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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
MCS
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This map shows the frequency of carbon dioxide frost's presence at sunrise on Mars, as a percentage of days year-round, based on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA20758:
Where on Mars Does Carbon Dioxide Frost Form Often?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This graph shows rising air during a 2007 global dust storm on Mars lofted water vapor into the planet's middle atmosphere based on data from the Mars Climate Sounder instrument onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA22080:
Water Vapor Reaches Mars' Middle Atmosphere During Global Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-30 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
MCS
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This animation shows the evolution of the 2018 Mars global dust storm from late May to September as measured by the Mars Climate Sounder instrument onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA22737:
Mars Climate Sounder Studies 2018 Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-29 Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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This frame from an animation portrays the unfolding of all three booms making up the antenna for the radar instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
PIA08000:
Deployment of Mars Express Radar Antenna Sections (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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These spectrograms from the MARSIS instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter show the intensity of radar echo in Mars' far-northern ionosphere at three times on Oct. 19 and 20, 2014.
PIA18859:
Radar-Detected Change in Martian Near-Polar Ionosphere After Comet's Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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These plots portray data from radar sounding of Mars' mid-latitude ionosphere at three times on Oct. 19 and 20, 2014. The data are from the MARSIS instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
PIA18860:
Change in Mars' Mid-Latitude Ionosphere After Comet Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Clipper
Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE)
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The Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE), is shown here in the midst of assembly in a clean room at JPL.
PIA24781:
The Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE) Science Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-28 Cassini-Huygens
Voyager
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Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have enabled scientists to create this map of the heliosphere, the bubble of charged particles around our sun. Charged particles stream out from our sun in a phenomenon known as solar wind.
PIA14110:
Mapping the Heliosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Magnetometer
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California integrate the magnetometer instrument into the agency's Psyche spacecraft on June 28, 2021. The instrument will help determine if the Psyche asteroid is part of a planetesimal.
PIA24893:
Psyche's Magnetometer Integration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-14 M-Cube/COVE
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The image on the left is an artist rendering of Montana State University's Explorer 1 CubeSat; at right is a CubeSat created by the University of Michigan designated the Michigan Mulitpurpose Mini-satellite, or M-Cubed.
PIA15380:
CubeSat Artist Rendering and NASA's M-Cubed/COVE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-26 Lunar Trailblazer
Lunar Thermal Mapper (LTM)
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Seen here before being shipped from the U.K. to the U.S., the Lunar Thermal Mapper (LTM) is one of two instruments that will be carried by NASA's Lunar Trailblazer.
PIA25831:
Lunar Trailblazer's Thermal Mapper Has Arrived at Lockheed Martin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-16 Lunar Trailblazer
Lunar Thermal Mapper (LTM)
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NASA's Lunar Trailblazer sits in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado, shortly after being integrated with its second and final science instrument, the Lunar Thermal Mapper.
PIA25837:
Lunar Trailblazer Spacecraft Nears Completion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Voyager
Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument
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This graphic shows the NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft and the location of its low-energy charged particle instrument. A labeled close-up of the low-energy charged particle instrument appears as the inset image.
PIA16484:
Location of Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Voyager
Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument
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This image shows the low-energy charged particle instrument before it was installed on one of NASA's Voyager spacecraft in 1977. The instrument includes a stepper motor that turns the platform on which the sensors are mounted.
PIA16487:
Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-24 Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI)
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The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, or LBTI, is a ground-based instrument connecting two 8-meter class telescopes on Mount Graham in Arizona to form the largest single-mount telescope in the world.
PIA22354:
Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-15 Europa Europa Lander
Landing System
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On Aug. 17 and 18, 2023, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California tested the landing system for a proposed future mission that would touch down on Jupiter's icy moon Europa.
PIA26010:
Testing Hardware for Potential Future Landing on Europa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-17 Europa Europa Lander
Landing System
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory prepare flight-like landing gear in the Europa Lander landing gear testbed in summer 2022.
PIA26198:
Engineers Prepare Europa Lander Landing Gear for Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-17 Europa Europa Lander
Landing System
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Engineers test the mechanical landing system for the proposed Europa Lander project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sept. 15, 2022.
PIA26199:
Testing a Landing Gear for Potential Future Landing on Europa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-17 Europa Europa Lander
Landing System
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Engineer Matthew Cameron-Hooper performs a checkout on some systems of the Europa Lander landing gear testbed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California on May 27, 2022.
PIA26200:
System Checkouts on Testbed for Europa Lander Landing Gear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-04 Mars 2020 Rover
LVS
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A prototype of the Lander Vision System for NASA's Mars 2020 mission was tested in this Dec. 9, 2014, flight of a Masten Space Systems 'Xombie' vehicle at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
PIA20848:
Test of Lander Vision System for Mars 2020
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-24 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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The S-band SAR arrived at JPL on March 19. The next day, technicians and engineers moved the S-SAR into the airlock to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 clean room, to be unpacked over several days in the clean room.
PIA24137:
NISAR S-Band SAR Arrival
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-13 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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Part of the NISAR satellite rests in a thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in August 2020. The Earth satellite will track subtle changes in the planet's surface as small as 0.4 inches.
