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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-13 Phoenix
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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.
PIA10799:
Animated Optical Microscope Zoom in from Phoenix Launch to Martian Surface Animation Icon
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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.
PIA10914:
Phoenix's Wet Chemistry Lab Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-26 Phoenix
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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.
PIA10915:
Phoenix's Wet Chemistry Lab
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This picture of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Wet Chemistry Laboratory (WCL) cell is labeled with components responsible for mixing Martian soil with water from Earth, adding chemicals and measuring the solution chemistry.
PIA10916:
A Wet Chemistry Laboratory Cell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-26 Phoenix
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This image shows four Wet Chemistry Laboratory units, part of the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument on board NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. This image was taken before Phoenix's launch on August 4, 2007.
PIA10917:
Phoenix's Wet Chemistry Laboratory Units
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-06 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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Night shot of the 70m antenna at Goldstone, California. The parabolic dish is 70m (230 ft.) in diameter. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, located in the Mojave Desert in California, is one of three complexes which comprise NASA's DSN.
PIA10953:
70m Antenna at Goldstone, California
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-11 Phoenix
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This calibration image presents three-dimensional data from the atomic force microscope on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, showing surface details of a substrate on the microscope station's sample wheel.
PIA10940:
First Atomic Force Microscope Image from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-15 Phoenix
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This drawing shows a side view of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's scoop with various tools for acquiring soil, icy soil and ice samples.
PIA10959:
Phoenix Robotic Arm Scoop with Rasp
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Robotic Arm
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Members of NASA Phoenix Mars Mission's Robotic Arm engineering team test the arm's motorized rasp in the Payload Interoperability Testbed at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
PIA10960:
Testing the Robotic Arm Rasp on Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-15 Phoenix
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This close-up photograph taken at the Payload Interoperability Testbed at the University of Arizona, Tucson, shows the motorized rasp protruding from the bottom of the scoop on the engineering model of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Robotic Arm.
PIA10961:
Rasp Tool on Phoenix Robotic Arm Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-15 Phoenix
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This photograph shows the rasp protruding from the back of the scoop on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Robotic Arm engineering model in the Payload Interoperability Testbed at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
PIA10962:
Phoenix Robotic Arm Rasp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-21 1600x1600x3
This is an artist's conception of a solar-system montage of the eight planets, a comet and an asteroid.
PIA10969:
Solar System Montage with Eight Planets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-24 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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Artist's rendering of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO,) above the moon.
PIA18163:
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-04 Phoenix
Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer
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This image shows testing under simulated Mars conditions on Earth in preparation for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander using its robotic arm for delivering a sample to the doors of a laboratory oven.
PIA11027:
Testing of Icy-Soil Sample Delivery in Simulated Martian Conditions (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-14 Mars Phoenix
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A scientific illustration of the operation of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Atomic Force Microscope, or AFM. The AFM is part of Phoenix's Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer, or MECA.
PIA11040:
Atomic Force Microscope Operation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-14 Mars Phoenix
MECA
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This image shows the eight sharp tips of the NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Atomic Force Microscope, or AFM. The AFM is part of Phoenix's Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer, or MECA.
PIA11041:
Sharp Tips on the Atomic Force Microscope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-17 Aqua
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Light energy is collected by the optics system on the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument and digitized.
PIA11170:
Light Travels Through AIRS Optics Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-23 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler spacecraft in a clean room at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo.
PIA11188:
NASA's Kepler Spacecraft in a Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-23 OSTM/Jason-2
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An artist's concept of the Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 Earth satellite.
PIA18158:
Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-23 1024x768x3
Artist's rendition of the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.
