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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 2021-02-02 Asteroid Psyche
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Technicians power on the main body of NASA's Psyche spacecraft, called the Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Chassis, at Maxar Technologies in Palo Alto, California, in November 2020.
PIA24326:
Power On: Psyche Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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This illustration, updated as of March 2021, depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft.
PIA24473:
Psyche Spacecraft (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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A major component of NASA's Psyche spacecraft has been delivered to the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where the phase known as assembly, test, and launch operations (ATLO) is now underway.
PIA24474:
NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Chassis Arrives at the Agency's JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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This image, shot March 28, 2021 shows engineers and technicians preparing to move the Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Chassis from its shipping container to a dolly in High Bay 1 of JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility.
PIA24475:
NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Chassis Welcomed Into JPL's High Bay 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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The Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Chassis of NASA's Psyche spacecraft is mounted onto a rotation fixture in High Bay 1 of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24476:
Chassis of NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Docks Safely
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-24 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is in the midst of system integration and test at JPL. This image was taken on August 18, 2021, less than a year from launch in August 2022.
PIA24787:
Psyche: One Year Until Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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At left, xenon plasma emits a blue glow from an electric Hall thruster identical to those that will propel NASA's Psyche spacecraft to the main asteroid belt. On the right is a similar non-operating thruster.
PIA24030:
Psyche's Hall Thruster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers prepare to integrate four Hall thrusters onto the agency's Psyche spacecraft. The thrusters will propel Psyche to its target in the main asteroid belt.
PIA24788:
Preparing Psyche's Thruster Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory work to integrate Hall thrusters into the agency's Psyche spacecraft in July 2021. One of the thrusters is visible on the side of the spacecraft underneath a red protective cover.
PIA24789:
Psyche's Thruster Integration Underway
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is photographed in July 2021 during the mission's assembly, test, and launch operations phase at JPL. Hall thrusters will propel the spacecraft to its target in the main asteroid belt.
PIA24790:
Psyche Thrusters: Integration Complete
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer (GRNS)
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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers integrate a gamma ray and neutron spectrometer into the agency's Psyche spacecraft. The instrument will help determine the elements that make up its target, an asteroid also named Psyche.
PIA24891:
Psyche's Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer in the Works
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer (GRNS)
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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an engineer inspects the gamma ray and neutron spectrometer as it is integrated into the agency's Psyche spacecraft. The instrument will help determine the elements that make up its target.
PIA24892:
Psyche's Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Magnetometer
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California integrate the magnetometer instrument into the agency's Psyche spacecraft on June 28, 2021. The instrument will help determine if the Psyche asteroid is part of a planetesimal.
PIA24893:
Psyche's Magnetometer Integration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This photo shows Psyche's multispectral imager, in the process of assembly and testing on September 13, 2021, at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, California.
PIA24894:
Psyche's Imager in Progress
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-20 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration shows how NASA's Psyche spacecraft will explore asteroid Psyche, starting with a high-altitude Orbit A and gradually lowering into Orbit D as it conducts its science investigation.
PIA24896:
Orbiting Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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The first of two solar arrays on NASA's Psyche spacecraft is successfully deployed in JPL's storied High Bay 2 clean room. The twin arrays will power the spacecraft and its science instruments during a mission to the asteroid belt.
PIA25135:
One of Psyche's Solar Array Successfully Deployed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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Before a deployment test in a clean room at JPL, engineers examine one of Psyche's two solar arrays. The arrays are folded and stowed flush with the chassis, as shown here, before launch and then deployed in flight.
PIA25132:
Preparing for Psyche's Solar Array Deployment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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An engineer examines a panel on a stowed solar array on NASA's Psyche spacecraft prior to a deployment test in a clean at JPL. The panels are designed to work in low-light conditions, far from the Sun.
PIA25133:
Up Close With a Solar Panel on Psyche
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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Only one of the 37-foot-long (11.3-meter-long) arrays on NASA's Psyche spacecraft can be unfolded at a time during testing in JPL's High Bay 2 clean room.
PIA25134:
Unfolding Psyche's Giant Solar Arrays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-04 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is seen on its way to the vacuum chamber at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25231:
NASA's Psyche en Route to TVAC
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-04 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is placed into the ultra-sturdy vacuum chamber at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25232:
Tall Order: NASA's Psyche in TVAC Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-04 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, updated in April 2022, depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft. Set to launch in August 2022, the Psyche mission will explore a metal-rich asteroid of the same name.
