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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-19 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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This picture of the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft by the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor is from the first successful imaging of any spacecraft orbiting Mars taken by another spacecraft orbiting Mars.
PIA07944:
Mars Express Seen by Mars Global Surveyor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at Mars features one of its instruments -- the Mars Climate Sounder -- in action.
PIA07240:
Mars Climate Sounder (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-01 Phoenix
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The Phoenix lander, housed in a 100,000-class clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems' facilities near Denver, Colo. Shown here, the lander is contained inside the backshell portion of the aeroshell (with the heat shield removed).
PIA07246:
Preparing the Phoenix Lander for Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-01 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, landed on May 25, 2008, and explored the history of water and monitored polar climate on Mars until communications ended in November, 2008, about six months after landing, when its solar panels ceased operating in the winter.
PIA07247:
Phoenix Mission Lander on Mars, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter during the critical process of Mars orbit insertion.
PIA07242:
Orbit Insertion by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter highlights the spacecraft's radar capability.
PIA07243:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Radar at Work, Top View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image is an artist's concept of a view looking down on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA07244:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Radar, Top View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter features the spacecraft's main bus facing down, toward the red planet.
PIA07245:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Front View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-29 Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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This frame from an animation portrays the unfolding of all three booms making up the antenna for the radar instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
PIA08000:
Deployment of Mars Express Radar Antenna Sections (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
S-band Antenna
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This image shows NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft being built at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colo. on July 2, 2005. The spacecraft's impactor was released from Deep Impact's flyby spacecraft.
PIA02109:
The Making of Deep Impact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
S-band Antenna
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This image shows NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft being built at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colo. On July 2, 2005. The impactor's S-band antenna is the rectangle-shaped object seen on the top of the impactor.
PIA02110:
A Game of Space Telephone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Lockheed Martin delivering the Atlas V rocket to Cape Canaveral in July of 2005. After going through a series of tests to ensure its readiness to send Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to the red planet, lift-off occurred on August 12, 2005.
PIA03522:
One Step Closer to Launch: Rocket Delivery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was delivered in two large containers from Lockheed Martin to Cape Canaveral on an Air Force C-17 cargo plane.
PIA03523:
Next Vital Step: Spacecraft Delivery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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It's no easy task getting NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter ready for launch. Workers stabilize the crane holding one of the enormous billboard-sized solar panels temporarily removed from the spacecraft prior to rigorous testing.
PIA03524:
Getting Closer to Countdown: Spacecraft Undergoes Readiness Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image features the protective fairing that encapsulated NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter atop an Atlas V rocket. The lively logo celebrates the intense science mission ahead of the orbiter.
PIA03525:
Fairing Preparing for Farewell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-12 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched at 7:43 a.m. EDT atop a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 12, 2005.
PIA04141:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Launches
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-12 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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With the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, an Atlas V launch vehicle, 19 stories tall, with a two-ton NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on top, roars away from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
PIA04142:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Roars Away
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-12 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Atlas V launch vehicle, 19 stories tall, with a two-ton NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on top, lifts off the pad on Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 12, 2005.
PIA04143:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Lifts Off
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-12 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched at 7:43 a.m. EDT atop a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 12, 2005.
PIA04144:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Multipurpose Mission Successfully Launched
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-26 CloudSat
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NASA's CloudSat spacecraft sits encapsulated within its Boeing Delta launch vehicle dual payload attach fitting at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
PIA06673:
CloudSat Preps for Launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-04 CloudSat
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This artist's concept shows how NASA's CALIPSO and CloudSat will fly in formation with other Earth Observing Satellites.
PIA03010:
A-Train (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-05 CloudSat
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Artist's concept of NASA's CloudSat spacecraft, which will provide the first global survey of cloud properties to better understand their effects on both weather and climate.
PIA03011:
Above Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-05 CloudSat
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Artist's concept of NASA's CloudSat spacecraft, which will provide the first global survey of cloud properties to better understand their effects on both weather and climate.
PIA03012:
Above Earth 2 (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-05 CloudSat
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This artist's concept shows NASA's CloudSat spacecraft and its Cloud Profiling Radar using microwave energy to observe cloud particles and determine the mass of water and ice within clouds.
PIA03013:
CloudSat Studies Clouds (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-06 CloudSat
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This is an artist's concept depicting NASA's CloudSat in orbit around Earth.