PIA18174:
ACE Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-24 James Webb Space Telescope
Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI)
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This image shows a model of one of three detectors for the Mid-Infrared Instrument on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
PIA11195:
Shake, Rattle and Roll: James Webb Telescope Components Pass Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-24 James Webb Space Telescope
Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI)
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Mike Ressler (right) and Kalyani Sukhatme of NASA's JPL pose in the clean room with a model component, called a focal plane module, of the Mid-Infrared Instrument on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
PIA11196:
Shake, Rattle and Roll: James Webb Telescope Components Pass Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-30 Phoenix
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The yellow line on this graphic indicates the number of hours of sunlight each sol, or Martian day, beginning with the entire Martian day (about 24 hours and 40 minutes) for the first 90 sols, then declining to no sunlight by about sol 300.
PIA11198:
Declining Sunshine for Phoenix Lander
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This chart plots the minimum daily atmospheric temperature measured by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft since landing on Mars. As the temperature increased through the summer season, the atmospheric humidity also increased.
PIA11199:
Temperature Measurements Taken by Phoenix Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-09 Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)
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This image is an artist's concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO).
PIA11233:
Artist's Concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-29 Mercury MESSENGER
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An artist's rendering of the MESSENGER spacecraft is shown passing near the crater Hokusai and its extensive system of rays. Both the monochrome and enhanced color views of Mercury were obtained during MESSENGER's second Mercury flyby.
PIA18147:
MESSENGER Near Hokusai Crater (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Wheels were first attached to NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in August 2008. The rover and its descent stage and cruise stage were assembled and tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for launch in 2009.
PIA11422:
Next NASA Mars Rover Gets Its Wheels
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These three images show the progression of 'stacking' NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and its descent stage in one of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 'clean room.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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This image from early October 2008 shows personnel working on the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11425:
Descent Stage of Mars Science Laboratory During Assembly
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This view of a portion of the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory shows two of the stage's three spherical fuel tanks flanking the bridle device assembly.
PIA11426:
Bridle Device in Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage
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Each of the six wheels for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is about half a meter (20 inches) in diameter.
PIA11427:
Wheel for Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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This is hardware for controlling the final lowering of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover to the surface of Mars from the spacecraft's hovering, rocket-powered descent stage.
PIA11428:
Device for Lowering Mars Science Laboratory Rover to the Surface
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This image taken in August 2008 in a clean room at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif., shows NASA's next Mars rover, the Mars Science Laboratory, in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11429:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover Taking Shape
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This image from July 2008 shows the aeroshell for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory while it was being worked on by spacecraft technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company near Denver.
PIA11430:
Aeroshell for Mars Science Laboratory
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11431:
Size Comparison: Three Generations of Mars Rovers
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Out of more than 30 sites considered as possible landing targets for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, by November 2008 four of the most intriguing places on Mars rose to the final round of the site-selection process.
PIA11432:
Four Finalist Landing Site Candidates for Mars Science Laboratory
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11436:
Newest is Biggest: Three Generations of NASA Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The major components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft -- cruise stage atop the aeroshell, which has the descent stage and rover inside -- were connected together in October 2008 for several weeks of system testing.
PIA11437:
Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Assembled for Testing
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This image from August 2008 shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11438:
Wheels and Suspension on Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, called the descent stage, does its main work during the final few minutes before touchdown on Mars.
PIA11439:
Mars Science Laboratory's Descent Stage
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, called the cruise stage, will do its work during the flight between Earth and Mars after launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA11440:
Cruise Stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 5775x3627x3
Our solar system features eight planets, seen in this artist's diagram. This representation is intentionally fanciful, as the planets are depicted far closer together than they really are.
PIA11800:
Our Solar System Features Eight Planets
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In this February 17, 2009, image, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is attached to the spacecraft's descent stage. The image was taken inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11808:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover and Descent Stage
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This computer graphic image shows three craters in the eastern Hellas region of Mars containing concealed glaciers detected by radar.
PIA11433:
Three Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-09 OCO-2
OCO-2
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by JPL.
PIA17800:
OCO-2 in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-13 Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)
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This image is an artist's concept of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory.
PIA11448:
Artist's Concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory
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Artist's concept of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory.
PIA11449:
Artist's Concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-15 Mars Phoenix
Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe
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This graph presents simplified data from overnight measurements by the Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander from noon of the mission's 70th Martian day, or sol, to noon the following sol (Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2008).