PIA24539:
NISAR Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-13 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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Engineers joined the two main components of NISAR in an ISRO clean room in Bengaluru, India, in June, 2023. The payload arrived from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in March, 2023, while the bus was built at the ISRO facility.
PIA25865:
Main Components of NISAR Satellite Joined
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-13 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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A crane is used to align NISAR's radar instrument payload, seen partially wrapped in gold-colored thermal blanketing, with the satellite's spacecraft bus, which is inside blue blanketing, in an ISRO clean room in Bengaluru, India, in June, 2023.
PIA25866:
NISAR Satellite's Major Components Come Together
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-13 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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A team of engineers and technicians from ISRO and NASA pose in June at ISRO's U R Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru, India, after working together to combine the two main components of the NISAR satellite.
PIA25867:
U.S.-Indian Team Collaborates to Assemble Main Components of NISAR
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Origins
Keck Interferometer
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At the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, NASA astronomers have linked the two 10-meter (33-foot) telescopes at the W. M. Keck Observatory. The linked telescopes, together are called the Keck Interferometer, the world's most powerful optical telescope system.
PIA04493:
Keck Interferometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-05-09 Origins
Keck Interferometer
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At the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, NASA astronomers have linked the two 10-meter (33-foot) telescopes at the W. M. Keck Observatory. The linked telescopes, together are called the Keck Interferometer, the world's most powerful optical telescope system.
PIA04494:
Keck Interferometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
KaRIn
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The SWOT satellite, shown in this illustration, will use the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) to measure the height of water in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and ocean.
PIA24530:
SWOT in Orbit With View of KaRIn Instrument (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
KaRIn
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This illustration shows the SWOT satellite, which will use the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument to measure the height of water in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and ocean.
PIA25621:
SWOT Above Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
KaRIn
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This illustration shows the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite in orbit with its solar panels and KaRIn instrument antennas deployed.
PIA25623:
SWOT Orbiting Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn)
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Members of the international SWOT mission test one of the antennas for the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25594:
SWOT KaRIn Antenna Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn)
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This illustration shows the SWOT satellite in orbit with sunlight glinting off one array of solar panels, as well as both KaRIn instrument antennas deployed.
PIA25595:
SWOT in Orbit (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-03 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn)
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This animation shows the antennas for the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument deploying on the SWOT satellite. The actual antennas deployed over the course of four days after the spacecraft's Dec. 16, 2022 launch.
PIA25596:
SWOT KaRIn Antenna Deployment (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-13 Earth GRACE
K-Band Ranging System
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Groundwater storage trends around the United States as measured by the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites between 2003 and 2012.
PIA16840:
GRACE Measures Groundwater Changes Across the U.S.
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-02 Jupiter Juno
JIRAM
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As NASA's Juno spacecraft approached Jupiter on Aug. 27, 2016, the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument captured the planet's glow in infrared light.
PIA21036:
Juno Captures Jupiter's Glow in Infrared Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-21 Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Ion Engine
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Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Deep Space 1 is lifted from its work platform, giving a closeup view of the experimental solar-powered ion propulsion engine.
PIA04232:
Deep Space 1's Ion Engine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-21 Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Ion Engine
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This image of a xenon ion engine, photographed through a port of the vacuum chamber where it was being tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shows the faint blue glow of charged atoms being emitted from the engine.
PIA04247:
Deep Space 1's Ion Engine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-02 Borrelly Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Ion Engine
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NASA's New Millennium Deep Space 1 spacecraft approaching the comet 19P/Borrelly.
PIA04604:
Deep Space 1 Using its Ion Engine (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-30 Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Ion Engine
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An ion thruster is removed from a vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., its job done following almost five years of testing.
PIA04668:
Spare Ion Engine Being Checked
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-20 Mars InSight
Instrument Context Camera (ICC)
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This long-exposure image (24 seconds) was taken by Instrument Context Camera (ICC) of NASA's InSight Mars lander. The image shows some of the interior features of the backshell that encapsulates the spacecraft.
PIA22647:
InSight's Inner Sanctum Revealed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-06-20 Terrestrial Planet Finder
Infrared Coronagraph
Infrared Interferometer
Visible Light Coronagraph
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NASA's Terrestrial Planet Finder will use multiple telescopes working together to take family portraits of stars and their orbiting planets and determine which planets may have the right chemistry to sustain life.
PIA04499:
Proposed Missions - Terrestrial Planet Finder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
S-band Antenna
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This image shows NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft being built at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colo. on July 2, 2005. The spacecraft's impactor was released from Deep Impact's flyby spacecraft.
PIA02109:
The Making of Deep Impact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
S-band Antenna
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This image shows NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft being built at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colo. On July 2, 2005. The impactor's S-band antenna is the rectangle-shaped object seen on the top of the impactor.
PIA02110:
A Game of Space Telephone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-14 Mars MAVEN
Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph
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Three views of an escaping atmosphere around Mars, obtained by NASA's MAVEN's Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph, are shown here.
