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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This head-on view shows the tip of the drill bit on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The view merges two exposures taken by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument at different focus settings.
PIA16719:
Drill Bit Tip on Mars Rover Curiosity, Head-on View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The shape of the tip of the bit in the drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is apparent in this view recorded by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument on Mars. Jan. 29, 2012; the bit is about 0.6 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide.
PIA16718:
Drill Bit Tip on Mars Rover Curiosity, Side View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-30 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's illustration shows a planetary disk (left) that weighs the equivalent of 50 Jupiter-mass planets. It demonstrates a first-of-its-kind feat from astronomers using the Herschel space observatory.
PIA16683:
Weighing Planetary Disks (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-16 3648x2736x3
The NASA Astrobiology Icy Worlds team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are collecting samples from a simulated ocean vent to see if they can detect organic molecules being brewed.
PIA16637:
Does this Vial Contain Organics?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-16 3648x2736x3
A team of scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is testing whether organic molecules can be brewed in a simulated ocean vent. Pictured here is Lauren White, a member of the NASA Astrobiology Icy Worlds team.
PIA16636:
Simulating a Submarine Hydrothermal Vent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This graph shows the brightness variations of the brown dwarf named 2MASSJ22282889-431026 measured simultaneously by both NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA16612:
Probing Brown Dwarf Layers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this diagram, the Vega system, which was already known to have a cooler outer belt of comets (orange), is compared to our solar system with its asteroid and Kuiper belts. The ring of warm, rocky debris was detected using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope,
PIA16611:
Vega: Two Belts and the Possibility of Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration shows the atmosphere of a brown dwarf called 2MASSJ22282889-431026, which was observed simultaneously by NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes. The results were unexpected, revealing offset layers of material.
PIA16608:
Anatomy of Brown Dwarf's Atmosphere (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's concept envisions what hydrocarbon ice forming on a liquid hydrocarbon sea of Saturn's moon Titan might look like.
PIA16634:
Floating Ice on Titan Lakes?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-07 Kepler
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Kepler data has increased by 20 percent and now totals 2,740 potential planets orbiting 2,036 stars; dramatic increases are seen in the number of Earth-size and super Earth-size candidates discovered.
PIA16607:
Size of Kepler Planet Candidates
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-02 LADEE
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This is an artist's depiction of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory as it approaches lunar orbit.
PIA18160:
LADEE Approaches Lunar Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-20 Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This image shows the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer instrument just before it was attached to NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Cassini launched in 1997 and has been exploring the Saturn system since 2004.
PIA16633:
Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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Camera and robotic-arm maneuvers for taking a self-portrait of the NASA Curiosity rover on Mars were checked first, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., using the main test rover for the Curiosity.
PIA16458:
Self-Portrait of Curiosity's 'Stunt Double'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Voyager
Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument
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This image shows the low-energy charged particle instrument before it was installed on one of NASA's Voyager spacecraft in 1977. The instrument includes a stepper motor that turns the platform on which the sensors are mounted.
PIA16487:
Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Voyager
Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument
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This graphic shows the NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft and the location of its low-energy charged particle instrument. A labeled close-up of the low-energy charged particle instrument appears as the inset image.
PIA16484:
Location of Low-Energy Charged Particle Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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The first examinations of Martian soil by the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Mars Curiosity rover show no definitive detection of Martian organic molecules at this point.
PIA16576:
Chlorinated Compounds at 'Rocknest'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has detected sulfur, chlorine, and oxygen compounds in fine grains scooped by the rover at a wind drift site called 'Rocknest.' The grains were heated and analyzed using the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite.
PIA16575:
Signs of Perchlorates and Sulfur Containing Compounds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This plot shows the first-ever look at the deuterium to hydrogen ratio measured from the surface of Mars, as detected by the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM, on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16574:
Atmospheric Loss on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This plot of data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the variety of gases that were released from sand grains upon heating in the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM.
PIA16573:
Heating Martian Sand Grains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (MSL)
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This graph compares the elemental composition of typical soils at three landing regions on Mars: Gusev Crater, from Spirit; Meridiani Planum, from Opportunity; and now Gale Crater, where NASA's newest Curiosity rover is currently investigating.
