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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 2006-01-20 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This is an artist's interpretation of the area surrounding Huygens landing site, based on images and data returned Jan. 14, 2005. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.
PIA06079:
Huygens Landing Site Revisited (Animation - Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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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 2006-04-11 Hubble Space Telescope
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This is an artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2003 UB313 (nicknamed 'Xena') and its satellite 'Gabrielle.' Xena is the large object at the bottom of this artist's concept.
PIA17801:
Hubble Finds 'Tenth Planet' is Slightly Larger than Pluto (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-25 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This picture is an artist's concept portraying what NASA's Mars Science Laboratory would look like when examining a rock outcrop on Mars.
PIA08487:
Mars Science Laboratory at Work (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-25 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (left) serves to compare it with Spirit, one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers. Both superimposed by special effects on a scene from Mars.
PIA08488:
Size Comparison, Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration Rover (Artist's Concept)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA08553:
Mars Science Laboratory with Arm Extended, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image superimposes an artist's concept of the Mars Exploration Rover
Opportunity on the rim of Victoria Crater. It is done to give a sense of scale
PIA08814:
Superimposed Rover on Rim of Victoria Crater (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-06 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This photo composite shows an aerial view of FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redskins, superimposed on Mars' Victoria Crater to give a sense of the crater's scale.
PIA08815:
Getting a Sense of Scale
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
S-band Antenna
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This image shows NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft being built at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colo. on July 2, 2005. The spacecraft's impactor was released from Deep Impact's flyby spacecraft.
PIA02109:
The Making of Deep Impact
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S-band Antenna
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This image shows NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft being built at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colo. On July 2, 2005. The impactor's S-band antenna is the rectangle-shaped object seen on the top of the impactor.
PIA02110:
A Game of Space Telephone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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Synthetic image of the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover inside 'Endurance Crater' produced using 'Virtual Presence in Space' technology.
PIA03240:
Opportunity Inside 'Endurance Crater' (Simulated)
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Synthetic image of the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover inside on 'Burns Cliff' produced using 'Virtual Presence in Space' technology.
PIA03241:
Opportunity on 'Burns Cliff' (Simulated)
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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 2006-10-19 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image superimposes an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity atop the 'Cabo Frio' promontory on the rim of 'Victoria Crater' in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars. It is done to give a sense of scale.
PIA01292:
Opportunity on 'Cabo Frio' (Simulated)
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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 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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A view of one of the images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft from the 2013-2015 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar.
PIA19368:
Dawn 2013-2015 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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Dawn mission Vesta Logo, part of NASA's Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19372:
Dawn Mission Vesta Logo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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Vesta science orbits from NASA's Dawn mission, part of the Mission Art series.
PIA19373:
Vesta Science Orbits
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NASA's Dawn instrumentation poster, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19374:
Dawn Instrumentation Poster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn mission patch, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19375:
Dawn Mission Patch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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Artist's rendition of NASA's Dawn spacecraft, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19376:
Dawn Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Dawn
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Artist's rendition, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19377:
Hartmann Background
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Dawn
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2007-2012 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19378:
Dawn 2007-2012 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Asteroid Dawn
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Artist's graphic of the asteroid belt, part of Dawn's Mission Art series.
PIA19380:
Asteroid Belt
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Dawn cartoon character, part of Dawn's Mission Art series.
PIA19381:
Dawn Cartoon Character
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-09 ExoMars
Urey: Mars Organic and Oxidant Detector
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Some key components of a NASA-funded instrument being developed for the payload of the European Space Agency's ExoMars mission stand out in thisillustration of the instrument.
PIA09174:
Urey: Mars Organic and Oxidant Detector
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA09201:
Mars Science Laboratory with Power Source and Extended Arm, Artist's Concept
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This artist's conception of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory portrays use of the rover's ChemCam instrument to identify the chemical composition of a rock sample on the surface of Mars.
PIA09202:
Mars Science Laboratory Using Laser Instrument, Artist's Concept
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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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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 2007-04-11 Terrestrial Planet Finder
Coronograph
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Three simulated planets -- one as bright as Jupiter, one half as bright as Jupiter and one as faint as Earth -- stand out plainly in this image created from a sequence of 480 images captured by the High Contrast Imaging Testbed at NASA's JPL.
