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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image provides an example of the type of data collected by the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover.
PIA15104:
Example of a Spectrum from Curiosity's ChemCam Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image displays the type of detail discernible with the telescopic camera of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover.
PIA15105:
Detail Observed from 10 Feet away with Curiosity's ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This view of the head of the remote sensing mast on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, shows seven of the 17 cameras on the rover.
PIA15106:
Head of Mast on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A section of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Gale Crater landing site is shown, with a representative path from the landing location toward the layered mound to the south.
PIA15107:
Studying a Wider Swath
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This set of views illustrates capabilities of the Mast Camera (MastCam) instrument on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover, using a scene on Earth as an example of what MastCam's two cameras can see from different distances.
PIA15108:
Illustrating MastCam Capabilities with a Terrestrial Scene
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This figure shows images acquired through each of the eight filters in the filter wheel of the 34-millimeter-focal-length Mast Camera (Mastcam-34) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA15109:
Illustrating MastCam Capabilities with a Terrestrial Scene
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-05 Voyager
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NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region between our solar system and interstellar space, which scientists are calling the stagnation region as depicted in this artist rendering.
PIA15173:
Voyager 1 Encounters Stagnation Region (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-05 Kepler-22b Kepler
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This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22, a star system containing the first 'habitable zone' planet -- the sweet spot around a star where temperatures are right for water to exist in its liquid form, discovered by NASA's Kepler mission.
PIA14882:
Kepler-22b -- Comfortably Circling within the Habitable Zone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-05 Kepler-22b Kepler
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This artist's conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star's habitable zone.
PIA14883:
Closer to Finding an Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-07 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The total distance driven on Mars by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, 21.35 miles by early December 2011, is approaching the record total for off-Earth driving, held by the robotic Lunokhod 2 rover operated on Earth's moon by the Soviet Union in 1973.
PIA14859:
Off-Earth Driving Champs (in Miles)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-09 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its rocket-powered descent vehicle pose for a portrait at JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility prior to its launch on November 26, 2011 from the Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
PIA15180:
3-D Anaglyph Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Rocket-Powered Descent Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-09 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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About the size of a small SUV, NASA's Curiosity rover is well equipped for a tour of Gale Crater on Mars. This impressive rover has six-wheel drive and the ability to turn in place a full 360 degrees, as well as the agility to climb steep hills.
PIA15181:
NASA's Curiosity Rover in Profile
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-16 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in a new region at the edge of our solar system where there are fewer low energy particles that originate from inside our solar system.
PIA15176:
Low-Energy Particles Leaking out of the Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-16 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in a new region at the edge of our solar system where the amount of high-energy particles diffusing into our solar system from outside has increased.
PIA15177:
Energetic Particles from Outside our Solar System Increase (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-16 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in a new region at the edge of our solar system where the magnetic field lines generated by our sun are piling up and intensifying.
PIA15178:
Magnetic Field Lines Intensifying (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-16 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This frame from an animation shows how the magnetic field lines emanating from our sun spiral out into the solar system as the sun rotates. NASA's Voyager 1 is in an area scientists are calling the stagnation region, at the outer layer of the heliosphere.
PIA15179:
The Sun's Magnetic Field Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
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This grouping of two test rovers and a flight spare provides a graphic comparison of three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The setting is JPL's Mars Yard testing area.
PIA15277:
Three Generations in Mars Yard, High Viewpoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This grouping of two test rovers and a flight spare provides a graphic comparison of three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The setting is JPL's Mars Yard testing area.
PIA15278:
Three Generations of Rovers in Mars Yard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Two spacecraft engineers stand with three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Ca. Front and center is a flight spare of Sojourner, left is a working sibling to Spirit and Opportunity, right is test rover Curiosity.
PIA15279:
Three Generations of Rovers with Standing Engineers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Two spacecraft engineers stand with three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Ca. Front and center is a flight spare of Sojourner, left is a working sibling to Spirit and Opportunity, right is test rover Curiosity.
PIA15280:
Three Generations of Rovers with Crouching Engineers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Planck
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This is an artist's concept of the Planck spacecraft. Planck was launched with the Herschel spacecraft, though the two missions separated shortly after launch and operate independently from each other.
PIA13953:
Planck Spacecraft (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-18 NuSTAR
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NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Va., January 2012.
PIA15261:
NuSTAR Poses for the Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-18 NuSTAR
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Engineers in the final stages of assembling NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Va., January 2012.
PIA15262:
Integrating NuSTAR
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-25 NuSTAR
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NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, mission is lowered into its shipping container at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Va. It is scheduled to launch from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands on March 14, 2012.
PIA15263:
Beginning the Journey to the Launch Pad
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-26 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows an overhead view of the orbital position of the planets in systems with multiple transiting planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. All the colored planets have been verified.