PIA11711:
Overnight Changes Recorded by Phoenix Conductivity Probe
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This map shows a color-coded interpretation of geomorphic units -- categories based on surface textures and contour -- in the region where NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has studied an arctic Martian plain.
PIA11712:
Geomorphic Map of Region Around Phoenix Mars Lander
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The Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander detected small and variable amounts of water in the Martian soil.
PIA11713:
Adsorbed Water Illustration
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The tilt of Mars' spin axis (obliquity) varies cyclically over hundreds of thousands of years, and affects the sunlight falling on the poles.
PIA11714:
Mars Obliquity Cycle Illustration
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This color-coded elevation map of the local terrain on the north side of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows the contours of polygons and relationship of polygon boundaries to trenches and other features in the workspace of the lander's Robotic Arm.
PIA11715:
Contour Map of Mars' Surface Beside Phoenix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-18 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler spacecraft at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo.
PIA11733:
The Kepler Spacecraft
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
PIA11824:
Kepler in Space (Artist Concept)
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
PIA11825:
Kepler Spacecraft (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-14 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11981:
Mars Science Laboratory Parachute Qualification Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-14 Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
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Artist concept of NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very active Sun.
PIA18171:
NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very Active Sun (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11992:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11993:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission opens to a diameter of nearly 16 meters (51 feet).
PIA11994:
Large Parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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The parachute for NASA's next mission to Mars passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11995:
Mars Parachute Testing in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-18 Moon GRAIL
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The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission utilizes the technique of twin spacecraft flying in formation with a known altitude above the lunar surface and known separation distance to investigate the gravity field of the moon.
PIA12009:
GRAIL's Twin Spacecraft fly in Tandem Around the Moon (Artist's Concept)
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The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission utilizes the technique of twin spacecraft flying in formation with a known altitude above the lunar surface and known separation distance to investigate the gravity field of the moon.
PIA12010:
GRAIL's Twin Spacecraft -- Crust to Core (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-18 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission will survey the entire sky in a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum called the mid-infrared with far greater sensitivity than any previous mission or program ever has.
PIA12011:
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (Artist's Concept)
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Artist rendering of NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaching Mars.
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Artist Rendering of NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Approaching Mars
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This image is a blinking of two 14-minute exposures of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 600,000 miles from Earth. Bill Dillon, a regular advanced user of Sierra Stars Observatory.
PIA12016:
Image of Dawn Spacecraft 600,000 miles From Earth Animation Icon
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Technician helps guide the second half of the fairing for installation around NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA12017:
Payload Fairing Installation Around the Dawn Spacecraft
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft's solar array wings are folded to fit inside nose section of protective fairing.
PIA12018:
Dawn Spacecraft Ready for Payload Fairing Installation
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Workers secure the attachments of NASA's Dawn spacecraft onto the upper stage booster.
PIA12019:
Dawn Spacecraft Secured
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft in thermal vacuum chamber.
PIA12020:
Dawn Spacecraft in Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft being moved into thermal vacuum chamber for bake-out.
PIA12021:
Dawn Spacecraft Moved into Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft after installation of high gain antenna.
PIA12022:
Dawn Spacecraft After Installation of High Gain Antenna
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Exposed interior of NASA's Dawn spacecraft showing ion propulsion system's
xenon feed system.
PIA12023:
Exposed Interior of Dawn Spacecraft
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft after installation of high gain antenna.
PIA12024:
Dawn Spacecraft After Installation of High Gain Antenna
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This image shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft's Xenon tank -- composite overwrapped pressure vessel with titanium liner.
PIA12025:
Dawn Spacecraft's Xenon Tank
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This illustration shows an inside view of the NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA12026:
Illustration of Dawn Spacecraft Inside View
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This illustration shows the core structure with ion propulsion system installed aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
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Illustration of Dawn Spacecraft Core Structure
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft being assembled.
