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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-24 Phoenix
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This video shows the propulsion system on an engineering model of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander being successfully tested.
PIA10673:
Water Hammer Test Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-26 Phoenix
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This image shows how NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander stays in contact with Earth.
PIA10695:
How Phoenix Talks to Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-30 Phoenix
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This is an illustration of the analytical procedure of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Wet Chemistry Lab (WCL) on board the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument.
PIA10737:
The Evolution of Dust over the Phoenix Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-11 Phoenix
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This calibration image presents three-dimensional data from the atomic force microscope on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, showing surface details of a substrate on the microscope station's sample wheel.
PIA10940:
First Atomic Force Microscope Image from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-20 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This computer graphic image shows three craters in the eastern Hellas region of Mars containing concealed glaciers detected by radar.
PIA11433:
Three Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-21 1600x1600x3
This is an artist's conception of a solar-system montage of the eight planets, a comet and an asteroid.
PIA10969:
Solar System Montage with Eight Planets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-23 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler spacecraft in a clean room at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo.
PIA11188:
NASA's Kepler Spacecraft in a Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-30 Phoenix
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The yellow line on this graphic indicates the number of hours of sunlight each sol, or Martian day, beginning with the entire Martian day (about 24 hours and 40 minutes) for the first 90 sols, then declining to no sunlight by about sol 300.
PIA11198:
Declining Sunshine for Phoenix Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-30 Phoenix
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This chart plots the minimum daily atmospheric temperature measured by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft since landing on Mars. As the temperature increased through the summer season, the atmospheric humidity also increased.
PIA11199:
Temperature Measurements Taken by Phoenix Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-09 Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)
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This image is an artist's concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO).
PIA11233:
Artist's Concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Wheels were first attached to NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in August 2008. The rover and its descent stage and cruise stage were assembled and tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for launch in 2009.
PIA11422:
Next NASA Mars Rover Gets Its Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These three images show the progression of 'stacking' NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and its descent stage in one of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 'clean room.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from early October 2008 shows personnel working on the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11425:
Descent Stage of Mars Science Laboratory During Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view of a portion of the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory shows two of the stage's three spherical fuel tanks flanking the bridle device assembly.
PIA11426:
Bridle Device in Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Each of the six wheels for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is about half a meter (20 inches) in diameter.
PIA11427:
Wheel for Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is hardware for controlling the final lowering of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover to the surface of Mars from the spacecraft's hovering, rocket-powered descent stage.
PIA11428:
Device for Lowering Mars Science Laboratory Rover to the Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image taken in August 2008 in a clean room at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif., shows NASA's next Mars rover, the Mars Science Laboratory, in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11429:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover Taking Shape
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This image from July 2008 shows the aeroshell for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory while it was being worked on by spacecraft technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company near Denver.
PIA11430:
Aeroshell for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11431:
Size Comparison: Three Generations of Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Out of more than 30 sites considered as possible landing targets for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, by November 2008 four of the most intriguing places on Mars rose to the final round of the site-selection process.
PIA11432:
Four Finalist Landing Site Candidates for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11436:
Newest is Biggest: Three Generations of NASA Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The major components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft -- cruise stage atop the aeroshell, which has the descent stage and rover inside -- were connected together in October 2008 for several weeks of system testing.
PIA11437:
Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Assembled for Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from August 2008 shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11438:
Wheels and Suspension on Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, called the descent stage, does its main work during the final few minutes before touchdown on Mars.
PIA11439:
Mars Science Laboratory's Descent Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, called the cruise stage, will do its work during the flight between Earth and Mars after launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA11440:
Cruise Stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-13 Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)
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This image is an artist's concept of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory.
PIA11448:
Artist's Concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-13 Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)
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Artist's concept of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory.
PIA11449:
Artist's Concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-15 Mars Phoenix
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This map shows a color-coded interpretation of geomorphic units -- categories based on surface textures and contour -- in the region where NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has studied an arctic Martian plain.
