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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-28 Voyager
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This graphic, based on data from NASA's Voyager spacecraft, shows a model of what our solar system looks like to an observer outside in interstellar space, watching our solar system fly towards the observer.
PIA13899:
Our Solar System, from the Outside
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-28 Cassini-Huygens
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Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have enabled scientists to create this map of the heliosphere, the bubble of charged particles around our sun. Charged particles stream out from our sun in a phenomenon known as solar wind.
PIA14110:
Mapping the Heliosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-29 Voyager
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This artist's rendering shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 2 was launched on Aug. 20, 1977. Voyager 1 was launched on Sept. 5, 1977.
PIA14111:
Model of Voyager (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-29 Voyager
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This graphic shows the relative positions of NASA's most distant spacecraft in early 2011, looking at the solar system from the side. Voyager 1 is the most distant spacecraft, 10.9 billion miles away from the sun at a northward angle.
PIA14112:
Relative Positions of Distant Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-29 Voyager
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This image highlights the special cargo onboard NASA's Voyager spacecraft: the Golden Record. Each of the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 carry a 12-inch gold-plated phonograph record with images and sounds from Earth.
PIA14113:
Voyager's Special Cargo: The Golden Record
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-29 Aquarius
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Less than two months before launch, team members conduct their final checks of NASA's Aquarius instrument at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Subsequent final instrument tests will be conducted on the launch pad.
PIA14073:
Final Checks of Aquarius Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-03 Dawn
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Artist's concept of NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The giant asteroid Vesta, Dawn's next destination, is on the lower left. Another larger asteroid and Dawn's second destination, Ceres, is on the upper right.
PIA14125:
NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Headed for Vesta (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-05 4600x5953x3
An artist's concept portrays the proposed Geophysical Monitoring Station mission for studying the deep interior of Mars.
PIA13990:
Proposed Mission for Studying Deep Interior of Mars (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-12 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This wide-angle view shows the High Bay 1 cleanroom inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Specialists are working on components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft.
PIA14126:
Working on Curiosity in JPL Spacecraft Assembly Facility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, prepare the heat shield for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. With a diameter of 4.5 meters (nearly 15 feet), this heat shield is the largest ever built for a planetary mission.
PIA14127:
Preparing Mars Science Laboratory Heat Shield
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The heat shield for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is the largest ever built for a planetary mission. This image shows the heat shield being prepared at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in April 2011.
PIA14128:
Biggest-Ever Heat Shield Prepared for Mars Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-19 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This diagram based on results from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Anglo-Australian Telescope illustrates two ways to measure how fast the universe is expanding.
PIA14095:
How to Measure the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-19 GRAIL
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In this photo, taken April 29, 2011, technicians install lifting brackets prior to hoisting the 200-kilogram (440-pound) GRAIL-A spacecraft out of vacuum chamber after testing.
PIA14157:
Testing the GRAIL Twins
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. The rover examines a rock on Mars with a set of tools at the end of the rover's arm.
PIA14156:
Curiosity: The Next Mars Rover (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-24 Aquarius
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Artist's concept of NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D observatory. SAC-D observatory will provide NASA's first space-based global measurements of salinity at the ocean surface.
PIA14160:
Aquarius (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Curiosity is being tested in preparation for launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA14164:
Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Curiosity is being tested in preparation for launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA14165:
Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-27 Juno
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Technicians stow for launch solar array #2 for NASA's Juno spacecraft. The photo was taken on May 20, 2011 at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla.
PIA14172:
Packing Juno's Power
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-31 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took the images combined into this mosaic of the rover's upper deck. The images were taken in March 2011. At the time, Curiosity was inside a space simulation chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14131:
Mast Camera View of Curiosity's Deck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-01 Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
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An artist's conception of one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft. The two observatories currently lie on either side of the sun, providing views of the entire sun simultaneously.
PIA18172:
Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. The mast, or rover's 'head,' rises to about 2.1 meters (6.9 feet) above ground level, about as tall as a basketball player.
PIA14175:
Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-10 Aquarius
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A Delta II rocket launches with the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft payload from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Friday, June 10, 2011.
PIA14275:
Liftoff of the Delta II Rocket
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-10 Aquarius
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A Delta II rocket launches with the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft payload from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Friday, June 10, 2011.
PIA14276:
Aquarius Lifts Off!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14252:
Mars Rover Curiosity, Left Side View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during testing on June 3, 2011. The turret at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm holds five devices.
PIA14253:
Mars Rover Curiosity Raising Turret
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14254:
Mars Rover Curiosity, Front View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14255:
Mars Rover Curiosity, Turning in Place
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14256:
Mars Rover Curiosity with Wheel on Ramp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14257:
Mars Rover Curiosity, Right Side View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during testing on June 3, 2011. The turret at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm holds five devices. In this view, the drill is at the six o'clock position.
