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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-15 1930x2440x3
This is a montage of planetary images taken by spacecraft managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Included are (from top to bottom) images of Mercury, Venus, Earth (and Moon), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
PIA00545:
Solar System Montage
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-05-03 2000x2445x3
This is an updated montage of planetary images taken by spacecraft managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Included are (from top to bottom) images of Mercury, Venus, Earth (and Moon), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
PIA01341:
Solar System Montage (Updated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-11-06 4206x3306x3
This solar system montage of the nine planets and four large moons of Jupiter in our solar system are set against a false-color view of the Rosette Nebula.
PIA02973:
The New Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-03-29 4500x5600x3
This is a montage of planetary images taken by spacecraft managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Included are (from top to bottom) images of Mercury, Venus, Earth (and Moon), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
PIA03153:
Solar System Montage - High Resolution 2001 Version
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-11-30 Black Hole 369x786x3
This three-dimensional illustration shows how the rotating space around a black hole twists up the magnetic field in the plasma falling toward the black hole. The black sphere at the center of the figure is the black hole itself.
PIA04207:
Black Hole in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-30 3300x2485x3
This image is an unannotated version of NASA's Planetary Photojournal Home Page graphic. This digital collage contains a highly stylized rendition of our solar system and points beyond.
PIA06890:
Planetary Photojournal Home Page Graphic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-03 4538x4391x3
One crucial step in NASA's Mars sample return mission would be to launch the collected sample away from the surface of Mars. This artist's concept depicts a Mars ascent vehicle for starting a sample of Mars rocks on their trip to Earth.
PIA07187:
Illustration of Launching Samples Home from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-13 Europa 6060x3000x3
Scientists are all but certain that Europa has an ocean underneath its icy surface, but they do not know how thick this ice might be. This artist concept illustrates two possible cut-away views through Europa's ice shell.
PIA10131:
Thick or Thin Ice Shell on Europa? (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-13 Europa 637x361x3
In this image, Europa is seen in a cutaway view through two cycles of its 3.5 day orbit about the giant planet Jupiter. Like Earth, Europa is thought to have an iron core, a rocky mantle and a surface ocean of salty water. Animation available at the Photo
PIA10149:
Europa Tide Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-26 3300x2485x3
This image is an unannotated version of NASA's Photojournal Home Page graphic released in October 2007.
PIA10231:
Photojournal Home Page Graphic 2007
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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 2008-11-19 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 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 2009-08-06 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 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 2010-06-23 1000x750x3
From left to right: JPLers Felipe Santos Fregoso, Piotr Szwaykowski, Kurt Liewer and Stefan Martin with the nulling interferometer testbed at JPL, where the device is built and refined.
PIA13213:
Interferometer Testbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-05 4600x5953x3
An artist's concept portrays the proposed Geophysical Monitoring Station mission for studying the deep interior of Mars.
PIA13990:
Proposed Mission for Studying Deep Interior of Mars (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 2240x1843x3
Unfrozen brine in cryopegs and fracture networks provides habitats for the survival and growth of organisms both within and under frozen rocky materials on Earth and, by analogy, could provide habitats on Mars.
PIA14471:
Plausible Martian Habitats
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-10 720x540x3
Scientists are simulating how the very first stars in our universe were born. The stars we see today formed out of collapsing clouds of gas and dust. In the very early universe, however, the stars had fewer ingredients available.
PIA14875:
Cooking up the First Stars
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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 2013-01-16 3648x2736x3
A team of scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is testing whether organic molecules can be brewed in a simulated ocean vent. Pictured here is Lauren White, a member of the NASA Astrobiology Icy Worlds team.
PIA16636:
Simulating a Submarine Hydrothermal Vent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-16 3648x2736x3
The NASA Astrobiology Icy Worlds team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are collecting samples from a simulated ocean vent to see if they can detect organic molecules being brewed.
PIA16637:
Does this Vial Contain Organics?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-05 Europa 2550x3300x3
Based on new evidence from Jupiter's moon Europa, astronomers hypothesize that chloride salts bubble up from its global liquid ocean and reach the frozen surface where they are bombarded with sulfur from volcanoes on Jupiter's innermost large moon, Io.
PIA16826:
Taste of the Ocean on Europa's Surface (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-20 Mars 726x400x3
This diagram illustrates the positions of Mars, Earth and the sun during a period that occurs approximately every 26 months, when Mars passes almost directly behind the sun from Earth's perspective.