PIA15264:
Kepler's Planetary Systems in Motion (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-01 GRAIL
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Using a precision formation-flying technique, NASA's twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field. This is an artist's concept.
PIA13956:
GRAIL Flying in Formation (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
MAHLI
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Two instruments at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will use calibration targets attached to a shoulder joint of the arm. The penny is a size reference giving the public a familiar object for perceiving size on Mars easily.
PIA15284:
Contact Instrument Calibration Targets on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Lincoln penny in this photograph is part of a camera calibration target attached to NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA15285:
Lincoln Cent on Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image provides a way to have a full-size printout of the calibration target for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA15286:
Full-Scale Image of MAHLI Calibration Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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During pre-flight testing, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of the MAHLI calibration target from a distance of 3.94 inches (10 centimeters) away from the target.
PIA15287:
Calibration Target as Seen by Mars Hand Lens Imager
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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During pre-flight testing in March 2011, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of the MAHLI calibration target under illumination from MAHLI's two ultraviolet LEDs (light emitting diodes).
PIA15288:
MAHLI Calibration Target in Ultraviolet Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Curiosity rover will use a calibration target attached to a shoulder joint of the arm.
PIA15289:
Calibration Target on Curiosity for Camera on Rover's Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-14 M-Cube/COVE
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The image on the left is an artist rendering of Montana State University's Explorer 1 CubeSat; at right is a CubeSat created by the University of Michigan designated the Michigan Mulitpurpose Mini-satellite, or M-Cubed.
PIA15380:
CubeSat Artist Rendering and NASA's M-Cubed/COVE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-18 NuSTAR
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft which has a 10-meter mast that deploys after launch to separate the optics modules (right) from the detectors in the focal plane (left).
PIA15265:
Artist's Concept of NuSTAR
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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A NASA Mars Science Laboratory test rover called the Vehicle System Test Bed, or VSTB, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA serves as the closest double for Curiosity in evaluations of the mission's hardware and software.
PIA15025:
Testing Precision of Movement of Curiosity's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-23 NuSTAR
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Inside an environmental enclosure at Vandenberg Air Force Base's processing facility in California, technicians complete the final steps in mating NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and its Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket.
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Final Steps in Mating NuSTAR to its Rocket
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-23 NuSTAR
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At Vandenberg Air Force Base's processing facility in California, the separation ring on the aft end of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), at right, inches its way toward the third stage of an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket.
PIA15268:
NuSTAR Inches Toward its Rocket
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Inside an environmental enclosure at Vandenberg Air Force Base's processing facility in California, solar panels line the sides of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), which was just joined to the Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket.
PIA15269:
Uniting of NuSTAR Spacecraft and Rocket
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-28 InSight
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This artist rendition is of the Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Lander. InSight proposes to place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.
PIA13958:
InSight, a Mars MIssion (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-02 NuSTAR
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A spacecraft technician is performing closeout work inside the fairing that will be installed around NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) spacecraft in a processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
PIA15410:
Inside NuSTAR's Nose Cone
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An Orbital Sciences technician completes final checks of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, before the Pegasus payload fairing is secured around it.
PIA15411:
Wrapping NuSTAR in Its Rocket Nose Cone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-27 GRAIL
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An artist's depiction of the twin spacecraft (Ebb and Flow) that comprise NASA's GRAIL mission. As 'Ebb and Flow' fly over areas of greater and lesser gravity surface features can influence the distance between the two spacecraft.
PIA13965:
GRAIL Spacecraft Over the Moon (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-27 GRAIL
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An artist's depiction of the twin spacecraft that comprise NASA's GRAIL mission. During the GRAIL mission's science phase, spacecraft (Ebb and Flow) transmit radio signals precisely defining the distance between them as they orbit the moon in formation.
PIA13966:
NASA's GRAIL Spacecraft in Science Collection Phase (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-05 Kepler
Planck
Spitzer Space Telescope
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From left to right, artist's concepts of the Spitzer, Planck and Kepler space telescopes. NASA extended Spitzer and Kepler for two additional years; and the U.S. portion of Planck, a European Space Agency mission, for one year.
PIA15423:
Spitzer, Planck and Kepler Extended by NASA (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-12 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows a 'feeding,' or active, supermassive black hole with a jet streaming outward at nearly the speed of light. Such active black holes are often found at the hearts of elliptical galaxies.
PIA15414:
Cosmic Jets Coming at You (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-02 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This computer-simulated image shows gas from a tidally shredded star falling into a black hole. Astronomers observed the flare in ultraviolet light using NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA15429:
Black Hole Erupts Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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An in-flight camera check produced this out-of-focus image when NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft turned on illumination sources that are part of the Curiosity rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument.