PIA14258:
Mars Rover Curiosity's Arm Held High
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays an aeroshell-encased spacecraft approaching Mars. This spacecraft would put a sample-retrieving rover and an ascent vehicle onto the surface of Mars.
PIA14261:
Mars Sample Return Spacecraft Before Arrival (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed NASA and European Space Agency collaboration on proposals for a Mars sample return mission portrays a series of six steps (A through F) in the spacecraft's landing on Mars.
PIA14262:
Vehicle for Lofting a Sample Approaches Mars (Labeled Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed NASA and European Space Agency collaboration on proposals for a Mars sample return mission portrays a series of six steps in the spacecraft's landing on Mars.
PIA14263:
Vehicle for Lofting a Sample Approaches Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays a rocket-powered descent stage lowering a sample-retrieving rover and an ascent vehicle to the surface.
PIA14264:
Landing on Mars for a Short Stay (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays the launch of an ascent vehicle. The solar panels in the foreground are part of a rover.
PIA14265:
Martian Samples Leaving Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays the capture of a collection of Martian samples by a spacecraft orbiting Mars. The samples would have been collected on Mars by a rover and lifted to orbit by an ascent vehicle.
PIA14266:
Rendezvous in Martian Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays the separation of an Earth entry vehicle, bearing a container of Martian rock samples, from the main spacecraft that would have carried it from Martian orbit nearly to Earth.
PIA14267:
Special Delivery from Mars to Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A NASA Dryden Flight Research Center F/A-18 852 aircraft performs a roll during June 2011 flight tests of a Mars landing radar. A test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is inside a pod under the aircraft's left wing.
PIA14259:
Flight Testing the Landing Radar for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A NASA Dryden Flight Research Center F/A-18 852 aircraft makes a 40-degree dive during June 2011 flight tests of a Mars landing radar. A test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is inside a pod under the left wing.
PIA14260:
Airborne Testing for Mars Landing Radar by Dryden F/A-18
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-24 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft undergoes weight and balance testing at Astrotech payload processing facility, Titusville, Fla. June 16, 2011.
PIA14286:
Juno Weighs In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-29 GRAIL
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Using a precision formation-flying technique, the twin GRAIL spacecraft maps the moon's gravity field, as depicted in this artist's rendering.
PIA14377:
GRAIL Artist's Rendition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-05 Juno
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Workers guide an overhead crane as it lifts the Centaur upper stage at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., June 24, 2011. The Centaur is slated to launch NASA's Juno spacecraft on August 5.
PIA14381:
Juno's Atlas Receives its Centaur
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-12 Earth SMAP
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This image, created at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), shows the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission, specifically depicting how the scanning antenna will fly in space and the swath coverage over the Earth.
PIA14392:
SMAP Flys over Earth (Artist Concept)
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Technicians use an overhead crane to lower NASA's Juno spacecraft onto a fueling stand where the spacecraft will be loaded with the propellant necessary for its mission to Jupiter.
PIA14288:
Juno Gets Fueled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This drawing of the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, indicates the location of science instruments and some other tools on the car-size rover.
PIA14304:
Diverse Science Payload on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Spacecraft specialists test the descent stage and rover of the Mars Science Laboratory in this scene from the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14308:
Testing for Mars Science Laboratory Descent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This stereo image of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity Rovert was taken May 26, 2011, in Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA14309:
Mars Science Laboratory Mission's Curiosity Rover (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-03 Juno
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This simulated view of the south pole of Jupiter illustrates the unique perspective of NASA's Juno mission. Juno's polar orbit will allow its camera, called JunoCam, to image Jupiter's clouds from a vantage point never accessed by other spacecraft.
PIA14408:
What Juno will see at Jupiter's South Pole (Simulation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-03 Juno
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At Space Launch Complex 41, the Juno spacecraft, enclosed in an Atlas payload fairing, was transferred into the Vertical Integration Facility where it was positioned on top of the Atlas rocket stacked inside.
PIA14109:
Juno at the Vertical Integration Facility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-03 Juno
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Three LEGO figurines representing the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno and Galileo Galilei are shown here aboard the Juno spacecraft.
PIA14413:
LEGO Figurines Aboard Juno
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The three LEGO figurines flying aboard the Juno spacecraft are the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno and Galileo Galilei.
PIA14414:
Riding Along with Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft awaits launch from inside the payload fairing atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-551 launch vehicle. Juno and its rocket are at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
PIA14416:
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Awaits Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is an artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, of graphene, buckyballs and C70 superimposed on an image of the Helix planetary nebula, a puffed-out cloud of material expelled by a dying star.