PIA16811:
Geometry of Mars Solar Conjunction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-03 3648x2736x3
In a laboratory experiment at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., scientists simulate the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. In this picture, molecules of dicyanoacetylene are seen on a special film on a sapphire window.
PIA16843:
Simulating Titan-Like Smog
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-04 Io 963x913x3
This map shows predicted heat flow at the surface of Jupiter's moon Io from two tidal-heating models. Red indicates areas where more heat is expected; blue where less heat is expected.
PIA16941:
Io Predicted Heat Flow Map
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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 2013-07-03 RoboSimian
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This artist's concept depicts RoboSimian, a disaster-relief and -mitigation robot, grasping the rung of a ladder. RoboSimian is an ape-like robot designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA17300:
RoboSimian to the Rescue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-11 RoboSimian
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This photograph shows RoboSimian, a disaster-relief and -mitigation robot, under construction in a lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA17301:
RoboSimian Under Construction
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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 2013-11-06 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 2014-01-14 RoboSimian
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Known as 'Clyde,' RoboSimian is an an ape-like robot designed and built at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Ca. The robot is four-footed but can also stand on two feet. It has four general-purpose limbs and hands capable of mobility and manipulation.
PIA17302:
Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots! Animation Icon
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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 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole used a specialized array of superconducting detectors to capture polarized light from billions of years ago. The detector array is shown here, under a microscope.
PIA17993:
Superconducting Detectors for Study of Infant Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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This image shows one of the NASA detectors from the BICEP2 project, developed in collaboration with the NSF. The sensors were used to make the first detection of gravitational waves in the ancient background light from the early universe.
PIA17994:
Detector Suspended in Free Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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This image shows an array of the 512 superconducting detectors used on the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole. The technology was key to detecting the effects of gravitational waves associated with the early epoch of our universe known as inflation.
PIA17995:
Detectors See Gravitational Waves from Dawn of Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 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 2014-07-16 Earth RoboSimian
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RoboSimian, a limbed robot developed by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials in Florida in December 2013.
PIA18565:
RoboSimian Competes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Earth RoboSimian
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Limbed robot RoboSimian was developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, seen here with Brett Kennedy, supervisor of the JPL Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators Group, and Chuck Bergh, a senior engineer in JPL's Robotic Hardware Systems Group.
PIA18566:
RoboSimian and Friends
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Earth RoboSimian
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RoboSimian, a limbed robot developed by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in Florida in December 2013.
PIA18567:
RoboSimian's Inner Workings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Earth RoboSimian
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Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory carry RoboSimian, a robot developed at JPL, at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in Florida in December 2013.
PIA18568:
Carrying RoboSimian
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Earth 3717x3583x3
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Earth 752x564x3
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 2014-07-24 Earth 3888x2592x3
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 2014-08-14 5184x3456x3
A Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, unfolds a solar panel array that was designed using the principles of origami.
PIA18654:
Unfolded Solar Array
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 5184x3456x3
Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, and Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, collaborated to construct a prototype of a solar panel array that folds up in the style of origami, to make for easier deployment.
PIA18655:
Power Origami
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 4000x3000x3
A researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, holds a prototype of a solar panel array that folds up in the style of origami.
PIA18666:
Researcher With Solar Array
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-21 Earth 1537x2148x3
The Surrogate robot ('Surge'), built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA., is being developed in order to extend humanity's reach into hazardous environments to perform tasks such as using environmental test equipment.
PIA18667:
Surrogate Robot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-09 Mars 2560x1600x3
This artist's concept shows NASA's Mars orbiters lining up behind the Red Planet for their 'duck and cover' maneuver to shield them from comet dust that may result from the close flyby of comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) on Oct. 19, 2014.
PIA18611:
Mars Orbiters 'Duck and Cover' for Comet Siding Spring Flyby (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-09 Mars 1000x1000x3
Comet Siding Spring will have a close approach to Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. This artist's concept shows people in the Southern Hemisphere where to look for Mars in the night sky. Mars and the comet may be visible with binoculars.