PIA24834:
Psyche Spacecraft at the Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-11 Asteroid Psyche
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A member of the media interviews Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the principal investigator of NASA's Psyche mission, in front of the spacecraft on April 11, 2022, inside a clean room at JPL.
PIA25241:
Media Meet the Team Leading NASA's Psyche Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-11 Asteroid Psyche
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Members of the media view the Psyche spacecraft on April 11, 2022, inside a clean room at JPL. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch in August on a journey to a metal-rich asteroid of the same name.
PIA25242:
NASA Shows Off Psyche Spacecraft to Media
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-24 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on Dec. 8, 2022, at Astrotech Space Operations Facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
PIA25664:
NASA's Psyche: Picking up Launch Prep for 2023
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-18 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on June 26, 2023, at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
PIA25952:
Psyche Ramping up to Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-18 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on June 26, 2023, at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
PIA25953:
Home Stretch to Launch for Psyche
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-03 Asteroid Psyche
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Technicians begin to retract one of the two solar arrays attached to NASA's Psyche spacecraft. This photo was taken on July 25, 2023.
PIA25954:
NASA's Psyche: Solar Arrays Stowed for Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-03 Asteroid Psyche
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Team members prepare to integrate one of two solar arrays on NASA's Psyche spacecraft inside the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 24, 2023.
PIA25955:
Preparing for Psyche's Array Test Deployment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-28 Asteroid Psyche
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft with its large solar arrays fully deployed and one of its four Hall-effect thrusters firing (visible via its blue glow) atop the spacecraft's body.
PIA25138:
Psyche Spacecraft en Route to the Asteroid Belt (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-28 Asteroid Psyche
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Psyche undergoes vibration testing at JPL in March 2022 to ensure the spacecraft can withstand the jostling of launch.
PIA25139:
Psyche Undergoes Vibration Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-01 Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft takes a spiral path to the asteroid Psyche, as depicted in this graphic that shows the path from above the plane of the planets, labeled with key milestones of the prime mission.
PIA24930:
Psyche's Mission Plan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-01 Psyche
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This graphic shows the expected timeline of milestones immediately following liftoff for NASA's Psyche spacecraft if Psyche launches at the beginning of its launch period on Oct. 5, 2023.
PIA26101:
Psyche Launch Ascent Timeline
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-01 Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft will gather science at the asteroid Psyche at four orbit altitudes, as depicted in this graphic. It has been updated to reflect an October 2023 launch.
PIA26102:
Psyche Orbital Operations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-16 Psyche
Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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The downlink laser signal for NASA's Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration is detected at the Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Table Mountain Facility near Wrightwood, California,
PIA26142:
Confirmation of DSOC 'First Light' at JPL's Table Mountain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-18 Psyche
Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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This image shows an annotated screenshot from the first ultra-HD video streamed from deep space via a laser. NASA's DSOC experiment aboard the Psyche spacecraft sent the 15-second video back to Earth on Dec. 11, 2023.
PIA26146:
Explaining the First Ultra-HD Video Sent From Deep Space via Laser
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-14 Earth Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment (PREFIRE)
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The PREFIRE mission will send two CubeSats – shown as an artist's concept against an image of Earth from orbit – into space to study how much heat the planet absorbs and emits from its polar regions, including the Arctic and Antarctica.
PIA25778:
PREFIRE Satellite Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-15 Earth Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment (PREFIRE)
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This artist's concept depicts one of two PREFIRE CubeSats in orbit around Earth. The NASA mission will measure the amount of far-infrared radiation the planet's polar regions shed to space.
PIA26185:
PREFIRE CubeSat in Earth Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-21 Earth Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment (PREFIRE)
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One of the two shoebox-size CubeSats that make up NASA's PREFIRE mission sits on a table at Blue Canyon Technologies. The company built the satellite bus and integrated the JPL-provided thermal infrared spectrometer instrument.
PIA26186:
PREFIRE CubeSat Image
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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.
PIA01885:
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.
PIA09203:
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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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Phoenix
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.
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Phoenix Without its Parachute Animation Icon
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During the first 25 seconds after NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander deploys its parachute, the spacecraft will jettison its heat shield and extend its three legs.
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Phoenix Extends its Legs Animation Icon
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After NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander enters the Martian atmosphere, and is traveling at about 1.7 times the speed of sound, it will deploy its parachute.
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Parachuting to Mars Animation Icon
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will open its solar arrays 20 minutes after it touches down on the surface of Mars.
