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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This is the first laser spectrum from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, sent back from Mars on Aug. 19, 2012, showing emission lines from different elements present in the target, a rock near the rover's landing site dubbed 'Coronation.'
PIA16089:
Coronation's Chemicals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The shape of the tip of the bit in the drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is apparent in this view recorded by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument on Mars. Jan. 29, 2012; the bit is about 0.6 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide.
PIA16718:
Drill Bit Tip on Mars Rover Curiosity, Side View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This head-on view shows the tip of the drill bit on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The view merges two exposures taken by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument at different focus settings.
PIA16719:
Drill Bit Tip on Mars Rover Curiosity, Head-on View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover fired its laser 50 times at its onboard graphite target showing spectral measurements from the first shot, which hit dust on the target, compared to spectral measurements of from the 50th shot.
PIA16910:
Dust Detection by Curiosity's ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This diagram shows how materials analyzed by the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover during the first 100 Martian days of the mission differed with regard to hydrogen content (horizontal axis) and alkali (vertical axis).
PIA16911:
Curiosity's ChemCam Analyzes Rocks, Soils and Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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NASA's Mars 2020 rover would have capabilities for nested-scale observations and localized composition identification down to microscopic scale.
PIA17276:
The Importance of Nested Scales of Observations, Fine Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This graph shows a spectrum recorded by the Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover; it is is typical of Martian volcanic (basalt) material.
PIA17593:
ChemCam Spectrum from Martian Rock Target 'Ithaca'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
Mastcam
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The remote sensing mast on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity holds two science instruments for studying the rover's surroundings and two stereo navigation cameras for use in driving the rover and planning rover activities.
PIA13809:
Top of Mars Rover Curiosity's Remote Sensing Mast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
SAM
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This schematic shows the atomic structure of the smallest units that make up the layers and interlayer region of clay minerals. This structure is similar to the clay mineral in drilled rock powder collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17598:
Clay Mineral Structure Similar to Clays Observed in Mudstone on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This false-color engineering drawing shows the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16206:
CHIMRA: Scoops, Sieves and Delivers Samples
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This cutaway view shows the internal chambers of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16207:
Internal Chambers of CHIMRA
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This figure shows the location of CHIMRA on the turret of NASA's Curiosity rover, together with a cutaway view of the device. CHIMRA processes samples from the rover's scoop or drill and delivers them to science instruments.
PIA16691:
Preparing Samples on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This frame from an animation of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the complicated suite of operations involved in conducting the rover's first rock sample drilling on Mars and transferring the sample to the rover's scoop for inspection.
PIA16730:
Drilling into Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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These schematic drawings show a top view and a cutaway view of a section of the drill on NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA16727:
Views of Curiosity's Drill
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-02-01 Moon Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm)
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The Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm) project – led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California – is planned to perform a robot-controlled lunar surface experiment with imagery in the coming years.
PIA24567:
NASA Integrates Gear Motors for Robotic Arm on Future Lunar Missions
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-03 COWVR
Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR)
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The COWVR instrument (center, wrapped in gold foil) in JPL's Environmental Test Laboratory during vibration testing.
PIA24981:
COWVR Vibration Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-11 Terrestrial Planet Finder
Coronograph
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Three simulated planets -- one as bright as Jupiter, one half as bright as Jupiter and one as faint as Earth -- stand out plainly in this image created from a sequence of 480 images captured by the High Contrast Imaging Testbed at NASA's JPL.
PIA09259:
Simulating Planet-Hunting in a Lab
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Cryostat
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Initial assembly of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer cryostat. The cryostat is a 2-stage solid hydrogen dewar that is used to cool the WISE optics and detectors. Here the cryostat internal structures are undergoing their initial vacuum pumpdown.
PIA12292:
NASA's WISE Cryostat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC)
Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC)
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NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock could revolutionize deep space navigation. One key requirement for the technology demonstration was a compact design. The complete hardware package is shown here and is only about 10 inches (25 centimeters) on each side.
PIA24573:
Deep Space Atomic Clock Hardware
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-06 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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Night shot of the 70m antenna at Goldstone, California. The parabolic dish is 70m (230 ft.) in diameter. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, located in the Mojave Desert in California, is one of three complexes which comprise NASA's DSN.
PIA10953:
70m Antenna at Goldstone, California
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-15 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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As the sun sets on July 8, 2010, workers prepare to pour new epoxy grout for the hydrostatic bearing assembly of the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network communications site in Goldstone, Calif.
