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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-06-27 NEO Surveyor
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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, on June 7, 2024, clean room technicians use a crane to lift the lid of the Medium Articulating Transportation System (MATS) that will be used for the components for NASA's NEO Surveyor mission.
PIA26382:
Lifting the Lid: NEO Surveyor's Medium Articulating Assembly Dolly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-06-27 NEO Surveyor
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A truck arrives at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on June 3, 2024, to deliver the Medium Articulating Transportation System (MATS), which will be used during the construction and transportation of components for NASA's NEO Surveyor mission.
PIA26381:
NEO Surveyor's Transportation System Arrives at JPL's High Bay 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-29 Farside Seismic Suite (FSS)
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In a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in March 2024, engineers and technicians pose with the agency's Farside Seismic Suite while the payload is readied for testing.
PIA26342:
FSS team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-29 Farside Seismic Suite (FSS)
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In a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in March 2024, technician Nik Schwarz prepares the agency's Farside Seismic Suite (FSS) for testing.
PIA26341:
Getting Farside Seismic Suite Ready for Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-29 Farside Seismic Suite (FSS)
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Seen here in November 2023, Farside Seismic Suite's inner cube houses the NASA payload's battery and two seismometers. The gold, puck-shaped device holds the Short Period sensor, while the silver enclosure contains the Very Broadband seismometer.
PIA26300:
Farside Seismic Suite's Cube Within a Cube
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-29 Farside Seismic Suite (FSS)
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NASA's Farside Seismic Suite undergoes work in a JPL clean room in March, 2024. The instrument's two seismometers are packaged in a cube-within-a-cube structure. The shiny blanket is an outer insulating layer; the single solar panel provides power.
PIA26299:
Farside Seismic Suite Before Testing at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-29 Farside Seismic Suite (FSS)
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JPL engineers and technicians prepare NASA's Farside Seismic Suite for testing in simulated lunar gravity. The payload will gather the agency's first-ever seismic measurements from the far side of the Moon.
PIA26298:
Farside Seismic Suite Prepared for Testing in JPL Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-21 Earth Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment (PREFIRE)
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One of the two shoebox-size CubeSats that make up NASA's PREFIRE mission sits on a table at Blue Canyon Technologies. The company built the satellite bus and integrated the JPL-provided thermal infrared spectrometer instrument.
PIA26186:
PREFIRE CubeSat Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-21 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Coronagraph
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This graphic shows a test of the Roman Coronagraph Instrument. At left, starlight leaks into the field of view when fixed components are used. The middle and right images show more starlight being removed as moveable components are engaged.
PIA26279:
Roman Coronagraph Digging the Dark Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-21 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Coronagraph
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Team members at JPL said farewell to the Roman Coronagraph Instrument on May 17, 2024, by signing their names to a flag on the outside of the shipping container that carried the instrument to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
PIA26278:
Coronagraph Team Signs Flag Farewell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-21 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Coronagraph
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At JPL on May 17, 2024, members of the Roman Coronagraph Instrument team use a crane to lift the top portion of the shipping container that the instrument was stored in for its journey to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
PIA26277:
Coronagraph Prepared for Shipping
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-15 Earth Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment (PREFIRE)
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This artist's concept depicts one of two PREFIRE CubeSats in orbit around Earth. The NASA mission will measure the amount of far-infrared radiation the planet's polar regions shed to space.
PIA26185:
PREFIRE CubeSat in Earth Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-13 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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This animated artist's concept depicts three small rovers – part of NASA's CADRE technology demonstration headed for the Moon – driving together on the lunar surface.
PIA26296:
CADRE Rovers Explore the Moon Together (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-01 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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One of three small rovers bound for the Moon took an autonomous test drive in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in December 2023.
PIA26297:
NASA's CADRE Rover Takes an Autonomous Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-27 Europa Europa Clipper
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NASA's Europa Clipper is seen being lifted into the Space Simulator at JPL in February, 2024. Thermal vacuum testing, which lasted 16 days, ensures that the spacecraft will withstand the harsh conditions of space.
