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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-24 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on Dec. 8, 2022, at Astrotech Space Operations Facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
PIA25664:
NASA's Psyche: Picking up Launch Prep for 2023
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-12 Moon Lunar Flashlight
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This illustration shows NASA's Lunar Flashlight carrying out a trajectory correction maneuver with the Earth and Moon in the background. Powered by the small satellite's four thrusters, the maneuver is needed to reach lunar orbit.
PIA25258:
Lunar Flashlight's Trajectory Correction Maneuver (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-23 Moon Lunar Flashlight
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These images show two observations of NASA's Lunar Flashlight and the private ispace HAKUTO-R Mission 1 as the two spacecraft, seen as a pair of dots, journey to the Moon.
PIA25257:
NASA's Lunar Flashlight Spotted From Earth on Its Way to the Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-22 Lunar Trailblazer
High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³)
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The HVM³ instrument sits in a JPL clean room in early December 2022. The instrument was built at JPL then shipped to Lockheed Martin Space in Colorado to be integrated with NASA's Lunar Trailblazer spacecraft.
PIA25256:
Lunar Trailblazer's HVM³ Imaging Spectrometer Before Spacecraft Integration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-22 Lunar Trailblazer
High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³)
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The side of the High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³) is seen as the instrument gets unwrapped in a clean room. The JPL-developed imaging spectrometer was later integrated with NASA's Lunar Trailblazer spacecraft.
PIA25255:
A Closer View of NASA Lunar Trailblazer's HVM³ Imaging Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-22 Lunar Trailblazer
High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³)
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Engineers work on the JPL-developed High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³) for NASA's Lunar Trailblazer spacecraft in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado, in December 2022.
PIA25254:
Engineers Work on Lunar Trailblazer's HVM³ Imaging Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-22 Asteroid NEO Surveyor
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NASA's NEO Surveyor is seen in this illustration against an infrared observation of a starfield made by the agency's WISE mission.
PIA25253:
NEO Surveyor in an Infrared Starfield Filled With Asteroids (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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This video shows the deployment of the solar arrays that power the SWOT satellite. The arrays deployed over the course of about 10 minutes after the spacecraft's Dec. 16, 2022, launch.
PIA25563:
Deployment of SWOT's Solar Arrays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Mars 2020 Rover
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Engineers react with surprise while testing how NASA's Perseverance rover will deposit its sample tubes on the Martian surface.
PIA25677:
OPTIMISM Sticks the Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Mars 2020 Rover
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Engineers use OPTIMISM, a full-size replica of NASA's Perseverance rover, to test how it will deposit its first sample tube on the Martian surface.
PIA25676:
Testing a Sample Drop in the Mars Yard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Coronagraph
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The Roman Coronagraph Instrument consists of two key sections, including the optical bench. Light from the telescope is directed through series of components that suppress light from a star while allowing the light from orbiting planets to pass through.
PIA25439:
Roman Coronagraph Optical Bench Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Coronagraph
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The focal plane mask for the Roman Coronagraph Instrument, shown here, helps block starlight and reveal hidden planets. Each circular section contains carefully engineered, opaque obstructions designed to block starlight.
PIA25438:
Roman Coronagraph Focal Plane Mask
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Coronagraph
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An engineer examines the fast steering mirror, part of the Coronagraph Instrument's optical bench. The mirror makes small movements that correct for slight wobbling of the Roman spacecraft.
PIA25437:
Roman Coronagraph Fast Steering Mirror
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Coronagraph
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The filters on NASA's Roman Space Telescope Coronagraph Instrument's Color Filter Assembly each block all but a specific wavelength of light. Many of the filters appear dark in this photo because they are transparent only to infrared light.
PIA25436:
Roman Coronagraph Instrument Color Filter Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Coronagraph
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are shown assembling the electrical palette for the Coronagraph Instrument.
PIA25435:
Engineers Assemble Electronics Layer on Roman Coronagraph Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-15 Mars 2020 Rover
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This annotated image points out the various cameras aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover; the list on the right indicates how many images each camera has taken as of December 6, 2022.
PIA25653:
Perseverance's Cameras, Tallies of Their Images
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 1249x719x3
A model Sample Recovery Helicopter drives and positions itself over a sample tube during a test in the Mars Yard at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25320:
Sample Recovery Helicopter Model Gets a Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 Mars Science Helicopter
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A model of NASA's Mars Science Helicopter concept is shown in this photo. This helicopter concept is a more capable proposed follow-on to NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.
