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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARDI
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Ken Edgett, deputy principal investigator for NASA's Mars Descent Imager, holds a ruler used as a depth-of-field test target. The instrument took this image inside the Malin Space Science Systems clean room in San Diego, CA, during calibration testing.
PIA13281:
Test Image by Mars Descent Imager
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MARDI
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This graphic portrays the sequence of key events in August 2012 from the time the NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, with its rover Curiosity, enters the Martian atmosphere to a moment after it touches down on the surface.
PIA13282:
Final Minutes of Curiosity's Arrival at Mars
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MARDI
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A pocketknife provides scale for this image of the Mars Descent Imager camera; the camera will fly on the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, Calif., supplied the camera for the mission.
PIA13283:
Mars Descent Imager for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are dressed head to toe in 'bunny suits' only their eyes and foreheads can be seen. They are huddled around the base of the rover Curiosity's 'neck' (its Mast).
PIA13293:
Attaching Curiosity's Mast
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Mastcam
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Curiosity's 'eyes' (the Mastcam) are shrouded in a silvery material, awaiting their first look around the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the rover is being built.
PIA13294:
Close-Up View of Curiosity's "Head"
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In the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers gather around the base of Curiosity's 'neck' (the Mast) as they slowly lower it into place for attachment to the rover's 'body' (the Wet Electronics Box, or 'WEB').
PIA13295:
Connecting Curiosity's "Neck"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-29 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A test operator in clean-room garb holds umbilical cables for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the rover's first drive test, on July 23, 2010. NASA will launch Curiosity in late 2011 for arrival at Mars in August 2012.
PIA13306:
Next Mars Rover Starts Rolling
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A test operator in clean-room garb observes rolling of the wheels during the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Technicians and engineers conducted the drive test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13307:
Close Look at Curiosity's First Drive
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Technicians and engineers in clean-room garb monitor the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Technicians and engineers conducted the drive test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13308:
Curiosity at Center of Attention During Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-02 ExoMars
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NASA and the European Space Agency are jointly developing the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission for launch in 2016.
PIA13310:
Artist's Concept of Planned 2016 Mars Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-25 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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The giant, 70-meter-wide antenna at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., tracks a spacecraft on Nov. 17, 2009. This antenna, officially known as Deep Space Station 14, is also nicknamed the 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13277:
Tracks of a Giant
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Deep Space Network Antenna
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Workers in Goldstone, Calif., guide a new runner segment into the hydrostatic bearing assembly of a giant, 70-meter-wide (230-foot-wide) antenna that is a critical part of NASA's Deep Space Network.
PIA13320:
New Joints for a Workhorse Antenna
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Deep Space Network Antenna
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Under the unflinching summer sun, workers at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., use a crane to lift a runner segment that is part of major surgery on a giant, 70-meter-wide antenna.
PIA13321:
Lifting the Runners
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-26 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The Mars Climate Sounder instrument, shown here prior to its installation onto NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for the mission's 2006 launch, will get a similar-looking sibling at Mars in 2016.
PIA13352:
Climate Sounder Instrument for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space.
PIA13359:
Mars Science Laboratory's Cruise Stage in Test Chamber
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Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space. Spacecraft technicians at JPL prepare a space-simulation test.
PIA13360:
Cruise Stage Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A group of members from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory watch the motions of an engineering model of the camera mast for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on March 5, 2010.
PIA13370:
Moviemaker with Mars Rover 'Stunt Double'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, drives up a ramp during a test at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The rover, like its smaller predecessors already on Mars, uses a rocker bogie suspension system to drive over uneven ground.
PIA13383:
Ramp Drive Test for Curiosity Mars Rover
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The suspension system on NASA Mars rover Curiosity easily accommodates rolling over a ramp in this Sept. 10, 2010, test drive inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13384:
NASA's Next Mars Rover on a Test Drive
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Test operators monitor how NASA's Mars rover Curiosity handles driving over a ramp during a test on Sept. 10, 2010, inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13385:
Eyes on Curiosity Rover's Driving
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Test operators in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory monitor some of the first motions by the robotic arm on the Mars rover Curiosity after installation in August 2010. The arm is shown in a partially extended position.
PIA13388:
Curiosity Mars Rover Flexes its Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, stretches its robotic arm upward during tests on a tilt table in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Labotatory.
PIA13389:
Arm Stretch by Curiosity Mars Rover
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Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Testing of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sept. 3, 2010, included movements of the arm while the rover was on a table tilted to 20 degrees to simulate a sloped surface on Mars.
PIA13390:
Tilt-Table Testing for Curiosity's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The ChemCam instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission uses a pulsed laser beam to vaporize a pinhead-size target, producing a flash of light from the ionized material (plasma) that can be analyzed to identify chemical elements in the target.
