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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-12 Juno
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Technicians lowered a special radiation vault onto the propulsion module of NASA's Juno spacecraft. The vault will dramatically slow the aging effect radiation has on the electronics for the duration of the mission.
PIA13257:
Lowering Juno's Radiation Vault
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-12 Juno
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Technicians installed a special radiation vault onto the propulsion module of NASA's Juno spacecraft. Each titanium wall measures nearly a square meter (nearly 10 square feet) in area and about 1 centimeter (a third of an inch) in thickness.
PIA13258:
Installing Juno's Radiation Vault
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-12 Juno
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Technicians installed the special radiation vault for NASA's Juno spacecraft on the propulsion module. The radiation vault has titanium walls to protect the spacecraft's electronic brain and heart from Jupiter's harsh radiation environment.
PIA13259:
Protecting Juno's Electronics from Radiation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-12 Juno
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Workers place the special radiation vault for NASA's Juno spacecraft onto the propulsion module. The whole vault, with more than 20 electronic assemblies inside, weighs about 200 kilograms (500 pounds).
PIA13260:
Setting up Juno's Radiation Vault
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-16 Juno
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Technicians install components that will aid with guidance, navigation and control of NASA's Juno spacecraft. Like most of Juno's sensitive electronics, these components are situated within the spacecraft's titanium radiation vault.
PIA13714:
Installing Electronics in Juno's Vault
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-16 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft rests atop its rotation fixture awaiting transfer to a shipping crate prior to environmental testing; the large white square on the spacecraft's right is largest of six microwave radiometer antennas, masked by protective covering.
PIA13715:
Preparing Juno for Environmental Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-16 Juno
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Technicians transfer NASA's Juno spacecraft from its rotation fixture to the base of its shipping container in preparation for a move to environmental testing facilities. Juno's main engine, its cover closed, is visible on the spacecraft's underside.
PIA13716:
Moving Juno to Environmental Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-16 Juno
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Technicians transfer NASA's Juno spacecraft from its rotation fixture to the base of its shipping container in preparation for a move to environmental testing facilities.
PIA13717:
Moving Juno to Environmental Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-16 Juno
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Technicians lift NASA's Juno spacecraft onto a dolly prior to the start of a round of acoustical testing.
PIA13718:
Preparing Juno for Acoustical Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-16 Juno
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Technicians position NASA's Juno spacecraft on a dolly prior to the start of a round of acoustical testing.
PIA13719:
Preparing Juno for Acoustical Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-03 Juno
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This artist concept depicts the Juno spacecraft which will launch from Earth in 2011 and will arrive at Jupiter in 2016 to study the giant planet from an elliptical, polar orbit.
PIA13746:
Juno Mission to Jupiter (2010 Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-07 Juno
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This image shows NASA's Juno spacecraft undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems on Jan. 26, 2011. All 3 solar array wings are installed and stowed, and the large high-gain antenna is in place on the top of the avionics vault.
PIA13905:
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Taking Shape in Denver
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians inspect NASA's Juno spacecraft and its science instruments following acoustics testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 26, 2011.
PIA13920:
Juno Spacecraft Passes the Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians inspect NASA's Juno spacecraft and its science instruments following acoustics testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 26, 2011.
PIA13921:
Juno Spacecraft Passes the Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians install components that will aid with guidance, navigation and control of NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA13922:
Building Juno's Electronic Brain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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An exposed, side view of NASA's Juno spacecraft during its assembly features three of the spacecraft's spherical propellant tanks.
PIA13923:
Juno's Fuel Tanks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians test the deployment of one of the three massive solar arrays that power NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA13924:
Juno Solar Panel Deployment Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians test the deployment of one of the three massive solar arrays that power NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA13925:
Juno Solar Panel Deployment Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians test the deployment of one of the three massive solar arrays that power NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA13926:
Juno Solar Panel Deployment Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians prepare NASA's Juno spacecraft for a functional test of its main engine cover.
PIA13927:
Juno Engine Cover Test Preparation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians test the deployment of one of the three massive solar arrays that power NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA13928:
Juno Spreads its Wing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-23 Juno
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This image of NASA's Juno spacecraft was taken as the vehicle completed its thermal vacuum chamber testing. A technician is attaching the lifting equipment in preparation for hoisting the 1,588-kilogram (3,500-pound) spacecraft out of the chamber.
PIA13931:
Juno Marches On
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-29 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft looms above the assembly floor as technicians prepare the Jupiter-bound probe for a round of testing that simulates the vibrations the spacecraft will experience during launch.
PIA13934:
Juno Gets Ready to Shake It
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-29 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft is readied for lifting out of a thermal vacuum chamber following testing to simulate the environment of space over the range of conditions the probe will encounter during its mission.
