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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-17 Mars 2020 Rover
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Updated with new features, the twin of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover arrives at JPL's Mars Yard garage on October 29, 2021.
PIA24528:
Improved OPTIMISM
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-17 Mars 2020 Rover
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OPTIMISM faces a doorway of JPL's Mars Yard garage shortly after arriving there on October 29, 2021.
PIA24527:
OPTIMISM Ready for Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-17 Mars 2020 Rover
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On October 29, 2021, a heavy-duty vehicle transports the Perseverance rover's engineering model, called OPTIMISM, from a test lab to the Mars Yard garage at JPL.
PIA24526:
Heavy-Duty OPTIMISM
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-17 Mars 2020 Rover
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Engineering models of the Curiosity Mars rover (foreground) and the Perseverance Mars rover share space in the garage at JPL's Mars Yard.
PIA24525:
Twin Rover Twins
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-03 COWVR
Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR)
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The COWVR instrument (center, wrapped in gold foil) in JPL's Environmental Test Laboratory during vibration testing.
PIA24981:
COWVR Vibration Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-18 Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover carries two commercial-grade microphones, including this one on its chassis.
PIA24933:
Perseverance's Body Microphone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-18 Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover carries two commercial-grade microphones, including this one on its mast. The mast microphone is part of the SuperCam instrument.
PIA24932:
Perseverance's Mast Microphone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-18 Mars 2020 Rover
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This illustration of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover indicates the location of its two microphones.
PIA24931:
Illustration: Perseverance's Microphones
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-13 NISAR
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S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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Part of the NISAR satellite rests in a thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in August 2020. The Earth satellite will track subtle changes in the planet's surface as small as 0.4 inches.
PIA24539:
NISAR Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This photo shows Psyche's multispectral imager, in the process of assembly and testing on September 13, 2021, at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, California.
PIA24894:
Psyche's Imager in Progress
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Magnetometer
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California integrate the magnetometer instrument into the agency's Psyche spacecraft on June 28, 2021. The instrument will help determine if the Psyche asteroid is part of a planetesimal.
PIA24893:
Psyche's Magnetometer Integration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer (GRNS)
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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an engineer inspects the gamma ray and neutron spectrometer as it is integrated into the agency's Psyche spacecraft. The instrument will help determine the elements that make up its target.
PIA24892:
Psyche's Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-04 Asteroid Psyche
Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer (GRNS)
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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers integrate a gamma ray and neutron spectrometer into the agency's Psyche spacecraft. The instrument will help determine the elements that make up its target, an asteroid also named Psyche.
PIA24891:
Psyche's Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer in the Works
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-30 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows a concept for a set of future robots working together to ferry back samples from the surface of Mars collected by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover.
PIA24870:
Mars Sample Return Campaign Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-28 Mars Helicopter
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The upper swashplate of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter controls the pitch of the upper rotor blades as they rotate and is critical to stable, controlled flight. The swashplate is driven by three small servo motors.
PIA24812:
Ingenuity's Upper Swashplate Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is photographed in July 2021 during the mission's assembly, test, and launch operations phase at JPL. Hall thrusters will propel the spacecraft to its target in the main asteroid belt.
PIA24790:
Psyche Thrusters: Integration Complete
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory work to integrate Hall thrusters into the agency's Psyche spacecraft in July 2021. One of the thrusters is visible on the side of the spacecraft underneath a red protective cover.
PIA24789:
Psyche's Thruster Integration Underway
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers prepare to integrate four Hall thrusters onto the agency's Psyche spacecraft. The thrusters will propel Psyche to its target in the main asteroid belt.
PIA24788:
Preparing Psyche's Thruster Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Asteroid Psyche
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At left, xenon plasma emits a blue glow from an electric Hall thruster identical to those that will propel NASA's Psyche spacecraft to the main asteroid belt. On the right is a similar non-operating thruster.
