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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 2012-06-04 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 2012-08-02 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)
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 2012-08-02 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)
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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 2012-08-03 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 2012-08-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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.
PIA15984:
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.
PIA16006:
Curiosity Pre-Launch Mast Test - August 07, 2012 Animation Icon
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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.
PIA16036:
Hitting the Marks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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.
PIA16039:
Landing Accuracy on Mars: A Historical Perspective
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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.
PIA16041:
Guided Tour of Curiosity's Martian Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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)
PIA16055:
President Obama Phones Mars Rover Team
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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.
PIA16078:
Mars Interior (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-20 InSight
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Artist rendition of the InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Lander.
PIA16079:
Artist's Rendition of InSight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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.
PIA16082:
Location of DAN on Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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.
PIA16083:
Laying the Groundwork for Curiosity's DAN
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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.
PIA16084:
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.
PIA16088:
Laser Plasmas on Earth and Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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.'
PIA16089:
Coronation's Chemicals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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.
PIA16106:
Curiosity Speaks and Orbiters Listen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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.
PIA16107:
Curiosity Speaks Volumes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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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.
PIA16100:
Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument, Side Panels Off
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA15875:
NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA15876:
NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA15877:
NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA15878:
NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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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.
PIA16117:
Juno Fires its Main Engine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-17 Juno
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A computer-generated image depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft firing its main engine.
PIA16118:
Juno Main Engine Firing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This false-color engineering drawing shows the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16206:
CHIMRA: Scoops, Sieves and Delivers Samples
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This cutaway view shows the internal chambers of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16207:
Internal Chambers of CHIMRA
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows a test using an engineering model of the soil scoop for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The scoop dips to about 1.4 inches (3.5 centimeters) deep. This test took place at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in 2011.
PIA16203:
Test Scooping for Mars Rover Curiosity Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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A conventional X-ray diffraction instrument (left) is the size of a large refrigerator, in contrast to the compact size of the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover (top right).
PIA16170:
X-ray Diffraction, Big and Small
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This charged couple device (CCD) is part of the CheMin instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. When CheMin directs X-rays at a sample of soil, this imager, which is the size of a postage stamp, detects both the position and energy of each X-ray photon.
PIA16171:
Detector for CheMin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This image shows the cells that hold the soil samples that are vibrated by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16172:
Shake it up, CheMin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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The semi-precious gem peridot is a variety of olivine. NASA's Curiosity rover shows the diffraction signature, or 'fingerprint,' of the mineral olivine, shown here on Earth in the form of tumbled crystals.
PIA16218:
Olivine on Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This picture shows a lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16178:
Shooting Lasers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This graph shows the percentage abundance of five gases in the atmosphere of Mars, as measured by the Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer instrument of the SAM instrument suite onboard Curiosity.
PIA16460:
The Five Most Abundant Gases in the Martian Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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If the atmosphere of Mars contains methane, various possibilities have been proposed for where the methane could come from and how it could disappear.
PIA16461:
Potential Sources and Sinks of Methane on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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New results from the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover detected about 2,000 times as much argon-40 as argon-36, which weighs less, confirming the connection between Mars and Martian meteorites found on Earth.
PIA16462:
Weighing Molecules on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This illustration based on results from Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the locations and interactions of volatiles on Mars.
PIA16463:
Volatiles on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Voyager
Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument
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This graphic shows the NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft and the location of its low-energy charged particle instrument. A labeled close-up of the low-energy charged particle instrument appears as the inset image.
PIA16484:
Location of Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument
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Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument
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This image shows the low-energy charged particle instrument before it was installed on one of NASA's Voyager spacecraft in 1977. The instrument includes a stepper motor that turns the platform on which the sensors are mounted.
PIA16487:
Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 MESSENGER
MLA
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NASA's Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) is shown ranging to Mercury's surface from orbit. In this image, yellow flashes represent near-infrared laser pulses that can reflect off terrain in shadow as well as in sunlight.
PIA16529:
How MLA Works
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MLA
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This frame from an animation from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft depicts the illumination of the topography near Prokofiev crater, showing the small proportion of sunlight that reaches Prokofiev's floor and rim.
PIA16530:
A Solar Day at Prokofiev Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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Camera and robotic-arm maneuvers for taking a self-portrait of the NASA Curiosity rover on Mars were checked first, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., using the main test rover for the Curiosity.
PIA16458:
Self-Portrait of Curiosity's 'Stunt Double'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-20 Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This image shows the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer instrument just before it was attached to NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Cassini launched in 1997 and has been exploring the Saturn system since 2004.
PIA16633:
Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration shows the atmosphere of a brown dwarf called 2MASSJ22282889-431026, which was observed simultaneously by NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes. The results were unexpected, revealing offset layers of material.
