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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-16 Juno
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Technicians lift NASA's Juno spacecraft onto a dolly prior to the start of a round of acoustical testing.
PIA13718:
Preparing Juno for Acoustical Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-16 Juno
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Technicians position NASA's Juno spacecraft on a dolly prior to the start of a round of acoustical testing.
PIA13719:
Preparing Juno for Acoustical Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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Researchers prepare for a test of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument that will fly on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission; researchers are preparing the instrument's mast unit for a laser firing test.
PIA13599:
ChemCam Mast Unit Being Prepared for Laser Firing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-03 Juno
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This artist concept depicts the Juno spacecraft which will launch from Earth in 2011 and will arrive at Jupiter in 2016 to study the giant planet from an elliptical, polar orbit.
PIA13746:
Juno Mission to Jupiter (2010 Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This schematic illustration for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument shows major components of the microwave-oven-size instrument, which will examine samples of Martian rocks, soil and atmosphere.
PIA13790:
Schematic of Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, largest of the 10 science instruments for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, will examine samples of Martian rocks, soil and atmosphere for information about chemicals that are important to life.
PIA13791:
Lifting SAM Instrument for Installation into Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., position NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) above the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity, for installing the instrument.
PIA13792:
Installing SAM Instrument into Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., position NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) above the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity, for installing the instrument.
PIA13793:
Lowering SAM Instrument into Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-26 Aquarius
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Technicians from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., install thermal blankets on the Aquarius instrument at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.
PIA13825:
NASA's Salt-Seeking Instrument Gets a Silvery Blanket
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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The sensor head on the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer instrument was installed during testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The instrument is part of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA13874:
Sensor Head on the Mars-bound APXS Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Grad student Nicholas Boyd (left) and Principal Investigator Ralf Gellert, both of the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, prepare for the installation of the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer sensor head during testing at NASA's JPL.
PIA13875:
Preparing to Install APXS Sensor Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-07 Juno
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This image shows NASA's Juno spacecraft undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems on Jan. 26, 2011. All 3 solar array wings are installed and stowed, and the large high-gain antenna is in place on the top of the avionics vault.
PIA13905:
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Taking Shape in Denver
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-08 Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun. The Voyagers have been in space 33 years.
PIA13892:
Voyagers in the Heliosheath (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows preparation for March 2011 testing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, in a space-simulation chamber; the rover will go through operational sequences in environmental conditions similar to what it will experience on Mars.
PIA13805:
Preparing for Solar and Thermal Testing of Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows preparation for March 2011 testing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, in a space-simulation chamber; the rover will go through operational sequences in environmental conditions similar to what it will experience on Mars.
PIA13806:
Bright Days Ahead for Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians inspect NASA's Juno spacecraft and its science instruments following acoustics testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 26, 2011.
PIA13920:
Juno Spacecraft Passes the Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians inspect NASA's Juno spacecraft and its science instruments following acoustics testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 26, 2011.
PIA13921:
Juno Spacecraft Passes the Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians install components that will aid with guidance, navigation and control of NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA13922:
Building Juno's Electronic Brain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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An exposed, side view of NASA's Juno spacecraft during its assembly features three of the spacecraft's spherical propellant tanks.
PIA13923:
Juno's Fuel Tanks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians test the deployment of one of the three massive solar arrays that power NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA13924:
Juno Solar Panel Deployment Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians test the deployment of one of the three massive solar arrays that power NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA13925:
Juno Solar Panel Deployment Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians test the deployment of one of the three massive solar arrays that power NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA13926:
Juno Solar Panel Deployment Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians prepare NASA's Juno spacecraft for a functional test of its main engine cover.
PIA13927:
Juno Engine Cover Test Preparation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Juno
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Technicians test the deployment of one of the three massive solar arrays that power NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA13928:
Juno Spreads its Wing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-23 Juno
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This image of NASA's Juno spacecraft was taken as the vehicle completed its thermal vacuum chamber testing. A technician is attaching the lifting equipment in preparation for hoisting the 1,588-kilogram (3,500-pound) spacecraft out of the chamber.
PIA13931:
Juno Marches On
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-25 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has two rectangular 'eyes' near the top of the rover's remote sensing mast. This image shows Curiosity on a tilt table NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA13807:
Curiosity on Tilt Table with Mast Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-29 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft looms above the assembly floor as technicians prepare the Jupiter-bound probe for a round of testing that simulates the vibrations the spacecraft will experience during launch.
PIA13934:
Juno Gets Ready to Shake It
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-29 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft is readied for lifting out of a thermal vacuum chamber following testing to simulate the environment of space over the range of conditions the probe will encounter during its mission.
PIA13935:
Juno Gets a Taste of Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-29 Juno
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NASA's Juno spacecraft is raised out of a thermal vacuum chamber following tests that simulated the environment of space over the range of conditions the probe will encounter during its mission.
PIA13936:
Juno Emerges from Thermal-Vac Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-31 Aquarius
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Artist's concept of the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft. Aquarius will take NASA's first space-based measurements of ocean surface salinity.
