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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-31 Voyager
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This artist concept shows NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft, celebrating 40 years of continual operation in August and September 2017.
PIA21839:
Voyager in Deep Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-6 launch vehicle from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex in Florida on September 5, 1977, at 8:56 a.m. local time.
PIA21747:
Voyager 1 Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-6 launch vehicle from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex in Florida on September 5, 1977, at 8:56 a.m. local time.
PIA21746:
Voyager 1 Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on August 20, 1977, at 10:29 a.m. local time.
PIA21745:
Voyager 2 Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on August 20, 1977, at 10:29 a.m. local time.
PIA21744:
Voyager 2 Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft, which was the first of the two Voyagers to launch, is seen at the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in August 1977.
PIA21743:
Voyager 2 Encapsulation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft, encapsulated within its payload fairing, is seen on August 5, 1977.
PIA21742:
Voyager 2 Preparing for Launch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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NASA's Voyager 1 Golden Record is prepared for installation on the spacecraft in this archival image from 1977.
PIA21741:
Voyager: Preparing the Golden Record
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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Engineers secure the cover over NASA's Voyager 1 Golden Record in 1977.
PIA21740:
Voyager: Installing the Golden Record
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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The Titan/Centaur-6 launch vehicle was moved to Launch Complex 41 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to complete checkout procedures in preparation for launch.
PIA21739:
Voyager 1's Launch Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows engineers working with the deployed magnetometer boom of one of NASA's Voyager spacecraft in Florida on June 17, 1977.
PIA21738:
Voyager in Florida
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This image shows one of NASA's Voyagers in the 25-foot space simulator chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The photo is dated April 27, 1977.
PIA21737:
Voyager Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows engineers working on NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft on March 23, 1977.
PIA21736:
Voyager 2 Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows NASA's Voyager proof test model, which did not fly in space, in the 25-foot space simulator chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on December 3, 1976.
PIA21735:
Voyager Test Model Configuration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows NASA's Voyager proof test model, which did not fly in space, in the 25-foot space simulator chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, on December 3, 1976.
PIA21734:
Voyager Test Model Configuration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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An engineer works on vibration acoustics and pyro shock testing for one of NASA's Voyager spacecraft on November 18, 1976. Several of the spacecraft's science instruments are visible at left.
PIA21733:
Voyager: Vibration Acoustics and Pyro Shock Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows engineers working on vibration acoustics and pyro shock testing of NASA's Voyager on November 18, 1976.
PIA21732:
Voyager Testing: 1976
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows the encapsulation of NASA's Voyager Development Test Model at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Eastern Test Range. The picture was taken on October 8, 1976.
PIA21731:
Voyager Development Test Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows the encapsulation of NASA's Voyager Development Test Model at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Eastern Test Range. The picture was taken on October 8, 1976.
PIA21730:
Voyager Development Test Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows the system test configuration for NASA's Voyager on October 1, 1976. The spacecraft's 10-sided bus is visible behind the catwalk railing in the foreground.
PIA21729:
Voyager: System Test Configuration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows NASA's Voyager 2 at the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
PIA21728:
Voyager 2 Encapsulation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft, encapsulated within its payload fairing, is seen in August 1977, as it was being hoisted upward for attachment to its launch vehicle at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
PIA21727:
Voyager 2 in Launch Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows NASA's Voyager proof test model, which did not fly in space, in the 25-foot space simulator chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA21726:
Voyager 2 Flight Hardware
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows an engineer working on the construction of a large, dish-shaped, high-gain antenna on NASA's Voyager. The picture was taken on July 9, 1976.
PIA21480:
Voyager: Antenna Dish Construction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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Engineers are engaged in the construction of a high gain antenna for one of NASA's Voyager spacecraft in This archival photo taken on October 29, 1975.
PIA21479:
Voyager: Antenna Dish Construction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on the 10-sided central structure, or 'bus,' of the Voyager 2 spacecraft on February 24,1977.