PIA14548:
Graphene in Space (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-18 GRAIL
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NASA's twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft are lowered onto the second stage of their Delta II launch vehicle. At top is the spacecraft adapter ring which holds the two lunar probes in their side-by-side launch configuration.
PIA14558:
GRAIL Mission Comes Together
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-18 James Webb Space Telescope
Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI)
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The Mid-Infrared Instrument, a component of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, underwent alignment testing at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Space in Oxfordshire, England.
PIA14418:
Webb Instrument Undergoes Alignment Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-18 James Webb Space Telescope
Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI)
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The Mid-Infrared Instrument, a component of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, underwent testing inside the thermal space test chamber at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Space in Oxfordshire, England.
PIA14419:
Webb Instrument Inside Test Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-23 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's conception illustrates what a 'Y dwarf' might look like. Y dwarfs are the coldest star-like bodies known, with temperatures that can be even cooler than the human body.
PIA14720:
'Y Dwarf' Chillin' in Space (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-23 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's conception based on data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer illustrates what brown dwarfs of different types might look like to a hypothetical interstellar traveler who has flown a spaceship to each one.
PIA14722:
A Trio of Brown Dwarfs (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-25 GRAIL
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Spacecraft technicians monitor the movement of a section of the clamshell-shaped Delta payload fairing as it encloses NASA's twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory spacecraft at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 23, 2011.
PIA13951:
GRAIL Twins are Covered
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-13 Herschel Space Observatory
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In this artist's conception based on data from ESA's Herschel observatory, a galaxy accretes mass from rapid, narrow streams of cold gas. These filaments provide the galaxy with continuous flows of raw material to feed its star-forming at a leisurely pace
PIA14772:
Galaxy Feeds Off Gas (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a world where two suns set over the horizon instead of just one. The planet, called Kepler-16b, is the most 'Tatooine-like' planet yet found in our galaxy and is depicted here in this artist's concept.
PIA14724:
Where the Sun Sets Twice (Artist Concept)
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This artist's image illustrates Kepler-16b, the first directly detected circumbinary planet, which is a planet that orbits two stars.
PIA14725:
Three Eclipsing Bodies (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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This artist's image illustrates the Kepler-16 system from an overhead view, showing the eccentric orbits of the two stars as they twirl around each other every 41 days like figure skaters.
PIA14726:
A Dance of Two Suns and One Planet (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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This artist's conception illustrates the Kepler-16 system (white) from an overhead view, showing its planet Kepler-16b and the eccentric orbits of the two stars it circles (labeled A and B).
PIA14727:
Bird's Eye View of Kepler-16 System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-26 MAVEN
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NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is scheduled to launch in November 2013 and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.
PIA14754:
Primary Structure for MAVEN Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist concept is of the Atlas V541 launch vehicle that will carry NASA's Curiosity rover on its way to Mars. The Atlas V 541 vehicle was selected as it has the right liftoff capability for heavy weight requirements of the rover and its spacecraft.
PIA14830:
Curiosity Launch Vehicle, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its cruise phase between launch and final approach to Mars. The spacecraft includes a disc-shaped cruise stage (on the left) attached to the aeroshell.
PIA14831:
Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. The Curiosity rover is safely tucked inside the spacecraft's aeroshell.
PIA14832:
Curiosity Approaching Mars, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory aeroshell capsule as it enters the Martian atmosphere. The Curiosity rover and the spacecraft's descent stage are safely tucked inside the aeroshell at this point.
PIA14833:
Curiosity Inside Aeroshell, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows thrusters firing during the entry, descent and landing phase for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission to Mars.
PIA14834:
Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept
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This artist's concept depicts the interaction of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft with the upper atmosphere of Mars during the entry, descent and landing of the Curiosity rover onto the Martian surface.
PIA14835:
Deceleration of Mars Science Laboratory in Martian Atmosphere, Artist's Concept
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This artist's concept is of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover parachute system; the largest parachute ever built to fly on a planetary mission. The parachute is attached to the top of the backshell portion of the spacecraft's aeroshell.
PIA14836:
Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Curiosity rover tucked inside the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft's backshell while the spacecraft is descending on a parachute toward Mars. Here, the spacecraft's heat shield has already been jettisoned.
PIA14837:
Curiosity While on Parachute, Artist's Concept
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This is an artist's concept of the rover and descent stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during the final minute before the rover, Curiosity, touches down on the surface of Mars.