PIA18612:
View of Comet Siding Spring from Southern Hemisphere (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-09 Earth RoboSimian
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RoboSimian and Surrogate are robots that were designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA18790:
JPL's RoboSimian and Surrogate Robots
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-09 Earth RoboSimian
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RoboSimian is an ape-like robot that moves around on four limbs designed. It was designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA18791:
RoboSimian Gets Ready for Competition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-09 Earth RoboSimian
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Surrogate, nicknamed 'Surge,' is a robot designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA18792:
JPL's Surrogate Robot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-09 Earth RoboSimian
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Robotics researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, stand with robots RoboSimian and Surrogate, both built at JPL.
PIA18793:
The JPL Team Behind RoboSimian and Surrogate
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-11 Earth RoboSimian
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This artist's concept shows RoboSimian, a robot intended to assist with disaster relief and mitigation.
PIA19313:
RoboSimian 'Disaster Relief' Poster (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-11 Earth RoboSimian
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This artist's concept shows Surrogate, a robot that could one day assist in disasters or hazardous situations such as a dangerous chemical laboratory.
PIA19314:
Surrogate Poster (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-11 Earth RoboSimian
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This artist's rendering shows a concept for a robot called AquaSimian that would assist with hazardous situations underwater.
PIA19315:
AquaSimian Poster (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-22 Earth 1271x671x3
This scene from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity looks upward at 'Knudsen Ridge' on the southern edge of 'Marathon Valley' from inside the valley.
PIA19318:
Orbiting Rainbows Simulation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-04 Mars 720x412x3
This graphic depicts the relative shapes and distances from Mars for five active orbiter missions plus the planet's two natural satellites. It illustrates the potential for intersections of the spacecraft orbits.
PIA19396:
Diverse Orbits Around Mars (Graphic)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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JPL's RoboSimian exits its vehicle following a brief drive through a slalom course at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.
PIA19324:
RoboSimian Exits Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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JPL's RoboSimian drives a four-wheeled vehicle through a slalom course at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.
PIA19325:
RoboSimian Driving
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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Using a cordless power drill, RoboSimian cuts a hole into a panel of drywall to complete one of the tasks in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.
PIA19326:
RoboSimian Cuts Hole in Wall
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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Following each competition run, spectators at the event were able to get a close-up look at the robot competitors and meet the teams who built them.
PIA19327:
Meeting RoboSimian
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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The spindly appearance of JPL's RoboSimian was somewhat unique among competitors in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, as most were bipedal walkers.
PIA19328:
RoboSimian at DARPA Robotics Challenge
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-09 Earth RoboSimian
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Many members of Team RoboSimian and a few guests gather with competition hardware at a 'Meet the Robots' event during the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals in Pomona, California, on June 6, 2015.
PIA19329:
Team RoboSimian
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-09 1000x1250x3
This cartoon shows how magnetic waves, called Alfvén S-waves, propagate outward from the base of black hole jets. The jet is a flow of charged particles, called a plasma, which is launched by a black hole.
PIA19822:
Magnetic Black Hole Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-05 2117x2220x3
This photo simulation shows a laboratory-created 'chemical garden,' which is a chimney-like structure found at bubbling vents on the seafloor. Some researchers think life on Earth might have got its start at structures like these billions of years ago.
PIA19834:
Harnessing Electricity from 'Chemical Gardens'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-05 696x886x3
A laboratory-created 'chemical garden' made of a combination of black iron sulfide and orange iron hydroxide/oxide is shown in this photo. Chemical gardens are a nickname for chimney-like structures that form at bubbling vents on the seafloor.
PIA19835:
Patchwork 'Chemical Garden'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-22 1226x689x3
Artists concept of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Robotic (ARM) Mission capturing an asteroid boulder before redirecting it to a astronaut-accessible orbit around Earth's moon.
PIA19349:
NASA's Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-23 Earth 3090x2506x3
Dense filaments of dark matter particles, called 'hairs,' are sprouting from Earth, according to a new study based on computer simulations.
PIA20176:
Dark Matter 'Hairs' Around Earth
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Close-up of dense filaments of dark matter particles, called 'hairs,' are sprouting from Earth, according to a new study based on computer simulations.
PIA20177:
Dark Matter 'Hairs' Around Earth -- Close-up
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This illustration shows Jupiter surrounded by filaments of dark matter called 'hairs,' according to a new study based on computer simulations.
PIA20178:
Dark Matter 'Hairs' Around Jupiter
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Tests by Northrup Grumman determined that a starshade, or external occulter, is capable of blocking starlight to a degree that can indeed reveal the light of a planet.