PIA16572:
Inspecting Soils Across Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 MESSENGER
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This frame from an animation from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft depicts the illumination of the topography near Prokofiev crater, showing the small proportion of sunlight that reaches Prokofiev's floor and rim.
PIA16530:
A Solar Day at Prokofiev Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 MESSENGER
MLA
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NASA's Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) is shown ranging to Mercury's surface from orbit. In this image, yellow flashes represent near-infrared laser pulses that can reflect off terrain in shadow as well as in sunlight.
PIA16529:
How MLA Works
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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This graph compares a typical daily pattern of changing atmospheric pressure (blue) with the pattern during a regional dust storm hundreds of miles away (red). The data are by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16455:
Atmospheric Pressure Patterns Before and During Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This illustration based on results from Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the locations and interactions of volatiles on Mars.
PIA16463:
Volatiles on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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New results from the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover detected about 2,000 times as much argon-40 as argon-36, which weighs less, confirming the connection between Mars and Martian meteorites found on Earth.
PIA16462:
Weighing Molecules on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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If the atmosphere of Mars contains methane, various possibilities have been proposed for where the methane could come from and how it could disappear.
PIA16461:
Potential Sources and Sinks of Methane on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This graph shows the percentage abundance of five gases in the atmosphere of Mars, as measured by the Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer instrument of the SAM instrument suite onboard Curiosity.
PIA16460:
The Five Most Abundant Gases in the Martian Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This picture shows a lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16178:
Shooting Lasers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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The semi-precious gem peridot is a variety of olivine. NASA's Curiosity rover shows the diffraction signature, or 'fingerprint,' of the mineral olivine, shown here on Earth in the form of tumbled crystals.
PIA16218:
Olivine on Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the CheMin experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The image reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material.
PIA16217:
First X-ray View of Martian Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This image shows the cells that hold the soil samples that are vibrated by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16172:
Shake it up, CheMin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This charged couple device (CCD) is part of the CheMin instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. When CheMin directs X-rays at a sample of soil, this imager, which is the size of a postage stamp, detects both the position and energy of each X-ray photon.
PIA16171:
Detector for CheMin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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A conventional X-ray diffraction instrument (left) is the size of a large refrigerator, in contrast to the compact size of the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover (top right).
PIA16170:
X-ray Diffraction, Big and Small
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This cutaway view shows the internal chambers of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16207:
Internal Chambers of CHIMRA
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This false-color engineering drawing shows the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16206:
CHIMRA: Scoops, Sieves and Delivers Samples
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows a test using an engineering model of the soil scoop for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The scoop dips to about 1.4 inches (3.5 centimeters) deep. This test took place at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in 2011.
PIA16203:
Test Scooping for Mars Rover Curiosity Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-17 Juno
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A computer-generated image depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft firing its main engine.
PIA16118:
Juno Main Engine Firing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-17 Juno
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This computer-generated image depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft firing its Leros-1b main engine.
PIA16117:
Juno Fires its Main Engine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-13 Earth ADAPT
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This image was taken during a flight test of JPL's Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-Flight Testbed (ADAPT). The testbed was flown aboard a Masten Space System Xombie rocket.-Flight Testbed (ADAPT).
PIA16119:
ADAPT Rocket Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This engineering drawing shows the arm on NASA's Curiosity's rover in its 'ready-for-action' position, or 'ready out' as engineers say, in addition to the position it assumes to drop off samples.
PIA16147:
Flexing Curiosity's Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This engineering drawing shows various components needed to support tools at the end of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, including: calibration targets for helping instruments set their baseline levels.
PIA16146:
Curiosity's Work Bench
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This engineering drawing shows the five devices that make up the turret at the end of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover. These include: the drill for acquiring powdered samples from interiors of rocks.
PIA16145:
Tools at Curiosity's 'Fingertips'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This engineering drawing shows the location of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, in addition to the arm's turret, which holds two instruments and three tools. The arm places and holds turret-mounted tools on rock and soil targets.
PIA16144:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This chart shows increases in the volume of data coming back from NASA's Mars Curiosity over recent sols. New capabilities of the 'Electra' relay-radios on MRO and Curiosity have greatly increased the volume of data the rover is sending back from Mars.