PIA13270:
Mars Antenna Ready for Surgery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-15 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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An engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., checks the evenness of sole plates installed on the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network communications site in Goldstone, Calif.
PIA13271:
Checking for Even Surfaces
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-15 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., pour in a new epoxy grout as the giant 'Mars antenna' undergoes major surgery. The grout is part of the hydrostatic bearing assembly, which enables the antenna to rotate horizontally.
PIA13272:
Pouring the New Grout
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-25 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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The giant, 70-meter-wide antenna at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., tracks a spacecraft on Nov. 17, 2009. This antenna, officially known as Deep Space Station 14, is also nicknamed the 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13277:
Tracks of a Giant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-25 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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Workers in Goldstone, Calif., guide a new runner segment into the hydrostatic bearing assembly of a giant, 70-meter-wide (230-foot-wide) antenna that is a critical part of NASA's Deep Space Network.
PIA13320:
New Joints for a Workhorse Antenna
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-25 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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Under the unflinching summer sun, workers at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., use a crane to lift a runner segment that is part of major surgery on a giant, 70-meter-wide antenna.
PIA13321:
Lifting the Runners
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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 2022-04-06 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 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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Work began on March 11, 2010 to replace a set of elevation bearings on the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif.
PIA13561:
Replacing the Elevation Bearings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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The giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex replaced four elevation bearings as part of a major refurbishment.
PIA13562:
Old Elevation Bearings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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A major refurbishment of the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California's Mojave Desert required workers to jack up millions of pounds of delicate scientific equipment.
PIA13563:
A Heavy-Duty Jack for a Giant Task
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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This image, taken on March 22, 2010, shows the condition of grout that was replaced in the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone, Calif. complex.
PIA13564:
Out with the Old Grout
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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On May 3, 2010, workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex removed one of the large steel pads that help the giant 'Mars antenna' rotate sideways.
PIA13429:
Removing Pads from Antenna
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Deep Space Station 14
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex check on a set of jacks used to raise the upper part of the giant 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13430:
Checking on the Jacks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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A worker at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex radios to his colleagues that 12 jacks are ready to lift the upper section of the giant 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13557:
Jacking up the Antenna
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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As part of a major refurbishment for the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, a stringer box is lowered into place.
PIA13558:
Stringer Box Going In
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Deep Space Station 14
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex prepare a support leg that would help raise a portion of the giant 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13559:
Prepping a Support Leg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex put into place a set of support legs to help hold up a portion of the giant 'Mars antenna' on May 4, 2010.
PIA13560:
Mars Antenna Gets Legs
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-03 LISA Pathfinder
Disturbance Reduction System
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The LISA Pathfinder spacecraft is on its way to space, having successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana Dec. 3, 2015. On board is the state-of-the-art Disturbance Reduction System (DRS), a thruster technology developed at NASA's JPL.
PIA20197:
Disturbance Reduction System Thrusters Stabilize LISA Pathfinder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Diviner
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The Diviner Instrument prior to shipment. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
PIA12084:
The Diviner Instrument Prior to Shipment
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Diviner
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This image shows final preparations being made for thermal balance testing of the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment at JPL. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
PIA12085:
Final Preparations for Diviner Thermal Balance Testing at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Diviner
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Close-up of the Diviner solar calibration target. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
PIA12087:
Close-up of Diviner Solar Calibration Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Diviner
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The Diviner instrument following integration to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA12088:
Diviner Following Integration to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Diviner
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Diviner undergoing post thermal vacuum range of motion testing. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
PIA12089:
Diviner Undergoing Post Thermal Vacuum Range of Motion Testing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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This image of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the location of the two components of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument. The neutron generator is mounted on the right hip and the detectors are on the opposite hip.
PIA16082:
Location of DAN on Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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The heritage for investigations with the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover comes from NASA's Odyssey orbiter.
PIA16083:
Laying the Groundwork for Curiosity's DAN
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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NASA's Curiosity rover pinged the ground with neutrons for the first time, a process called active neutron sounding, on August 17, 2012.
PIA16084:
Curiosity Blasts Ground with Neutrons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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This chart graphs measurements made by the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity against the distance the rover has driven, in meters.
PIA16807:
Variations of DAN Measurements Along Curiosity Traverse
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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The Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity detects even very small amounts of water in the ground beneath the rover, primarily water bound into the crystal structure of hydrated minerals.
PIA16808:
Two Types of Modeling of Subsurface Water
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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This set of graphs shows variation in the amount and the depth of water detected beneath NASA's Mars rover Curiosity by use of the rover's Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument at different points the rover has driven.
