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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Stardust returning to Earth. Stardust is the first U.S. space mission dedicated to the exploration of a comet, and the first robotic mission designed to return extraterrestrial material from outside the orbit of the Moon.
PIA03181:
Stardust Returns to Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Stardust spacecraft. The spacecraft was launched on February 7, 1999, from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, aboard a Delta II rocket.
PIA03182:
Stardust Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Stardust spacecraft. The spacecraft was launched on February 7, 1999, from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, aboard a Delta II rocket.
PIA03183:
Stardust Comet Wild 2 Encounter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Stardust capsule returning to Earth. The Stardust spacecraft will bring back samples of interstellar dust, including recently discovered dust streaming into our Solar System from the direction of Sagittarius.
PIA03184:
Sample Return Capsule Parachuting Down To Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Stardust capsule returning to Earth. The Stardust spacecraft will bring back samples of interstellar dust, including recently discovered dust streaming into our Solar System from the direction of Sagittarius.
PIA03185:
Sample Return Capsule Landing (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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In an experiment using a special air gun, particles are shot into aerogel at high velocities. Closeup of particles leaving a carrot-shaped trail in the aerogel are shown here. Aerogel was used on NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03186:
Particle Tracks in Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Earth Stardust
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This frame from an animation shows the return capsule separating from NASA's Stardust
spacecraft.
PIA03245:
Spacecraft -- Capsule Separation (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Stardust
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This frame from a movie from NASA's Stardust shows rehearsal of the initial processing of the sample return capsule when it is taken to a temporary cleanroom at Utah's Test and Training Range.
PIA03246:
Rehearsal: Sample Canister in Cleanroom (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Earth Stardust
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This shows images from NASA's Stardust taken through infrared range cameras during a recovery simulation at the Utah Test and Training Range on Dec 13, 2005.
Infrared cameras will track the landing.
PIA03247:
Rehearsal: Infrared Views of Landing and Retrieval (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Earth Stardust
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This frame from an animation illustrates the path NASA's Stardust return capsule will follow once it enters Earth's atmosphere.
PIA03248:
Entry, Descent, Landing Animation (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Earth Stardust
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This frame from an animation illustrates the orbit path of NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03249:
Spacecraft Trajectory (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Earth Stardust
Stardust Capsule
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The capsule contains cometary and interstellar samples gathered by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03669:
Sample Return Capsule
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
Stardust Capsule
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The capsule contains cometary and interstellar samples gathered by NASA's Stardust spacecraft. Here, the capsule is being lifted at the landing site.
PIA03670:
Lifting Sample Return Capsule
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
Stardust Capsule
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This image shows the return capsule inside a protective covering. The capsule, which landed at 2:10 a.m. Pacific time (3:10 a.m. Mountain time), contains cometary and interstellar samples gathered by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03671:
Stardust Sample Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-20 Stardust
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Closeup view of a cometary impact (upper right) into aerogel was inspected by scientists at a laboratory at the Johnson Space Center hours after NASA's Stardust Sample Return Canister was delivered to the Johnson Space Center.
PIA03683:
View of a Cometary Impact Into Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-20 Stardust
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Investigators from University of Washington, Johnson Space Center, and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, Denver, Colorado, inspect a canister and sample collector soon after opening a container with Stardust material in a laboratory at the JSC.
PIA03685:
Inspecting a Canister and Sample Collector
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-20 Stardust
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Inside Space Exposed Hardware Lab a member of the JSC Curation Team with NASA's Stardust canister in lab.
PIA03686:
Inside Space Exposed Hardware Lab
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Stardust
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This image shows the tracks left by two comet particles after they impacted NASA's Stardust spacecraft's comet dust collector. The collector is made up of a low-density glass material called aerogel.
PIA02188:
Making Celestial Tracks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-21 Stardust
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This image illustrates one of several ways scientists have begun extracting comet particles from NASA'a Stardust spacecraft's collector. First, a particle and its track are cut out of the collector material, called aerogel.
PIA02189:
Slice of Comet Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-21 Stardust
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This image shows a comet particle collected by NASA's Stardust spacecraft. The particle is made up of the silicate mineral forsterite, also known as peridot in its gem form.
PIA02190:
Piece of a Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-21 Stardust
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This image from NASA shows a particle impact on the aluminum frame that holds the aerogel tiles. The debris from the impact shot into the adjacent aerogel tile producing the explosion pattern of ejecta framents captured in the material.
PIA02191:
Comet Ejecta in Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-10 OGLE-2015-BLG-1319 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Two space-based telescopes, NASA's Spitzer and Swift, teamed up with ground-based observatories to observe a microlensing event caused by a brown dwarf.
