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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 MAVEN
Electra Relay Radio
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This radio hardware, the Electra UHF Transceiver on NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars, is designed to provide communication relay support for robots on the surface of Mars.
PIA17952:
Electra Relay Radio on MAVEN Mission to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 607x456x1
This scanning electron microscope image of a polished thin section of a meteorite from Mars shows tunnels and curved microtunnels.
PIA17953:
Microtunnels in Yamato Meteorite From Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 445x334x3
This scanning electron microscope image shows speroidal features embedded in a layer of iddingsite, a mineral formed by action of water, in a meteorite that came from Mars.
PIA17954:
Spheroidal Features in Yamato Meteorite From Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.
PIA17990:
What WISE Can and Cannot See
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole used a specialized array of superconducting detectors to capture polarized light from billions of years ago. The detector array is shown here, under a microscope.
PIA17993:
Superconducting Detectors for Study of Infant Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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This image shows one of the NASA detectors from the BICEP2 project, developed in collaboration with the NSF. The sensors were used to make the first detection of gravitational waves in the ancient background light from the early universe.
PIA17994:
Detector Suspended in Free Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 BICEP2 Telescope
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This image shows an array of the 512 superconducting detectors used on the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole. The technology was key to detecting the effects of gravitational waves associated with the early epoch of our universe known as inflation.
PIA17995:
Detectors See Gravitational Waves from Dawn of Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-23 MAVEN
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft near Mars.
PIA17487:
MAVEN (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1994-01-25 Clementine
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Artist's conception of the Clementine spacecraft, a joint mission of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative Organization and NASA.
PIA18159:
Clementine Fully Deployed (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-18 LCROSS
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Artist's rendering of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) observing its Centaur upper rocket stage on route to impact the lunar surface in 2009.
PIA18161:
Lunar Impact (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-09 OCO-2
OCO-2
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by JPL.
PIA17800:
OCO-2 in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-02 OCO-2
OCO-2
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Technicians prep NASA's OCO-2 instrument for shipping at Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Ca. Animation available in More Details.
PIA17797:
NASA's OCO-2 Instrument Completes Construction Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-10 Hubble Space Telescope
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The Hubble Space Telescope hovers at the boundary of Earth and space in this picture, taken after Hubble's second servicing mission in 1997.
PIA18165:
Hubble Against Earth's Horizon (1997)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1990-08-10 Magellan
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An artist's concept of the Magellan spacecraft making a radar map of Venus. The spacecraft was commanded to plunge into Venus' atmosphere in 1994 as part of a final experiment to gather atmospheric data.
PIA18175:
Magellan Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-23 Dawn
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Artist rendering of NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaching Mars.
PIA18152:
Artist Rendering of NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Approaching Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-11 Hubble Space Telescope
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This is an artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2003 UB313 (nicknamed 'Xena') and its satellite 'Gabrielle.' Xena is the large object at the bottom of this artist's concept.
PIA17801:
Hubble Finds 'Tenth Planet' is Slightly Larger than Pluto (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-23 OSTM/Jason-2
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An artist's concept of the Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 Earth satellite.
PIA18158:
Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-01-08 Lunar Prospector
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This artist's concept of the Lunar Prospector shows the spacecraft in lunar orbit. Instrument masts are fully deployed.
PIA18162:
Lunar Prospector (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-24 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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Artist's rendering of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO,) above the moon.
PIA18163:
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-05 Chandra X-ray Observatory
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An artist's illustration of the Chandra spacecraft in orbit.
PIA18166:
Chandra Spacecraft in Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-05-08 Aqua
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NASA's Aqua satellite carries six state-of-the-art instruments in a near-polar low-Earth orbit. Aqua is seen in this artist's concept orbiting Earth.
PIA18156:
Aqua Satellite Orbiting Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-11 SDO
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The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft, shown above the Earth as it faces toward the Sun. SDO is designed to study the influence of the Sun on the Earth and the inner solar system by studying the solar atmosphere.
PIA18169:
Solar Dynamics Observatory (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-14 Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
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Artist concept of NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very active Sun.
PIA18171:
NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very Active Sun (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-05 Ulysses
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An artist's impression of Ulysses spacecraft at Jupiter. Ulysses used Jupiter's powerful gravity to hurl it out of the Plane of the Ecliptic (where most planets and satellites orbit) so it could study the polar regions of the Sun.
PIA18173:
Ulysses at Jupiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-01 Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
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An artist's conception of one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft. The two observatories currently lie on either side of the sun, providing views of the entire sun simultaneously.
PIA18172:
Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-26 MESSENGER
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Thomas Morgan Robertson, better known to music fans as Thomas Dolby, has joined Johns Hopkins University as an honorary Homewood Professor of the Arts.