PIA11712:
Geomorphic Map of Region Around Phoenix Mars Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-15 Mars Phoenix
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The tilt of Mars' spin axis (obliquity) varies cyclically over hundreds of thousands of years, and affects the sunlight falling on the poles.
PIA11714:
Mars Obliquity Cycle Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-15 Mars Phoenix
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This color-coded elevation map of the local terrain on the north side of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows the contours of polygons and relationship of polygon boundaries to trenches and other features in the workspace of the lander's Robotic Arm.
PIA11715:
Contour Map of Mars' Surface Beside Phoenix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-18 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler spacecraft at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo.
PIA11733:
The Kepler Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-03 Earth IRTF
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NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The IRTF is a venerable 30-year-old, 3-meter-diameter (10-foot) telescope that ranks 40th among ground-based telescopes.
PIA12504:
NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 5775x3627x3
Our solar system features eight planets, seen in this artist's diagram. This representation is intentionally fanciful, as the planets are depicted far closer together than they really are.
PIA11800:
Our Solar System Features Eight Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this February 17, 2009, image, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is attached to the spacecraft's descent stage. The image was taken inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11808:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover and Descent Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-06 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
PIA11824:
Kepler in Space (Artist Concept)
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
PIA11825:
Kepler Spacecraft (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-14 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11981:
Mars Science Laboratory Parachute Qualification Testing
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11993:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11992:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission opens to a diameter of nearly 16 meters (51 feet).
PIA11994:
Large Parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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The parachute for NASA's next mission to Mars passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11995:
Mars Parachute Testing in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-18 Moon GRAIL
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The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission utilizes the technique of twin spacecraft flying in formation with a known altitude above the lunar surface and known separation distance to investigate the gravity field of the moon.
PIA12009:
GRAIL's Twin Spacecraft fly in Tandem Around the Moon (Artist's Concept)
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The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission utilizes the technique of twin spacecraft flying in formation with a known altitude above the lunar surface and known separation distance to investigate the gravity field of the moon.
PIA12010:
GRAIL's Twin Spacecraft -- Crust to Core (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-18 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission will survey the entire sky in a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum called the mid-infrared with far greater sensitivity than any previous mission or program ever has.
PIA12011:
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-29 Dawn
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This image is a blinking of two 14-minute exposures of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 600,000 miles from Earth. Bill Dillon, a regular advanced user of Sierra Stars Observatory.
PIA12016:
Image of Dawn Spacecraft 600,000 miles From Earth Animation Icon
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Technician helps guide the second half of the fairing for installation around NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA12017:
Payload Fairing Installation Around the Dawn Spacecraft
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft's solar array wings are folded to fit inside nose section of protective fairing.
PIA12018:
Dawn Spacecraft Ready for Payload Fairing Installation
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Workers secure the attachments of NASA's Dawn spacecraft onto the upper stage booster.
PIA12019:
Dawn Spacecraft Secured
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft in thermal vacuum chamber.
PIA12020:
Dawn Spacecraft in Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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This illustration shows the core structure with ion propulsion system installed aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA12027:
Illustration of Dawn Spacecraft Core Structure
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft being moved into thermal vacuum chamber for bake-out.
PIA12021:
Dawn Spacecraft Moved into Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft after installation of high gain antenna.
PIA12022:
Dawn Spacecraft After Installation of High Gain Antenna
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Exposed interior of NASA's Dawn spacecraft showing ion propulsion system's
xenon feed system.
PIA12023:
Exposed Interior of Dawn Spacecraft
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft after installation of high gain antenna.
PIA12024:
Dawn Spacecraft After Installation of High Gain Antenna
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This image shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft's Xenon tank -- composite overwrapped pressure vessel with titanium liner.
PIA12025:
Dawn Spacecraft's Xenon Tank
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This illustration shows an inside view of the NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA12026:
Illustration of Dawn Spacecraft Inside View
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Artist's concept of Earth's reflection in Dawn spacecraft.
PIA12029:
Earth's Reflection in Dawn Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft being assembled.
PIA12028:
Dawn Spacecraft Being Assembled
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Artist's concept of the Dawn spacecraft gathering spectral data from Vesta.