PIA21077:
Brown Dwarf Microlensing Diagram
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-03-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Technicians put final touches on NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Sunnyvale, Calif., which launched on August 25, 2003. The telescope is now known as the Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA04265:
Finishing Touches for Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-03-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope whizzes in front of a brilliant, infrared view of the Milky Way galaxy's plane in this artistic depiction.
PIA04267:
SST and the Milky Way, an Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-05-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image was used in a contest to rename the Space InfraRed Telescope Facility (SIRTF), now known as the Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA04497:
Help Stamp Out Boring Space Acronyms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows how astronomers use the unique orbit of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a depth-perceiving trick called parallax to determine the distance of dark planets, black holes and failed stars that lurk invisibly among us.
PIA09562:
Depth Perception in Space (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Using the unique orbit of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a depth-perceiving trick called parallax, astronomers have determined the distance to an invisible Milky Way object called OGLE-2005-SMC-001.
PIA09563:
Distance to Dark Bodies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is an artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, of graphene, buckyballs and C70 superimposed on an image of the Helix planetary nebula, a puffed-out cloud of material expelled by a dying star.
PIA14548:
Graphene in Space (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this image, an artistic version of a hot Jupiter inspired by computer simulations has been inserted into a photo showing a Spitzer researcher, Heather Knutson, in a laboratory.
PIA17008:
An Astronomer's Fantasy: Planets in the Lab
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope surrounded by examples of exoplanets the telescope has examined in over its ten years in space.
PIA17444:
Spitzer Trains Its Eyes on Exoplanets (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The center of the Milky Way galaxy imaged by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is displayed on a quarter-of-a-billion-pixel, high-definition 23-foot-wide (7-meter) LCD science visualization screen at NASA's Ames Research Center.
PIA17446:
Big Data on the Big Screen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers watched an exoplanet called HD 80606b heat up and cool off during its sizzling-hot orbit around its star. The results are shown in this data plot from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA20067:
HD 80606b Light Curve
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The varying brightness of an exoplanet called 55 Cancri e is shown in this plot of infrared data captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA20069:
Hot N' Hotter Planet Measured by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Spitzer begins its 'Beyond' mission phase on Oct. 1, 2016. Spitzer is depicted in the orientation it assumes to establish communications with ground stations.
PIA20913:
Spitzer Beyond (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This chart shows, on the top row, artist conceptions of the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 with their orbital periods, distances from their star, radii and masses as compared to those of Earth. The bottom row shows data about Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.
PIA21425:
TRAPPIST-1 Statistics Table
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, a planet discovered through a technique called microlensing used by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA21430:
Iceball Planet Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly the Space Infrared Telescope Facility or SIRTF) is readied for launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in 2003.
PIA23644:
Spitzer Space Telescope Ready for Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Spitzer Space Telescope, shown here, is in the mobile service tower on Launch Pad 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, waiting for encapsulation.
PIA23649:
Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) Before Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Spitzer Project Manager Joseph Hunt declares the spacecraft decommissioned and the Spitzer mission concluded.
PIA23648:
Spitzer Project Manager Declares End of Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-14 Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
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Artist concept of NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very active Sun.
PIA18171:
NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very Active Sun (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-01 Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
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An artist's conception of one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft. The two observatories currently lie on either side of the sun, providing views of the entire sun simultaneously.
PIA18172:
Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-11 SDO
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The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft, shown above the Earth as it faces toward the Sun. SDO is designed to study the influence of the Sun on the Earth and the inner solar system by studying the solar atmosphere.
PIA18169:
Solar Dynamics Observatory (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-12 Earth SMAP
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This image, created at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), shows the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission, specifically depicting how the scanning antenna will fly in space and the swath coverage over the Earth.
PIA14392:
SMAP Flys over Earth (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-22 SMAP
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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will produce high-resolution global maps of soil moisture to track water availability around our planet and guide policy decisions.
PIA17898:
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-15 SMAP
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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft is slowly lowered into place in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA18828:
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Lowered into Place
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-20 Earth SMAP
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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft is lowered onto the Delta II payload attach structure in the Astrotech payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in preparation for launch, to take place no sooner than Jan. 29.
PIA19132:
NASA's SMAP is Readied for Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-21 Earth SMAP
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Artist's rendering of the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite. The width of the region scanned on Earth's surface during each orbit is about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers).
PIA19133:
Soil Moisture Active Passive Satellite
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-21 Earth SMAP
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In the Astrotech payload processing facility on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians secure a transportation canister around NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft for its move to the launch pad.