PIA20901:
Starshade Night Test
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This artist's rendering shows the proposed starshade flying in sync with a space telescope. The giant sunflower-like structure would be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars.
PIA20910:
Starshade Artist's Concept 1
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Starlight-blocking technologies such as the starshade are being developed to help image exoplanets, with a focus on Earth-sized, habitable worlds. The starshade works to block excessive starlight from the 'eyes' of a space telescope like Hubble.
PIA20902:
Small-scale Starshade Test
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The four petals pictured in the image shows the bare bones of the first prototype starshade by NASA's JPL, being measured for this positional accuracy with a laser. As shown by this 66-foot model, starshades can come in many shapes and sizes.
PIA20903:
Starshade Prototype
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A deployed half-scale starshade with four petals at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA., in 2014. The flower-like petals of the starshade are designed to diffract bright starlight away from telescopes seeking the dim light of exoplanets.
PIA20904:
Half-Scale Starshade
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A furled first prototype starshade developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shown in technology partner Astro Aerospace/Northrup Grumman's facility in Santa Barbara, California, in 2013.
PIA20905:
Furled Starshade Prototype
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The first prototype starshade developed by NASA's JPL, shown in technology partner Astro Aerospace/Northrup Grumman's facility in Santa Barbara, California, in 2013. As shown by this 66 foot model, starshades can come in many shapes and sizes.
PIA20906:
First Starshade Prototype at JPL
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This image shows the deployment of a half-scale starshade with four petals at NASA's JPL in 2014. The flower-like petals of the starshade are designed to diffract bright starlight away from telescopes seeking the dim light of exoplanets.
PIA20907:
Starshade Deployment
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A test of a small-scale starshade model in a dry lake bed in central Nevada's Smith Creek by Northrup Grumman in May-June 2014. A telescope points toward a bright light, which mimics the conditions of starlight in space.
PIA20908:
Starshade Test in Nevada
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This image shows a deployed half-scale starshade with four petals at NASA's JPL. On a starshade ready for launch, the thermal gold foil will only cover the side of the petals facing away from the telescope.
PIA20909:
Starshade Deployed at JPL
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This artist's rendering shows the proposed starshade concept flying in sync with a space telescope. The giant sunflower-like structure would be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars.
PIA20911:
Starshade Artist's Concept 2
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This graphic indicates a similarity between 2016 (dark blue line) and five past years in which Mars has experienced a global dust storm (orange lines and band), compared to years with no global dust storm (blue-green lines and band).
PIA20855:
2016 Resembles Past Global Dust Storm Years on Mars
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This archival picture shows what greeted visitors to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in December 1957, before NASA was created and the lab became one of its centers.
PIA21115:
Welcome to JPL, 1957
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This archival aerial image of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was taken in September 1950, when the lab's main patron was the U.S. Army.
PIA21116:
JPL From Above, 1950
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This archival image shows engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory looking at data related to the Venus flyby of Mariner 2 on Dec. 14, 1962. This was the first successful flyby of another planet.
PIA21117:
Checking Out Venus
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This archival photograph from 1949 shows the main entrance gate to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, after a snowstorm. To the left is JPL's administration building at the time. Building 67 is the Materials Research Building today.
PIA21118:
A Snowy Entrance
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This archival picture, taken in August 1944, shows the northeast end of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. This was near the Arroyo Seco, a dry canyon wash at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.
PIA21119:
The Gulch
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This archival picture, taken in 1964, shows engineers in Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA21120:
Mission Control, 1964
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The Administration Building of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Building 180) is pictured in this archival image taken in January 1965. What appears as a parking lot in this photograph later becomes 'The Mall,' a landscaped open-air gathering place.
PIA21121:
JPL's Administration Building
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In this archival image from December 1972, the science steering group for a mission then-known as Mariner Jupiter Saturn 1977, later renamed Voyager, met for the first time at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA21122:
Voyager's First Science Meeting
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Building 264, also known as the Space Flight Support Building, hosts engineers supporting space missions in flight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is seen in this archival image from January 1972.
PIA21123:
Space Flight Support Building
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During World War II, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory had a contract with the U.S. Army to develop rocket torpedoes. This archival picture from August 1944 shows the test facility, known as the 'Tow Channel.'
PIA21124:
The Tow Channel
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This archival photograph from 1971 shows the open-air gathering area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory known as 'The Mall.' It looks east towards the Applied Mechanics building.
PIA21125:
The Mall
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