PIA26065:
Europa Clipper Rolls Into Thermal Vacuum Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-27 Europa Europa Clipper
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Europa Clipper is seen in the 85-Foot Space Simulator at JPL in February, 2024, before the start of thermal vacuum testing. A battery of tests ensures that the NASA spacecraft can withstand the extreme hot, cold, and airless environment of space.
PIA26064:
Europa Clipper Prepares for Test in Space Simulator
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-08 Europa Europa Clipper
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The art on this side of the plate features waveforms that are visual representations of the sound waves formed by the word water in 103 languages. At center is a symbol representing the American Sign Language sign for water.
PIA26063:
Europa Clipper's 'Water Words'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-08 Europa Europa Clipper
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A commemorative plate mounted on NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft features U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón's handwritten In Praise of Mystery: A Poem for Europa. It will be affixed with a silicon microchip stenciled with names submitted by the public.
PIA26062:
Europa Clipper's 'Golden Record'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-07 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Members of NASA's CADRE technology demonstration team pose with two full-scale development model rovers in the Mars Yard at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in January 2024.
PIA26170:
CADRE Team in the Mars Yard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-07 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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With its solar panels open, a small rover that is bound for the Moon sits in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California on Jan. 26, 2024.
PIA26169:
Completed CADRE Rover in the Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-07 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Two full-scale development model rovers are tested in JPL's Mars Yard in August 2023 as part of NASA's CADRE tech demo. These tests confirmed the project's hardware and software can work together to accomplish key goals.
PIA26168:
CADRE Test Rovers in the Mars Yard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-07 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Clamped to a shaker table, one of NASA's CADRE rovers gets shaken vigorously during a test in November 2023.
PIA26167:
CADRE Rover Gets a Big Shake
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-07 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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A CADRE rover is prepared for electromagnetic interference and compatibility testing in a special chamber at JPL in November 2023.
PIA26166:
CADRE Rover Undergoes Electromagnetic Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-07 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Members of the CADRE assembly, test, launch, and operations team pose with completed hardware in a clean room at JPL in late January, 2024.
PIA26165:
CADRE ATLO Team Presents Completed Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-07 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Part of NASA's CADRE technology demonstration, three small rovers show off their ability to drive as a team autonomously during a test in a clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in December 2023.
PIA26164:
NASA's CADRE Rovers Take First Autonomous Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-02-20 NISAR
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This artist's concept depicts NISAR in orbit over central and Northern California.
PIA26285:
NISAR Satellite in Earth Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-31 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Coronagraph
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The Roman Coronagraph was peppered with radio waves to test its response to stray electrical signals. The test was performed inside a chamber lined with foam padding that absorbs the radio waves to prevent them from bouncing off the walls.
PIA26273:
Roman Coronagraph Undergoes Electromagnetic Interference Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-31 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Coronagraph
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JPL scientist Vanessa Bailey stands behind the Nancy Grace Roman Coronagraph, which has been undergoing testing at JPL. The Coronagraph is designed to block starlight and allow scientists to see the faint light from planets outside our solar system.
PIA26272:
Roman Coronagraph on View in a JPL Clean Room
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-30 Europa Europa Clipper
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NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft is seen in the main clean room of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California on Jan. 19, 2024.
PIA26061:
Europa Clipper With Instruments Aboard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-17 Europa Europa Lander
Landing System
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Engineer Matthew Cameron-Hooper performs a checkout on some systems of the Europa Lander landing gear testbed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California on May 27, 2022.
PIA26200:
System Checkouts on Testbed for Europa Lander Landing Gear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-17 Europa Europa Lander
Landing System
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Engineers test the mechanical landing system for the proposed Europa Lander project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sept. 15, 2022.
PIA26199:
Testing a Landing Gear for Potential Future Landing on Europa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-17 Europa Europa Lander
Landing System
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory prepare flight-like landing gear in the Europa Lander landing gear testbed in summer 2022.
PIA26198:
Engineers Prepare Europa Lander Landing Gear for Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-21 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Engineers tested the system that will lower three small rovers onto the lunar surface when NASA's CADRE technology demonstration arrives at the Moon aboard a lunar lander.