PIA16608:
Anatomy of Brown Dwarf's Atmosphere (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this diagram, the Vega system, which was already known to have a cooler outer belt of comets (orange), is compared to our solar system with its asteroid and Kuiper belts. The ring of warm, rocky debris was detected using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope,
PIA16611:
Vega: Two Belts and the Possibility of Planets
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Spitzer Space Telescope
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This graph shows the brightness variations of the brown dwarf named 2MASSJ22282889-431026 measured simultaneously by both NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA16612:
Probing Brown Dwarf Layers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-07 Kepler
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Kepler data has increased by 20 percent and now totals 2,740 potential planets orbiting 2,036 stars; dramatic increases are seen in the number of Earth-size and super Earth-size candidates discovered.
PIA16607:
Size of Kepler Planet Candidates
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-16 3648x2736x3
A team of scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is testing whether organic molecules can be brewed in a simulated ocean vent. Pictured here is Lauren White, a member of the NASA Astrobiology Icy Worlds team.
PIA16636:
Simulating a Submarine Hydrothermal Vent
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The NASA Astrobiology Icy Worlds team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are collecting samples from a simulated ocean vent to see if they can detect organic molecules being brewed.
PIA16637:
Does this Vial Contain Organics?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-30 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's illustration shows a planetary disk (left) that weighs the equivalent of 50 Jupiter-mass planets. It demonstrates a first-of-its-kind feat from astronomers using the Herschel space observatory.
PIA16683:
Weighing Planetary Disks (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-12 Euclid
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ESA's Euclid spacecraft, shown in this artist's impression, is scheduled to launch in 2020 with participation from NASA.
PIA16692:
Euclid in Space (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from an animation depicts NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilling a hole to collect a rock-powder sample at a target site called 'John Klein.'
PIA16821:
Simulation of Curiosity Rover Drilling into Martian Bedrock Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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This chart depicts the electromagnetic spectrum, highlighting the X-ray portion. NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescope complement each other by seeing different colors of X-ray light.
PIA16698:
Complementary X-Ray Vision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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NASA's NuSTAR, has helped to show that the spin rates of black holes can be measured conclusively. The solid lines show two theoretical models that explain low-energy X-ray emission seen previously from the spiral galaxy NGC 1365 by XMM-Newton.
PIA16870:
Two X-Ray Observatories are Better Than One
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-11 Juno
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This artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft above the north pole of Jupiter.
PIA16869:
Juno Above Jupiter's Pole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A sampling pit exposing clay-bearing lake sediments, deposited in a basaltic basin in southern Australia -- a modern terrestrial analog to the 'Yellowknife Bay' area that NASA's Curiosity rover is exploring.
PIA16831:
An Earth Analog to Mars' Yellowknife Bay
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This detailed map of the oldest light in our universe allowed scientists to take the most precise inventory of the universe's ingredients to date.
PIA16878:
Refining the Ingredients of Our Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This graph shows the temperature differences in the oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, detected by ESA's Planck at different distances apart on the sky.
PIA16879:
The Universe, Summed Up in a Squiggly Line
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-03 3648x2736x3
In a laboratory experiment at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., scientists simulate the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. In this picture, molecules of dicyanoacetylene are seen on a special film on a sapphire window.
PIA16843:
Simulating Titan-Like Smog
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-15 NEOCam
NEOCam Sensor
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The NEOCam chip is the first megapixel sensor capable of detecting infrared wavelengths at temperatures achievable in deep space without refrigerators or cryogens.
PIA16955:
NEOCam Sensor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-15 NEOCam
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The NEOCam sensor (right) is the lynchpin for the proposed Near Earth Object Camera, or NEOCam, space mission (left).
PIA16956:
NEOCam's Electronic Eye for Asteroid Hunting (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this image, an artistic version of a hot Jupiter inspired by computer simulations has been inserted into a photo showing a Spitzer researcher, Heather Knutson, in a laboratory.
PIA17008:
An Astronomer's Fantasy: Planets in the Lab
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-16 900x1518x3
This chart illustrates comparisons among the distances driven by various wheeled vehicles on the surface of Earth's moon and Mars. Of the vehicles shown, the NASA Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity are still active.
PIA16934:
Out-of-this-World Records
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-23 Jason-3
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JPL technicians perform a practice run of the mechanical integration sequence that will be used to mate the Jason-3 spacecraft's Advanced Microwave Radiometer instrument to the Jason-3 satellite.
PIA14438:
Integration Test of Jason-3 Advanced Microwave Radiometer Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-06 Kepler
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Researchers using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope have shown that migrating planets stop their inward journey before reaching their stars, as illustrated in this artist's concept.