PIA15294:
Camera Test on Curiosity During Flight to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows three slices of a class of meteorites that fell to Earth that NASA's Dawn mission has confirmed as originating from the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15605:
Meteorites from Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 OCO-2
OCO-2
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Technicians prep NASA's OCO-2 instrument for shipping at Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Ca.
PIA15654:
NASA's OCO-2 Instrument Completes Construction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission team members ran mobility tests on the test rover called 'Scarecrow' on sand dunes near Death Valley, Ca. in early May 2012 in preparation for operating the Curiosity rover, currently en route to Mars.
PIA15682:
Test Rover Aids Preparations in California for Curiosity Rover on Mars
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Michael Malin, left, principal investigator for three science cameras on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, comments to a news reporter during tests with Curiosity's mobility-test stand-in, Scarecrow, on Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert.
PIA15683:
Watching Test Drives in California for Rover Mission to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-22 NuSTAR
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This artist's concept shows NASA's NuSTAR mission orbiting Earth. NuSTAR will hunt for hidden black holes and other exotic cosmic objects.
PIA15777:
NuSTAR Orbits Earth (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-23 FINESSE
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This is an artist's rendering of the spacecraft FINESSE orbiting above Earth. Proposed for launch in 2016 as part of NASA's Explorers Program, FINESSE would take the first 'family portrait' of extrasolar planets.
PIA15778:
FINESSE -- A Proposed Exoplanet Mission (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-30 NuSTAR
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NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has a complex set of mirrors, or optics, that will help it see high-energy X-ray light in greater detail than ever before.
PIA15631:
NuSTAR's Russian Doll-like Mirrors
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NASA's NuSTAR will be able to identify individual black holes making up the diffuse X-ray glow, also called the X-ray background. At bottom right is a simulated view of what NuSTAR will see.
PIA15632:
Bringing Black Holes Into Focus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-04 NuSTAR
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This photo shows the Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket with NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft after attachment to the L-1011 carrier aircraft known as 'Stargazer.'
PIA15633:
NuSTAR Hitches a Ride on the 'Stargazer'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.
PIA15791:
Curiosity -- Robot Geologist and Chemist in One! (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-08 NuSTAR
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The carrier plane, L-1011 'Stargazer,' that will give NASA's NuSTAR and its rocket a lift to their airborne launch site is seen here at sunrise on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
PIA15638:
NuSTAR on Coral Island of Kwajalein
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-08 Earth LDSD
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Sled tests will allow NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project, or LDSD, to test inflatable and parachute decelerators to slow spacecraft prior to landing.
PIA15798:
NASA Tests Future Mars Landing Technology
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-15 Venus ACRIMSAT
ACRIM3
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Observations of the total solar irradiance made with the ACRIM3 instrument on NASA's ACRIMSAT satellite on June 5 and 6, 2012, tracked the effect of the transit of Venus, which lasted about six hours.
PIA15820:
NASA's ACRIMSAT Observes Venus Transit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This set of images compares test images taken by four cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory before launch.
PIA15951:
Comparison of Curiosity Camera Fields of View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the locations of the cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15952:
Seventeen Cameras on Curiosity (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept comparing the present day magnetic fields on Earth and Mars. Earth's magnetic field is generated by an active dynamo -- a hot core of molten metal.
PIA15953:
Earth and Martian Magnetic Fields (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This set of artist's concepts shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory cruise capsule and NASA's Orion spacecraft, which is being built now at NASA's Johnson Space Center and will one day send astronauts to Mars.
PIA15954:
Cruise Vehicles (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars; the spikes in radiation levels occurred because of large solar energetic particle events caused by giant flares on the sun.
PIA15955:
Radiation Levels on the Way to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows the location of a set of Hazard-Avoidance cameras on the back of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15960:
Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Ready for Action Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This frame from a video shows an engineering test for NASA's Curiosity rover. During the test, the clear dust covers on the Hazard-Avoidance cameras were popped off.
PIA15961:
Popping the Lid off Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This frame from an animation shows NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flying over NASA's Curiosity (shown in pink) as the rover lands on the Red Planet.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Flying Over Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth via two of NASA's Mars orbiters, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Odyssey.
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Communicating with Curiosity (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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This artist's concept shows how NASA how orbiters over Mars will monitor the landing of NASA's Curiosity rover as it speeds towards its Martian landing site in Gale Crater.
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Great Convergence of Spacecraft around Mars Animation Icon
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This artist's concept depicts how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth during landing. As the rover descends to Mars, it will send out basic radio-frequency tones that go directly to Earth.
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Curiosity Speaks (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 4, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
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Mars Weather Map, Aug. 4, 2012
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This image shows the approximate true position of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. A 3-D virtual model of Curiosity is shown inside Gale Crater, near Mount Sharp, Curiosity's ultimate destination.