PIA21478:
Voyager 2 Flight Hardware
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This photo shows the Voyager Proof Test Model undergoing a mechanical preparation and weight center of gravity test at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, on January 12, 1977.
PIA21477:
Voyager Proof Test Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-05 Voyager
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This archival photo shows the Voyager Proof Test Model (in the foreground right of center) undergoing a mechanical preparation and weight center of gravity test at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, on January 12, 1977.
PIA21476:
Voyager Proof Test Model and Cleanroom
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram presents some of the processes and clues related to a long-ago lake on Mars that became stratified, with the shallow water richer in oxidants than deeper water was.
PIA21500:
Diagram of Lake Stratification on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-23 Psyche
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This artist's-concept illustration depicts the spacecraft of NASA's Psyche mission near the mission's target, the metal asteroid Psyche. The artwork was created in May 2017 to show the five-panel solar arrays planned for the spacecraft.
PIA21499:
Artist's Concept of Psyche Spacecraft with Five-Panel Array
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-23 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover on the surface of Mars. The mission takes the next step by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself.
PIA21635:
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Artist's Concept #1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-04 GRACE-FO
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This artist's rendering shows the twin spacecraft of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, a partnership between NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
PIA21607:
GRACE-FO Spacecraft (Artist's Rendering)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, a planet discovered through a technique called microlensing used by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA21430:
Iceball Planet Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-04 Cassini-Huygens
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As depicted in this illustration, NASA's Cassini will plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017.
PIA21440:
Cassini versus Saturn (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-04 Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission's Grand Finale.
PIA21439:
Cassini Grand Finale Dive (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-04 Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration shows NASA's Cassini above Saturn's northern hemisphere prior to making one of its Grand Finale dives.
PIA21438:
Cassini Over the Top (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This chart shows, on the top row, artist conceptions of the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 with their orbital periods, distances from their star, radii and masses as compared to those of Earth. The bottom row shows data about Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.
PIA21425:
TRAPPIST-1 Statistics Table
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-08 Europa 3900x1784x3
This artist's rendering illustrates a conceptual design for a potential future mission to land a robotic probe on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.
PIA21048:
Europa Lander Mission Concept (Artist's Rendering)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-04 Psyche
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Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft, which will conduct a direct exploration of an asteroid thought to be a stripped planetary core.
PIA21275:
Psyche Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-29 2016 WF9 NEOWISE
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An artist's rendition of 2016 WF9 as it passes Jupiter's orbit inbound toward the sun.
PIA21259:
Celestial Object 2016 WF9, a NEOWISE Discovery (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic illustration shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in Gale Crater, near the Red Planet's equator.
PIA21255:
Now and Long Ago at Gale Crater, Mars (Illustration) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic portrays two hypotheses about how the element boron ended up in calcium sulfate veins found within mudstone layers of the Murray formation on Mars' lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21253:
Two Possible Ways Boron Got into Veins on Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows proportions of minerals identified in mudstone exposures at the 'Yellowknife Bay' location where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover first analyzed bedrock, in 2013, and at the 'Murray Buttes' area investigated in 2016.
PIA21149:
Mineral Content Comparison at Two Gale Crater Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram illustrates how the dimensions of clay minerals' crystal structure are affected by which ions are present in the composition of the mineral. Different clay minerals were identified this way at two sites, 'Yellowknife Bay' and 'Murray Buttes'
PIA21148:
Clay Mineral Crystal Structure Tied to Composition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Data graphed here from the CheMin instrument on NASA's Mars Curiosity rover show a difference between clay minerals in powder drilled from mudstone outcrops at two locations, 'Yellowknife Bay' and 'Murray Buttes' in Mars' Gale Crater.
PIA21147:
Detecting a Difference in Clay Minerals at Two Gale Crater Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This series of pie charts shows similarities and differences in the mineral compositions of mudstones at 10 sites where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected rock-powder samples and analyzed them with the rover's Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument.