PIA03015:
CloudSat in Orbit Around Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
Aerogel Dust Collector
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The aerogel dust collector, an instrument aboard NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03188:
Dust Collector with Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Stardust returning to Earth. Stardust is the first U.S. space mission dedicated to the exploration of a comet, and the first robotic mission designed to return extraterrestrial material from outside the orbit of the Moon.
PIA03181:
Stardust Returns to Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Stardust spacecraft. The spacecraft was launched on February 7, 1999, from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, aboard a Delta II rocket.
PIA03182:
Stardust Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Stardust spacecraft. The spacecraft was launched on February 7, 1999, from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, aboard a Delta II rocket.
PIA03183:
Stardust Comet Wild 2 Encounter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Stardust capsule returning to Earth. The Stardust spacecraft will bring back samples of interstellar dust, including recently discovered dust streaming into our Solar System from the direction of Sagittarius.
PIA03184:
Sample Return Capsule Parachuting Down To Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Stardust capsule returning to Earth. The Stardust spacecraft will bring back samples of interstellar dust, including recently discovered dust streaming into our Solar System from the direction of Sagittarius.
PIA03185:
Sample Return Capsule Landing (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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In an experiment using a special air gun, particles are shot into aerogel at high velocities. Closeup of particles leaving a carrot-shaped trail in the aerogel are shown here. Aerogel was used on NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03186:
Particle Tracks in Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Stardust
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This frame from a movie from NASA's Stardust shows rehearsal of the initial processing of the sample return capsule when it is taken to a temporary cleanroom at Utah's Test and Training Range.
PIA03246:
Rehearsal: Sample Canister in Cleanroom (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
Stardust Capsule
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The capsule contains cometary and interstellar samples gathered by NASA's Stardust spacecraft. Here, the capsule is being lifted at the landing site.
PIA03670:
Lifting Sample Return Capsule
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
Stardust Capsule
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This image shows the return capsule inside a protective covering. The capsule, which landed at 2:10 a.m. Pacific time (3:10 a.m. Mountain time), contains cometary and interstellar samples gathered by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03671:
Stardust Sample Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-20 Stardust
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Closeup view of a cometary impact (upper right) into aerogel was inspected by scientists at a laboratory at the Johnson Space Center hours after NASA's Stardust Sample Return Canister was delivered to the Johnson Space Center.
PIA03683:
View of a Cometary Impact Into Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-20 Stardust
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Investigators from University of Washington, Johnson Space Center, and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, Denver, Colorado, inspect a canister and sample collector soon after opening a container with Stardust material in a laboratory at the JSC.
PIA03685:
Inspecting a Canister and Sample Collector
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-20 Stardust
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Inside Space Exposed Hardware Lab a member of the JSC Curation Team with NASA's Stardust canister in lab.
PIA03686:
Inside Space Exposed Hardware Lab
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Stardust
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This image shows the tracks left by two comet particles after they impacted NASA's Stardust spacecraft's comet dust collector. The collector is made up of a low-density glass material called aerogel.
PIA02188:
Making Celestial Tracks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-21 Stardust
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This image illustrates one of several ways scientists have begun extracting comet particles from NASA'a Stardust spacecraft's collector. First, a particle and its track are cut out of the collector material, called aerogel.
PIA02189:
Slice of Comet Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-21 Stardust
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This image shows a comet particle collected by NASA's Stardust spacecraft. The particle is made up of the silicate mineral forsterite, also known as peridot in its gem form.
PIA02190:
Piece of a Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-21 Stardust
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This image from NASA shows a particle impact on the aluminum frame that holds the aerogel tiles. The debris from the impact shot into the adjacent aerogel tile producing the explosion pattern of ejecta framents captured in the material.
PIA02191:
Comet Ejecta in Aerogel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-23 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept represents the 'Follow the Water' theme of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
PIA07241:
Examining Mars at Many Levels (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-25 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This picture is an artist's concept portraying what NASA's Mars Science Laboratory would look like when examining a rock outcrop on Mars.
PIA08487:
Mars Science Laboratory at Work (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-25 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (left) serves to compare it with Spirit, one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers. Both superimposed by special effects on a scene from Mars.
PIA08488:
Size Comparison, Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration Rover (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA08553:
Mars Science Laboratory with Arm Extended, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is bent at nearly a 90-degree angle.
PIA12459:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm Bent at Nearly a 90-degree Angle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-06 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This photo composite shows an aerial view of FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redskins, superimposed on Mars' Victoria Crater to give a sense of the crater's scale.
