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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-09 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows engineers testing the rover stand-up motions. The rover is in an elevated pose, preparing to fold down its wheels, descend and stand up.
PIA05033:
Spirit Rises at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-11 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This still image illustrates what the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit will look like as it rolls off the northeastern side of the lander on Mars. The image was taken from footage of rover testing at JPL's In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'Testbed.'
PIA05043:
Roll-Off Test at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
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This image, taken in the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory or 'Testbed,' shows the view from the front hazard avoidance cameras on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit after the rover has backed up and turned 45 degrees counterclockwise.
PIA05053:
Turning in the Testbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-14 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image shows a test rover as it attempts a complete 115-degree turn on the lander in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's in-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed.'
PIA05065:
Roll-Off Dress Rehearsal at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-14 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image shows a test rover in a near-final turned position on the lander in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed.'
PIA05066:
95-degree Position at JPL Testbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-15 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Footage from the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed,' shows engineers rehearsing a crucial maneuver called egress in which NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit rolls off its lander platform and touches martian soil.
PIA05087:
Rover Rehearses Roll-Off at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-16 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
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This close-up image of a penny shows the degree to which the microscopic imager on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit can zoom in on a target.
PIA05093:
Penny for Your Reference
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-16 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Footage taken at the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed,' shows engineers practicing the deployment of the test rover's robotic arm.
PIA05092:
Spirit Reaches Out at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-20 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Moessbauer Spectrometer
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the Moessbauer spectrometer, an instrument on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit that detects iron-bearing minerals in martian rocks and soil.
PIA05111:
Powerful Yet Tiny Machine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-20 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Located on the arm of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer uses alpha particles and X-rays to determine the chemical make up of martian rocks and soils.
PIA05113:
Super Rover's X-Ray Vision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This high-resolution image shows a computer-generated model of Spirit's lander at Gusev Crater as engineers and scientists would have expected to see it from a perfect overhead view.
PIA05136:
Behold Spirit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This 3-D image combines computer-generated models of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and its lander with real surface data from the rover's panoramic camera. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA05137:
On Its Own
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-28 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Bearing a striking resemblance to a cluster of paper lanterns, these inflated airbags show a pattern of seams exactly like those left in the martian soil by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during landing at Meridiani Planum, Mars.
PIA05156:
Tracks 'Seam' Like Airbags
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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This image taken at JPL shows engineers testing the route by which the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will roll off its lander. Opportunity touched down at Meridiani Planum, Mars on Jan. 24, 9:05 p.m. PST, 2004, Earth-received time.
PIA05171:
Engineers Test Roll-Off at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-02 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the panoramic camera used onboard both NASA Mars Exploration Rovers.
PIA05187:
Multihued Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-05 Ulysses
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An artist's impression of Ulysses spacecraft at Jupiter. Ulysses used Jupiter's powerful gravity to hurl it out of the Plane of the Ecliptic (where most planets and satellites orbit) so it could study the polar regions of the Sun.
PIA18173:
Ulysses at Jupiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the orbiter and lander, just after the orbiter would release the lander to descend through the martian atmosphere.
PIA05486:
On Its Own
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the entry, descent and landing sequence the lander would undergo on its way to Mars.
PIA05487:
The Tricky Part
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the launch of the martian sample back toward Earth.
PIA05488:
To Mars and Back
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows rendezvous of the orbiting sample container with the Earth return vehicle.
PIA05489:
Rendezvous in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission over the red planet.
PIA05490:
Bird's Eye View of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-03 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept shows the proposed NASA Mars sample return mission above the red planet.
PIA05491:
Roundtrip Ticket To Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-01 Earth Aura
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Technicians install NASA's Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) instrument on NASA's Aura spacecraft prior to launch in July 2004.
PIA15608:
NASA's Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) Instrument Onboard Aura
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-09 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Capture Magnet
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This image of a model capture magnet was taken after an experiment in a Mars simulation chamber at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. It has some dust on it, but not as much as that on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's capture magnet.
PIA05729:
Testing the Capture Magnet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-29 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This scene from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Spacecraft Assembly Facility in April 2002 shows early work on the spacecraft then known as NASA's Mars Exploration Rover 1 and later named Opportunity.
PIA05839:
Two Years Before Mission Success
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-29 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This scene from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in April 2003 shows work during final processing of the spacecraft then known as NASA's Mars Exploration Rover B and later named Opportunity.
PIA05840:
One Year Before Mission Success
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-09 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows engineers rehearsing the sol 133 (June 8, 2004) drive into 'Endurance' crater by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
PIA06047:
The Test Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-25 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows a rover test drive up a manmade slope.
PIA06316:
The Little Rover that Could
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-10 Aura
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The Aura spacecraft is NASA's atmospheric chemistry mission that is monitoring the Earth's protective atmosphere.
