chamber at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. It has some dust on it, but not as much as that on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's capture magnet.
PIA05729:
Testing the Capture Magnet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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Decades of work preparing a miniaturized laboratory for identifying minerals on Mars have also yielded spinoff versions with diverse applications on Earth and, possibly, the moon.
PIA13230:
Laboratory-in-a-Box has Uses on Mars, Earth, Elsewhere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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Members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory team carefully steer the hoisted Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument during its June 15, 2010, installation into the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity.
PIA13231:
Chemistry and Mineralogy Instrument Installed in Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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A conventional X-ray diffraction instrument (left) is the size of a large refrigerator, in contrast to the compact size of the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover (top right).
PIA16170:
X-ray Diffraction, Big and Small
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This charged couple device (CCD) is part of the CheMin instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. When CheMin directs X-rays at a sample of soil, this imager, which is the size of a postage stamp, detects both the position and energy of each X-ray photon.
PIA16171:
Detector for CheMin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This image shows the cells that hold the soil samples that are vibrated by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16172:
Shake it up, CheMin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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The semi-precious gem peridot is a variety of olivine. NASA's Curiosity rover shows the diffraction signature, or 'fingerprint,' of the mineral olivine, shown here on Earth in the form of tumbled crystals.
PIA16218:
Olivine on Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the CheMin experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The image reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material.
PIA16217:
First X-ray View of Martian Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This series of pie charts shows similarities and differences in the mineral compositions of mudstones at 10 sites where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected rock-powder samples and analyzed them with the rover's Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument.
PIA21146:
Mudstone Mineralogy from Curiosity's CheMin, 2013 to 2016
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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Data graphed here from the CheMin instrument on NASA's Mars Curiosity rover show a difference between clay minerals in powder drilled from mudstone outcrops at two locations, 'Yellowknife Bay' and 'Murray Buttes' in Mars' Gale Crater.
PIA21147:
Detecting a Difference in Clay Minerals at Two Gale Crater Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This diagram illustrates how the dimensions of clay minerals' crystal structure are affected by which ions are present in the composition of the mineral. Different clay minerals were identified this way at two sites, 'Yellowknife Bay' and 'Murray Buttes'
PIA21148:
Clay Mineral Crystal Structure Tied to Composition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This graphic shows proportions of minerals identified in mudstone exposures at the 'Yellowknife Bay' location where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover first analyzed bedrock, in 2013, and at the 'Murray Buttes' area investigated in 2016.
PIA21149:
Mineral Content Comparison at Two Gale Crater Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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Researchers prepare for a test of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument that will fly on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission; researchers are preparing the instrument's mast unit for a laser firing test.
PIA13599:
ChemCam Mast Unit Being Prepared for Laser Firing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image illustrates the principals of a technique called 'laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy,' which the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument onboard NASA's rover, Curiosity, will use on Mars.
PIA15103:
Schematic of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image provides an example of the type of data collected by the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover.
PIA15104:
Example of a Spectrum from Curiosity's ChemCam Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image displays the type of detail discernible with the telescopic camera of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover.
PIA15105:
Detail Observed from 10 Feet away with Curiosity's ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This view of the head of the remote sensing mast on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, shows seven of the 17 cameras on the rover.
PIA15106:
Head of Mast on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover before it was installed on the rover and readied for launch.
PIA16070:
Pre-Launch Calibration Target for ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This mosaic shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, as seen by the ChemCam's remote micro-imager. The 10 images incorporated in this mosaic were taken on Aug. 15.
PIA16071:
Checking out ChemCam's View
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