PIA18613:
Ultraviolet Views of Martian Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-03 Mars Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Imager for Mars Pathfinder
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'Marie Curie' sits on the lander petal prior to deployment during the pre-launch Operations Readiness Test (ORT) 6. NASA's Pathfinder, a low-cost Discovery mission, is the first of a new fleet of spacecraft that are planned to explore Mars.
PIA04305:
"Marie Curie" During ORT6
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-03 Mars Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Imager for Mars Pathfinder
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'Marie Curie' rover drives down the rear ramp during Operational Readiness Test (ORT) 4. NASA's Pathfinder, a low-cost Discovery mission, is the first of a new fleet of spacecraft that are planned to explore Mars.
PIA04306:
"Marie Curie" During ORT4
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-07-08 Lunar Trailblazer
High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³)
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The High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³) is one of two instruments that will be carried aboard NASA's Lunar Trailblazer, launching in 2023.
PIA25252:
Key Lunar Trailblazer Instrument Passes Milestone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-22 Lunar Trailblazer
High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³)
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Engineers work on the JPL-developed High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³) for NASA's Lunar Trailblazer spacecraft in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado, in December 2022.
PIA25254:
Engineers Work on Lunar Trailblazer's HVM³ Imaging Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-22 Lunar Trailblazer
High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³)
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The side of the High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³) is seen as the instrument gets unwrapped in a clean room. The JPL-developed imaging spectrometer was later integrated with NASA's Lunar Trailblazer spacecraft.
PIA25255:
A Closer View of NASA Lunar Trailblazer's HVM³ Imaging Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-22 Lunar Trailblazer
High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³)
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The HVM³ instrument sits in a JPL clean room in early December 2022. The instrument was built at JPL then shipped to Lockheed Martin Space in Colorado to be integrated with NASA's Lunar Trailblazer spacecraft.
PIA25256:
Lunar Trailblazer's HVM³ Imaging Spectrometer Before Spacecraft Integration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-21 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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The high resolution imaging science experiment (HiRISE) is one of six science instruments for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA07087:
Telescopic Camera for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Front End
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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A telescopic camera called the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, (right) was installed onto the main structure of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (left) on Dec. 11, 2004 at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
PIA07206:
Camera Ready to Install on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, hoist a telescopic camera for installation onto NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on Dec. 11, 2004.
PIA07207:
Hoisting a Camera for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, position a telescopic camera for installation onto NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on Dec. 11, 2004.
PIA07208:
Positioning a Camera for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, install a telescopic camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on Dec. 11, 2004.
PIA07209:
Installing a Camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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A telescopic camera called the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, was installed onto the main structure of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Dec. 11, 2004 at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, Colo.
PIA07210:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter After Camera Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-06 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This photo composite shows an aerial view of FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redskins, superimposed on Mars' Victoria Crater to give a sense of the crater's scale.
PIA08815:
Getting a Sense of Scale
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-27 Phoenix
HiRISE
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera to take a picture of the Phoenix lander roughly 22 hours after landing.
PIA10704:
Simulated Imaging of Phoenix Landing Site Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This graph shows changes in apparent brightness of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it approached and receded from Mars, as seen by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The pattern suggests the comet rotates once every eight hours.
PIA18862:
Brightness Rhythm of Mars Flyby Comet Is Clue to Rotation Rate
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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.
PIA23045:
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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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 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 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 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 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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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, 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 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 2024-05-29 Farside Seismic Suite (FSS)
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JPL engineers and technicians prepare NASA's Farside Seismic Suite for testing in simulated lunar gravity. The payload will gather the agency's first-ever seismic measurements from the far side of the Moon.
PIA26298:
Farside Seismic Suite Prepared for Testing in JPL Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-29 Farside Seismic Suite (FSS)
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NASA's Farside Seismic Suite undergoes work in a JPL clean room in March, 2024. The instrument's two seismometers are packaged in a cube-within-a-cube structure. The shiny blanket is an outer insulating layer; the single solar panel provides power.
PIA26299:
Farside Seismic Suite Before Testing at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-29 Farside Seismic Suite (FSS)
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Seen here in November 2023, Farside Seismic Suite's inner cube houses the NASA payload's battery and two seismometers. The gold, puck-shaped device holds the Short Period sensor, while the silver enclosure contains the Very Broadband seismometer.
PIA26300:
Farside Seismic Suite's Cube Within a Cube
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-29 Farside Seismic Suite (FSS)
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In a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in March 2024, technician Nik Schwarz prepares the agency's Farside Seismic Suite (FSS) for testing.
PIA26341:
Getting Farside Seismic Suite Ready for Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-29 Farside Seismic Suite (FSS)
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In a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in March 2024, engineers and technicians pose with the agency's Farside Seismic Suite while the payload is readied for testing.
PIA26342:
FSS team
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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 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 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 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 2021-08-05 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 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 2022-06-01 Earth Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT)
EMIT
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Officials from NASA and JPL oversee vibration testing of the EMIT science instrument, including its telescope and imaging spectrometer.
PIA25150:
EMIT Put to the Test at JPL
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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 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 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 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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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