PIA24030:
Psyche's Hall Thruster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-24 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is in the midst of system integration and test at JPL. This image was taken on August 18, 2021, less than a year from launch in August 2022.
PIA24787:
Psyche: One Year Until Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
Europa Clipper Magnetometer (ECM)
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A test model of the boom that will be used for the magnetometer aboard NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft is readied in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24786:
Europa Clipper Magnetometer (ECM) Boom
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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The dish antenna, seen here face down, for NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft is being fabricated at aerospace vendor Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation (AASC) in Stockton, California.
PIA24785:
Europa Clipper: High-Gain Antenna Under Construction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Seen here in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California is the nadir deck for NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24784:
Final Stretch for Europa Clipper's Nadir Deck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, inspect the propulsion module of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24783:
Europa Clipper: Propulsion Module Inspection
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians in a clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, integrate the tanks that will contain helium onto the propulsion module of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24782:
Europa Clipper Propulsion Module: Integration Underway
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE)
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The Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE), is shown here in the midst of assembly in a clean room at JPL.
PIA24781:
The Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE) Science Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California build the nadir deck for NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24480:
Building a Nadir Deck for Europa Clipper
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California stand between the thick-walled aluminum vault and its duplicate that they helped build for the agency's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24479:
Complete: Europa Clipper Vault and Its Twin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-05 Europa Europa Clipper
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Contamination control engineers in a clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, evaluate a propellant tank before it is installed in NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.
PIA24478:
Prepping Europa Clipper's Propulsion Tanks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-14 Mars Science Helicopter
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This illustration shows a conceptual design of a Mars Science Helicopter, a proposed follow-on to NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.
PIA24729:
Proposed Mars Science Helicopter (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Part of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite's science instrument payload sits in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory during assembly.
PIA24536:
SWOT Science Payload
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Some of the people who helped to load the hardware for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite's research instruments onto a C-17 airplane pose for a picture. The payload left March Air Reserve Base on June 27 and is headed to France.
PIA24535:
SWOT Teamwork
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Teams from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the March Air Reserve Base loaded the scientific payload for the SWOT Earth-observing satellite into a C-17 airplane on June 27. The hardware is headed to a clean room facility near Cannes, France.
PIA24534:
Loading SWOT Into C-17 Aircraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-30 Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC)
Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC)
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NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock could revolutionize deep space navigation. One key requirement for the technology demonstration was a compact design. The complete hardware package is shown here and is only about 10 inches (25 centimeters) on each side.
PIA24573:
Deep Space Atomic Clock Hardware
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-21 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This map shows sea level measured by the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite from June 5 to15. Red areas are regions where sea level is higher than normal, and blue areas indicate areas where it's lower than normal.
PIA24533:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Sea Surface Height
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-06 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Project Manger Parage Vaze stands in the JPL clean room where the SWOT satellite is being assembled. The spacecraft will help researchers survey the amount and distribution of Earth's surface water, including lakes and rivers, as well as the ocean.
PIA24531:
SWOT Project Manager Parag Vaze
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-19 Mars Mars Helicopter
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A simulation made from data from the first flight of NASA's Ingenuity helicopter, showing the flight from different angles. The flight occurred on April 19, 2021.
PIA24588:
Video Animation Made From Ingenuity's First Flight Data
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-19 Mars Mars Helicopter
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An altimeter chart shows data from the first flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which occurred on April 19, 2021.
PIA24587:
Altimeter Chart for Ingenuity's First Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-06 Mars Helicopter
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter carries a small swatch of muslin material from the lower-left wing of the Wright Brothers Flyer 1.
PIA24291:
Swatch of Wright Brothers Flyer 1 Attached to Mars Helicopter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-05 Mars 2020 Rover
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Photo of a rover wheel with etched illustration inside, featuring two sets of rover wheel tracks, one straight and one twisted.