PIA13935:
Juno Gets a Taste of Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-29 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft is raised out of a thermal vacuum chamber following tests that simulated the environment of space over the range of conditions the probe will encounter during its mission.
PIA13936:
Juno Emerges from Thermal-Vac Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-27 Juno
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Technicians stow for launch solar array #2 for NASA's Juno spacecraft. The photo was taken on May 20, 2011 at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla.
PIA14172:
Packing Juno's Power
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-24 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft undergoes weight and balance testing at Astrotech payload processing facility, Titusville, Fla. June 16, 2011.
PIA14286:
Juno Weighs In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-05 Juno
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Workers guide an overhead crane as it lifts the Centaur upper stage at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., June 24, 2011. The Centaur is slated to launch NASA's Juno spacecraft on August 5.
PIA14381:
Juno's Atlas Receives its Centaur
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-19 Juno
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Technicians use an overhead crane to lower NASA's Juno spacecraft onto a fueling stand where the spacecraft will be loaded with the propellant necessary for its mission to Jupiter.
PIA14288:
Juno Gets Fueled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-03 Juno
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This simulated view of the south pole of Jupiter illustrates the unique perspective of NASA's Juno mission. Juno's polar orbit will allow its camera, called JunoCam, to image Jupiter's clouds from a vantage point never accessed by other spacecraft.
PIA14408:
What Juno will see at Jupiter's South Pole (Simulation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-03 Juno
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At Space Launch Complex 41, the Juno spacecraft, enclosed in an Atlas payload fairing, was transferred into the Vertical Integration Facility where it was positioned on top of the Atlas rocket stacked inside.
PIA14109:
Juno at the Vertical Integration Facility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-03 Juno
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Three LEGO figurines representing the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno and Galileo Galilei are shown here aboard the Juno spacecraft.
PIA14413:
LEGO Figurines Aboard Juno
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-03 Juno
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The three LEGO figurines flying aboard the Juno spacecraft are the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno and Galileo Galilei.
PIA14414:
Riding Along with Juno
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-04 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft awaits launch from inside the payload fairing atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-551 launch vehicle. Juno and its rocket are at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
PIA14416:
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Awaits Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-17 Juno
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This computer-generated image depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft firing its Leros-1b main engine.
PIA16117:
Juno Fires its Main Engine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-17 Juno
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A computer-generated image depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft firing its main engine.
PIA16118:
Juno Main Engine Firing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-11 Juno
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This artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft above the north pole of Jupiter.
PIA16869:
Juno Above Jupiter's Pole (Artist's Concept)
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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 2015-07-07 Juno
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This artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft making one of its close passes over Jupiter. Launched in 2011, the Juno spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter in 2016 to study the giant planet from an elliptical, polar orbit.
PIA19639:
Juno's Arrival at Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-30 Juno
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This chart presents data that the Waves investigation on NASA's Juno spacecraft recorded as the spacecraft crossed the bow shock just outside of Jupiter's magnetosphere on June 24, 2016.
PIA20754:
Data Recorded as Juno Entered Magnetosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-30 Juno
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This chart presents data that the Waves investigation on NASA's Juno spacecraft recorded as the spacecraft crossed the bow shock just outside of Jupiter's magnetosphere on June 24, 2016.
PIA20753:
Data Recorded as Juno Crossed Jovian Bow Shock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-29 Juno
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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft approaching Jupiter.
PIA20702:
Juno Approaches Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-29 Juno
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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter, with its solar arrays and main antenna pointed toward the distant sun and Earth.
PIA20703:
Juno Points Homeward (Artist's Concept)
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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft in orbit above Jupiter. From its unique polar orbit, Juno will repeatedly dive between the planet and its intense belts of charged particle radiation.
PIA20704:
Juno Above Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-02 Jupiter Juno
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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 2016-09-02 Jupiter Juno
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During its close flyby of Jupiter on August 27, 2016, the Waves instrument on NASA's Juno spacecraft received radio signals associated with the giant planet's very intense auroras.
PIA21037:
Juno Listens to Jupiter's Auroras Sing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-19 Juno
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This animation illustrates how the Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) star camera aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft supports 'attitude determination' -- the knowledge of which way Juno is pointing as the spacecraft navigates through space.
PIA22961:
The Day Job for Juno's SRU (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-19 Jupiter Juno
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This animation is an artist's rendition of NASA's Juno spacecraft inbound -- over Jupiter's north pole -- approach to Perijove 17. During the flyby the SRU obtained the closest view of Jupiter's aurora with a visible light imager to date.
PIA22962:
Juno's Perijove 17 (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-19 Jupiter Juno
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This animation shows the overlap of the field of view of NASA's Juno spacecraft's Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) star camera and Microwave Radiometer (MWR) Antenna-1 beam.