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Explore Mars With Curiosity Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from a video shows the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover deploying in a pre-launch test.
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Curiosity Pre-Launch Mast Test - August 07, 2012 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Like a human working in a radiation environment, NASA's Curiosity rover carries its own version of a dosimeter to measure radiation from outer space and the sun. This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected the rover's Radiation Assessment Detector.
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Curiosity's First Radiation Measurements on Mars
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This is a close-up view of the zones where the soil at Curiosity's landing site was blown away by the thrusters on the rover's descent stage. The excavation of the soil reveals probable bedrock outcrop.
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Rocket Thrusters Expose Bedrock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the times at which NASA's Curiosity rover hit its milestones during its entry, descent and landing on Mars. Times the events actually occurred are in red; times that Earth received confirmation that events occurred appear in blue.
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Hitting the Marks
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This image illustrates how spacecraft landings on Mars have become more and more precise over the years. Since NASA's first Mars landing of Viking in 1976, the targeted landing regions, or ellipses, have shrunk.
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Landing Accuracy on Mars: A Historical Perspective
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This is a still from an interactive web feature that guides you through the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
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Guided Tour of Curiosity's Martian Landing
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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team aboard Air Force One during a flight to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Aug. 13, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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President Obama Phones Mars Rover Team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover before it was installed on the rover and readied for launch.
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Pre-Launch Calibration Target for ChemCam
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ChemCam
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This mosaic shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, as seen by the ChemCam's remote micro-imager. The 10 images incorporated in this mosaic were taken on Aug. 15.
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Checking out ChemCam's View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-20 InSight
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Artist rendition of the formation of rocky bodies in the solar system -- how they form and differentiate and evolve into terrestrial planets.
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Mars Interior (Artist Concept)
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Artist rendition of the InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Lander.
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Artist's Rendition of InSight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph shows readings for atmospheric pressure at the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover. The data were obtained by Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, 2012.
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First Pressure Readings on Mars
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This graph shows the rise and fall of air and ground temperatures on Mars obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover.
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Taking Mars' Temperature
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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This image of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the location of the two components of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument. The neutron generator is mounted on the right hip and the detectors are on the opposite hip.
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Location of DAN on Curiosity
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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The heritage for investigations with the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover comes from NASA's Odyssey orbiter.
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Laying the Groundwork for Curiosity's DAN
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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NASA's Curiosity rover pinged the ground with neutrons for the first time, a process called active neutron sounding, on August 17, 2012.
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Curiosity Blasts Ground with Neutrons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows laser plasmas in a test lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M., under typical atmospheric pressures on Earth and Mars. A plasma is an ionized, glowing gas.
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Laser Plasmas on Earth and Mars
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ChemCam
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This is the first laser spectrum from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, sent back from Mars on Aug. 19, 2012, showing emission lines from different elements present in the target, a rock near the rover's landing site dubbed 'Coronation.'
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Coronation's Chemicals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An instrument suite that will analyze the chemical ingredients in samples of Martian atmosphere, rocks and soil during the mission of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, is shown here during assembly at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., in 2010.
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Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument, Side Panels Off
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This chart illustrates how NASA's Curiosity rover talks to Earth. While the rover can send direct messages, it communicates more efficiently with the help of spacecraft in orbit, including NASA's Odyssey and MRO, and European Space Agency's Mars Express.
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Curiosity Speaks and Orbiters Listen
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This chart shows increases in the volume of data coming back from NASA's Mars Curiosity over recent sols. New capabilities of the 'Electra' relay-radios on MRO and Curiosity have greatly increased the volume of data the rover is sending back from Mars.
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Curiosity Speaks Volumes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This engineering drawing shows the location of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, in addition to the arm's turret, which holds two instruments and three tools. The arm places and holds turret-mounted tools on rock and soil targets.
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Curiosity's Robotic Arm
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This engineering drawing shows the five devices that make up the turret at the end of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover. These include: the drill for acquiring powdered samples from interiors of rocks.
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Tools at Curiosity's 'Fingertips'
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This engineering drawing shows various components needed to support tools at the end of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, including: calibration targets for helping instruments set their baseline levels.
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Curiosity's Work Bench
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This engineering drawing shows the arm on NASA's Curiosity's rover in its 'ready-for-action' position, or 'ready out' as engineers say, in addition to the position it assumes to drop off samples.
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Flexing Curiosity's Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-13 Earth ADAPT
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This image was taken during a flight test of JPL's Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-Flight Testbed (ADAPT). The testbed was flown aboard a Masten Space System Xombie rocket.-Flight Testbed (ADAPT).
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ADAPT Rocket Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-17 Juno
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This computer-generated image depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft firing its Leros-1b main engine.
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Juno Fires its Main Engine
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