PIA26163:
Testing the Deployer System for NASA's CADRE Project
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-20 Moon Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm)
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Engineers and technicians prepare NASA's COLDArm robotic arm system for testing in a thermal vacuum chamber at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in November 2023.
PIA26162:
NASA's COLDArm in Thermal Vacuum Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-18 Psyche
Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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This image shows an annotated screenshot from the first ultra-HD video streamed from deep space via a laser. NASA's DSOC experiment aboard the Psyche spacecraft sent the 15-second video back to Earth on Dec. 11, 2023.
PIA26146:
Explaining the First Ultra-HD Video Sent From Deep Space via Laser
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-13 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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This artist's concept depicts a small rover – part of NASA's CADRE (Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration) technology demonstration headed for the Moon – on the lunar surface.
PIA26161:
CADRE Rover on the Moon (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-30 SunRISE
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The six satellites that make up NASA's SunRISE mission are each only about the size of a cereal box, flanked by small solar panels. SmallSats will work together to effectively create a much larger radio antenna in space.
PIA25789:
Completed SunRISE SmallSats Pictured Together
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-22 Mars Helicopter
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A dual rotor system for the next generation of Mars helicopters is tested in the 25-Foot Space Simulator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sept.15, 2023.
PIA26079:
Testing Next-Generation Mars Helicopter Rotors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-16 Psyche
Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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The downlink laser signal for NASA's Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration is detected at the Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Table Mountain Facility near Wrightwood, California,
PIA26142:
Confirmation of DSOC 'First Light' at JPL's Table Mountain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-15 Europa Europa Lander
Landing System
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On Aug. 17 and 18, 2023, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California tested the landing system for a proposed future mission that would touch down on Jupiter's icy moon Europa.
PIA26010:
Testing Hardware for Potential Future Landing on Europa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-14 NISAR
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The NISAR satellite stayed in this ISRO antenna testing facility for 20 days in September as engineers evaluated the performance of its L- and S-band radar antennas.
PIA26115:
NISAR Completes Trial in ISRO's Compact Antenna Test Facility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-14 NISAR
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The NISAR satellite enters the thermal vacuum chamber at an ISRO facility in Bengaluru on Oct. 19, 2023.
PIA26114:
NISAR Passes Thermal Vacuum Test in Indian Spacecraft Facility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-09 SPHEREx
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NASA's SPHEREx will use these filters to conduct spectroscopy, a technique that scientists can use to study the composition of an object. Each filter has multiple segments that block all but one specific wavelength of infrared light.
PIA25788:
SPHEREx Detector Filters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-09 SPHEREx
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The telescope for NASA's SPHEREx mission undergoes testing at JPL. It is tilted on its base so it can see as much of the sky as possible while remaining within the protection of three concentric cones that protect the telescope from light and heat.
PIA25787:
SPHEREx Telescope at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-09 SPHEREx
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Amelia Quan, mechanical integration lead for NASA's SPHEREx mission, is seen with a V-groove radiator, a piece of hardware that will help keep the space telescope cold.
PIA25786:
SPHEREx V-Groove Radiator
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-09 SPHEREx
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Part of one of the protective photon shields for NASA's SPHEREx telescope are shown here being assembled at Applied Aerospace Structures in Stockton, California.
PIA25785:
SPHEREx Photon Shields Assembled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-09 SPHEREx
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Sara Susca, deputy payload manager and payload systems engineer for NASA's SPHEREx mission, looks up at one of the spacecraft's photon shields. These concentric cones protect the telescope from light and heat from the Sun and the Earth.
PIA25784:
SPHEREx Outer Photon Shield
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-27 Earth NISAR
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NISAR will track wetland flooding to study how these carbon-rich ecosystems are reacting to climate change. It will generate images like this one from an airborne radar that flew over Peru in 2013.
PIA26112:
Radar Image of Amazonian Flooding Similar to Future NISAR Imagery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-27 Earth NISAR
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This composite uses data from two Japanese L-band SAR missions to reveal land-cover change in Brazil's Xingu River basin between 1996 and 2007.
PIA26111:
Composite of Brazil's 'Arc of Deforestation' Shows Imagery NISAR Will Produce
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-26 Mars 2852x1169x3
These Mars global maps show the likely distribution of water ice buried within the upper 3 feet (1 meter) of the planet's surface and represent the latest data from the SWIM project.