PIA22967:
Juno SRU and MWR Coverage (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-30 Jupiter Juno
Stellar Reference Unit (SRU)
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This animation gives an X-ray view of the Juno spacecraft's Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) star camera as it is bombarded by high-energy particles in Jupiter's inner radiation belts.
PIA24436:
High Energy and Juno's Stellar Reference Unit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-21 Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE)
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory built and shipped the receiver, transmitter, and electronics necessary to complete the radar instrument for the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission.
PIA24024:
Vibration Testing of JUICE Mission's RIME Radar Transmitter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-21 Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE)
RIME
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory built and shipped the receiver, transmitter, and electronics necessary to complete the radar instrument for the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission, set to launch in 2022.
PIA24025:
JUICE Mission's RIME Transmitter Exits Thermal Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-21 Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE)
RIME
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JPL engineers and technicians follow COVID-19 Safe-at-Work guidelines as they transport the RIME transmitter and electronics on Aug. 19, 2020, for shipping to the Italian Space Agency (ASI).
PIA24026:
RIME Instrument en Route to JUICE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-23 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler spacecraft in a clean room at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo.
PIA11188:
NASA's Kepler Spacecraft in a Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-18 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler spacecraft at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo.
PIA11733:
The Kepler Spacecraft
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
PIA11824:
Kepler in Space (Artist Concept)
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
PIA11825:
Kepler Spacecraft (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a world where two suns set over the horizon instead of just one. The planet, called Kepler-16b, is the most 'Tatooine-like' planet yet found in our galaxy and is depicted here in this artist's concept.
PIA14724:
Where the Sun Sets Twice (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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This artist's image illustrates Kepler-16b, the first directly detected circumbinary planet, which is a planet that orbits two stars.
PIA14725:
Three Eclipsing Bodies (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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This artist's image illustrates the Kepler-16 system from an overhead view, showing the eccentric orbits of the two stars as they twirl around each other every 41 days like figure skaters.
PIA14726:
A Dance of Two Suns and One Planet (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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This artist's conception illustrates the Kepler-16 system (white) from an overhead view, showing its planet Kepler-16b and the eccentric orbits of the two stars it circles (labeled A and B).
PIA14727:
Bird's Eye View of Kepler-16 System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-05 Kepler-22b Kepler
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This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22, a star system containing the first 'habitable zone' planet -- the sweet spot around a star where temperatures are right for water to exist in its liquid form, discovered by NASA's Kepler mission.
PIA14882:
Kepler-22b -- Comfortably Circling within the Habitable Zone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-05 Kepler-22b Kepler
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This artist's conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star's habitable zone.
PIA14883:
Closer to Finding an Earth (Artist's Concept)
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This artist's concept shows an overhead view of the orbital position of the planets in systems with multiple transiting planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. All the colored planets have been verified.
PIA15264:
Kepler's Planetary Systems in Motion (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Kepler data has increased by 20 percent and now totals 2,740 potential planets orbiting 2,036 stars; dramatic increases are seen in the number of Earth-size and super Earth-size candidates discovered.
PIA16607:
Size of Kepler Planet Candidates
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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 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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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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A crop of more than 100 planets, discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, includes four in Earth's size-range orbiting a single dwarf star.
PIA20698:
K2 Finds Earth-Sized Planets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-05 Kepler
Planck
Spitzer Space Telescope
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From left to right, artist's concepts of the Spitzer, Planck and Kepler space telescopes. NASA extended Spitzer and Kepler for two additional years; and the U.S. portion of Planck, a European Space Agency mission, for one year.
PIA15423:
Spitzer, Planck and Kepler Extended by NASA (Artist's Concept)
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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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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 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 2015-12-03 LISA Pathfinder
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This artist's concept shows ESA's LISA Pathfinder spacecraft, which launched on Dec. 3, 2015, from Kourou, French Guiana, will help pave the way for a mission to detect gravitational waves.
PIA20196:
LISA Pathfinder Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-03 LISA Pathfinder
Disturbance Reduction System
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The LISA Pathfinder spacecraft is on its way to space, having successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana Dec. 3, 2015. On board is the state-of-the-art Disturbance Reduction System (DRS), a thruster technology developed at NASA's JPL.
PIA20197:
Disturbance Reduction System Thrusters Stabilize LISA Pathfinder
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Sled tests will allow NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project, or LDSD, to test inflatable and parachute decelerators to slow spacecraft prior to landing.
PIA15798:
NASA Tests Future Mars Landing Technology
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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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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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Parachute Deployment Device
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An engineer works on the Parachute Deployment Device of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle in this image taken at the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua'i, Hawaii.
PIA18008:
Prepping the Parachute Deployment Device
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator hangs from a launch tower at U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The saucer-shaped vehicle will test two devices for landing heavy payloads on Mars.
PIA19342:
LDSD Ready for Launch
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