PIA19029:
MESSENGER's Encounter With A Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-21 ACRIMSAT
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Artist's concept of NASA's Active Cavity Radiometer Irradiance Monitor satellite, or ACRIMSAT, was launched in December 1999.
PIA18157:
Active Cavity Irradiance Monitor Satellite (ACRIMSAT) Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-23 1024x768x3
Artist's rendition of the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.
PIA18174:
ACE Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-02 LADEE
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This is an artist's depiction of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory as it approaches lunar orbit.
PIA18160:
LADEE Approaches Lunar Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-10 Aura
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The Aura spacecraft is NASA's atmospheric chemistry mission that is monitoring the Earth's protective atmosphere.
PIA18178:
NASA's Aura Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-15 OCO-2
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The Delta II second stage for NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission, or OCO-2, is lifted to the top of the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex 2 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
PIA18042:
Lifting of NASA's OCO-2's Delta II Launch Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-15 OCO-2
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Workers monitor the Delta II second stage for NASA's OCO-2, as it is lifted into position for mating with the rocket's first stage in the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex 2 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
PIA18043:
Lifting NASA's OCO-2's Delta II Launch Vehicle Second Stage into Position for Mating
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-15 OCO-2
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The Delta II second stage for NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission, or OCO-2, is positioned atop the rocket's first stage in the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex 2 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
PIA18044:
Positioning NASA's OCO-2's Delta II Launch Vehicle Second Stage for Mating
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-15 OCO-2
OCO-2
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The Delta II second stage for NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission, or OCO-2, makes contact with the rocket's first stage in the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex 2 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
PIA18045:
Mating NASA's OCO-2's Delta II Launch Vehicle First and Second Stages
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Kepler
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On March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to find planets around other stars, called exoplanets, in search of potentially habitable worlds.
PIA14446:
Kepler Team Marks Five Years in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-16 LDSD
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NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project, will test an inflatable decelerator and a parachute at high altitudes and speeds over the Pacific Missile Range this June.
PIA18006:
Preparing for a Supersonic Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-16 LDSD
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In this picture, NASA's saucer-shaped experimental flight vehicle is prepared for a Range Compatibility Test at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua'i, Hawaii.
PIA18007:
Hanging Saucer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-16 LDSD
Parachute Deployment Device
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An engineer works on the Parachute Deployment Device of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle in this image taken at the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua'i, Hawaii.
PIA18008:
Prepping the Parachute Deployment Device
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 OCO-2
OCO-2
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This most recent artist's rendering shows NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
PIA18374:
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 OCO-2
OCO-2
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This most recent artist's rendering shows NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
PIA18375:
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-21 LDSD
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A saucer-shaped vehicle (part of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project) designed to test interplanetary landing devices hangs on a tower in preparation for launch at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.
PIA18011:
Before the Drop: Engineers Ready Supersonic Decelerator
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-22 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This infographic explains a popular theory of active supermassive black holes, referred to as the unified model -- and how new data from NASA's WISE, is at conflict with the model.
PIA18013:
Unified, or 'Doughnut,' Theory of Active, Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-28 LDSD
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Engineers unload ground support equipment for a June engineering test flight above Kauai, Hawaii. The test flight is part of NASA's LDSD project, which is investigating cutting-edge landing technologies that could fly on future Mars missions.
PIA18015:
LDSD Test Device Arrives in Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-28 LDSD
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The saucer-shaped test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, packaged in the box shown here, was shipped via plane to the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii on April 17.
PIA18016:
Unloading LDSD Test Device in Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-02 LDSD
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This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions.
PIA18017:
LDSD's Rocket-powered Test Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-02 Kepler
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An artist's conception shows the Kepler-10 system, home to two rocky planets. In the foreground is Kepler-10c, a planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than twice as large in size.
PIA18018:
Kepler-10 System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-06 ISS
OPALS
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This frame from an animated GIF shows Earth's moon moving below NASA's OPALS laser instrument as seen by a robotic camera on the exterior of the International Space Station.
PIA18386:
OPALS and the Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-02 ExoMars
Trace Gas Orbiter
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The European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, being assembled in France for a 2016 launch opportunity, will carry two Electra UHF relay radios provided by NASA.
PIA18397:
Europe's 2016 Mars Orbiter Gets NASA Electra Radio
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-02 ExoMars
ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter
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This June 2014 image from the clean room at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, shows ongoing assembly of the European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, including the first of the orbiter's two Electra UHF relay radios provided by NASA.
PIA18398:
NASA Radio Installed in Europe's Next Mars Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-10 NASA's Flight Opportunities Program
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This artist's concept shows a robot with legs that have microspine grippers, which could potentially explore a rocky surface, such as an asteroid, in microgravity.