PIA16107:
Curiosity Speaks Volumes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This chart illustrates how NASA's Curiosity rover talks to Earth. While the rover can send direct messages, it communicates more efficiently with the help of spacecraft in orbit, including NASA's Odyssey and MRO, and European Space Agency's Mars Express.
PIA16106:
Curiosity Speaks and Orbiters Listen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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An instrument suite that will analyze the chemical ingredients in samples of Martian atmosphere, rocks and soil during the mission of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, is shown here during assembly at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., in 2010.
PIA16100:
Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument, Side Panels Off
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This is the first laser spectrum from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, sent back from Mars on Aug. 19, 2012, showing emission lines from different elements present in the target, a rock near the rover's landing site dubbed 'Coronation.'
PIA16089:
Coronation's Chemicals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows laser plasmas in a test lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M., under typical atmospheric pressures on Earth and Mars. A plasma is an ionized, glowing gas.
PIA16088:
Laser Plasmas on Earth and Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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NASA's Curiosity rover pinged the ground with neutrons for the first time, a process called active neutron sounding, on August 17, 2012.
PIA16084:
Curiosity Blasts Ground with Neutrons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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The heritage for investigations with the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover comes from NASA's Odyssey orbiter.
PIA16083:
Laying the Groundwork for Curiosity's DAN
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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This image of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the location of the two components of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument. The neutron generator is mounted on the right hip and the detectors are on the opposite hip.
PIA16082:
Location of DAN on Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph shows the rise and fall of air and ground temperatures on Mars obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16081:
Taking Mars' Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph shows readings for atmospheric pressure at the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover. The data were obtained by Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, 2012.
PIA16080:
First Pressure Readings on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-20 InSight
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Artist rendition of the formation of rocky bodies in the solar system -- how they form and differentiate and evolve into terrestrial planets.
PIA16078:
Mars Interior (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-20 InSight
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Artist rendition of the InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Lander.
PIA16079:
Artist's Rendition of InSight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This mosaic shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, as seen by the ChemCam's remote micro-imager. The 10 images incorporated in this mosaic were taken on Aug. 15.
PIA16071:
Checking out ChemCam's View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover before it was installed on the rover and readied for launch.
PIA16070:
Pre-Launch Calibration Target for ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team aboard Air Force One during a flight to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Aug. 13, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
PIA16055:
President Obama Phones Mars Rover Team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is a still from an interactive web feature that guides you through the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16041:
Guided Tour of Curiosity's Martian Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image illustrates how spacecraft landings on Mars have become more and more precise over the years. Since NASA's first Mars landing of Viking in 1976, the targeted landing regions, or ellipses, have shrunk.
PIA16039:
Landing Accuracy on Mars: A Historical Perspective
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the times at which NASA's Curiosity rover hit its milestones during its entry, descent and landing on Mars. Times the events actually occurred are in red; times that Earth received confirmation that events occurred appear in blue.
PIA16036:
Hitting the Marks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is a close-up view of the zones where the soil at Curiosity's landing site was blown away by the thrusters on the rover's descent stage. The excavation of the soil reveals probable bedrock outcrop.
PIA16025:
Rocket Thrusters Expose Bedrock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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Like a human working in a radiation environment, NASA's Curiosity rover carries its own version of a dosimeter to measure radiation from outer space and the sun. This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected the rover's Radiation Assessment Detector.
PIA16020:
Curiosity's First Radiation Measurements on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from a video shows the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover deploying in a pre-launch test.
PIA16006:
Curiosity Pre-Launch Mast Test - August 07, 2012 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows the approximate true position of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. A 3-D virtual model of Curiosity is shown inside Gale Crater, near Mount Sharp, Curiosity's ultimate destination.
PIA15984:
Explore Mars With Curiosity Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 4, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15968:
Mars Weather Map, Aug. 4, 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth during landing. As the rover descends to Mars, it will send out basic radio-frequency tones that go directly to Earth.
PIA15967:
Curiosity Speaks (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows how NASA how orbiters over Mars will monitor the landing of NASA's Curiosity rover as it speeds towards its Martian landing site in Gale Crater.
PIA15966:
Great Convergence of Spacecraft around Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth via two of NASA's Mars orbiters, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Odyssey.