PIA21146:
Mudstone Mineralogy from Curiosity's CheMin, 2013 to 2016
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic depicts aspects of the driving distance, elevation, geological units and time intervals of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover mission, as of late 2016.
PIA21145:
Curiosity Rover's Martian Mission, Exaggerated Cross Section
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-29 Mars ExoMars
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A NASA radio aboard ESA's Trace Gas Orbiter, succeeded in its first test of receiving data transmitted from NASA Mars rovers. This graphic depicts the geometry of Opportunity transmitting data to the orbiter, using the UHF band of radio wavelengths.
PIA21139:
Strengthening the Mars Telecommunications Network
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-10 OGLE-2015-BLG-1319 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Two space-based telescopes, NASA's Spitzer and Swift, teamed up with ground-based observatories to observe a microlensing event caused by a brown dwarf.
PIA21077:
Brown Dwarf Microlensing Diagram
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 9210x5948x1
Building 11, one of the oldest buildings on lab, was once central administration building of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It is now the Space Sciences Laboratory. This archival picture dates back to May 1943.
PIA21201:
Former Administration Building
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 9004x7325x3
This archival photograph from 1971 shows the open-air gathering area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory known as 'The Mall.' It looks east towards the Applied Mechanics building.
PIA21125:
The Mall
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 5769x7449x1
During World War II, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory had a contract with the U.S. Army to develop rocket torpedoes. This archival picture from August 1944 shows the test facility, known as the 'Tow Channel.'
PIA21124:
The Tow Channel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 8869x7185x3
Building 264, also known as the Space Flight Support Building, hosts engineers supporting space missions in flight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is seen in this archival image from January 1972.
PIA21123:
Space Flight Support Building
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 1857x1462x3
In this archival image from December 1972, the science steering group for a mission then-known as Mariner Jupiter Saturn 1977, later renamed Voyager, met for the first time at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA21122:
Voyager's First Science Meeting
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 3418x2668x1
The Administration Building of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Building 180) is pictured in this archival image taken in January 1965. What appears as a parking lot in this photograph later becomes 'The Mall,' a landscaped open-air gathering place.
PIA21121:
JPL's Administration Building
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 1315x1028x1
This archival picture, taken in 1964, shows engineers in Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA21120:
Mission Control, 1964
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 7354x5657x1
This archival picture, taken in August 1944, shows the northeast end of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. This was near the Arroyo Seco, a dry canyon wash at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.
PIA21119:
The Gulch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 9216x7255x1
This archival photograph from 1949 shows the main entrance gate to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, after a snowstorm. To the left is JPL's administration building at the time. Building 67 is the Materials Research Building today.
PIA21118:
A Snowy Entrance
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 3180x2831x1
This archival image shows engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory looking at data related to the Venus flyby of Mariner 2 on Dec. 14, 1962. This was the first successful flyby of another planet.
PIA21117:
Checking Out Venus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 8987x7160x1
This archival aerial image of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was taken in September 1950, when the lab's main patron was the U.S. Army.
PIA21116:
JPL From Above, 1950
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 8869x7185x1
This archival picture shows what greeted visitors to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in December 1957, before NASA was created and the lab became one of its centers.
PIA21115:
Welcome to JPL, 1957
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
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This archival photograph shows the first pass of Echo 1, America's first communications satellite, over the Goldstone Tracking Station managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, in the early morning of Aug. 12, 1960.
PIA21114:
Goldstone Tracking the Echo 'Satelloon'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-05 Mars 3082x1899x3
This graphic indicates a similarity between 2016 (dark blue line) and five past years in which Mars has experienced a global dust storm (orange lines and band), compared to years with no global dust storm (blue-green lines and band).
PIA20855:
2016 Resembles Past Global Dust Storm Years on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-04 Mars 2020 Rover
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A prototype of the Lander Vision System for NASA's Mars 2020 mission was tested in this Dec. 9, 2014, flight of a Masten Space Systems 'Xombie' vehicle at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
PIA20848:
Test of Lander Vision System for Mars 2020
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-29 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory suite inside NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has measured the isotope ratios of xenon and krypton in Mars' atmosphere and can explain why they are more abundant in the Martian atmosphere than expected.