PIA18534:
Microspine Grippers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-10 NASA's Flight Opportunities Program
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Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed a tool for grappling non-cooperative objects that incorporates gecko-like adhesives. The adhesives are reusable and can be turned on and off.
PIA18535:
Gecko Adhesives
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-10 NASA's Flight Opportunities Program
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This is a hopping/tumbling robot called 'Hedgehog' that scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will test on a parabolic aircraft flight.
PIA18536:
Hedgehog
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the size of a world outside our solar system, as illustrated in this artist's conception.
PIA18463:
Gauging an Alien World's Size (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 Mars 2020 Rover
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This diagram shows components of the investigations payload for NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission.
PIA18405:
Payload for NASA's Mars 2020 Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 Mars 2020 Rover
Planetary Instrument for X-RAY Lithochemistry (PIXL)
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This diagram depicts the sensor head of the Planetary Instrument for X-RAY Lithochemistry, or PIXL, which has been selected as one of seven investigations for the payload of NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission.
PIA18406:
X-Ray Instrument for Mars 2020 Rover is PIXL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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This illustration depicts the mechanism and conceptual research targets for an instrument named SHERLOC, which has been selected as one of seven investigations for the payload of NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission.
PIA18407:
Ultraviolet Instrument for Mars 2020 Rover is SHERLOC
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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This photo shows the Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) stowed in the SpaceX Dragon trunk on April 22, 2014, two days after docking with the International Space Station.
PIA18658:
OPALS Stowed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) operations team is seen at the Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory ground station during an operations planning retreat on February 13, 2014.
PIA18659:
OPALS Team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) operations team at Kennedy Space Center's Space Launch Complex-40 on April 14, 2014, with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying OPALS in the background.
PIA18660:
OPALS Operations Team At Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is seen in the SpaceX Dragon trunk following second stage separation of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 18, 2014.
PIA18661:
Second Stage Separation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) integration and test team is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to OPALS shipment to Kennedy Space Center.
PIA18662:
OPALS Integration and Test Team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is pictured in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to shipment.
PIA18664:
Spacecraft Assembly Facility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 ISS
OPALS
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NASA's Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) integration and test team is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to OPALS shipment to Kennedy Space Center.
PIA18665:
Integration and Test Team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 5184x3456x3
A Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, unfolds a solar panel array that was designed using the principles of origami.
PIA18654:
Unfolded Solar Array
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 5184x3456x3
Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, and Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, collaborated to construct a prototype of a solar panel array that folds up in the style of origami, to make for easier deployment.
PIA18655:
Power Origami
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 4000x3000x3
A researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, holds a prototype of a solar panel array that folds up in the style of origami.
PIA18666:
Researcher With Solar Array
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-26 CAL
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This sequence of false-color images shows the formation of a Bose-Einstein condensate in the Cold Atom Laboratory prototype at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the temperature gets progressively closer to absolute zero.
PIA18786:
Forming a Bose-Einstein Condensate
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-26 CAL
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Members of the Cold Atom Laboratory team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are seen here with their ground-based testbed, which can reliably create a Bose-Einstein condensate.
PIA18787:
Cold Atom Laboratory Team Displays Ground-Based Testbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-15 SMAP
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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft is slowly lowered into place in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA18828:
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Lowered into Place
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
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Observations from NASA's Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment, or CIBER, have shown a surprising surplus of infrared light filling the spaces between galaxies.
PIA18850:
Measuring the Tip of Cosmic Icebergs
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
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A time-lapse photograph of the CIBER rocket launch, taken from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in 2013. This was the last of four launches of the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER).
PIA18853:
CIBER Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-17 InSight
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Technicians in a Lockheed Martin clean room near Denver prepare NASA's InSight Mars lander for propulsion proof and leak testing on Oct. 31, 2014. Following the test, the lander was moved to another clean room for start of the mission's ATLO phase.
PIA18884:
Work on NASA's InSight Lander Starts New Phase
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram depicts a vertical cross section through geological layers deposited by rivers, deltas and lakes. Deposits from a series of successive deltas build out increasingly high in elevation as they migrate toward the center of the basin.
PIA19073:
Multiple Deltas Built Out Over Time
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-04 InSight
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In the weeks after NASA's InSight mission reaches Mars in September 2016, the lander's arm will lift two science instruments off the deck and place them onto the ground.
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Testing for Instrument Deployment by InSight's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-14 ExoMars
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The European Space Agency's ExoMars 2016 mission, combining the Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli landing demonstrator, launches on a Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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Launch of Europe's ExoMars 2016 from Kazakhstan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Dawn
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Artist's rendition, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
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Hartmann Background
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Dawn
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2007-2012 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
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Dawn 2007-2012 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Dawn
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Dawn cartoon character, part of Dawn's Mission Art series.
