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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-06-03 Earth Terra
MISR
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This artist concept is of NASA's MISR spacecraft which views the sunlit Earth simultaneously at nine widely spaced angles.
PIA04498:
Artist's Concept of Terra Satellite with MISR Onboard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-06 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Project Manger Parage Vaze stands in the JPL clean room where the SWOT satellite is being assembled. The spacecraft will help researchers survey the amount and distribution of Earth's surface water, including lakes and rivers, as well as the ocean.
PIA24531:
SWOT Project Manager Parag Vaze
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Teams from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the March Air Reserve Base loaded the scientific payload for the SWOT Earth-observing satellite into a C-17 airplane on June 27. The hardware is headed to a clean room facility near Cannes, France.
PIA24534:
Loading SWOT Into C-17 Aircraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Some of the people who helped to load the hardware for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite's research instruments onto a C-17 airplane pose for a picture. The payload left March Air Reserve Base on June 27 and is headed to France.
PIA24535:
SWOT Teamwork
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Part of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite's science instrument payload sits in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory during assembly.
PIA24536:
SWOT Science Payload
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-11 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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SWOT's solar panels unfold as part of a test in January at a Thales Alenia Space facility in Cannes, France, where the satellite is being assembled. SWOT will measure elevations of Earth's ocean and surface water.
PIA25147:
SWOT Solar Panels Deploy at Thales Alenia Space Facility in France
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-18 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Workers in a clean room in Cannes, France, load the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite into a container in preparation for shipping the spacecraft to the U.S.
PIA24910:
Packing SWOT For Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-20 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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A container with the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite is offloaded from an Air Force C-5 airplane on Oct. 16, 2022, at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Central California.
PIA25591:
SWOT Arrives at Vandenberg Space Force Base
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
KaRIn
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The SWOT satellite, shown in this illustration, will use the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) to measure the height of water in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and ocean.
PIA24530:
SWOT in Orbit With View of KaRIn Instrument (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
KaRIn
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This illustration shows the SWOT satellite, which will use the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument to measure the height of water in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and ocean.
PIA25621:
SWOT Above Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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This illustration depicts the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite with solar arrays fully deployed.
PIA25622:
SWOT Satellite With Solar Arrays in Full View (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
KaRIn
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This illustration shows the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite in orbit with its solar panels and KaRIn instrument antennas deployed.
PIA25623:
SWOT Orbiting Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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On June 27, 2021, teams from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the March Air Reserve Base, loaded the scientific heart of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission into a C-17 airplane.
PIA25624:
SWOT Secured for Transport in C-17 Aircraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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On June 27, 2021, teams from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the March Air Reserve Base, loaded the scientific heart of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission into a C-17 airplane.
PIA25625:
SWOT Headed to France on C-17 Aircraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-09 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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The SWOT water-tracking satellite was encapsulated in its payload fairing on Dec. 8. It will now go atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in preparation for a launch targeting Dec. 15, 2022.
PIA25627:
SWOT Spacecraft Encapsulated in Payload Fairing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn)
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Members of the international SWOT mission test one of the antennas for the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25594:
SWOT KaRIn Antenna Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn)
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This illustration shows the SWOT satellite in orbit with sunlight glinting off one array of solar panels, as well as both KaRIn instrument antennas deployed.
PIA25595:
SWOT in Orbit (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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This video shows the deployment of the solar arrays that power the SWOT satellite. The arrays deployed over the course of about 10 minutes after the spacecraft's Dec. 16, 2022, launch.
PIA25563:
Deployment of SWOT's Solar Arrays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-03 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn)
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This animation shows the antennas for the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument deploying on the SWOT satellite. The actual antennas deployed over the course of four days after the spacecraft's Dec. 16, 2022 launch.
PIA25596:
SWOT KaRIn Antenna Deployment (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-30 SunRISE
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The six satellites that make up NASA's SunRISE mission are each only about the size of a cereal box, flanked by small solar panels. SmallSats will work together to effectively create a much larger radio antenna in space.
PIA25789:
Completed SunRISE SmallSats Pictured Together
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
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Artist concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13847:
Stardust-NExt (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
Aerogel Dust Collector
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The aerogel dust collector, an instrument aboard NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03188:
Dust Collector with Aerogel
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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 2021-01-05 SPHEREx
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This animation shows the preliminary design for the spacecraft, including hexagonal sun shields that will help keep the instruments cool.
PIA23869:
SPHEREx Preliminary Design (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-09 SPHEREx
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Sara Susca, deputy payload manager and payload systems engineer for NASA's SPHEREx mission, looks up at one of the spacecraft's photon shields. These concentric cones protect the telescope from light and heat from the Sun and the Earth.
PIA25784:
SPHEREx Outer Photon Shield
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-09 SPHEREx
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Part of one of the protective photon shields for NASA's SPHEREx telescope are shown here being assembled at Applied Aerospace Structures in Stockton, California.
PIA25785:
SPHEREx Photon Shields Assembled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-09 SPHEREx
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Amelia Quan, mechanical integration lead for NASA's SPHEREx mission, is seen with a V-groove radiator, a piece of hardware that will help keep the space telescope cold.
PIA25786:
SPHEREx V-Groove Radiator
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-09 SPHEREx
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The telescope for NASA's SPHEREx mission undergoes testing at JPL. It is tilted on its base so it can see as much of the sky as possible while remaining within the protection of three concentric cones that protect the telescope from light and heat.
PIA25787:
SPHEREx Telescope at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-09 SPHEREx
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NASA's SPHEREx will use these filters to conduct spectroscopy, a technique that scientists can use to study the composition of an object. Each filter has multiple segments that block all but one specific wavelength of infrared light.
PIA25788:
SPHEREx Detector Filters
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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 2022-10-20 Simplified High Impact Energy Landing Device (SHIELD)
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This prototype base for SHIELD – a collapsible Mars lander that would enable a spacecraft to intentionally crash land on the Red Planet, absorbing the impact – was tested at JPL on Aug. 12, 2022.
PIA25420:
SHIELD Prototype Attached to Drop Tower
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-20 Simplified High Impact Energy Landing Device (SHIELD)
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This drop tower at JPL includes a bow launch system, which can hurl test articles 110 mph into the ground, re-creating the forces they would experience during a Mars landing.
PIA25581:
Bow Launch Drop Tower at JPL
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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 2020-12-10 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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The data in this graphic are the first sea surface height measurements from the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite (S6MF), which launched Nov. 21, 2020.
PIA24135:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich First Light Sea Level
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-10 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This graphic shows radar measurements, called waveforms, collected by the sea level instrument on Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich.
PIA24136:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich First Light Waveform
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-21 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This map shows sea level measured by the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite from June 5 to15. Red areas are regions where sea level is higher than normal, and blue areas indicate areas where it's lower than normal.
PIA24533:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Sea Surface Height
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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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