PIA09259:
Simulating Planet-Hunting in a Lab
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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 2007-05-30 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 2007-06-06 Mercury MESSENGER
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NASA's MESSENGER prepares to perform the Mercury orbit insertion burn in this animated artist's concept.
PIA18146:
Mercury Orbit Insertion (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-28 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This frame from an animation shows a simulated rover descending into Victoria Crater via the rock-paved slopes of an alcove informally named 'Duck Bay.'
PIA09688:
Rolling into Victoria Crater (Simulation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-02 New Horizons
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This artist's conception shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander during its more than 9-month journey to Mars.
PIA10075:
New Horizons at Pluto (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-09 Phoenix
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In this photograph of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, the spacecraft specialists worked on the lander after its fan-like circular solar arrays had been spread open for testing.
PIA09701:
Both Solar Arrays Open on Phoenix Mars Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-09 Viking
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NASA's Viking Project found a place in history when it became the first U.S. mission to land a spacecraft successfully on the surface of Mars.
PIA09703:
Viking Lander Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-30 Phoenix
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In this artist's concept illustration, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander begins to shut down operations as winter sets in. The far-northern latitudes on Mars experience no sunlight during winter.
PIA09942:
Phoenix Twilight (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-30 Phoenix
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander a moment before its 2008 touchdown on the arctic plains of Mars. Pulsed rocket engines control the spacecraft's speed during the final seconds of descent.
PIA09943:
Powered Landing of Phoenix (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Phoenix
Thermal and 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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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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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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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 2007-09-24 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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Artist concept of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, managed by JPL. It will expand our understanding of the origins and destinies of stars and galaxies.
PIA10004:
Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) (Artist concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily traverses large rocks in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10013:
"Scarecrow" Climbs Rocks
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An engineering model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory makes its way up a hill in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10014:
"Scarecrow" Descends Hill
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Onlookers watch as Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily conquers boulders in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10015:
Shutterbugs Shoot "Scarecrow"
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The team developing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory calls this test rover 'Scarecrow' because the vehicle does not include a computer brain. Mobility engineers use this test rover to evaluate mobility and suspension performance.
PIA10016:
"Scarecrow"
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NASA's Mars rovers keep getting bigger. This photo provides a comparison of the wheel sizes for three generations of them.
PIA10017:
Rover Wheel Sizes (Isometric)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-11 Moon GRAIL
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The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail. GRAIL is a part of NASA's Discovery Program.
PIA10130:
New NASA Mission to Reveal Moon's Internal Structure and Evolution (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-13 Europa 6060x3000x3
Scientists are all but certain that Europa has an ocean underneath its icy surface, but they do not know how thick this ice might be. This artist concept illustrates two possible cut-away views through Europa's ice shell.
PIA10131:
Thick or Thin Ice Shell on Europa? (Artist Concept)
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In this image, Europa is seen in a cutaway view through two cycles of its 3.5 day orbit about the giant planet Jupiter. Like Earth, Europa is thought to have an iron core, a rocky mantle and a surface ocean of salty water. Animation available at the Photo
PIA10149:
Europa Tide Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10205:
Parachute Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10208:
Testing a Parachute for Mars in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-26 3300x2485x3
This image is an unannotated version of NASA's Photojournal Home Page graphic released in October 2007.
PIA10231:
Photojournal Home Page Graphic 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-15 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Shallow Subsurface Radar (SHARAD)
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This artist's concept illustrates how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used radar to map the insides of the north polar ice cap on Mars.
PIA10653:
Peeling Back Layers of a Martian Polar Ice Cap (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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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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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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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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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will enter the Martian atmosphere at hypersonic speeds.
PIA10661:
Hypersonic Entry Animation Icon
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will be in free fall after it separates from its back shell and parachute, but not for long.
PIA10662:
Phoenix Without its Parachute Animation Icon
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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.
PIA10663:
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 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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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 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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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.
PIA10675:
Phoenix Landing Ellipse Over San Francisco
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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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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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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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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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