PIA25661:
Model of Proposed Mars Science Helicopter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn)
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This illustration shows the SWOT satellite in orbit with sunlight glinting off one array of solar panels, as well as both KaRIn instrument antennas deployed.
PIA25595:
SWOT in Orbit (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn)
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Members of the international SWOT mission test one of the antennas for the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25594:
SWOT KaRIn Antenna Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 Moon Lunar Flashlight
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This illustration shows NASA's Lunar Flashlight, with its four solar arrays deployed. The small satellite will take about three months to reach its science orbit to seek out surface water ice in the Moon's South Pole.
PIA25626:
Lunar Flashlight With Solar Arrays Deployed (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-09 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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The SWOT water-tracking satellite was encapsulated in its payload fairing on Dec. 8. It will now go atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in preparation for a launch targeting Dec. 15, 2022.
PIA25627:
SWOT Spacecraft Encapsulated in Payload Fairing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-07 Mars 2020 Rover
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Optimism, a full-scale replica of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, tests a model of Perseverance's regolith bit in a pile of simulated regolith – broken rock and dust – at JPL.
PIA25651:
Testing Perseverance's Regolith Bit Here on Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-07 Mars 2020 Rover
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The drill bits used by NASA's Perseverance rover are seen before being installed prior to launch. From left, the regolith bit, six bits used for drilling rock cores, and two abrasion bits.
PIA25590:
Perseverance's Drill Bits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-05 Moon Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm)
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The 3D-printed titanium scoop of the Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm) robotic arm system is poised above a test bed filled with material to simulate lunar regolith (broken rocks and dust) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA25318:
Close-Up on COLDArm's Titanium 3D-Printed Scoop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-05 Moon Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm)
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NASA's COLDArm combines several new technologies that allow it to operate in temperatures as cold as minus 280 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 173 degrees Celsius) without the use of energy-consuming heaters required by robotic arms on current spacecraft.
PIA25317:
NASA's COLDArm at Lunar Regolith Simulant Test Bed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-05 Moon Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm)
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A JPL engineer examines the 3D-printed titanium scoop of NASA's Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm) robotic arm system. The arm is designed to function in frigid temperatures that would stymie current spacecraft.
PIA25316:
Testing NASA's Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-23 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers install a 2-foot-wide reaction wheel onto the main body of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25497:
NASA's Europa Clipper Reaction Wheel in Process
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-23 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians work together to install reaction wheels on the underside of the main body of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft, which is in its assembly, test, and launch operations phase.
PIA25496:
NASA's Europa Clipper: Reaction Wheel Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-23 Europa Europa Clipper
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All four of the reaction wheels installed onto NASA's Europa Clipper are visible in this photo, which was shot from underneath the main body of the spacecraft while it is being assembled.
PIA25495:
NASA's Europa Clipper Reaction Wheels Installed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-23 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers install 2-foot-wide reaction wheels onto the main body of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft. The orbiter is in its assembly, test, and launch operations phase in preparation for a 2024 launch.
PIA25494:
NASA's Europa Clipper Gets Its Reaction Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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On June 27, 2021, teams from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the March Air Reserve Base, loaded the scientific heart of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission into a C-17 airplane.
PIA25625:
SWOT Headed to France on C-17 Aircraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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On June 27, 2021, teams from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the March Air Reserve Base, loaded the scientific heart of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission into a C-17 airplane.
PIA25624:
SWOT Secured for Transport in C-17 Aircraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
KaRIn
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This illustration shows the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite in orbit with its solar panels and KaRIn instrument antennas deployed.
PIA25623:
SWOT Orbiting Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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This illustration depicts the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite with solar arrays fully deployed.
PIA25622:
SWOT Satellite With Solar Arrays in Full View (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
KaRIn
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This illustration shows the SWOT satellite, which will use the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument to measure the height of water in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and ocean.
PIA25621:
SWOT Above Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
KaRIn
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The SWOT satellite, shown in this illustration, will use the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) to measure the height of water in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and ocean.
PIA24530:
SWOT in Orbit With View of KaRIn Instrument (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-20 Simplified High Impact Energy Landing Device (SHIELD)
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This drop tower at JPL includes a bow launch system, which can hurl test articles 110 mph into the ground, re-creating the forces they would experience during a Mars landing.
