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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this image, an artistic version of a hot Jupiter inspired by computer simulations has been inserted into a photo showing a Spitzer researcher, Heather Knutson, in a laboratory.
PIA17008:
An Astronomer's Fantasy: Planets in the Lab
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-16 900x1518x3
This chart illustrates comparisons among the distances driven by various wheeled vehicles on the surface of Earth's moon and Mars. Of the vehicles shown, the NASA Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity are still active.
PIA16934:
Out-of-this-World Records
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-23 Jason-3
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JPL technicians perform a practice run of the mechanical integration sequence that will be used to mate the Jason-3 spacecraft's Advanced Microwave Radiometer instrument to the Jason-3 satellite.
PIA14438:
Integration Test of Jason-3 Advanced Microwave Radiometer Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-23 Earth Jason-3
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Artist's concept of the U.S.-European Jason-3 spacecraft over the California coast. Jason-3 will precisely measure the height of the ocean surface, allowing scientists to monitor ocean circulation and sea level.
PIA14439:
Artist's Concept of U.S.-European Jason-3 Ocean Altimetry Satellite over California
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-23 Earth Jason-3
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Artist's concept of U.S.-European Jason-3 Ocean Altimetry Satellite over France.
PIA14440:
Artist's Concept of U.S.-European Jason-3 Ocean Altimetry Satellite over France
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-23 Earth Jason-3
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Artist's concept of U.S.-European Jason-3 Ocean Altimetry Satellite over the Amazon
PIA14441:
Artist's Concept of U.S.-European Jason-3 Ocean Altimetry Satellite over the Amazon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration shows the various steps that lead to the formation of the aerosols that make up the haze on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
PIA17240:
The Formation of Titan's Haze
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-06 Kepler
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Researchers using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope have shown that migrating planets stop their inward journey before reaching their stars, as illustrated in this artist's concept.
PIA17242:
On the Road Toward a Star, Planets Halt Their Migration (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-07 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This triangle plot shows the relative concentrations of some of the major chemical elements in the Martian rock 'Esperance.' The compositions of average Martian crust and of montmorillonite, a common clay mineral, are shown.
PIA17075:
Chemistry of Martian Rock "Esperance"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-03 Voyager
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As NASA's two Voyager spacecraft travel out into deep space, they carry a small American flag and a Golden Record packed with pictures and sounds -- mementos of our home planet.
PIA17035:
Mementos of Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-03 Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft against a field of stars in the darkness of space as they travel farther away from Earth, on a journey to interstellar space, and will eventually circle around the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA17036:
Voyager the Explorer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Rover
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Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on existing design and engineering, but with new science instruments selected through competition for accomplishing different science objectives.
PIA17273:
Artist's Concept of Mars 2020 Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Rover
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Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on existing design and engineering, but with new science instruments selected through competition for accomplishing different science objectives.
PIA17274:
Artist's Concept of Mars 2020 Rover, Annotated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Rover
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This picture shows one prototype for hardware to cache samples of cores drilled from Martian rocks for possible future return to Earth; a major objective for NASA's Mars 2020 rover.
PIA17277:
Creating a Returnable Cache of Martian Samples
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-12 1280x720x3
This image shows the dust density and the growth of structure in a simulated disk, which extends about 100 times farther from its star than Earth's orbit around the sun.
PIA17249:
Disk Patterns Form Without Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-07 Europa 4096x2304x3
This artist's concept shows a simulated view from the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Europa's potentially rough, icy surface, tinged with reddish areas that scientists hope to learn more about.
PIA17043:
Simulated View from Europa's Surface (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-07 550x474x3
This graphic shows a possible robotic lander for a future mission to Jupiter's moon Europa.
PIA17042:
A Possible Lander with Tools for Europa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-12 2495x1424x3
A Xombie technology demonstrator from Masten Space Systems, Mojave, Calif., ascends from its pad at Mojave Air and Space Port on a test for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The vehicle is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing experimental rocket.
PIA17086:
Masten Xombie for Testing of JPL Spacecraft-Landing Algorithm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows the NASA's WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth. In September of 2013, engineers will attempt to bring the mission out of hibernation to hunt for more asteroids and comets in a project called NEOWISE.
PIA17254:
NEOWISE: Back to Hunt More Asteroids (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-26 InSight
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This artist's concept depicts the stationary NASA Mars lander known by the acronym InSight at work studying the interior of Mars. InSight is scheduled to launch in March 2016.
PIA17358:
Artist's Concept of InSight Lander on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-19 Voyager
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This photograph from Sept. 5, 1977, shows the launch of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
PIA17464:
Voyager 1 Launch (1977)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope surrounded by examples of exoplanets the telescope has examined in over its ten years in space.