PIA13397:
Viewing Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser for Mars Rover
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The two main parts of the ChemCam laser instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission are shown in this combined image.
PIA13398:
Body and Mast Units of ChemCam Instrument for Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The ChemCam instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission uses a pulsed laser beam to vaporize a pinhead-size target, producing a flash of light from the ionized material (plasma) that can be analyzed to identify chemical elements in the target.
PIA13399:
Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser During Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-08 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument will analyze samples of Martian rock and soil collected by the rover's arm to assess carbon chemistry through a search for organic compounds, and to look for clues about planetary change.
PIA13463:
Sample Analysis at Mars for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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Work began on March 11, 2010 to replace a set of elevation bearings on the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif.
PIA13561:
Replacing the Elevation Bearings
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Deep Space Station 14
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The giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex replaced four elevation bearings as part of a major refurbishment.
PIA13562:
Old Elevation Bearings
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Deep Space Station 14
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A major refurbishment of the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California's Mojave Desert required workers to jack up millions of pounds of delicate scientific equipment.
PIA13563:
A Heavy-Duty Jack for a Giant Task
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Deep Space Station 14
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This image, taken on March 22, 2010, shows the condition of grout that was replaced in the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone, Calif. complex.
PIA13564:
Out with the Old Grout
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Deep Space Station 14
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On May 3, 2010, workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex removed one of the large steel pads that help the giant 'Mars antenna' rotate sideways.
PIA13429:
Removing Pads from Antenna
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Deep Space Station 14
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex check on a set of jacks used to raise the upper part of the giant 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13430:
Checking on the Jacks
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Deep Space Station 14
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A worker at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex radios to his colleagues that 12 jacks are ready to lift the upper section of the giant 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13557:
Jacking up the Antenna
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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As part of a major refurbishment for the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, a stringer box is lowered into place.
PIA13558:
Stringer Box Going In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex prepare a support leg that would help raise a portion of the giant 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13559:
Prepping a Support Leg
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Deep Space Station 14
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex put into place a set of support legs to help hold up a portion of the giant 'Mars antenna' on May 4, 2010.
PIA13560:
Mars Antenna Gets Legs
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-09 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Radiation Assessment Detector, shown prior to its September 2010 installation onto NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, will aid future human missions to Mars by providing information about the radiation environment on Mars and on the way to Mars.
PIA13580:
Radiation Assessment Detector for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera will fly on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, launching in late 2011. This photo of the camera was taken before MAHLI's November 2010 installation onto the robotic arm of the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity.
PIA13581:
Color Camera for Curiosity's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-16 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view of grains from a sand dune near Christmas Lake, Ore., was taken by a testing twin of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
PIA13582:
Test Image of Earth Sand by Mars Camera
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MAHLI
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This view of terrestrial rocks was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
PIA13583:
Test Image of Earth Rocks by Mars Camera
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MAHLI
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This close-up view of a stone found in San Diego was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
PIA13584:
Test Close-Up of Earth Cobble by Mars Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-16 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This stereo view of terrestrial rocks combines two images taken by a testing twin of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA13585:
Test Image of Earth Rocks by Mars Camera (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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Sensors on two finger-like mini-booms extending horizontally from the mast of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will monitor wind speed, wind direction and air temperature; image taken during installation of the instrument inside a clean room at NASA's JPL.
PIA13646:
Weather Sensors from Spain on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-16 Juno
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Technicians install components that will aid with guidance, navigation and control of NASA's Juno spacecraft. Like most of Juno's sensitive electronics, these components are situated within the spacecraft's titanium radiation vault.
PIA13714:
Installing Electronics in Juno's Vault
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-16 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft rests atop its rotation fixture awaiting transfer to a shipping crate prior to environmental testing; the large white square on the spacecraft's right is largest of six microwave radiometer antennas, masked by protective covering.
PIA13715:
Preparing Juno for Environmental Testing
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Technicians transfer NASA's Juno spacecraft from its rotation fixture to the base of its shipping container in preparation for a move to environmental testing facilities. Juno's main engine, its cover closed, is visible on the spacecraft's underside.
PIA13716:
Moving Juno to Environmental Testing
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Technicians transfer NASA's Juno spacecraft from its rotation fixture to the base of its shipping container in preparation for a move to environmental testing facilities.
PIA13717:
Moving Juno to Environmental Testing
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Technicians lift NASA's Juno spacecraft onto a dolly prior to the start of a round of acoustical testing.