PIA25581:
Bow Launch Drop Tower at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-20 Simplified High Impact Energy Landing Device (SHIELD)
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This prototype base for SHIELD – a collapsible Mars lander that would enable a spacecraft to intentionally crash land on the Red Planet, absorbing the impact – was tested at JPL on Aug. 12, 2022.
PIA25420:
SHIELD Prototype Attached to Drop Tower
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-20 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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A container with the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite is offloaded from an Air Force C-5 airplane on Oct. 16, 2022, at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Central California.
PIA25591:
SWOT Arrives at Vandenberg Space Force Base
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-18 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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Workers in a clean room in Cannes, France, load the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite into a container in preparation for shipping the spacecraft to the U.S.
PIA24910:
Packing SWOT For Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-12 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration depicts the Mars Earth Entry System for the Mars Sample Return campaign. The system would contain the orbiting sample inside a disk-shaped vehicle with a heat shield for safe entry through the Earth's atmosphere.
PIA25336:
Mars Earth Entry System Aeroshell at Entry (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-09-22 Asteroid Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)
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This illustration depicts NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft prior to impact at the Didymos binary asteroid system.
PIA25329:
NASA's DART at the Didymos System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-08-24 Europa Europa Clipper
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The vault, with nadir deck attached, of NASA's Europa Clipper is prepared to be moved to the High Bay 1 clean room of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA25493:
NASA's Europa Clipper: Vault and Nadir Deck on the Move
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-08-24 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians use a crane to lower the main body of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft into position in the High Bay 1 clean room of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA25492:
Easy Does It: NASA's Europa Clipper Is Lowered Into Place
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-08-24 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians use a crane to lift the main body of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft in the High Bay 1 clean room of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA25491:
The Lift: NASA's Europa Clipper Moves Into Position
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-08-24 Europa Europa Clipper
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Engineers and technicians work on the towering main body of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft in the storied Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA25240:
NASA's Europa Clipper Takes Center Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-07-27 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows a concept for multiple robots that would team up to ferry to Earth samples of rocks and soil being collected from the Martian surface by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover.
PIA25326:
Mars Sample Return Concept Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-07-08 Lunar Trailblazer
High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³)
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The High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM³) is one of two instruments that will be carried aboard NASA's Lunar Trailblazer, launching in 2023.
PIA25252:
Key Lunar Trailblazer Instrument Passes Milestone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-29 ASTHROS
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The gold-colored ASTHROS mirror panels appear blurry to the naked eye, as seen at left. But when photographed with an infrared camera, as at right, the panel reflects a technician's image as clearly as if the person were looking in a mirror.
PIA25170:
A Crisp Infrared Image on an ASTHROS Mirror Panel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-29 ASTHROS
ASTHROS
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The cradle is the structure that supports the ASTHROS telescope's primary mirror and keeps the mirror panels aligned. Made from carbon fiber, it must be both lightweight and extremely rigid.
PIA25169:
A Lightweight Cradle for ASTHROS' Mirror
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-29 ASTHROS
ASTHROS
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Lofted by a stratospheric balloon, as shown in this illustration, NASA's ASTHROS mission may reach an altitude of 130,000 feet (40 kilometers).
PIA25168:
ASTHROS Mission in Flight (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-29 ASTHROS
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The ASTHROS mirror is composed of nine panels, coated in nickel and gold. Here, engineers attach panels to the mirror's support structure. The panels must be aligned to within 0.0001 inches (2.5 micrometers), or a fraction of the width of a human hair.
PIA25167:
Nine-Paneled Mirror for ASTHROS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-29 ASTHROS
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The ASTHROS mission's primary mirror is one of the largest to ever fly on a high-altitude balloon. The lightweight mirror is coated in gold and nickel to make it more reflective in far-infrared wavelengths.
PIA25166:
A Mirror for NASA's Antarctic Balloon Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-28 8242x12513x3
This illustration shows the NASA cryobot concept called Probe using Radioisotopes for Icy Moons Exploration (PRIME) deploying tiny wedge-shaped robots into the ocean miles below a lander on the frozen surface of an ocean world.