PIA17444:
Spitzer Trains Its Eyes on Exoplanets (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-21 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's impression shows how photons from the early universe are deflected by the gravitational lensing effect of massive cosmic structures as they travel across the universe.
PIA17448:
Ancient Light Deflected
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-23 Juno
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This artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft during its Earth flyby gravity assist on Oct. 9, 2013. On Earth below, the southern Atlantic Ocean is visible, along with the coast of Argentina.
PIA17516:
Juno's Earth Flyby (Artist's Rendering)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 533x399x3
A microbiologist collects a swab sample from the floor of a spacecraft assembly clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where samples such as this are taken frequently during the assembly of a spacecraft and analyzed.
PIA17368:
Looking for Microbes in a Spacecraft Assembly Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 637x502x3
This microscopic image shows dozens of individual bacterial cells of the recently discovered species, Tersicoccus phoenicis, found in only two places: clean rooms in Florida and South America where spacecraft are assembled for launch.
PIA17369:
Novel Bacterial Genus Found Only in Spacecraft Assembly Clean Rooms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-12 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This collage includes about 1,600 images submitted by members of the public as part of the NASA Cassini mission's 'Wave at Saturn' campaign.
PIA17679:
The Faces of 'Wave at Saturn'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A rock in the Sheepbed mudstone deposit in the Yellowknife Bay area inside Gale Crater is the first rock on Mars ever to be dated by laboratory analysis of its ingredients.
PIA17602:
Measuring the Age of a Rock on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has made measurements indicating that the Cumberland rock target the rover drilled in May 2013 has been exposed at the surface for about 80 million years.
PIA17604:
Scarp Retreat Model and Exposure History of 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-22 SMAP
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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will produce high-resolution global maps of soil moisture to track water availability around our planet and guide policy decisions.
PIA17898:
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This plot segregates various minerals examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity according to their different compositions; for example, those with more iron and magnesium oxides are located in the lower right corner.
PIA17757:
Mineral Plot from 'Esperance' Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Rosetta
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NASA has provided part of the electronics package for an instrument called the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer, which is part of the Swiss-built Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument.
PIA17665:
Electronics for a Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-30 CAL
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Artist's concept of a magneto-optical trap and atom chip to be used by NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) aboard the International Space Station.
PIA17794:
NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) Chip (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 607x456x1
This scanning electron microscope image of a polished thin section of a meteorite from Mars shows tunnels and curved microtunnels.
PIA17953:
Microtunnels in Yamato Meteorite From Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 445x334x3
This scanning electron microscope image shows speroidal features embedded in a layer of iddingsite, a mineral formed by action of water, in a meteorite that came from Mars.
PIA17954:
Spheroidal Features in Yamato Meteorite From Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.
PIA17990:
What WISE Can and Cannot See
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-29 Mercury MESSENGER
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An artist's rendering of the MESSENGER spacecraft is shown passing near the crater Hokusai and its extensive system of rays. Both the monochrome and enhanced color views of Mercury were obtained during MESSENGER's second Mercury flyby.
PIA18147:
MESSENGER Near Hokusai Crater (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-02 Mercury MESSENGER
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Artist's impression of NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft in orbit at Mercury.
PIA18145:
MESSENGER at Mercury (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-03 Mercury MESSENGER
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Artist's impression of NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft as it leaves Earth, following its Aug. 3, 2004 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. aboard a Delta II rocket.
PIA18148:
MESSENGER Departing Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-17 Mercury MESSENGER
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A depiction of NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is shown viewing the Rachmaninoff basin.
PIA18149:
MESSENGER Views Rachmaninoff Basin (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-23 MAVEN
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft near Mars.
PIA17487:
MAVEN (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-06 Mercury MESSENGER
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NASA's MESSENGER prepares to perform the Mercury orbit insertion burn in this animated artist's concept.
PIA18146:
Mercury Orbit Insertion (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1994-01-25 Clementine
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Artist's conception of the Clementine spacecraft, a joint mission of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative Organization and NASA.
PIA18159:
Clementine Fully Deployed (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-18 LCROSS
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Artist's rendering of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) observing its Centaur upper rocket stage on route to impact the lunar surface in 2009.
PIA18161:
Lunar Impact (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-02 Io Galileo
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Galileo spacecraft flying past Jupiter's moon Io. Galileo made multiple close approaches to the volcanically active moon during its time at Jupiter.
PIA18176:
Galileo Over Io (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-10 Hubble Space Telescope
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The Hubble Space Telescope hovers at the boundary of Earth and space in this picture, taken after Hubble's second servicing mission in 1997.
PIA18165:
Hubble Against Earth's Horizon (1997)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1990-08-10 Magellan
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An artist's concept of the Magellan spacecraft making a radar map of Venus. The spacecraft was commanded to plunge into Venus' atmosphere in 1994 as part of a final experiment to gather atmospheric data.