PIA26046:
Distribution of Buried Ice on Mars
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The blue areas on this map of Mars are regions where NASA missions have detected subsurface water ice. Scientists can use the map to decide where the first astronauts to set foot on the Red Planet should land.
PIA26045:
SWIM Map Shows Subsurface Water Ice on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-24 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Engineers prepare a small rover – part of NASA's CADRE technology demonstration – for testing in the thermal vacuum chamber behind them at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in October 2023.
PIA25670:
CADRE Team Preps Flight Model for Thermal Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-24 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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An engineer prepares a small rover – part of NASA's CADRE technology demonstration – for testing in a thermal vacuum chamber at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in October 2023.
PIA25669:
CADRE Rover Getting Prepped for Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-24 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians are seen closing the vault of NASA's Europa Clipper in the main clean room of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at JPL on Oct. 7, 2023. The vault will protect the electronics of the spacecraft as it orbits Jupiter.
PIA25959:
Closing of the Europa Clipper Vault
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-04 Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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Shown here is an identical copy of the DSOC, superconducting nanowire single-photon detector that is coupled to the 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope located at Caltech's Palomar Observatory in San Diego County, California.
PIA26141:
DSOC's Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detector
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-04 Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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Shown here is a prototype of the Deep Space Optical Communications, or DSOC, ground receiver detector built by the Microdevices Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25840:
DSOC's Downlink Detector Prototype
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-14 Carbon Mapper
Carbon Mapper Imaging Spectrometer
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Methane is contained in a glowing cylinder during a September 2023 test conducted by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California of a state-of-the-art imaging spectrometer.
PIA26097:
Imaging Spectrometer Methane Test Setup
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-14 Carbon Mapper
Carbon Mapper Imaging Spectrometer
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The data captured here is one of the outputs of a September 2023 test conducted at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory of a state-of-the-art imaging spectrometer instrument, which will measure the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide from space.
PIA26096:
Imaging Spectrometer Instrument's Data Shows Methane Intensity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-14 Carbon Mapper
Carbon Mapper Imaging Spectrometer
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A technician slides the imaging spectrometer into a thermal vacuum test chamber at JPL in July 2023. Engineers use the chamber to subject the spectrometer to the extreme temperatures it will encounter in the vacuum of space.
PIA26098:
Imaging Spectrometer Inside Thermal Vacuum Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-14 Carbon Mapper
Carbon Mapper Imaging Spectrometer
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This spectral fingerprint of methane was produced from data taken during a test of the imaging spectrometer at JPL. The instrument measures hundreds of wavelengths of light reflected by Earth's surface and absorbed by gases in the atmosphere.
PIA26095:
Methane Signal From Carbon Mapper Instrument Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-14 Carbon Mapper
Carbon Mapper Imaging Spectrometer
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An engineer prepares the imaging spectrometer instrument for testing in a thermal vacuum chamber at JPL. The instrument will be part of an effort led by the nonprofit Carbon Mapper organization to collect data on greenhouse gas point-source emissions.
PIA26094:
Imaging Spectrometer Vacuum Chamber Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-14 Carbon Mapper
Carbon Mapper Imaging Spectrometer
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Engineers prepare the imaging spectrometer – part of an effort led by the nonprofit Carbon Mapper to monitor greenhouse gas emissions – for vibration testing at JPL.
PIA26093:
Imaging Spectrometer Vibration Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-14 Carbon Mapper
Carbon Mapper Imaging Spectrometer
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The imaging spectrometer sits at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in August 2023, before shipment to Planet Labs PBC in San Francisco. The instrument will be integrated into a Tanager satellite over the next several months.
PIA26092:
Imaging Spectrometer Fully Integrated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-01 Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft will gather science at the asteroid Psyche at four orbit altitudes, as depicted in this graphic. It has been updated to reflect an October 2023 launch.
PIA26102:
Psyche Orbital Operations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-01 Psyche
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This graphic shows the expected timeline of milestones immediately following liftoff for NASA's Psyche spacecraft if Psyche launches at the beginning of its launch period on Oct. 5, 2023.