PIA25314:
Cryobot for Ocean Worlds Exploration (Illustration)
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In the Sensing With Independent Micro-Swimmers (SWIM) concept, illustrated here, dozens of small robots would descend through the icy shell of a distant moon via a cryobot to the ocean below.
PIA25313:
SWIM Exploring a Subsurface Ocean (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-07 Europa Europa Clipper
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The main body of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft is seen in its shipping container as it rolls into the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25239:
Europa Clipper: Rolling Into NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-07 Europa Europa Clipper
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The main body of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft is seen in its shipping container, just after arriving aboard a C-17 cargo plane at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California.
PIA25238:
NASA's Europa Clipper Arrives in Southern California
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-07 Europa Europa Clipper
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NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft is being unwrapped in a main clean room at JPL, as engineers and technicians inspect it just after delivery in early June 2022.
PIA25237:
Revealing Europa Clipper's Core
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-07 Europa Europa Clipper
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NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft is visible in a main clean room at JPL, as engineers and technicians inspect it just after delivery in early June 2022.
PIA25236:
Europa Clipper's Core
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-01 Earth Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT)
EMIT
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Officials from NASA and JPL oversee vibration testing of the EMIT science instrument, including its telescope and imaging spectrometer.
PIA25150:
EMIT Put to the Test at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-12 Earth Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT)
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The Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) mission instrument (left) sits in the trunk that will travel aboard SpaceX's 25th cargo resupply mission.
PIA25149:
EMIT Inside SpaceX Falcon 9 Trunk Ahead of Transport
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-12 Earth Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT)
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The Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) mission instrument (right) sits in the trunk that will travel aboard SpaceX's 25th cargo resupply mission.
PIA25148:
EMIT Loaded Into SpaceX Falcon 9 Trunk Before Transport
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-11 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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SWOT's solar panels unfold as part of a test in January at a Thales Alenia Space facility in Cannes, France, where the satellite is being assembled. SWOT will measure elevations of Earth's ocean and surface water.
PIA25147:
SWOT Solar Panels Deploy at Thales Alenia Space Facility in France
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-02 Earth Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT)
EMIT
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JPL engineers and technicians put together components of EMIT, including its telescope, imaging spectrometer, and baseplate, which holds its electronics.
PIA25146:
EMIT's Components Come Together at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-21 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Mars lander-and-rocket combination that would play a key role in returning to Earth samples of Mars material collected by the Perseverance rover.
PIA25278:
Mars Sample Retrieval Lander-Mars Ascent Vehicle Launch Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-21 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval Lander that would carry a small rocket called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the Martian surface.
PIA25277:
Mars Sample Retrieval Lander Concept Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-21 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows a concept for multiple robots that would team up to ferry to Earth samples collected from the Mars surface by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover.
PIA24870:
Mars Sample Return Concept Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-11 Asteroid Psyche
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Members of the media view the Psyche spacecraft on April 11, 2022, inside a clean room at JPL. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch in August on a journey to a metal-rich asteroid of the same name.
PIA25242:
NASA Shows Off Psyche Spacecraft to Media
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-11 Asteroid Psyche
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A member of the media interviews Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the principal investigator of NASA's Psyche mission, in front of the spacecraft on April 11, 2022, inside a clean room at JPL.
PIA25241:
Media Meet the Team Leading NASA's Psyche Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-06 Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration's flight laser transceiver can be easily identified on NASA's Psyche spacecraft, seen in this December 2021 photograph.
PIA24570:
DSOC Flight Laser Transceiver Integrated with NASA's Psyche Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-06 Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration's flight laser transceiver is shown at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in April 2021.
PIA24569:
DSOC's Flight Laser Transceiver
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-05 Mars Helicopter
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Models for the seasonal variation in atmospheric density on Mars between summer and winter predict that air density will be high enough in late March for NASA's Mars Ingenuity Helicopter to return to its original RPM.
PIA25211:
Mars Atmosphere Density Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-04 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, updated in April 2022, depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft. Set to launch in August 2022, the Psyche mission will explore a metal-rich asteroid of the same name.
PIA24834:
Psyche Spacecraft at the Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-04 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is placed into the ultra-sturdy vacuum chamber at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25232:
Tall Order: NASA's Psyche in TVAC Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-04 Asteroid Psyche
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NASA's Psyche spacecraft is seen on its way to the vacuum chamber at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25231:
NASA's Psyche en Route to TVAC
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-08 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows NASA's Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), which will carry tubes containing Martian rock and soil samples into orbit around Mars.