PIA12030:
Dawn Spacecraft Gathering Spectral Data from Vesta (Artist's Concept)
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Artist's concept of the Dawn spacecraft orbiting Ceres.
PIA12031:
Dawn Spacecraft Orbiting Ceres (Artist's Concept)
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Artist's concept of the Dawn spacecraft with Vesta and Ceres.
PIA12033:
Dawn Spacecraft with Vesta and Ceres (Artist's Concept)
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Artist's concept of Dawn spacecraft leaving Earth.
PIA12032:
Dawn Spacecraft Leaving Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-18 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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NASA is scheduled to launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, an unmanned mission to comprehensively map the entire moon, on June 18, 2009.
PIA12072:
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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Loading the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter into the thermal vacuum chamber at Goddard Space Flight Center. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
PIA12086:
Loading Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in the Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members Kim Lichtenberg (left) and Mike Seibert fill a mixer with powdered clay and diatomaceous earth, a combination found to offer physical properties similar to the soil where NASA's rover Spirit is embedded on Mars.
PIA12099:
Preparing a Test Mixture
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Rover team members Mike Seibert (left) and Paolo Bellutta add a barrowful of soil mixture to the sloped box where a test rover will be used for assessing possible maneuvers for NASA's rover Spirit to use in escaping from a sandtrap on Mars.
PIA12100:
Filling the Simulated Sandtrap
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While a test rover rolls off a plywood surface into a prepared bed of soft soil, rover team members Colette Lohr (left) and Kim Lichtenberg (center) eye the wheels digging into the soil and Paolo Bellutta enters the next driving command.
PIA12101:
Test Rover Sinks into Prepared Soil
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With a slope of about 10 degrees and a pointy rock under the test rover's belly, this sandbox setup at NASA's JPL, is ready for engineers to use the test rover to assess possible moves for getting Mars rover Spirit out of a patch of loose Martian soil.
PIA12103:
Test Setup for Effort to Free Spirit
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After commanding five of a test rover's six wheels to drive forward, rover driver Paolo Bellutta (left) measures how much the rover moved sideways, downslope, during the maneuver.
PIA12109:
Assessing Movement of Test Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 3300x2485x3
This digital collage contains a highly stylized rendition of our solar system and points beyond. As this graphic was intended to be used as a navigation aid in searching for data within the Photojournal, certain artistic embellishments have been added.
PIA12114:
Photojournal Home Page Graphic 2009 (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-08 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mike Seibert and Sharon Laubach, engineers on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, check the exact position of a test rover in preparation for the next test of a possible maneuver for Spirit to use on Mars.
PIA12115:
Preparing for Next Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory heat shield, and a spacecraft worker at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. It is the largest heat shield ever built for descending through the atmosphere of any planet.
PIA12117:
Large Heat Shield for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mars Exploration Rover team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., prepare an experiment on July 13, 2009, for assessing how a test rover moves when embedded in loose soil and commanded to drive backward with wheels turned.
PIA12119:
Position Markers in Preparation for Test
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Rover team members Kim Lichtenberg and Joseph Carsten watch motions of a test rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., as the rover carries out commands for driving forward with an arc toward the right.
PIA12144:
Observing a Rover Pivot Test
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In this view from behind a test rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., the rear wheels of the rover are turned toward the left, and the left-front wheel is turned toward the right.
PIA12145:
Preparing for Rover Pivot Test
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Mars Exploration Rover team members on July 21, 2009, tested how altering the order in which individual wheels turn for steering affects how those turns dig the wheels deeper into soft soil. From left: Alfonso Herrera, Vandana Verma, Bruce Banerdt.
PIA12150:
Testing Sequences of Wheel Turns
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-24 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., on July 24, 2009, discuss the next step in preparing for a new phase in testing of possible moves for getting NASA's Mars rover Spirit out of a sandtrap on Mars.
PIA12156:
Sandbox Tracks from Rover Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team members continued longer-duration test runs this week, driving the test rover forward and uphill in a crab-like position. These long-duration drives will continue through the end of next week.