PIA18175:
Magellan Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-23 Dawn
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Artist rendering of NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaching Mars.
PIA18152:
Artist Rendering of NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Approaching Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-11 Hubble Space Telescope
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This is an artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2003 UB313 (nicknamed 'Xena') and its satellite 'Gabrielle.' Xena is the large object at the bottom of this artist's concept.
PIA17801:
Hubble Finds 'Tenth Planet' is Slightly Larger than Pluto (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-23 OSTM/Jason-2
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An artist's concept of the Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 Earth satellite.
PIA18158:
Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-01-08 Lunar Prospector
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This artist's concept of the Lunar Prospector shows the spacecraft in lunar orbit. Instrument masts are fully deployed.
PIA18162:
Lunar Prospector (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-24 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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Artist's rendering of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO,) above the moon.
PIA18163:
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-05 Chandra X-ray Observatory
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An artist's illustration of the Chandra spacecraft in orbit.
PIA18166:
Chandra Spacecraft in Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-05-08 Aqua
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NASA's Aqua satellite carries six state-of-the-art instruments in a near-polar low-Earth orbit. Aqua is seen in this artist's concept orbiting Earth.
PIA18156:
Aqua Satellite Orbiting Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-11 SDO
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The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft, shown above the Earth as it faces toward the Sun. SDO is designed to study the influence of the Sun on the Earth and the inner solar system by studying the solar atmosphere.
PIA18169:
Solar Dynamics Observatory (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-14 Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
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Artist concept of NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very active Sun.
PIA18171:
NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very Active Sun (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-05 Ulysses
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An artist's impression of Ulysses spacecraft at Jupiter. Ulysses used Jupiter's powerful gravity to hurl it out of the Plane of the Ecliptic (where most planets and satellites orbit) so it could study the polar regions of the Sun.
PIA18173:
Ulysses at Jupiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-01 Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
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An artist's conception of one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft. The two observatories currently lie on either side of the sun, providing views of the entire sun simultaneously.
PIA18172:
Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-26 MESSENGER
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Thomas Morgan Robertson, better known to music fans as Thomas Dolby, has joined Johns Hopkins University as an honorary Homewood Professor of the Arts.
PIA19029:
MESSENGER's Encounter With A Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-21 ACRIMSAT
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Artist's concept of NASA's Active Cavity Radiometer Irradiance Monitor satellite, or ACRIMSAT, was launched in December 1999.
PIA18157:
Active Cavity Irradiance Monitor Satellite (ACRIMSAT) Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-23 1024x768x3
Artist's rendition of the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.
PIA18174:
ACE Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-27 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) flying over Mars.
PIA17486:
Mars Global Surveyor (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-02 LADEE
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This is an artist's depiction of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory as it approaches lunar orbit.
PIA18160:
LADEE Approaches Lunar Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-10 Aura
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The Aura spacecraft is NASA's atmospheric chemistry mission that is monitoring the Earth's protective atmosphere.
PIA18178:
NASA's Aura Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Kepler
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On March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to find planets around other stars, called exoplanets, in search of potentially habitable worlds.
PIA14446:
Kepler Team Marks Five Years in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-16 LDSD
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NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project, will test an inflatable decelerator and a parachute at high altitudes and speeds over the Pacific Missile Range this June.
PIA18006:
Preparing for a Supersonic Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-16 LDSD
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In this picture, NASA's saucer-shaped experimental flight vehicle is prepared for a Range Compatibility Test at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua'i, Hawaii.
PIA18007:
Hanging Saucer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-21 LDSD
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A saucer-shaped vehicle (part of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project) designed to test interplanetary landing devices hangs on a tower in preparation for launch at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.
PIA18011:
Before the Drop: Engineers Ready Supersonic Decelerator
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-22 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This infographic explains a popular theory of active supermassive black holes, referred to as the unified model -- and how new data from NASA's WISE, is at conflict with the model.
PIA18013:
Unified, or 'Doughnut,' Theory of Active, Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-28 LDSD
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Engineers unload ground support equipment for a June engineering test flight above Kauai, Hawaii. The test flight is part of NASA's LDSD project, which is investigating cutting-edge landing technologies that could fly on future Mars missions.
PIA18015:
LDSD Test Device Arrives in Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-28 LDSD
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The saucer-shaped test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, packaged in the box shown here, was shipped via plane to the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii on April 17.
PIA18016:
Unloading LDSD Test Device in Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-02 LDSD
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This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions.
PIA18017:
LDSD's Rocket-powered Test Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-02 Kepler
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An artist's conception shows the Kepler-10 system, home to two rocky planets. In the foreground is Kepler-10c, a planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than twice as large in size.
PIA18018:
Kepler-10 System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-04 Earth LDSD
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Members of the team for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) stand in front of the project's saucer-shaped test vehicle at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.