PIA19134:
SMAP Gets Ready to Move
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-21 Earth SMAP
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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite is transported across Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to Space Launch Complex 2, where it will be mated to a Delta II rocket for launch, targeted for Jan. 29.
PIA19135:
Satellite in a Can
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-21 Earth SMAP
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At Space Launch Complex 2 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission satellite is lifted up the side of a mobile service tower for mating to its Delta II rocket.
PIA19136:
Going Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-21 Earth SMAP
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The sun sets behind Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission satellite is being prepared for liftoff. Launch is scheduled for Jan. 29.
PIA19137:
Sunset at Vandenberg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-21 SIM PlanetQuest
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Artist's concept of the current mission configuration of NASA's SIM PlanetQuest.
PIA04248:
Artist's concept of SIM PlanetQuest (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-25 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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A shipping container containing the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is removed from an aircraft at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sept. 24, 2020, after its two-day journey from an IABG engineering facility near Munich, Germany.
PIA24103:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-25 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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A shipping container containing the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is transported on a truck to the SpaceX payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base after landing in California on Sept. 24, 2020.
PIA24104:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Transported for Payload Processing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-02 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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In this illustration, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft, the world's latest sea-level satellite, orbits Earth with its deployable solar panels extended.
PIA24105:
The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite Orbits Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-02 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This illustration shows the front of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft in orbit above Earth with its deployable solar panels extended.
PIA24106:
The Front of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-02 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This illustration shows the rear of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft in orbit above Earth with its deployable solar panels extended.
PIA24107:
The Rear of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-16 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite undergoes final preparations in a clean room at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for an early November launch.
PIA24131:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich processing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-05 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is encapsulated in a protective nosecone, or payload fairing, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The fairing will sit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the satellite into Earth orbit.
PIA24133:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Encapsulated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-05 Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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Technicians and engineers working on the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite pose in front of the spacecraft in its protective nosecone, or payload fairing, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
PIA24134:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Spacecraft Team and Fairing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Rosetta
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NASA has provided part of the electronics package for an instrument called the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer, which is part of the Swiss-built Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument.
PIA17665:
Electronics for a Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Comet Rosetta
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This artist's concept of the Rosetta mission's Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is from an animation showing the upcoming deployment of Philae and its subsequent science operations on the surface of the comet.
PIA18891:
Philae's Descent and Science of the Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-23 Ranger
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Engineers stand with Ranger 7 on Dec. 10, 1963, in High Bay 1, located at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA23520:
Ranger 7 in SAF's High Bay 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-04 Psyche
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Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft, which will conduct a direct exploration of an asteroid thought to be a stripped planetary core.
PIA21275:
Psyche Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-23 Psyche
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This artist's-concept illustration depicts the spacecraft of NASA's Psyche mission near the mission's target, the metal asteroid Psyche. The artwork was created in May 2017 to show the five-panel solar arrays planned for the spacecraft.
PIA21499:
Artist's Concept of Psyche Spacecraft with Five-Panel Array
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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This artist's concept, updated as of June 2020, depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft.
PIA23875:
Psyche Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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A technician prepares to integrate part of the electric propulsion system onto the main body of NASA's Psyche spacecraft at Maxar Technologies in Palo Alto, California.
PIA23877:
Psyche in Progress
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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Thumbs-up for a successful test. Psyche engineers test an electric Hall thruster identical to those that will propel NASA's Psyche spacecraft on its journey to the asteroid Psyche.
PIA23878:
Thumbs-up for Ion Propulsion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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An electric Hall thruster, identical to those that will be used to propel NASA's Psyche spacecraft, undergoes testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA23879:
Ring of Firepower
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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 2012-01-17 Planck
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This is an artist's concept of the Planck spacecraft. Planck was launched with the Herschel spacecraft, though the two missions separated shortly after launch and operate independently from each other.
PIA13953:
Planck Spacecraft (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This detailed map of the oldest light in our universe allowed scientists to take the most precise inventory of the universe's ingredients to date.
PIA16878:
Refining the Ingredients of Our Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This graph shows the temperature differences in the oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, detected by ESA's Planck at different distances apart on the sky.
PIA16879:
The Universe, Summed Up in a Squiggly Line
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-23 Planck
Planck Telescope
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The oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, as observed by the Planck space telescope is shown in the oval sky map. An artist's concept of Planck is next to the map.
PIA17449:
Planck and the Cosmic Microwave Background (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-11-25 Pioneer 4
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This image from March 2, 1959 shows engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory checking NASA's Pioneer 4 spacecraft.