PIA26101:
Psyche Launch Ascent Timeline
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-01 Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft takes a spiral path to the asteroid Psyche, as depicted in this graphic that shows the path from above the plane of the planets, labeled with key milestones of the prime mission.
PIA24930:
Psyche's Mission Plan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-28 Asteroid Psyche
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Psyche undergoes vibration testing at JPL in March 2022 to ensure the spacecraft can withstand the jostling of launch.
PIA25139:
Psyche Undergoes Vibration Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-28 Asteroid Psyche
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft with its large solar arrays fully deployed and one of its four Hall-effect thrusters firing (visible via its blue glow) atop the spacecraft's body.
PIA25138:
Psyche Spacecraft en Route to the Asteroid Belt (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-24 Carbon Mapper Coalition
Carbon Mapper Imaging Spectrometer
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in April 2023 examine the imaging spectrometer that will ride aboard the first of two satellites to be launched by the Carbon Mapper Coalition.
PIA25869:
JPL Engineers Work on Carbon Mapper Imaging Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-16 Lunar Trailblazer
Lunar Thermal Mapper (LTM)
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NASA's Lunar Trailblazer sits in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado, shortly after being integrated with its second and final science instrument, the Lunar Thermal Mapper.
PIA25837:
Lunar Trailblazer Spacecraft Nears Completion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-16 Lunar Trailblazer
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NASA's Lunar Trailblazer is shown here during thermal vacuum chamber (TVAC) testing at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado, in June 2023.
PIA25836:
NASA's Lunar Trailblazer Gets a Taste of Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-15 Europa Europa Clipper
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NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft boasts its new 10-foot (3-meter) high-gain antenna, after its Aug. 14, 2023 installation, in High Bay 1 of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA25958:
Powerful Antenna Installed On Europa Clipper
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-15 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians install Europa Clipper's high-gain antenna in the main clean room at JPL.
PIA25957:
Europa Clipper's High-Gain Antenna Installed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-15 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians use a crane to lift a 10-foot (3-meter) high-gain antenna as they prepare to install it on NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft. The orbiter is being assembled in preparation for its launch in October 2024.
PIA25956:
Europa Clipper Gets Its High-Gain On
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-14 Earth Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment (PREFIRE)
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The PREFIRE mission will send two CubeSats – shown as an artist's concept against an image of Earth from orbit – into space to study how much heat the planet absorbs and emits from its polar regions, including the Arctic and Antarctica.
PIA25778:
PREFIRE Satellite Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-10 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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JPL engineer Patrick DeGrosse reviews data from a drop test of a full-size lander footpad with a group of fellow engineers.
PIA25826:
Going Over the Footpad Test Data
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-10 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This setup is being used at JPL to test a 16-inch-diameter (40-centimeter-diameter) footpad for a future Mars lander.
PIA25824:
A Full-Size Footpad Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-10 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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Morgan Montalvo, another JPL engineer, sets guardrails on the floor below the prototype in a test of a scenario where the lander would stub a toe against a rock while touching down on Mars.
PIA25823:
Setting Guardrails for Mars Lander Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-10 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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Engineer Abel Dizon explains how drop tests are conducted for a prototype lander being designed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the Mars Sample Return campaign.
PIA25822:
Testing a Prototype Mars Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-03 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This artist's concept shows Mars Sample Return Earth Entry System. The vehicle would bring curated Martian samples collected by NASA's Perseverance Rover on the final leg of their journey from Mars to Earth.
PIA25986:
Artist's Concept of the Earth Entry System for Mars Sample Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-03 Asteroid Psyche
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Team members prepare to integrate one of two solar arrays on NASA's Psyche spacecraft inside the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 24, 2023.
PIA25955:
Preparing for Psyche's Array Test Deployment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-03 Asteroid Psyche
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Technicians begin to retract one of the two solar arrays attached to NASA's Psyche spacecraft. This photo was taken on July 25, 2023.
PIA25954:
NASA's Psyche: Solar Arrays Stowed for Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-02 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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A CADRE test rover appears to catch the attention of the much larger engineering model of NASA's Perseverance rover, called OPTIMISM, at JPL's Mars Yard.
