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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)
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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)
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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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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
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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 2021-09-28 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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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.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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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.
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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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