PIA16809:
Variation in Water Content in Martian Subsurface Along Curiosity's Traverse
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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The Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took measurement on a rock outcrop (Spot 39) and on loose soil (Spot 40) within the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars' Gale Crater.
PIA16810:
Variation in Subsurface Water In 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
DAN
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This diagram illustrates how the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover detects hydrogen in the ground beneath the rover.
PIA16917:
Physics of How DAN on Curiosity Checks for Water, Part 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
DAN
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This diagram illustrates how the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover detects hydrogen in the ground beneath the rover.
PIA16916:
Physics of How DAN on Curiosity Checks for Water, Part 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
DAN
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN), measures the flow of neutrons with different energy levels returning from the ground, and their delay times, as an indication of the amount and depth of hydrogen in the ground beneath the NASA's rover, Curiosity.
PIA17762:
Russian Hydrogen-Checking Instrument on Curiosity Fires 2 Millionth Pulse
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 MAVEN
Electra Relay Radio
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This radio hardware, the Electra UHF Transceiver on NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars, is designed to provide communication relay support for robots on the surface of Mars.
PIA17952:
Electra Relay Radio on MAVEN Mission to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-02 Earth Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT)
EMIT
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JPL engineers and technicians put together components of EMIT, including its telescope, imaging spectrometer, and baseplate, which holds its electronics.
PIA25146:
EMIT's Components Come Together at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-12 Earth Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT)
EMIT
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The Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) mission instrument (right) sits in the trunk that will travel aboard SpaceX's 25th cargo resupply mission.
PIA25148:
EMIT Loaded Into SpaceX Falcon 9 Trunk Before Transport
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-12 Earth Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT)
EMIT
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The Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) mission instrument (left) sits in the trunk that will travel aboard SpaceX's 25th cargo resupply mission.
PIA25149:
EMIT Inside SpaceX Falcon 9 Trunk Ahead of Transport
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Clipper
Europa Clipper Magnetometer (ECM)
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A test model of the boom that will be used for the magnetometer aboard NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft is readied in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24786:
Europa Clipper Magnetometer (ECM) Boom
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 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 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 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 2022-03-03 Europa Clipper
Europa-UVS
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Engineers and technicians examine and test the first of NASA's Europa Clipper's science instruments to be delivered to the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24897:
NASA's Europa Clipper's Ultraviolet Spectrograph Is Delivered
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-02 ExoMars
ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter
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This June 2014 image from the clean room at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, shows ongoing assembly of the European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, including the first of the orbiter's two Electra UHF relay radios provided by NASA.
PIA18398:
NASA Radio Installed in Europe's Next Mars Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-03-19 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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In the Multi-Payload Processing Facility, workers check the deployment of the cover of the telescope on NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, an orbiting space telescope observing galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history.
PIA04264:
New Galaxy Quest Readies for Launch
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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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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 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 2010-04-14 Hale Telescope
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This is image is of the 200-inch Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory, located in north San Diego County, California which is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology.
PIA13033:
Hale Telescope, Palomar Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
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This image, taken in the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory or 'Testbed,' shows the view from the front hazard avoidance cameras on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit after the rover has backed up and turned 45 degrees counterclockwise.
PIA05053:
Turning in the Testbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows the location of a set of Hazard-Avoidance cameras on the back of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15960:
Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Ready for Action Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-13 InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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This image shows InSight's heat probe, called the Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3).
PIA23044:
HP3 Being Tested in Germany
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-13 InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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An artist's concept of InSight's heat probe, called the Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3), annotates various parts inside of the instrument.
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HP3 Cutaway Rendering (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-06-05 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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Engineers in a Mars-like test area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory try possible strategies to aid the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) on NASA's InSight lander, using engineering models of the lander, robotic arm and instrument.
PIA23272:
JPL Engineers Test Heat Probe Strategies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-06-05 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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The self-hammering mole, part of the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) on NASA's InSight lander, was only partially buried in the soil of Mars as of early June 2019, as shown in this illustration.
PIA23274:
Current Position of InSight's Mole (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-06-05 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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In a JPL lab, a replica of NASA InSight's robotic arm presses with its scoop on crushed garnet near a replica of the spacecraft's self-hammering 'mole.'
PIA23276:
Testing How InSight's Arm Will Push on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-21 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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This test using an engineering model of the InSight lander here on Earth shows how the spacecraft on Mars will use its robotic arm to press on a digging device, called the mole.
PIA23619:
Robotic Arm Pushes on a Model of the Mole
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