PIA24552:
Rover DNA Inscription
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
Plasma Instrument for Magnetic Sounding (PIMS)
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In this photo, the Plasma Instrument Calibration Chamber at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, recreates the plasma environments that PIMS and other instruments will encounter in space.
PIA24330:
Preparing NASA's Europa Clipper's Plasma Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
Europa Imaging System - Wide Angle
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Included in the payload of science instruments for NASA's Europa Clipper is the Europa Imaging System (EIS) Wide Angle Camera (WAC).
PIA24329:
Europa Imaging System Wide Angle Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
Europa Imaging System - Narrow Angle
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Included in the payload of science instruments for NASA's Europa Clipper is the Europa Imaging System (EIS) Narrow Angle Camera (NAC).
PIA24328:
Europa Imaging System Narrow Angle Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
Plasma Instrument for Magnetic Sounding (PIMS)
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Pictured in a clean room at APL are NASA's Europa Clipper's recently assembled Faraday cup sensors and instrument housings in two configurations.
PIA24327:
Faraday Cups Up Close: NASA's Europa Clipper
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
Europa Imaging System - Wide Angle
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An engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) works with an engineering model of part of the Europa Imaging System (EIS) that will fly aboard NASA's Europa Clipper.
PIA24325:
Europa Clipper's Europa Imaging System in the Works
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
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Technicians and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory work together on Sept. 12, 2019, to bond thermal tubing to a panel built for NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
PIA24324:
Europa Clipper's Thermal Tubing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory test an engineering model of a high-frequency (HF) radar antenna that makes up part of NASA's Europa Clipper radar instrument on Dec. 17, 2019.
PIA24323:
Europa Clipper REASON Testing on the Mesa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
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Technicians at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center check the fit of the cylinders of the propulsion module core of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft on Oct. 15, 2020.
PIA24322:
Stacked Cylinders: Europa Clipper Propulsion Module
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Europa Europa Clipper
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NASA's Europa Clipper, depicted in this illustration that was updated in December 2020, will swoop around Jupiter on an elliptical path, dipping close to its moon Europa on each flyby to collect data.
PIA24321:
Europa Clipper Spacecraft (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-30 Jupiter Juno
Stellar Reference Unit (SRU)
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This animation gives an X-ray view of the Juno spacecraft's Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) star camera as it is bombarded by high-energy particles in Jupiter's inner radiation belts.
PIA24436:
High Energy and Juno's Stellar Reference Unit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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The Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Chassis of NASA's Psyche spacecraft is mounted onto a rotation fixture in High Bay 1 of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24476:
Chassis of NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Docks Safely
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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This image, shot March 28, 2021 shows engineers and technicians preparing to move the Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Chassis from its shipping container to a dolly in High Bay 1 of JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility.
PIA24475:
NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Chassis Welcomed Into JPL's High Bay 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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A major component of NASA's Psyche spacecraft has been delivered to the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where the phase known as assembly, test, and launch operations (ATLO) is now underway.
PIA24474:
NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Chassis Arrives at the Agency's JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Psyche
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This illustration, updated as of March 2021, depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft.
PIA24473:
Psyche Spacecraft (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-24 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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The S-band SAR arrived at JPL on March 19. The next day, technicians and engineers moved the S-SAR into the airlock to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 clean room, to be unpacked over several days in the clean room.
PIA24137:
NISAR S-Band SAR Arrival
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-16 Mars Helicopter
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This image is an illustration of NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter flying on Mars.
PIA24466:
Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-18 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Perseverance rover was able to use its new Terrain-Relative Navigation technology to avoid hazards and find a safe place to land in Jezero Crater on Mars.
PIA23970:
Avoiding Hazards at Jezero Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is equipped with two microphones that will capture the sounds during entry, descent, and landing, and sounds on the Martian surface.
PIA24166:
Mars 2020 Microphone Testing at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-17 Mars Mars Sample Return
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During the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission, pristine samples of Mars rock and regolith will be collected and sealed inside collection tubes for later retrieval by the Sample Retrieval Lander mission in the late 2020s.