PIA13971:
Aquarius - SAC-D (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-31 Aquarius
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Technicians lower the cover over the shipping container holding the international Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.
PIA13972:
Aquarius - SAC-D Spacecraft is Prepped for Shipping to California
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, named Curiosity, is about 3 meters (10 feet) long, not counting the additional length that the rover's arm can be extended forward. The front of the rover is on the left in this side view.
PIA13808:
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL, Side View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
Mastcam
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The remote sensing mast on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity holds two science instruments for studying the rover's surroundings and two stereo navigation cameras for use in driving the rover and planning rover activities.
PIA13809:
Top of Mars Rover Curiosity's Remote Sensing Mast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, named Curiosity, is seen here inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Support equipment is holding the rover slightly off the floor.
PIA13980:
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL, View from Front Left Corner
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The arm and the remote sensing mast of the Mars rover Curiosity each carry science instruments and other tools for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. This image shows the arm on the left and the mast just right of center.
PIA13981:
Arm and Mast of NASA Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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After a four-year development effort, the Goddard Space Flight Center delivered NASA's Aquarius radiometer to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for integration with the Aquarius instrument.
PIA14051:
Aquarius Radiometer in Goodard Space Flight Center Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Engineers check cables on back of Aquarius instrument in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14052:
Back of Aquarius Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Engineers test Aquarius 2.5 meter reflector in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14053:
Aquarius Reflector Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Aquarius 2.5 meter reflector is hoisted before being attached to boom in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14054:
Aquarius Reflector Attachment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Aquarius 2.5 meter composite reflector being fitted with gold foil covering in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14055:
Gold Foil on Aquarius Reflector
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Aquarius reflector deployment is tested in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14056:
Aquarius Deployment Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Aquarius instrument, including 2.5 meter reflector, in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14057:
Aquarius at JPL
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Engineers inspect NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D observatory at INVAP facility in Bariloche, Argentina.
PIA14058:
Aquarius/SAC-D at INVAP facility in Bariloche, Argentina
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Completion of the thermal blanket patterns for the Aquarius bipod after routing the flight harness from the SAC-D service platform.
PIA14059:
Thermal Blanket Check
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius instrument, covered in silver foil, is shown attached to the SAC-D satellite bus at INVAP facility.
PIA14060:
Close-up View of Aquarius
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius instrument is lifted upright onto the SAC-D service platform at the INVAP high bay facility in Bariloche, Argentina.
PIA14061:
Aquarius Lifted onto SAC-D Service Platform
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NASA's Aquarius instrument on SAC-D sevice platform in INVAP high bay facility for mechanical integration activities.
PIA14062:
Aquarius Instrument on SAC-D Service Platform
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A 'fit check' of half the sunshade is completed to verify the clearance of NASA's Aquarius ground lug as well as the blanket interface with the service platform top deck.
PIA14063:
Aquarius Sunshade "Fit Check" of Half the Sunshade
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NASA's Aquarius instrument power interfaces are tested prior to connection with the SAC-D service platform at the INVAP facility in Bariloche, Argentina.
PIA14064:
Aquarius Instrument Electrical Interface Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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Dr. Cristina Fernández Kirchner, the President of Argentina, visits INVAP for the inauguration of the new facilities including a tour of the high bay where NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D satellite is being tested and integrated.
PIA14065:
President of Argentina Visits Aquarius/SAC-D
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All NASA's Aquarius electrical interfaces have successfully been connected to the SAC-D service platform (S/P).
PIA14066:
Aquarius Electrical Integration with SAC-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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After months of integration and testing at the INVAP facility (Bariloche, Argentina), NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D is removed from the service platform in preparation for shipping to Brazil.
PIA14067:
Aquarius/SAC-D Removed from Service Platform
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D being prepared for shipment to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research Integration and Testing Lab. At INPE, the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory will undergo its final environmental testing.
PIA14068:
Aquarius/SAC-D Observatory Being Crated for Shipment to Brazil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius Principal Investigator Gary Lagerloef photographed in front of the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite observatory as it is being readied for transportation from Brazil to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for a June 2011 launch.
PIA14069:
Aquarius Principal Investigator with Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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After months of environmental tests at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, INPE), NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D observatory is loaded into a crate for shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
PIA14070:
Aquarius/SAC-D Observatory before Departing Brazil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D observatory is moved into the thermal-vacuum chamber at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.
PIA14071:
Aquarius/SAC-D Observatory in Thermal-vacuum Test Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-19 Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius instrument thermal blanketing is completed and inspected. In addition, all external surfaces of the satellite are cleaned and inspected with white light to uncover any visible debris.
PIA14072:
Aquarius Thermal Blanket Completion and Inspection
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-28 Voyager
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This graphic shows the different streams of charged particles inside the bubble around our sun and outside, in the unexplored territory of interstellar space. The heliosheath, where NASA's two Voyager spacecraft are now traveling, is shown in red.
PIA13898:
Streams of Charged Particles
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)
Mastcam
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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 2011-06-02 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)
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.
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 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 2011-06-21 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 2011-06-24 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 2011-07-19 Juno
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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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