PIA18178:
NASA's Aura Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This picture shows a model of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit being tested for performance on five wheels at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA06685:
Testing Spirit on Five Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-03 Mercury MESSENGER
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Artist's impression of NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft as it leaves Earth, following its Aug. 3, 2004 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. aboard a Delta II rocket.
PIA18148:
MESSENGER Departing Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-09 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Lockheed Martin Space Systems engineer Terry Kampmann (left) and lead technician Jack Farmerie work on assembly and test of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft bus in a cleanroom at the company's Denver facility.
PIA06756:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Taking Shape
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-30 3300x2485x3
This image is an unannotated version of NASA's Planetary Photojournal Home Page graphic. This digital collage contains a highly stylized rendition of our solar system and points beyond.
PIA06890:
Planetary Photojournal Home Page Graphic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-08 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Artist's concept of Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. A new NASA mission will scan the entire sky in infrared light in search of nearby cool stars, planetary construction zones and the brightest galaxies in the universe.
PIA06927:
Artist's Concept of Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-21 Mars Volcanic Emission Life Scout (MARVEL)
Mars Volcanic Emission Life Scout (MARVEL)
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This artist's rendition depicts a concept for NASA's Mars orbiter that would scrutinize the martian atmosphere for chemical traces of life or environments supportive of life that might be present anywhere on the planet.
PIA07085:
Concept for Mars Volcanic Emission Life Scout
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-21 Mars Volcanic Emission Life Scout (MARVEL)
Mars Volcanic Emission Life Scout (MARVEL)
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This artist's rendition depicts a concept for a Mars orbiter that would scrutinize the martian atmosphere for chemical traces of life or environments supportive of life that might be present anywhere on the planet. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA07086:
Concept for Mars Volcanic Emission Life Scout (3-D) (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-21 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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The high resolution imaging science experiment (HiRISE) is one of six science instruments for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA07087:
Telescopic Camera for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Front End
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-03 4538x4391x3
One crucial step in NASA's Mars sample return mission would be to launch the collected sample away from the surface of Mars. This artist's concept depicts a Mars ascent vehicle for starting a sample of Mars rocks on their trip to Earth.
PIA07187:
Illustration of Launching Samples Home from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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A telescopic camera called the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, (right) was installed onto the main structure of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (left) on Dec. 11, 2004 at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
PIA07206:
Camera Ready to Install on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, hoist a telescopic camera for installation onto NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on Dec. 11, 2004.
PIA07207:
Hoisting a Camera for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, position a telescopic camera for installation onto NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on Dec. 11, 2004.
PIA07208:
Positioning a Camera for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, install a telescopic camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on Dec. 11, 2004.
PIA07209:
Installing a Camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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A telescopic camera called the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, was installed onto the main structure of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Dec. 11, 2004 at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, Colo.
PIA07210:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter After Camera Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The structure of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft is constructed from composite panels of carbon layers over aluminum honeycomb, lightweight yet strong.
PIA07211:
Orbiter's Skeleton
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, building the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA.
PIA07212:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in High Bay
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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In late October 2004, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was moved from the High Bay 100,000-class clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, to the facility's Reverberant Acoustic Lab.
PIA07213:
Moving the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will be the largest spacecraft to orbit Mars, weighing 2,180 kilograms (4,796 pounds) at liftoff.
PIA07214:
Orbiter Near Final Configuration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-21 Deep Impact
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NASA's Deep Impact awaits launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. on Jan. 12, 2005.
PIA07292:
Deep Impact on Launch Pad
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-23 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept represents the 'Follow the Water' theme of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
PIA07241:
Examining Mars at Many Levels (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-29 Mars Telecommunications Orbiter (MTO)
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This illustration depicts a concept for operation of an optical communications system on NASA's Mars Telecommunications Orbiter.
PIA07499:
Mars Laser Communication Demonstration, Artist's Concept
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This illustration depicts a concept for NASA's Mars Telecommunications Orbiter in flight around Mars.
PIA07500:
Mars Telecommunications Orbiter, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover engineers prepare a mixture of sandy and powdery materials to simulate some difficult Mars driving conditions inside a facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA07894:
Preparing to Test Rover Mobility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover engineers check how a test rover moves in material chosen to simulate some difficult Mars driving conditions. The scene is inside the In-Situ Instrument Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA07895:
Tests to Help Plan Opportunity Moves
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Rover engineers check how a test rover moves in material chosen to simulate some difficult Mars driving conditions. The scene is inside the In-Situ Instrument Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA07896:
Tests to Help Plan Opportunity Moves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-09 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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This artist's concept gives us a look at the moment of impact and the forming of the crater.
PIA07923:
Artist's Concept of Deep Impact's Encounter with Comet Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-19 2001 Mars Odyssey
Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft appears twice in the same frame in this image from the Mars Orbiter Camera aboard NASA's Mars Global Surveyor.