PIA08815:
Getting a Sense of Scale
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image superimposes an artist's concept of the Mars Exploration Rover
Opportunity on the rim of Victoria Crater. It is done to give a sense of scale
PIA08814:
Superimposed Rover on Rim of Victoria Crater (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In this image, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory test and 'flex' Curiosity's robotic arm and tools. A video can be viewed at the Photojournal.
PIA12839:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Phoenix
Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe
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This illustration shows some of the components on and near the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. Primary and secondary blades on the scoop that aided in the collection of soil samples.
PIA09949:
Working End of Robotic Arm on Phoenix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rises straight up toward the ceiling of the lab where it is being tested.
PIA12837:
Engineers Flex Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image superimposes an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity atop the 'Cabo Frio' promontory on the rim of 'Victoria Crater' in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars. It is done to give a sense of scale.
PIA01292:
Opportunity on 'Cabo Frio' (Simulated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-29 Phoenix
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NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Phoenix Mars Lander, partway through assembly and testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in September 2006.
PIA01885:
Phoenix Mars Lander in Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-29 Phoenix
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NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Phoenix Mars Lander, partway through assembly and testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in September 2006.
PIA01886:
Phoenix Mars Lander with Solar Arrays Open
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-09 ExoMars
Urey: Mars Organic and Oxidant Detector
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Some key components of a NASA-funded instrument being developed for the payload of the European Space Agency's ExoMars mission stand out in thisillustration of the instrument.
PIA09174:
Urey: Mars Organic and Oxidant Detector
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA09201:
Mars Science Laboratory with Power Source and Extended Arm, Artist's Concept
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This artist's conception of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory portrays use of the rover's ChemCam instrument to identify the chemical composition of a rock sample on the surface of Mars.
PIA09202:
Mars Science Laboratory Using Laser Instrument, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-28 Phoenix
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Lockheed Martin Space Systems technicians work on the science deck of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander.
PIA09203:
Work on Phoenix Science Deck
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Inside a thermal vacuum at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, technicians prepared NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander for environmental testing.
PIA09204:
Environmental Testing in Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-28 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander was lowered into a thermal vacuum chamber at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in December 2006.
PIA09205:
Phoenix Lowered into Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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Spacecraft specialists huddle to discuss the critical lift of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander into a thermal vacuum chamber.
PIA09206:
Team Huddle Before Lifting Phoenix into Test Chamber
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A spacecraft technician inspected the vital robotic arm of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander during the assembly phase of the mission.
PIA09207:
Phoenix Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-11 Terrestrial Planet Finder
Coronograph
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Three simulated planets -- one as bright as Jupiter, one half as bright as Jupiter and one as faint as Earth -- stand out plainly in this image created from a sequence of 480 images captured by the High Contrast Imaging Testbed at NASA's JPL.
PIA09259:
Simulating Planet-Hunting in a Lab
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-10 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander monitors the atmosphere overhead and reaches out to the soil below in this artist's depiction of the spacecraft fully deployed on the surface of Mars.
PIA09344:
Phoenix Lander on Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-10 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander monitors the atmosphere overhead and reaches out to the soil below in this stereo illustration of the spacecraft fully deployed on the surface of Mars. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA09345:
Phoenix Lander on Mars (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows how astronomers use the unique orbit of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a depth-perceiving trick called parallax to determine the distance of dark planets, black holes and failed stars that lurk invisibly among us.
PIA09562:
Depth Perception in Space (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Using the unique orbit of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a depth-perceiving trick called parallax, astronomers have determined the distance to an invisible Milky Way object called OGLE-2005-SMC-001.
PIA09563:
Distance to Dark Bodies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-09 Phoenix
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In this photograph of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, the spacecraft specialists worked on the lander after its fan-like circular solar arrays had been spread open for testing.
PIA09701:
Both Solar Arrays Open on Phoenix Mars Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-09 Viking
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NASA's Viking Project found a place in history when it became the first U.S. mission to land a spacecraft successfully on the surface of Mars.
PIA09703:
Viking Lander Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-30 Phoenix
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In this artist's concept illustration, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander begins to shut down operations as winter sets in. The far-northern latitudes on Mars experience no sunlight during winter.
PIA09942:
Phoenix Twilight (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-30 Phoenix
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander a moment before its 2008 touchdown on the arctic plains of Mars. Pulsed rocket engines control the spacecraft's speed during the final seconds of descent.