PIA24164:
Mars Sample Return Lander's Divert Maneuver
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-16 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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This narrated animation shows NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars and how the rover's SuperCam laser instrument works.
PIA24426:
Animation: How Perseverance's SuperCam Works
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-02 Asteroid Psyche
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Technicians power on the main body of NASA's Psyche spacecraft, called the Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Chassis, at Maxar Technologies in Palo Alto, California, in November 2020.
PIA24326:
Power On: Psyche Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-27 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This graphic shows the location of four cameras and a microphone on the spacecraft for NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance mission. These cameras will capture the entry, descent, and landing phase of the mission.
PIA24378:
Mars 2020 Camera and Microphone Location (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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SuperCam's mast unit before being installed atop the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover's remote sensing mast.
PIA24208:
SuperCam Mast Unit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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The mast-mounted portion of Mars 2020's SuperCam awaits integration into the Perseverance rover.
PIA24207:
SuperCam is Not Seeing Red
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX)
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The bowtie-shaped antenna for the Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX) instrument has been mounted on the underside of the Perseverance rover.
PIA24206:
Put a Bowtie on It!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX)
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The Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX) electronics box before being integrated into the Perseverance rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA24205:
This Gold Box to Searches for Buried Treasure
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX)
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This image, taken in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, shows the Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX) electronic's box after it has been inserted into the Perseverance rover.
PIA24204:
The Parts Inside Perseverance
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars Helicopter
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An Ingenuity team member inspects NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in one of the space simulation chambers at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA23969:
Bottom of Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars Helicopter
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The Mars Helicopter Base Station stores and routes communications between NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter and mission controllers on Earth.
PIA23968:
Mars Helicopter Base Station on Perseverance Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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In this image, the gold-plated Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) Instrument shines after being installed inside the Perseverance rover.
PIA24203:
MOXIE All Tucked In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-19 Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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This engineering model of Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument is about to undergo vibration testing in a lab at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
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MOXIE Shakes it UP
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Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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The engineering model (EM), an almost identical twin of Mars 2020's MOXIE, is used for testing in the lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
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MOXIE Twin During Testing
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Mastcam-Z
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The twin Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z cameras, shown with a pocket knife for scale, are assembled and ready for testing in this photo taken at Malin Space Science Systems, in San Diego, California.
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Ready for a Close Up (or a Wide Angle)
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Mastcam-Z
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This modern-looking geoboard adds a pop of color to the lab at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, California.
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Modern Art for Mastcam-Z
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Mastcam-Z
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The Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z cameras are on a workbench during their assembly at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego.
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Mastcam-Z Looking Left
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Mastcam-Z
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A JPL optical technician performs a final inspection and swab cleaning of the front optics of the Mars 2020 mission's Perseverance rover Mastcam-Z cameras at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in March 2020.
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Mastcam-Z Final Lens Cleaning
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Mastcam-Z
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With two cameras set about 10 inches apart at the top of the Mars 2020 rover's remote sensing mast, Mastcam-Z can produce a 3D image to be viewed with 3D glasses.
PIA24196:
Mastcam-Z Can See in 3D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-05 SPHEREx
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This animation shows the preliminary design for the spacecraft, including hexagonal sun shields that will help keep the instruments cool.
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SPHEREx Preliminary Design (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-22 Mars 2020 Rover
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This illustration depicts the interior of a sample tube being carried aboard the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.
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Anatomy of a Sample Tube Interior
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This illustration depicts the exterior of a sample tube being carried aboard the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.
PIA24306:
Anatomy of a Sample Tube
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A tray holding 39 sample tubes, each protected in a gold-colored sheath, is installed in NASA's Perseverance rover in this picture taken at the agency's Kennedy Space Center on May 21, 2020.