PIA25668:
Test Rovers Big and Small at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-02 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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A model rover drives over a rock during a test for NASA's CADRE project in JPL's Mars Yard in June, 2023.
PIA25667:
CADRE Mini Rover Drives Over a Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-02 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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A pair of plastic prototypes of the CADRE rovers demonstrate driving in formation during a test at JPL in 2022.
PIA25666:
CADRE Rover Prototypes Drive in Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-02 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Engineer Kristopher Sherrill observes a development model rover during a test for NASA's CADRE technology demonstration in JPL's Mars Yard in June, 2023.
PIA25665:
CADRE Rover Testing in JPL's Mars Yard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-31 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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A development motor based on the second-stage solid rocket motor design for NASA's Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) undergoes testing March 29, at Northrop Grumman's facility in Elkton, Maryland.
PIA25967:
Mars Ascent Vehicle Second Stage Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-18 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on June 26, 2023, at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
PIA25953:
Home Stretch to Launch for Psyche
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-18 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on June 26, 2023, at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
PIA25952:
Psyche Ramping up to Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-13 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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A team of engineers and technicians from ISRO and NASA pose in June at ISRO's U R Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru, India, after working together to combine the two main components of the NISAR satellite.
PIA25867:
U.S.-Indian Team Collaborates to Assemble Main Components of NISAR
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-13 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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A crane is used to align NISAR's radar instrument payload, seen partially wrapped in gold-colored thermal blanketing, with the satellite's spacecraft bus, which is inside blue blanketing, in an ISRO clean room in Bengaluru, India, in June, 2023.
PIA25866:
NISAR Satellite's Major Components Come Together
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-13 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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Engineers joined the two main components of NISAR in an ISRO clean room in Bengaluru, India, in June, 2023. The payload arrived from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in March, 2023, while the bus was built at the ISRO facility.
PIA25865:
Main Components of NISAR Satellite Joined
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-01 Euclid
Near Infrared Spectrometer and Photometer (NISP)
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The ESA Euclid telescope is shown in a clean room before launch. Black solar panels line the right side of the spacecraft. The telescope will view the cosmos through the top of the white cylinder that sits above the spacecraft's instruments.
PIA25783:
Euclid Spacecraft in Cleanroom
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-26 Lunar Trailblazer
Lunar Thermal Mapper (LTM)
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Seen here before being shipped from the U.K. to the U.S., the Lunar Thermal Mapper (LTM) is one of two instruments that will be carried by NASA's Lunar Trailblazer.
PIA25831:
Lunar Trailblazer's Thermal Mapper Has Arrived at Lockheed Martin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-26 Voyager
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Each of NASA's Voyager probes are equipped with three radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs), including the one shown here. The RTGs provide power for the spacecraft by converting the heat generated by the decay of plutonium-238 into electricity.
PIA25782:
Voyager's RTG
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-20 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows the proposed Capture, Containment, and Return System, a NASA payload on the European Space Agency's Earth Return Orbiter.
PIA25860:
Illustration of the Capture, Containment, and Return System for Mars Sample Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-12 VERITAS
VISAR
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Seen here are members of the international team that participated in recent tests on prototype hardware for the VISAR instrument at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. VISAR is being developed at JPL for NASA's VERITAS mission that will explore Venus.
PIA25833:
International Collaboration for Early VERITAS Prototype Hardware Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-12 VERITAS
VISAR
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Seen here in March 2023, prototype hardware for the VISAR instrument underwent interface testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. VISAR is being developed at JPL for NASA's VERITAS mission that will launch within a decade to explore Venus.
PIA25832:
First Tests for the VERITAS' Venus Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-06 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This artist's concept shows the proposed Capture, Containment, and Return System, a NASA payload on the European Space Agency's Earth Return Orbiter.
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Artist's concept of the Capture, Containment, and Return System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-06 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows the Earth Return Orbiter (ERO), one of the flight missions making up the Mars Sample Return campaign to bring martian rock and atmospheric samples back to Earth.
PIA25893:
Artist's Concept of Earth Return Orbiter Releasing Capsule containing Martian Samples
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