PIA14838:
Curiosity and Descent Stage, Artist's Concept
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This artist's concept shows the sky crane maneuver during the descent of NASA's Curiosity rover to the Martian surface. The sheer size of the rover (over one ton, or 900 kilograms) would preclude it from taking advantage of an airbag-assisted landing.
PIA14839:
Curiosity's Sky Crane Maneuver, Artist's Concept
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This artist's concept depicts the moment that NASA's Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface. The Mars Science Laboratory will use the sky crane touchdown system.
PIA14840:
Curiosity Touching Down, Artist's Concept
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This artist's concept depicts the moment immediately after NASA's Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface. The spacecraft has detected touchdown, and pyrotechnic cutters have severed connections between rover and spacecraft's descent stage.
PIA14841:
A Moment After Curiosity's Touchdown, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is being rotated for final closeout actions.
PIA14755:
Rotating Curiosity's Back Shell Powered Descent Vehicle
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is being rotated for final closeout actions.
PIA14756:
Final Closeout Actions for Curiosity's Heat Shield and Back Shell
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration, containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, is being placed on the spacecraft's heat shield.
PIA14757:
Connecting Curiosity's Heat Shield and Back Shell
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, and the spacecraft's descent stage have been enclosed inside the spacecraft's aeroshell.
PIA14758:
Mars Science Laboratory Aeroshell with Curiosity Inside
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The descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being lifted during assembly of the spacecraft in this photograph taken inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15020:
Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage
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The Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, is prepared for final integration into the complete NASA spacecraft in this photograph taken inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15021:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover Closeout
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The Mars Science Laboratory mission's 'powered descent vehicle' is the integrated combination of the spacecraft's descent stage and the rover Curiosity.
PIA15022:
Mars Science Laboratory Powered Descent Vehicle
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The 'powered descent vehicle' of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being prepared for final integration into the spacecraft's back shell in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15023:
Integrating Powered Descent Vehicle with Back Shell of Mars Spacecraft
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The cruise stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being prepared for final stacking of the spacecraft in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15026:
Mars Science Laboratory Cruise Stage
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During final stacking of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, the heat shield is positioned for integration with the rest of the spacecraft in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15027:
Mars Science Laboratory Heat Shield Integration for Flight
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft has been fully stacked for flight in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in October 2011.
PIA15028:
Mars Science Laboratory Stacked Spacecraft
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Preparations are under way to enclose NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in an Atlas V rocket payload fairing. The fairing protects the spacecraft from the impact of aerodynamic pressure and heating during ascent.
PIA15029:
Mars Science Laboratory and Its Payload Fairing
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Employees at Space Launch Complex 41 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., keep watch as the payload fairing containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is lifted up the side of the Vertical Integration Facility on Nov. 3, 2011.
PIA15030:
Hoisting NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Onto Its Atlas V
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In the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41, the payload fairing containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft was attached to its Atlas V rocket on Nov. 3, 2011.
PIA15031:
Mars Science Laboratory Atop Its Atlas V
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Scientists are simulating how the very first stars in our universe were born. The stars we see today formed out of collapsing clouds of gas and dust. In the very early universe, however, the stars had fewer ingredients available.
PIA14875:
Cooking up the First Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-15 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts the rover Curiosity, of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, as it uses its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument to investigate the composition of a rock surface.
PIA14760:
Curiosity at Work on Mars (Artist's Concept)
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft near Mars. MAVEN is in development for launch in 2013 and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.
PIA14761:
MAVEN at Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Modern-day Mars experiences cyclical changes in climate and, consequently, ice distribution. Unlike Earth, the obliquity (or tilt) of Mars changes substantially on timescales of hundreds of thousands to millions of years.
PIA15095:
Changes in Tilt of Mars' Axis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An engineer says goodbye to the Curiosity rover and its powered descent vehicle in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Spacecraft Assembly Facility shortly before the spacecraft was readied for shipment to Kennedy Space Center for launch.
PIA15087:
Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Powered Descent Vehicle
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Left-eye view of NASA's Curiosity rover and its powered descent vehicle pose for photographs prior to being integrated for launch at JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility.
PIA15088:
Stereo (Left) Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Powered Descent Vehicle
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Right-eye view of NASA's Curiosity rover and its powered descent vehicle pose for photographs prior to being integrated for launch at JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility.
PIA15089:
Stereo (Right) Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Powered Descent Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will study chemistry of rocks, soil and air as the mission's rover, Curiosity, investigates Gale Crater on Mars.
PIA15100:
SAM Instrument at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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ChemCam
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This image illustrates the principals of a technique called 'laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy,' which the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument onboard NASA's rover, Curiosity, will use on Mars.
PIA15103:
Schematic of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
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