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Phoenix Soaks up the Sun Animation Icon
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This artist's conception depicts NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander a moment before its touchdown on the arctic plains of Mars.
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Phoenix Eases Down to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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This artist's concept shows the route NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander took to get from Earth to Mars.
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Phoenix's Path to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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This map compares the size of the area where NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander was expected to land, called the landing ellipse (red), to the size of Long Island, N.Y.
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Phoenix Landing Ellipse over Long Island
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This map compares the size of the area where NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander was expected to land, called the landing ellipse (red), to the size of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Phoenix Landing Ellipse Over San Francisco
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander adjusting its course to Mars, an event called a trajectory correction maneuver.
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How to Correct a Trajectory (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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This map illustrates where NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander was targeted to land on May 25, 2008, based on expectations as of noon pacific time (3 p.m. eastern time), May 24, 2008.
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Zeroing in on Mars
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander parachuted for nearly three minutes as it descended through the Martian atmosphere on May 25, 2008. Extensive preparations for that crucial period included this drop test near Boise, Idaho, in October 2006.
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Testing Phoenix Mars Lander Parachute in Idaho
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This image shows the paths of three spacecraft currently in orbit around Mars, as well as the path by which NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will approach and land on the planet.
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Family of Orbiters
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This video shows the propulsion system on an engineering model of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander being successfully tested.
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Water Hammer Test Animation Icon
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Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This image shows how NASA's three-legged Phoenix Mars Lander is able to get a better look at its footing and the physical characteristics of the underlying soil on the surface of the Red Planet.
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How Phoenix Gets a Look at its Footing Animation Icon
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This image shows how NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander stays in contact with Earth.
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How Phoenix Talks to Earth Animation Icon
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Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This image shows how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was able to snap a picture of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander as it parachuted down to the surface of Mars.
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How to Take a Picture of a Spacecraft Landing Animation Icon
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HiRISE
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera to take a picture of the Phoenix lander roughly 22 hours after landing.
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Simulated Imaging of Phoenix Landing Site Animation Icon
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Robotic Arm
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NASA's Phoenix spacecraft is scheduled to begin raising its robotic arm up and out of its stowed configuration on the third Martian day, or Sol 3 (May 28, 2008) of the mission.
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Phoenix Stretches its Arm Animation Icon
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Robotic Arm
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Image illustrates the tools on the end of the arm that are used to acquire samples, image the contents of the scoop, and perform science experiments.
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Robotic Arm End Effector
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Robotic Arm
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This is a terrain model of Phoenix's Robotic Arm workspace. It has been color coded by depth with a lander model for context. The model has been derived using images from the depth perception feature from Phoenix's Surface Stereo Imager (SSI).
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False Color Terrain Model of Phoenix Workspace
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This image from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander of the Canadian-built meteorological station's lidar, which was successfully activated on Sol 2 by first opening its dust cover, then emitting rapid pulses of light.
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Phoenix Lidar Operation Animation Animation Icon
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Robotic Arm Camera
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This image shows what happened underneath NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Robotic Arm wrist on Sol 3. The pin that goes through the loop is what holds the wrist in place. The rotation of the wrist pops the pin free.
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Animation of Phoenix's Wrist Unlatching Animation Icon
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This is an illustration of the analytical procedure of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Wet Chemistry Lab (WCL) on board the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument.
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The Evolution of Dust over the Phoenix Lander
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Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander can measure wind speed and direction by imaging the Telltale with the Stereo Surface Imager (SSI).
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How Phoenix Measures Wind Speed and Direction Animation Icon
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Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer
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This is a photo of an engineering model of the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer (TEGA) instrument on board NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. This view shows a TEGA oven-loading mechanism beneath the input screen.
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TEGA Whirligig Model
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Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer
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This is a computer-aided drawing of the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer, or TEGA, on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander.
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Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer Illustration
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MECA
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This image shows the workings of the microscope station of the Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument suite of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander.
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Schematic Animation of Phoenix's Microscope Station Animation Icon
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MECA
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A camera view zooms in from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander launch site all the way to Phoenix's Microscopy and Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) aboard the spacecraft on the Martian surface.
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Animated Optical Microscope Zoom in from Phoenix Launch to Martian Surface Animation Icon
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MECA
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This is an illustration of soil analysis on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Wet Chemistry Lab (WCL) on board the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument.
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Phoenix's Wet Chemistry Lab Animation Icon
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