PIA07941:
Mars Odyssey from Two Distances in One Image
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Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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This view is an enlargement of an image of NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera aboard NASA's Mars Global Surveyor while the two spacecraft were about 90 kilometers (56 miles) apart.
PIA07942:
Mars Odyssey Seen by Mars Global Surveyor
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Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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This stereoscopic picture of NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft was created from two views of that spacecraft taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA07943:
Mars Odyssey Seen by Mars Global Surveyor (3-D)
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Mars Express (MEX)
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This picture of the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft by the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor is from the first successful imaging of any spacecraft orbiting Mars taken by another spacecraft orbiting Mars.
PIA07944:
Mars Express Seen by Mars Global Surveyor
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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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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 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at Mars features one of its instruments -- the Mars Climate Sounder -- in action.
PIA07240:
Mars Climate Sounder (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter during the critical process of Mars orbit insertion.
PIA07242:
Orbit Insertion by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Artist's Concept)
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This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter highlights the spacecraft's radar capability.
PIA07243:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Radar at Work, Top View (Artist's Concept)
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This image is an artist's concept of a view looking down on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA07244:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Radar, Top View (Artist's Concept)
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This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter features the spacecraft's main bus facing down, toward the red planet.
PIA07245:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Front View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-29 Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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This frame from an animation portrays the unfolding of all three booms making up the antenna for the radar instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
PIA08000:
Deployment of Mars Express Radar Antenna Sections (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Lockheed Martin delivering the Atlas V rocket to Cape Canaveral in July of 2005. After going through a series of tests to ensure its readiness to send Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to the red planet, lift-off occurred on August 12, 2005.
PIA03522:
One Step Closer to Launch: Rocket Delivery
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was delivered in two large containers from Lockheed Martin to Cape Canaveral on an Air Force C-17 cargo plane.
PIA03523:
Next Vital Step: Spacecraft Delivery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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It's no easy task getting NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter ready for launch. Workers stabilize the crane holding one of the enormous billboard-sized solar panels temporarily removed from the spacecraft prior to rigorous testing.
PIA03524:
Getting Closer to Countdown: Spacecraft Undergoes Readiness Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image features the protective fairing that encapsulated NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter atop an Atlas V rocket. The lively logo celebrates the intense science mission ahead of the orbiter.
PIA03525:
Fairing Preparing for Farewell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-12 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched at 7:43 a.m. EDT atop a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 12, 2005.
PIA04141:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Launches
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-12 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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With the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, an Atlas V launch vehicle, 19 stories tall, with a two-ton NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on top, roars away from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
PIA04142:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Roars Away
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-12 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Atlas V launch vehicle, 19 stories tall, with a two-ton NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on top, lifts off the pad on Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 12, 2005.
PIA04143:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Lifts Off
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-12 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched at 7:43 a.m. EDT atop a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 12, 2005.
PIA04144:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Multipurpose Mission Successfully Launched
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-26 CloudSat
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NASA's CloudSat spacecraft sits encapsulated within its Boeing Delta launch vehicle dual payload attach fitting at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
PIA06673:
CloudSat Preps for Launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-04 CloudSat
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This artist's concept shows how NASA's CALIPSO and CloudSat will fly in formation with other Earth Observing Satellites.
PIA03010:
A-Train (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-05 CloudSat
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Artist's concept of NASA's CloudSat spacecraft, which will provide the first global survey of cloud properties to better understand their effects on both weather and climate.
PIA03011:
Above Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-05 CloudSat
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Artist's concept of NASA's CloudSat spacecraft, which will provide the first global survey of cloud properties to better understand their effects on both weather and climate.
PIA03012:
Above Earth 2 (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-05 CloudSat
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This artist's concept shows NASA's CloudSat spacecraft and its Cloud Profiling Radar using microwave energy to observe cloud particles and determine the mass of water and ice within clouds.
PIA03013:
CloudSat Studies Clouds (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-06 CloudSat
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This is an artist's concept depicting NASA's CloudSat in orbit around Earth.
PIA03015:
CloudSat in Orbit Around 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 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 2005-11-03 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 2005-11-21 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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This synthetic image of NASA's Spirit Mars Exploration Rover in the 'Columbia Hills' was produced using 'Virtual Presence in Space' technology.
PIA03230:
Special-Effects Spirit in "Columbia Hills"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-21 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This synthetic image of NASA's Spirit Mars Exploration Rover on the flank of 'Husband Hill' was produced using 'Virtual Presence in Space' technology.
PIA03231:
Special-Effects Spirit on Flank of "Husband Hill"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-21 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This synthetic image of NASA's Spirit Mars Exploration Rover on top of a rock called 'Jibsheet' was produced using 'Virtual Presence in Space' technology.
PIA03232:
Special-Effects Spirit Silhouetted on "Jibsheet"
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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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