PIA13718:
Preparing Juno for Acoustical Testing
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Technicians position NASA's Juno spacecraft on a dolly prior to the start of a round of acoustical testing.
PIA13719:
Preparing Juno for Acoustical Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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Researchers prepare for a test of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument that will fly on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission; researchers are preparing the instrument's mast unit for a laser firing test.
PIA13599:
ChemCam Mast Unit Being Prepared for Laser Firing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-03 Juno
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This artist concept depicts the Juno spacecraft which will launch from Earth in 2011 and will arrive at Jupiter in 2016 to study the giant planet from an elliptical, polar orbit.
PIA13746:
Juno Mission to Jupiter (2010 Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This schematic illustration for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument shows major components of the microwave-oven-size instrument, which will examine samples of Martian rocks, soil and atmosphere.
PIA13790:
Schematic of Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument
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SAM
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NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, largest of the 10 science instruments for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, will examine samples of Martian rocks, soil and atmosphere for information about chemicals that are important to life.
PIA13791:
Lifting SAM Instrument for Installation into Mars Rover
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SAM
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In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., position NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) above the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity, for installing the instrument.
PIA13792:
Installing SAM Instrument into Curiosity Mars Rover
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In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., position NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) above the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity, for installing the instrument.
PIA13793:
Lowering SAM Instrument into Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-26 Aquarius
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Technicians from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., install thermal blankets on the Aquarius instrument at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.
PIA13825:
NASA's Salt-Seeking Instrument Gets a Silvery Blanket
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
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Artist concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13847:
Stardust-NExt (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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The sensor head on the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer instrument was installed during testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The instrument is part of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA13874:
Sensor Head on the Mars-bound APXS Instrument
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Artist's impression of NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft in orbit at Mercury.
PIA18145:
MESSENGER at Mercury (Artist's Concept)
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This image shows NASA's Juno spacecraft undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems on Jan. 26, 2011. All 3 solar array wings are installed and stowed, and the large high-gain antenna is in place on the top of the avionics vault.
PIA13905:
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Taking Shape in Denver
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-08 Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun. The Voyagers have been in space 33 years.
PIA13892:
Voyagers in the Heliosheath (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows preparation for March 2011 testing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, in a space-simulation chamber; the rover will go through operational sequences in environmental conditions similar to what it will experience on Mars.
PIA13805:
Preparing for Solar and Thermal Testing of Curiosity Mars Rover
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This image shows preparation for March 2011 testing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, in a space-simulation chamber; the rover will go through operational sequences in environmental conditions similar to what it will experience on Mars.
PIA13806:
Bright Days Ahead for Curiosity Mars Rover
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This image of NASA's Juno spacecraft was taken as the vehicle completed its thermal vacuum chamber testing. A technician is attaching the lifting equipment in preparation for hoisting the 1,588-kilogram (3,500-pound) spacecraft out of the chamber.
PIA13931:
Juno Marches On
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-25 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has two rectangular 'eyes' near the top of the rover's remote sensing mast. This image shows Curiosity on a tilt table NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA13807:
Curiosity on Tilt Table with Mast Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-29 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft looms above the assembly floor as technicians prepare the Jupiter-bound probe for a round of testing that simulates the vibrations the spacecraft will experience during launch.
PIA13934:
Juno Gets Ready to Shake It
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-29 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft is readied for lifting out of a thermal vacuum chamber following testing to simulate the environment of space over the range of conditions the probe will encounter during its mission.
PIA13935:
Juno Gets a Taste of Space
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NASA's Juno spacecraft is raised out of a thermal vacuum chamber following tests that simulated the environment of space over the range of conditions the probe will encounter during its mission.
PIA13936:
Juno Emerges from Thermal-Vac Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-31 Aquarius
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Artist's concept of the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft. Aquarius will take NASA's first space-based measurements of ocean surface salinity.
PIA13971:
Aquarius - SAC-D (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-31 Aquarius
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Technicians lower the cover over the shipping container holding the international Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.
PIA13972:
Aquarius - SAC-D Spacecraft is Prepped for Shipping to California
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, named Curiosity, is about 3 meters (10 feet) long, not counting the additional length that the rover's arm can be extended forward. The front of the rover is on the left in this side view.
PIA13808:
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL, Side View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
Mastcam
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The remote sensing mast on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity holds two science instruments for studying the rover's surroundings and two stereo navigation cameras for use in driving the rover and planning rover activities.
PIA13809:
Top of Mars Rover Curiosity's Remote Sensing Mast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, named Curiosity, is seen here inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Support equipment is holding the rover slightly off the floor.