PIA17242:
On the Road Toward a Star, Planets Halt Their Migration (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-03 RoboSimian
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This artist's concept depicts RoboSimian, a disaster-relief and -mitigation robot, grasping the rung of a ladder. RoboSimian is an ape-like robot designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA17300:
RoboSimian to the Rescue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-03 Voyager
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As NASA's two Voyager spacecraft travel out into deep space, they carry a small American flag and a Golden Record packed with pictures and sounds -- mementos of our home planet.
PIA17035:
Mementos of Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-03 Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft against a field of stars in the darkness of space as they travel farther away from Earth, on a journey to interstellar space, and will eventually circle around the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA17036:
Voyager the Explorer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Rover
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Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on existing design and engineering, but with new science instruments selected through competition for accomplishing different science objectives.
PIA17273:
Artist's Concept of Mars 2020 Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Rover
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Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on existing design and engineering, but with new science instruments selected through competition for accomplishing different science objectives.
PIA17274:
Artist's Concept of Mars 2020 Rover, Annotated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Rover
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This picture shows one prototype for hardware to cache samples of cores drilled from Martian rocks for possible future return to Earth; a major objective for NASA's Mars 2020 rover.
PIA17277:
Creating a Returnable Cache of Martian Samples
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-11 RoboSimian
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This photograph shows RoboSimian, a disaster-relief and -mitigation robot, under construction in a lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA17301:
RoboSimian Under Construction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-12 1280x720x3
This image shows the dust density and the growth of structure in a simulated disk, which extends about 100 times farther from its star than Earth's orbit around the sun.
PIA17249:
Disk Patterns Form Without Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-07 550x474x3
This graphic shows a possible robotic lander for a future mission to Jupiter's moon Europa.
PIA17042:
A Possible Lander with Tools for Europa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-12 2495x1424x3
A Xombie technology demonstrator from Masten Space Systems, Mojave, Calif., ascends from its pad at Mojave Air and Space Port on a test for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The vehicle is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing experimental rocket.
PIA17086:
Masten Xombie for Testing of JPL Spacecraft-Landing Algorithm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows the NASA's WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth. In September of 2013, engineers will attempt to bring the mission out of hibernation to hunt for more asteroids and comets in a project called NEOWISE.
PIA17254:
NEOWISE: Back to Hunt More Asteroids (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-26 InSight
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This artist's concept depicts the stationary NASA Mars lander known by the acronym InSight at work studying the interior of Mars. InSight is scheduled to launch in March 2016.
PIA17358:
Artist's Concept of InSight Lander on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-19 Voyager
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This photograph from Sept. 5, 1977, shows the launch of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
PIA17464:
Voyager 1 Launch (1977)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope surrounded by examples of exoplanets the telescope has examined in over its ten years in space.
PIA17444:
Spitzer Trains Its Eyes on Exoplanets (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The center of the Milky Way galaxy imaged by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is displayed on a quarter-of-a-billion-pixel, high-definition 23-foot-wide (7-meter) LCD science visualization screen at NASA's Ames Research Center.
PIA17446:
Big Data on the Big Screen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-21 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's impression shows how photons from the early universe are deflected by the gravitational lensing effect of massive cosmic structures as they travel across the universe.
PIA17448:
Ancient Light Deflected
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-23 Planck
Planck Telescope
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The oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, as observed by the Planck space telescope is shown in the oval sky map. An artist's concept of Planck is next to the map.
PIA17449:
Planck and the Cosmic Microwave Background (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-23 Juno
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This artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft during its Earth flyby gravity assist on Oct. 9, 2013. On Earth below, the southern Atlantic Ocean is visible, along with the coast of Argentina.
PIA17516:
Juno's Earth Flyby (Artist's Rendering)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 533x399x3
A microbiologist collects a swab sample from the floor of a spacecraft assembly clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where samples such as this are taken frequently during the assembly of a spacecraft and analyzed.
PIA17368:
Looking for Microbes in a Spacecraft Assembly Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 637x502x3
This microscopic image shows dozens of individual bacterial cells of the recently discovered species, Tersicoccus phoenicis, found in only two places: clean rooms in Florida and South America where spacecraft are assembled for launch.
PIA17369:
Novel Bacterial Genus Found Only in Spacecraft Assembly Clean Rooms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-14 RoboSimian
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Known as 'Clyde,' RoboSimian is an an ape-like robot designed and built at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Ca. The robot is four-footed but can also stand on two feet. It has four general-purpose limbs and hands capable of mobility and manipulation.
PIA17302:
Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots! Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-22 SMAP
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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will produce high-resolution global maps of soil moisture to track water availability around our planet and guide policy decisions.
PIA17898:
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Rosetta
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NASA has provided part of the electronics package for an instrument called the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer, which is part of the Swiss-built Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument.
PIA17665:
Electronics for a Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-30 CAL
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Artist's concept of a magneto-optical trap and atom chip to be used by NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) aboard the International Space Station.
PIA17794:
NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) Chip (Artist's Concept)
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