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Dawn Spacecraft Being Assembled
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Artist's concept of Earth's reflection in Dawn spacecraft.
PIA12029:
Earth's Reflection in Dawn Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Artist's concept of the Dawn spacecraft gathering spectral data from Vesta.
PIA12030:
Dawn Spacecraft Gathering Spectral Data from Vesta (Artist's Concept)
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Artist's concept of the Dawn spacecraft orbiting Ceres.
PIA12031:
Dawn Spacecraft Orbiting Ceres (Artist's Concept)
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Artist's concept of Dawn spacecraft leaving Earth.
PIA12032:
Dawn Spacecraft Leaving Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Artist's concept of the Dawn spacecraft with Vesta and Ceres.
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Dawn Spacecraft with Vesta and Ceres (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-12 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Alliance Spacesystems are testing the range of motion of the Mars Science Laboratory rover's robotic arm joints.
PIA12069:
The Rover Gets Strong-Armed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-18 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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NASA is scheduled to launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, an unmanned mission to comprehensively map the entire moon, on June 18, 2009.
PIA12072:
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-18 LCROSS
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Artist's rendering of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) observing its Centaur upper rocket stage on route to impact the lunar surface in 2009.
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Lunar Impact (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members Kim Lichtenberg (left) and Mike Seibert fill a mixer with powdered clay and diatomaceous earth, a combination found to offer physical properties similar to the soil where NASA's rover Spirit is embedded on Mars.
PIA12099:
Preparing a Test Mixture
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Rover team members Mike Seibert (left) and Paolo Bellutta add a barrowful of soil mixture to the sloped box where a test rover will be used for assessing possible maneuvers for NASA's rover Spirit to use in escaping from a sandtrap on Mars.
PIA12100:
Filling the Simulated Sandtrap
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While a test rover rolls off a plywood surface into a prepared bed of soft soil, rover team members Colette Lohr (left) and Kim Lichtenberg (center) eye the wheels digging into the soil and Paolo Bellutta enters the next driving command.
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Test Rover Sinks into Prepared Soil
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With a slope of about 10 degrees and a pointy rock under the test rover's belly, this sandbox setup at NASA's JPL, is ready for engineers to use the test rover to assess possible moves for getting Mars rover Spirit out of a patch of loose Martian soil.
PIA12103:
Test Setup for Effort to Free Spirit
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After commanding five of a test rover's six wheels to drive forward, rover driver Paolo Bellutta (left) measures how much the rover moved sideways, downslope, during the maneuver.
PIA12109:
Assessing Movement of Test Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Diviner
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The Diviner Instrument prior to shipment. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
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The Diviner Instrument Prior to Shipment
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Diviner
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This image shows final preparations being made for thermal balance testing of the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment at JPL. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
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Final Preparations for Diviner Thermal Balance Testing at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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Loading the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter into the thermal vacuum chamber at Goddard Space Flight Center. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
PIA12086:
Loading Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in the Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Diviner
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Close-up of the Diviner solar calibration target. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
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Close-up of Diviner Solar Calibration Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Diviner
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The Diviner instrument following integration to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA12088:
Diviner Following Integration to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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Diviner
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Diviner undergoing post thermal vacuum range of motion testing. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
PIA12089:
Diviner Undergoing Post Thermal Vacuum Range of Motion Testing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 3300x2485x3
This digital collage contains a highly stylized rendition of our solar system and points beyond. As this graphic was intended to be used as a navigation aid in searching for data within the Photojournal, certain artistic embellishments have been added.
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Photojournal Home Page Graphic 2009 (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-08 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mike Seibert and Sharon Laubach, engineers on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, check the exact position of a test rover in preparation for the next test of a possible maneuver for Spirit to use on Mars.
PIA12115:
Preparing for Next Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory heat shield, and a spacecraft worker at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. It is the largest heat shield ever built for descending through the atmosphere of any planet.
PIA12117:
Large Heat Shield for Mars Science Laboratory
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