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Dawn Cartoon Character
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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The Mars lander that NASA's InSight mission will use for investigating how rocky planets formed and evolved is being assembled by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
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InSight Lander in Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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Spacecraft specialists in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, are working on NASA's InSight spacecraft in this January 2015 scene from the mission's assembly and testing phase.
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InSight Cruise Stage and Lander in Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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In this February 2015 scene from a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, specialists are building the heat shield to protect NASA's InSight spacecraft when it is speeding through the Martian atmosphere.
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Heat Shield Construction for NASA's InSight Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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This parachute testing for NASA's InSight mission to Mars was conducted inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, in February 2015.
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Parachute Testing for NASA's InSight Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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The solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. This configuration is how the spacecraft will look on the surface of Mars. The image was taken on April 30, 2015.
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InSight Lander in Mars-Surface Configuration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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Engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, run a test of deploying the solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander in this April 30, 2015 image.
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Solar-Array Deployment Test for InSight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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In this photo, the back shell of NASA's InSight spacecraft is being lowered onto the mission's lander, which is folded into its stowed configuration.
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Lowering Back Shell onto Stowed InSight Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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Spacecraft specialists at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, are preparing to attach the cruise stage of NASA's InSight spacecraft to the top of the spacecraft's back shell in this April 29, 2015, photo.
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Lowering InSight's Cruise Stage onto Back Shell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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This photo shows the upper side of the cruise stage of NASA's InSight spacecraft as specialists at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, attach it to the spacecraft's back shell. The photo was taken on April 29, 2015.
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Top View of InSight's Cruise Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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In this photo, spacecraft specialists at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, are reaching up to guide lowering of the parachute cone for installation onto NASA's InSight spacecraft. The photo was taken on April 29, 2015.
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Installing the InSight Spacecraft's Parachute Cone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 InSight
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The science deck of NASA's InSight lander is being turned over in this April 29, 2015, photo from InSight assembly and testing operations inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
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Turning the InSight Lander's Science Deck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-12 MarCO
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NASA's two MarCO CubeSats will be flying past Mars in September 2016 just as NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, is descending through the Martian atmosphere and landing on the surface.
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Interplanetary CubeSat for Technology Demonstration at Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-12 MarCO
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO technology demonstration display a full-scale mechanical mock-up of the small craft in development as part of NASA's next mission to Mars.
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Model of Mars-Bound MarCO CubeSat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-12 MarCO
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The full-scale mock-up of NASA's MarCO spacecraft held by Farah Alibay, a systems engineer for the project, is dwarfed by the one-half-scale model of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter behind her.
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Size Contrast for Mars CubeSat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-07 Juno
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This artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft making one of its close passes over Jupiter. Launched in 2011, the Juno spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter in 2016 to study the giant planet from an elliptical, polar orbit.
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Juno's Arrival at Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-09 1000x1250x3
This cartoon shows how magnetic waves, called Alfvén S-waves, propagate outward from the base of black hole jets. The jet is a flow of charged particles, called a plasma, which is launched by a black hole.
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Magnetic Black Hole Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-05 2117x2220x3
This photo simulation shows a laboratory-created 'chemical garden,' which is a chimney-like structure found at bubbling vents on the seafloor. Some researchers think life on Earth might have got its start at structures like these billions of years ago.
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Harnessing Electricity from 'Chemical Gardens'
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A laboratory-created 'chemical garden' made of a combination of black iron sulfide and orange iron hydroxide/oxide is shown in this photo. Chemical gardens are a nickname for chimney-like structures that form at bubbling vents on the seafloor.
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Patchwork 'Chemical Garden'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-18 InSight
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This artist's concept from August 2015 depicts NASA's InSight Mars lander fully deployed for studying the deep interior of Mars.
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Artist's Concept of InSight Lander on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-18 InSight
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In this photo, a spacecraft specialist prepares NASA's InSight spacecraft for thermal vacuum testing in the flight system's 'cruise' configuration for its 2016 flight to Mars.
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Preparing NASA's InSight for Space Simulation Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-18 InSight
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In this photo, NASA's InSight Mars lander is stowed inside the inverted back shell of the spacecraft's protective aeroshell. It was taken July 13, 2015, in a clean room of spacecraft assembly and test facilities at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
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NASA's InSight Lander in Spacecraft's Back Shell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-18 InSight
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The heat shield is suspended above the rest of NASA's InSight spacecraft in this image taken July 13, 2015. The gray cone is the back shell, which together with the heat shield forms a protective aeroshell around the stowed InSight lander.
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InSight Aeroshell Coming Together
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