PIA18019:
LDSD Team in Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-04 Earth LDSD
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This image shows the tower from which the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) will hang before a balloon lifts it to high altitudes.
PIA18450:
Launch Tower for LDSD
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-06 Earth LDSD
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The saucer-shaped test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) will undergo a series of events in the skies above Hawaii, with the ultimate goal of testing future landing technologies for Mars missions.
PIA18451:
Timeline of Events for Planetary Landing Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-29 Earth LDSD
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Hours after its successful engineering flight, the first test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project is lifted aboard the recovery vessel Kahana.
PIA18517:
Test Vehicle Gets a Lift
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-29 Earth LDSD
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The first 'flown' test vehicle of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project relaxes aboard the recovery vessel Kahana.
PIA18518:
LDSD Saucer Aboard
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The first 'flown' test vehicle of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project relaxes aboard the recovery vessel Kahana.
PIA18519:
First Seconds of LDSD Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-29 Earth LDSD
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Hours after the June 28, 2014, test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator over the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range, two members of the Navy's Explosive Ordinance Disposal swim toward the test vehicle.
PIA18520:
Saturday Afternoon Swim
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-29 Earth LDSD
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Hours after the June 28, 2014, test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator over the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range, the saucer-shaped test vehicle is lifted aboard the Kahana recovery vessel.
PIA18521:
Saucer Out of the Drink
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-01 Earth LDSD
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Two members of the Navy's Explosive Ordinance Disposal team perch on the test vehicle used in the first flight of NASA's Low-density Supersonic Decelerator project.
PIA18522:
Mach 4 to Pacific
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-10 NASA's Flight Opportunities Program
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This artist's concept shows a robot with legs that have microspine grippers, which could potentially explore a rocky surface, such as an asteroid, in microgravity.
PIA18534:
Microspine Grippers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-10 NASA's Flight Opportunities Program
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Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed a tool for grappling non-cooperative objects that incorporates gecko-like adhesives. The adhesives are reusable and can be turned on and off.
PIA18535:
Gecko Adhesives
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-10 NASA's Flight Opportunities Program
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This is a hopping/tumbling robot called 'Hedgehog' that scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will test on a parabolic aircraft flight.
PIA18536:
Hedgehog
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This is a prototype of a mirror mount that scientists made using a new 3-D printing technique at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA18569:
Mirror Mount
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Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory make a rocket nozzle using a new 3-D printing technique that allows for multiple metallic properties in the same object.
PIA18570:
Laser Printing of Gradient Metals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the size of a world outside our solar system, as illustrated in this artist's conception.
PIA18463:
Gauging an Alien World's Size (Artist Concept)
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The Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) flight terminal undergoes testing in a thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to simulate the space environment.
PIA18651:
OPALS Thermal Vacuum Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a NASA Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.
PIA17186:
Geyser Basin in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's rendering shows a cross-section of the ice shell immediately beneath one of Enceladus' geyser-active fractures, illustrating the physical and thermal structure and the processes ongoing below and at the surface.
PIA17189:
What Lies Beneath: Close Up View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's rendering shows a regional cross-section of the ice shell underlying Enceladus' south polar terrain, illustrating our current knowledge of the physical and thermal structure and processes ongoing below and at the surface.
PIA17190:
What Lies Beneath: Regional View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 Mars 2020 Rover
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This diagram shows components of the investigations payload for NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission.
PIA18405:
Payload for NASA's Mars 2020 Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-08 Earth LDSD
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NASA's Supersonic Disk Sail Parachute, one of the new technologies being developed as part of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, floats just below the surface of the Pacific Ocean on June 28, 2014.
PIA18425:
LDSD Chute Beneath the Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-08 Earth LDSD
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Tears are visible in the parachute from NASA's Supersonic Disk Sail Parachute, which did not deploy as expected. The photo was obtained by Navy divers during recovery of the LDSD test vehicle and parachute.
PIA18424:
LDSD Chute
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-08 Earth LDSD
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The main structural body of the second flight test vehicle in NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project is seen during its assembly in a cleanroom at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA18426:
LDSD Flight Test Vehicle 2 in Cleanroom
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-08 Earth LDSD
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Moments into its powered flight, NASA'sLow-density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle captured this image of the balloon which carried it to high altitudes.
PIA18464:
Departing Saucer Snaps Balloon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-08 Earth LDSD
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Divers retrieve the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator off the coast of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.
PIA18465:
Fishing LDSD out of the Water
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-08 Earth LDSD
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The test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator is seen here before and after the balloon that helped carry it to near-space was deflated.
PIA18466:
A Balloon's Job Well Done: LDSD in Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-08 Earth LDSD
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This frame from a video clip shows rockets fired by the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project.
PIA18644:
Firing the Saucer Animation Icon
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