PIA23497:
Preparing Pioneer 4 for the Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-01 Phoenix
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The Phoenix lander, housed in a 100,000-class clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems' facilities near Denver, Colo. Shown here, the lander is contained inside the backshell portion of the aeroshell (with the heat shield removed).
PIA07246:
Preparing the Phoenix Lander for Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-01 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, landed on May 25, 2008, and explored the history of water and monitored polar climate on Mars until communications ended in November, 2008, about six months after landing, when its solar panels ceased operating in the winter.
PIA07247:
Phoenix Mission Lander on Mars, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Phoenix
Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe
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This illustration shows some of the components on and near the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. Primary and secondary blades on the scoop that aided in the collection of soil samples.
PIA09949:
Working End of Robotic Arm on Phoenix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-29 Phoenix
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NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Phoenix Mars Lander, partway through assembly and testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in September 2006.
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Phoenix Mars Lander in Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-29 Phoenix
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NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Phoenix Mars Lander, partway through assembly and testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in September 2006.
PIA01886:
Phoenix Mars Lander with Solar Arrays Open
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-28 Phoenix
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Lockheed Martin Space Systems technicians work on the science deck of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander.
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Work on Phoenix Science Deck
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Inside a thermal vacuum at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, technicians prepared NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander for environmental testing.
PIA09204:
Environmental Testing in Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-28 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander was lowered into a thermal vacuum chamber at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in December 2006.
PIA09205:
Phoenix Lowered into Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-28 Phoenix
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Spacecraft specialists huddle to discuss the critical lift of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander into a thermal vacuum chamber.
PIA09206:
Team Huddle Before Lifting Phoenix into Test Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-28 Phoenix
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A spacecraft technician inspected the vital robotic arm of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander during the assembly phase of the mission.
PIA09207:
Phoenix Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-10 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander monitors the atmosphere overhead and reaches out to the soil below in this artist's depiction of the spacecraft fully deployed on the surface of Mars.
PIA09344:
Phoenix Lander on Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-10 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander monitors the atmosphere overhead and reaches out to the soil below in this stereo illustration of the spacecraft fully deployed on the surface of Mars. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA09345:
Phoenix Lander on Mars (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-09 Phoenix
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In this photograph of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, the spacecraft specialists worked on the lander after its fan-like circular solar arrays had been spread open for testing.
PIA09701:
Both Solar Arrays Open on Phoenix Mars Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-30 Phoenix
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In this artist's concept illustration, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander begins to shut down operations as winter sets in. The far-northern latitudes on Mars experience no sunlight during winter.
PIA09942:
Phoenix Twilight (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-30 Phoenix
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander a moment before its 2008 touchdown on the arctic plains of Mars. Pulsed rocket engines control the spacecraft's speed during the final seconds of descent.
PIA09943:
Powered Landing of Phoenix (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Phoenix
Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander carried the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer t to heat and sniff samples of Martian soil and ice to analyze some ingredients.
PIA09950:
Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer for Phoenix Mars Lander
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Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe
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This four-spike tool, called the thermal and electrical conductivity probe, is in the middle-right of this photo, mounted near the end of the arm near NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander scoop (upper left).
PIA09951:
Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe for Phoenix Mars Lander
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MECA
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One part of the MECA instrument for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is a pair of telescopes with a special wheel (on the right in this photograph) for presenting samples to be inspected with the microscopes.
PIA09952:
Phoenix Mars Lander's Chemistry Lab in a Box
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Phoenix
MECA
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The science payload of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander includes a multi-tool instrument named the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA).
PIA09953:
Microscopes for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Phoenix
MECA
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The targeted landing site for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is at about 68 degrees north latitude, 233 degrees east longitude in the Martian arctic. The Phoenix lander, which landed May 25, 2008 ceased its operations about six months later.
PIA09954:
Chemistry Lab for Phoenix Mars Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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The targeted landing site for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is at about 68 degrees north latitude, 233 degrees east longitude in the Martian arctic. The Phoenix lander, which landed May 25, 2008 ceased its operations about six months later.
PIA10657:
Earth Site Corresponding to Phoenix Mars Lander's Targeted Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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This artist's conception shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander during its more than 9-month journey to Mars.
PIA10659:
Cruising to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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Seven minutes before NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander enters the Martian atmosphere, it will jettison the cruise stage hardware that it relied on during the long flight from Earth.
PIA10660:
Cruise Stage Separation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will enter the Martian atmosphere at hypersonic speeds.
PIA10661:
Hypersonic Entry Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will be in free fall after it separates from its back shell and parachute, but not for long.
PIA10662:
Phoenix Without its Parachute Animation Icon
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