PIA12159:
Uphill Climb
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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A test setup at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory enables experiments with maneuvers being considered for use by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit to get Spirit out of soft soil where it has become embedded.
PIA12171:
Laying the Groundwork for a Rover Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
PIA12173:
WISE Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-21 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in August 2009 is assessing possible maneuvers that the Mars rover Spirit might use for escaping from a patch of soft soil where it is embedded at a Martian site called 'Troy.'
PIA12183:
Second Test Rover Added for 'Free Spirit' Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-06 3840x2864x1
This iron-nickel meteorite found near Fort Stockton, Texas, in 1952 shows a surface texture similar to some portions of the surface of an iron-nickel meteorite that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity found on Mars in July, 2009.
PIA12192:
Iron-Nickel Meteorite from Texas with Triangle-Pattern Texture
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Some say the science instrument on NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission resembles the Star Wars robot R2-D2. The instrument is enclosed in a solid-hydrogen cryostat, which cools the WISE telescope and detectors.
PIA12316:
A Robot or a Science Instrument?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-14 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Tests of possible maneuvers for use by NASA's rover Spirit on Mars include use of this lightweight test rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA12204:
Checking Tilt of Lightweight Test Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-24 Deep Impact
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A schematic shows the daytime cycle of hydration, loss and rehydration on the lunar surface. This theory is based on data from NASA's Deep Impact mission.
PIA12221:
Daytime Water Cycle on the Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Workers check NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, spacecraft as it is lowered onto a work stand.
PIA12295:
NASA's WISE Spacecraft Lowered onto Work Stand
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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At Vandenberg Air Force Base's Astrotech processing facility in California, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, spacecraft is being lifted from a work stand.
PIA12293:
NASA's WISE Spacecraft Lifted from Work Stand
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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At Vandenberg Air Force Base's Astrotech processing facility in California, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, spacecraft is lowered toward the flight conical adapter and test stand.
PIA12294:
NASA's WISE Spacecraft Lowered Toward Test Stand
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft is situated on a work stand. At left on the spacecraft is the fixed panel solar array. In front, the square is the HGA Slotted Array (Ku-Band).
PIA12296:
NASA's WISE Spacecraft Situated on Work Stand
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, spacecraft sits on the test stand after connection to the conical adapter.
PIA12297:
NASA's WISE Spacecraft sits on Test Stand
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A view of the flexure springs in the soft ride being mated to the payload attach fitting for NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, spacecraft.
PIA12298:
View of Flexure Springs on NASA's WISE Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, back-end imager optics. This picture shows the imager optics which are mounted at the back of the optical system.
PIA12300:
NASA's WISE Imager Optics
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-15 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft sits with its protective covering.
PIA12308:
NASA's WISE Spacecraft in Protective Covering
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-04 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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A screen shot from software used by the Mars Exploration Rover team for assessing movements by Spirit and Opportunity illustrates the degree to which Spirit's wheels have become embedded in soft material at the location called 'Troy.'
PIA12337:
Computer Reconstruction of Spirit's Predicament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover-team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., check slight movements by a test rover during tests simulating the challenge of getting NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit out of a sand trap on Mars.
PIA12352:
Sandbox Testing to Prepare for Driving Spirit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer will uncover many 'failed' stars, or brown dwarfs, in infrared light. This diagram shows a brown dwarf in relation to Earth, Jupiter, a low-mass star and the sun.
PIA12462:
Brown Dwarf Comparison
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer in the clean room at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., in Boulder, Colo.
PIA12463:
WISE Spacecraft in Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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An engineer loads hydrogen gas into the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer in a clean room at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The hydrogen is cooled and frozen inside a Thermos-like bottle, called the cryostat, which keeps the science instrument
PIA12464:
Freezing Hydrogen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Astronomers think there are roughly as many brown dwarfs as regular stars like our sun, but brown dwarfs are often too cool to find using visible light.
PIA12466:
New Cool Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer rotating in space, revealing all sides of the spacecraft.
PIA12468:
Views of WISE in Space (Artist Concept)
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