PIA09943:
Powered Landing of Phoenix (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Phoenix
Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander carried the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer t to heat and sniff samples of Martian soil and ice to analyze some ingredients.
PIA09950:
Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer for Phoenix Mars Lander
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Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe
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This four-spike tool, called the thermal and electrical conductivity probe, is in the middle-right of this photo, mounted near the end of the arm near NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander scoop (upper left).
PIA09951:
Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe for Phoenix Mars Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Phoenix
MECA
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One part of the MECA instrument for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is a pair of telescopes with a special wheel (on the right in this photograph) for presenting samples to be inspected with the microscopes.
PIA09952:
Phoenix Mars Lander's Chemistry Lab in a Box
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MECA
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The science payload of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander includes a multi-tool instrument named the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA).
PIA09953:
Microscopes for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander
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MECA
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The targeted landing site for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is at about 68 degrees north latitude, 233 degrees east longitude in the Martian arctic. The Phoenix lander, which landed May 25, 2008 ceased its operations about six months later.
PIA09954:
Chemistry Lab for Phoenix Mars Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-24 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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Artist concept of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, managed by JPL. It will expand our understanding of the origins and destinies of stars and galaxies.
PIA10004:
Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) (Artist concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory calls this test rover 'Scarecrow' because the vehicle does not include a computer brain. Mobility engineers use this test rover to evaluate mobility and suspension performance.
PIA10016:
"Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An engineering model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory makes its way up a hill in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10014:
"Scarecrow" Descends Hill
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Onlookers watch as Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily conquers boulders in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10015:
Shutterbugs Shoot "Scarecrow"
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Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily traverses large rocks in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10013:
"Scarecrow" Climbs Rocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rovers keep getting bigger. This photo provides a comparison of the wheel sizes for three generations of them.
PIA10017:
Rover Wheel Sizes (Isometric)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-02 New Horizons
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This artist's conception shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander during its more than 9-month journey to Mars.
PIA10075:
New Horizons at Pluto (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10205:
Parachute Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10208:
Testing a Parachute for Mars in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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This image is an unannotated version of NASA's Photojournal Home Page graphic released in October 2007.
PIA10231:
Photojournal Home Page Graphic 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-10 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team members prepare a testing setup for a subsequent experiment after an experiment driving the rover in a crablike motion, with all four corner wheels angled to the right.
PIA12118:
After a Crabwalk Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-15 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Shallow Subsurface Radar (SHARAD)
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This artist's concept illustrates how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used radar to map the insides of the north polar ice cap on Mars.
PIA10653:
Peeling Back Layers of a Martian Polar Ice Cap (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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The targeted landing site for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is at about 68 degrees north latitude, 233 degrees east longitude in the Martian arctic. The Phoenix lander, which landed May 25, 2008 ceased its operations about six months later.
PIA10657:
Earth Site Corresponding to Phoenix Mars Lander's Targeted Site
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This artist's conception shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander during its more than 9-month journey to Mars.
PIA10659:
Cruising to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Seven minutes before NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander enters the Martian atmosphere, it will jettison the cruise stage hardware that it relied on during the long flight from Earth.
PIA10660:
Cruise Stage Separation Animation Icon
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will enter the Martian atmosphere at hypersonic speeds.
PIA10661:
Hypersonic Entry Animation Icon
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will be in free fall after it separates from its back shell and parachute, but not for long.
PIA10662:
Phoenix Without its Parachute Animation Icon
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During the first 25 seconds after NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander deploys its parachute, the spacecraft will jettison its heat shield and extend its three legs.
PIA10663:
Phoenix Extends its Legs Animation Icon
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After NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander enters the Martian atmosphere, and is traveling at about 1.7 times the speed of sound, it will deploy its parachute.
PIA10664:
Parachuting to Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will open its solar arrays 20 minutes after it touches down on the surface of Mars.
PIA10665:
Phoenix Soaks up the Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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This artist's conception depicts NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander a moment before its touchdown on the arctic plains of Mars.
PIA10666:
Phoenix Eases Down to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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This artist's concept shows the route NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander took to get from Earth to Mars.
PIA10667:
Phoenix's Path to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-24 Phoenix
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This map compares the size of the area where NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander was expected to land, called the landing ellipse (red), to the size of Long Island, N.Y.
PIA10674:
Phoenix Landing Ellipse over Long Island
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