PIA20847:
Isotopic Clues to Mars' Crust-Atmosphere Interactions
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-20 ARM
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This graphic depicts the Asteroid Redirect Vehicle conducting a flyby of its target asteroid. The robotic segment of the Asteroid Redirect Mission will demonstrate advanced, high-power, high-throughput solar electric propulsion.
PIA21062:
ARM Spacecraft (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-20 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Scientists from NASA's Cassini mission suggested in a 2016 paper that the appearance of a cloud of dicyanoacetylene (C4N2) ice in Titan's stratosphere may be explained by 'solid-state' chemistry taking place inside ice particles.
PIA20715:
"Solid State" Chemistry in Titan Ice Particles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-02 Jupiter Juno
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During its close flyby of Jupiter on August 27, 2016, the Waves instrument on NASA's Juno spacecraft received radio signals associated with the giant planet's very intense auroras.
PIA21037:
Juno Listens to Jupiter's Auroras Sing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-02 Jupiter Juno
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As NASA's Juno spacecraft approached Jupiter on Aug. 27, 2016, the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument captured the planet's glow in infrared light.
PIA21036:
Juno Captures Jupiter's Glow in Infrared Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Spitzer begins its 'Beyond' mission phase on Oct. 1, 2016. Spitzer is depicted in the orientation it assumes to establish communications with ground stations.
PIA20913:
Spitzer Beyond (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-09 1208x691x3
This artist's rendering shows the proposed starshade concept flying in sync with a space telescope. The giant sunflower-like structure would be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars.
PIA20911:
Starshade Artist's Concept 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-09 1274x732x3
This artist's rendering shows the proposed starshade flying in sync with a space telescope. The giant sunflower-like structure would be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars.
PIA20910:
Starshade Artist's Concept 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-09 1261x629x3
This image shows a deployed half-scale starshade with four petals at NASA's JPL. On a starshade ready for launch, the thermal gold foil will only cover the side of the petals facing away from the telescope.
PIA20909:
Starshade Deployed at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-09 1200x801x3
A test of a small-scale starshade model in a dry lake bed in central Nevada's Smith Creek by Northrup Grumman in May-June 2014. A telescope points toward a bright light, which mimics the conditions of starlight in space.
PIA20908:
Starshade Test in Nevada
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-09 1396x905x3
This image shows the deployment of a half-scale starshade with four petals at NASA's JPL in 2014. The flower-like petals of the starshade are designed to diffract bright starlight away from telescopes seeking the dim light of exoplanets.
PIA20907:
Starshade Deployment
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The first prototype starshade developed by NASA's JPL, shown in technology partner Astro Aerospace/Northrup Grumman's facility in Santa Barbara, California, in 2013. As shown by this 66 foot model, starshades can come in many shapes and sizes.
PIA20906:
First Starshade Prototype at JPL
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A furled first prototype starshade developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shown in technology partner Astro Aerospace/Northrup Grumman's facility in Santa Barbara, California, in 2013.
PIA20905:
Furled Starshade Prototype
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A deployed half-scale starshade with four petals at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA., in 2014. The flower-like petals of the starshade are designed to diffract bright starlight away from telescopes seeking the dim light of exoplanets.
PIA20904:
Half-Scale Starshade
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The four petals pictured in the image shows the bare bones of the first prototype starshade by NASA's JPL, being measured for this positional accuracy with a laser. As shown by this 66-foot model, starshades can come in many shapes and sizes.
PIA20903:
Starshade Prototype
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-09 1200x801x3
Starlight-blocking technologies such as the starshade are being developed to help image exoplanets, with a focus on Earth-sized, habitable worlds. The starshade works to block excessive starlight from the 'eyes' of a space telescope like Hubble.
PIA20902:
Small-scale Starshade Test
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Tests by Northrup Grumman determined that a starshade, or external occulter, is capable of blocking starlight to a degree that can indeed reveal the light of a planet.