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Installing Perseverance's Sample Tubes
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This animation shows the data collected on a Mars 2020 sample tube using a computerized tomography (CT) scanner. Engineers working on the sample tubes used the 3D imagery to better understand the tubes' internal structure.
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CT Scan of Mars Sample Tube
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Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong works with an Apollo Lunar Sample Return Container during a lunar surface simulation training exercise in Building 9, Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas.
PIA24297:
Armstrong and Rock Box
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A technician working on the Mars 2020 mission takes a sample from the surface of sample tube 241, to test for contamination. The image was taken in a clean room facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the tubes were developed and assembled.
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Sampling Mars 2020 Sample Tube 241
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An illustration of NASA's Perseverance rover landing safely on Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land safely on Feb. 18, 2021.
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Perseverance Touches Down on Mars (Illustration)
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NASA's Perseverance rover fires up its descent stage engines as it nears the Martian surface in this illustration.
PIA24318:
Powered Descent for Perseverance (Illustration)
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In this illustration, NASA's Perseverance rover gets its first look at the Martian surface below, after dropping its heat shield just under six minutes after entry into the Mars atmosphere.
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Perseverance Heat Shield Separates (Illustration)
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NASA's Perseverance rover deploys a supersonic parachute from its aeroshell as it slows down before landing, in this artist's illustration.
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Perseverance Deploys its Parachute (Illustration)
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The aeroshell containing NASA's Perseverance rover guides itself towards the Martian surface as it descends through the atmosphere in this illustration.
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Perseverance Guides Itself Towards the Surface (Illustration)
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In this illustration of its descent to Mars, the spacecraft containing NASA's Perseverance rover slows down using the drag generated by its motion in the Martian atmosphere.
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Perseverance Rover Decelerates in the Martian Atmosphere (Illustration)
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With its heat shield facing the planet, NASA's Perseverance rover begins its descent through the Martian atmosphere in this illustration.
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Entering the Martian Atmosphere with the Perseverance Rover (Illustration)
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This illustration shows NASA's Perseverance rover casting off its spacecraft's cruise stage, minutes before entering the Martian atmosphere.
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Perseverance Rover's Cruise Stage Separates (Illustration)
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This illustration shows NASA's Mars 2020 spacecraft carrying the Perseverance rover as it approaches Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land on Mars safely on Feb. 18, 2021.
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Perseverance Rover Approaches Mars (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-10 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This graphic shows radar measurements, called waveforms, collected by the sea level instrument on Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich.
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Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich First Light Waveform
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The data in this graphic are the first sea surface height measurements from the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite (S6MF), which launched Nov. 21, 2020.
PIA24135:
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich First Light Sea Level
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-08 Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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The calibration target for SHERLOC, one of the instruments aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, features a slice of Martian meteorite, plus spacesuit materials, including helmet-visor material that doubles as a geocache target.
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SHERLOC's Calibration Target Aboard the Perseverance Mars Rover
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SuperCam
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This fragment of a Martian meteorite, seen floating inside the International Space Station, is is now part of a calibration target for SuperCam, one of the instruments aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover.
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Supercam's Mars Meteorite Aboard the ISS
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Mastcam-Z
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Scientists use the color swatches on the primary calibration target for Mastcam-Z aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. Symbols and mottos relevant to the mission are included around the target's perimeter.
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Mastcam-Z's Calibration Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-02 Lunar Trailblazer
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Peering into the Moon's permanently shadowed regions, Lunar Trailblazer will detect signatures of water ice in reflected light, and it will pinpoint the locations of micro-cold traps less than a football field in size.
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Lunar Trailblazer to Support NASA's Artemis Program
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Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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An illustration of MOXIE and its components. An air pump pulls in carbon dioxide gas from the Martian atmosphere, which is then regulated and fed to the Solid OXide Electrolyzer (SOXE), where it is electrochemically split to produce pure oxygen.
PIA24177:
Components of MOXIE (Illustration)
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