PIA25078:
Mars Samples in Orbit (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-08 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows NASA's Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) in powered flight.
PIA25076:
Mars Ascent Vehicle (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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Only one of the 37-foot-long (11.3-meter-long) arrays on NASA's Psyche spacecraft can be unfolded at a time during testing in JPL's High Bay 2 clean room.
PIA25134:
Unfolding Psyche's Giant Solar Arrays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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An engineer examines a panel on a stowed solar array on NASA's Psyche spacecraft prior to a deployment test in a clean at JPL. The panels are designed to work in low-light conditions, far from the Sun.
PIA25133:
Up Close With a Solar Panel on Psyche
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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Before a deployment test in a clean room at JPL, engineers examine one of Psyche's two solar arrays. The arrays are folded and stowed flush with the chassis, as shown here, before launch and then deployed in flight.
PIA25132:
Preparing for Psyche's Solar Array Deployment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-07 Asteroid Psyche
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The first of two solar arrays on NASA's Psyche spacecraft is successfully deployed in JPL's storied High Bay 2 clean room. The twin arrays will power the spacecraft and its science instruments during a mission to the asteroid belt.
PIA25135:
One of Psyche's Solar Array Successfully Deployed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-03 Europa Clipper
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Science instruments and other hardware for NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft will come together in the mission's final phase before launching to Jupiter's icy moon Europa in 2024.
PIA25125:
NASA Begins Assembly of Europa Clipper Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-03 Europa Clipper
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The propulsion module for NASA's Europa Clipper, the main body of the spacecraft, is nearing completion at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland.
PIA24900:
Europa Clipper's Propulsion Module
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-03 Europa Clipper
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The massive high-gain antenna for NASA's Europa Clipper mission is complete. The antenna will be integrated along with other telecommunications hardware into the spacecraft's propulsion module.
PIA24899:
Standing Tall: Europa Clipper's High-Gain Antenna
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-03 Europa Clipper
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An engineer inspects the radio frequency (RF) panel of NASA's Europa Clipper in a cleanroom at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.
PIA24898:
Examining the Radio Frequency Panel of NASA's Europa Clipper
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-03 Europa Clipper
Europa-UVS
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Engineers and technicians examine and test the first of NASA's Europa Clipper's science instruments to be delivered to the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA24897:
NASA's Europa Clipper's Ultraviolet Spectrograph Is Delivered
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-02-14 Mars 2020 Rover
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This drill is a duplicate of the one aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. It was used in a test campaign to learn how crumbly rocks respond to the drill.
PIA25050:
Close-Up of a Perseverance-Like Drill
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-02-14 Mars 2020 Rover
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory performed tests on rocks such as this one to understand why the first attempt by the agency's Perseverance rover resulted in a powderized sample.
PIA25049:
Creating a Drill Hole in a Test Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-02-14 Mars 2020 Rover
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Engineers working with NASA's Perseverance Mars rover set up this test area at JPL to practice drilling into crumbly rocks using a duplicate of the rover's rock-coring drill.
PIA25048:
Testing a Roubion-Like Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-02-01 Moon Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm)
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The Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm) project – led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California – is planned to perform a robot-controlled lunar surface experiment with imagery in the coming years.
PIA24567:
NASA Integrates Gear Motors for Robotic Arm on Future Lunar Missions
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-27 Earth Global Differential Global Positioning System (GDGPS)
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Real-time data collected by the Global Differential Global Positioning System network, operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shows the atmospheric signature of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption in Tonga on Jan. 15, 2022.
PIA24905:
Tonga Eruption Atmospheric Wave
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-20 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration shows how NASA's Psyche spacecraft will explore asteroid Psyche, starting with a high-altitude Orbit A and gradually lowering into Orbit D as it conducts its science investigation.
PIA24896:
Orbiting Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-13 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory dropped this prototype to learn how a future Sample Return Lander could safely touch down on Mars.
PIA24766:
Testing a Lander Touchdown
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-07 Mars Helicopter
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This annotated graphic depicts the orientation of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover during the 17th flight of the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on December 5, 2021.
PIA24966:
Orientation of Mars Helicopter Base Station Antenna for Flight 17
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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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