PIA20901:
Starshade Night Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-18 Kepler
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A crop of more than 100 planets, discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, includes four in Earth's size-range orbiting a single dwarf star.
PIA20698:
K2 Finds Earth-Sized Planets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-15 Mars 2020 Rover
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One investigation on NASA's Mars 2020 rover will extract oxygen from the Martian atmosphere. It is called MOXIE, for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment. Shown here is Michael Hecht, of MIT in the development lab at JPL.
PIA20761:
Mars 2020's MOXIE Laboratory and Principal Investigator
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-15 Mars 2020 Rover
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This 2016 image comes from computer-assisted-design work on the 2020 rover. The design leverages many successful features of NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012.
PIA20759:
Computer-Design Drawing for NASA's 2020 Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-14 Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Mars 2020 Project will re-use the basic engineering of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity to send a different rover to Mars, with new objectives and instruments. This artist's concept depicts the top of the 2020 rover's mast.
PIA20760:
NASA to Launch Mars Rover in 2020 (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This map shows the frequency of carbon dioxide frost's presence at sunrise on Mars, as a percentage of days year-round, based on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA20758:
Where on Mars Does Carbon Dioxide Frost Form Often?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-30 Juno
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This chart presents data that the Waves investigation on NASA's Juno spacecraft recorded as the spacecraft crossed the bow shock just outside of Jupiter's magnetosphere on June 24, 2016.
PIA20754:
Data Recorded as Juno Entered Magnetosphere
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This chart presents data that the Waves investigation on NASA's Juno spacecraft recorded as the spacecraft crossed the bow shock just outside of Jupiter's magnetosphere on June 24, 2016.
PIA20753:
Data Recorded as Juno Crossed Jovian Bow Shock
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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft in orbit above Jupiter. From its unique polar orbit, Juno will repeatedly dive between the planet and its intense belts of charged particle radiation.
PIA20704:
Juno Above Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter, with its solar arrays and main antenna pointed toward the distant sun and Earth.
PIA20703:
Juno Points Homeward (Artist's Concept)
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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft approaching Jupiter.
PIA20702:
Juno Approaches Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-13 James Webb Space Telescope
Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI)
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This image shows the cooling device for the Mid-Infrared Instrument, or MIRI, one of the James Webb Space Telescope's four instruments.
PIA20688:
MIRI Cryocooler Packing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-13 James Webb Space Telescope
Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI)
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Technicians inspect the cooler for the Mid-Infrared Instrument, or MIRI, part of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
PIA20686:
Inspecting the MIRI Cryocooler
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This graphic shows Martian atmospheric temperature data related to seasonal patterns in occurrence of large regional dust storms. The data shown here were collected by the Mars Climate Sounder instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA20746:
Seasonal Temperature Pattern Indicating Martian Dust Storms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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By repeated measurements of the concentration of methane in the atmosphere at Gale Crater, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected long-term variation in background levels below one part per billion.
PIA20601:
Methane Background Levels at Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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By monitoring weather throughout two Martian years since landing in Gale Crater in 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has documented seasonal patterns such as shown in these graphs of temperature, water-vapor content and air pressure.
PIA20600:
Seasonal Cycles in Curiosity's First Two Martian Years
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-28 WFIRST
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Two different types of masks to be used in NASA's upcoming Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope, or WFIRST, coronagraph instrument, are pictured.
PIA20585:
Tiny Masks for Seeing Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-28 WFIRST
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The vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, used for testing WFIRST and other coronagraphs.
PIA20584:
Coronagraph Test Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-20 Europa Europa Clipper
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This artist's rendering shows NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft, which is being developed for a launch sometime in the 2020s.
PIA20025:
Europa Clipper Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-05 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
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At 11:02 a.m. EDT on April 7, 2001, crowds watch a Boeing Delta II rocket lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, carrying NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft into space on its seven-month journey to Mars.
PIA20331:
Odyssey's Launch to Mars on April 7, 2001
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