PIA13980:
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL, View from Front Left Corner
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The arm and the remote sensing mast of the Mars rover Curiosity each carry science instruments and other tools for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. This image shows the arm on the left and the mast just right of center.
PIA13981:
Arm and Mast of NASA Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-12 Mars Mariner Mars 1964 (Mariner 4)
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This is an enhanced contrast version of the first Mars photograph released on July 15, 1965. This is man's first close-up photograph of another planet, a photographic representation of digital data radioed from Mars by the Mariner 4 spacecraft.
PIA14032:
First TV Image of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-12 Mars Mariner Mars 1964 (Mariner 4)
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A 'real-time data translator' machine converted Mariner 4 digital image data into numbers printed on strips of paper.
PIA14033:
First TV Image of Mars (Hand Colored)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius instrument thermal blanketing is completed and inspected. In addition, all external surfaces of the satellite are cleaned and inspected with white light to uncover any visible debris.
PIA14072:
Aquarius Thermal Blanket Completion and Inspection
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D observatory is moved into the thermal-vacuum chamber at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.
PIA14071:
Aquarius/SAC-D Observatory in Thermal-vacuum Test Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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After months of environmental tests at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, INPE), NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D observatory is loaded into a crate for shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
PIA14070:
Aquarius/SAC-D Observatory before Departing Brazil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius Principal Investigator Gary Lagerloef photographed in front of the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite observatory as it is being readied for transportation from Brazil to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for a June 2011 launch.
PIA14069:
Aquarius Principal Investigator with Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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After a four-year development effort, the Goddard Space Flight Center delivered NASA's Aquarius radiometer to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for integration with the Aquarius instrument.
PIA14051:
Aquarius Radiometer in Goodard Space Flight Center Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D being prepared for shipment to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research Integration and Testing Lab. At INPE, the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory will undergo its final environmental testing.
PIA14068:
Aquarius/SAC-D Observatory Being Crated for Shipment to Brazil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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After months of integration and testing at the INVAP facility (Bariloche, Argentina), NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D is removed from the service platform in preparation for shipping to Brazil.
PIA14067:
Aquarius/SAC-D Removed from Service Platform
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Dr. Cristina Fernández Kirchner, the President of Argentina, visits INVAP for the inauguration of the new facilities including a tour of the high bay where NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D satellite is being tested and integrated.
PIA14065:
President of Argentina Visits Aquarius/SAC-D
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All NASA's Aquarius electrical interfaces have successfully been connected to the SAC-D service platform (S/P).
PIA14066:
Aquarius Electrical Integration with SAC-D
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NASA's Aquarius instrument power interfaces are tested prior to connection with the SAC-D service platform at the INVAP facility in Bariloche, Argentina.
PIA14064:
Aquarius Instrument Electrical Interface Test
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A 'fit check' of half the sunshade is completed to verify the clearance of NASA's Aquarius ground lug as well as the blanket interface with the service platform top deck.
PIA14063:
Aquarius Sunshade "Fit Check" of Half the Sunshade
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NASA's Aquarius instrument on SAC-D sevice platform in INVAP high bay facility for mechanical integration activities.
PIA14062:
Aquarius Instrument on SAC-D Service Platform
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius instrument is lifted upright onto the SAC-D service platform at the INVAP high bay facility in Bariloche, Argentina.
PIA14061:
Aquarius Lifted onto SAC-D Service Platform
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius instrument, covered in silver foil, is shown attached to the SAC-D satellite bus at INVAP facility.
PIA14060:
Close-up View of Aquarius
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Engineers inspect NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D observatory at INVAP facility in Bariloche, Argentina.
PIA14058:
Aquarius/SAC-D at INVAP facility in Bariloche, Argentina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Aquarius instrument, including 2.5 meter reflector, in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14057:
Aquarius at JPL
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Completion of the thermal blanket patterns for the Aquarius bipod after routing the flight harness from the SAC-D service platform.
PIA14059:
Thermal Blanket Check
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Aquarius reflector deployment is tested in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14056:
Aquarius Deployment Test
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Aquarius 2.5 meter composite reflector being fitted with gold foil covering in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14055:
Gold Foil on Aquarius Reflector
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Aquarius 2.5 meter reflector is hoisted before being attached to boom in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14054:
Aquarius Reflector Attachment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Engineers test Aquarius 2.5 meter reflector in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14053:
Aquarius Reflector Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Engineers check cables on back of Aquarius instrument in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14052:
Back of Aquarius Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-28 Voyager
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This graphic shows the different streams of charged particles inside the bubble around our sun and outside, in the unexplored territory of interstellar space. The heliosheath, where NASA's two Voyager spacecraft are now traveling, is shown in red.
PIA13898:
Streams of Charged Particles
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