PIA15965:
Communicating with Curiosity (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This frame from an animation shows NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flying over NASA's Curiosity (shown in pink) as the rover lands on the Red Planet.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Flying Over Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from a video shows an engineering test for NASA's Curiosity rover. During the test, the clear dust covers on the Hazard-Avoidance cameras were popped off.
PIA15961:
Popping the Lid off Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows the location of a set of Hazard-Avoidance cameras on the back of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15960:
Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Ready for Action Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars; the spikes in radiation levels occurred because of large solar energetic particle events caused by giant flares on the sun.
PIA15955:
Radiation Levels on the Way to Mars
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This set of artist's concepts shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory cruise capsule and NASA's Orion spacecraft, which is being built now at NASA's Johnson Space Center and will one day send astronauts to Mars.
PIA15954:
Cruise Vehicles (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept comparing the present day magnetic fields on Earth and Mars. Earth's magnetic field is generated by an active dynamo -- a hot core of molten metal.
PIA15953:
Earth and Martian Magnetic Fields (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the locations of the cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15952:
Seventeen Cameras on Curiosity (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This set of images compares test images taken by four cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory before launch.
PIA15951:
Comparison of Curiosity Camera Fields of View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-15 Venus ACRIMSAT
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Observations of the total solar irradiance made with the ACRIM3 instrument on NASA's ACRIMSAT satellite on June 5 and 6, 2012, tracked the effect of the transit of Venus, which lasted about six hours.
PIA15820:
NASA's ACRIMSAT Observes Venus Transit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-08 Earth LDSD
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Sled tests will allow NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project, or LDSD, to test inflatable and parachute decelerators to slow spacecraft prior to landing.
PIA15798:
NASA Tests Future Mars Landing Technology
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-08 NuSTAR
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The carrier plane, L-1011 'Stargazer,' that will give NASA's NuSTAR and its rocket a lift to their airborne launch site is seen here at sunrise on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
PIA15638:
NuSTAR on Coral Island of Kwajalein
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.
PIA15791:
Curiosity -- Robot Geologist and Chemist in One! (Artist's Concept)
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This photo shows the Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket with NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft after attachment to the L-1011 carrier aircraft known as 'Stargazer.'
PIA15633:
NuSTAR Hitches a Ride on the 'Stargazer'
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NASA's NuSTAR will be able to identify individual black holes making up the diffuse X-ray glow, also called the X-ray background. At bottom right is a simulated view of what NuSTAR will see.
PIA15632:
Bringing Black Holes Into Focus
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NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has a complex set of mirrors, or optics, that will help it see high-energy X-ray light in greater detail than ever before.
PIA15631:
NuSTAR's Russian Doll-like Mirrors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-23 FINESSE
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This is an artist's rendering of the spacecraft FINESSE orbiting above Earth. Proposed for launch in 2016 as part of NASA's Explorers Program, FINESSE would take the first 'family portrait' of extrasolar planets.
PIA15778:
FINESSE -- A Proposed Exoplanet Mission (Artist Concept)
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This artist's concept shows NASA's NuSTAR mission orbiting Earth. NuSTAR will hunt for hidden black holes and other exotic cosmic objects.
PIA15777:
NuSTAR Orbits Earth (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Michael Malin, left, principal investigator for three science cameras on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, comments to a news reporter during tests with Curiosity's mobility-test stand-in, Scarecrow, on Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert.
PIA15683:
Watching Test Drives in California for Rover Mission to Mars
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission team members ran mobility tests on the test rover called 'Scarecrow' on sand dunes near Death Valley, Ca. in early May 2012 in preparation for operating the Curiosity rover, currently en route to Mars.
PIA15682:
Test Rover Aids Preparations in California for Curiosity Rover on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 OCO-2
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Technicians prep NASA's OCO-2 instrument for shipping at Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Ca.
PIA15654:
NASA's OCO-2 Instrument Completes Construction
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This image shows three slices of a class of meteorites that fell to Earth that NASA's Dawn mission has confirmed as originating from the giant asteroid Vesta.
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Meteorites from Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An in-flight camera check produced this out-of-focus image when NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft turned on illumination sources that are part of the Curiosity rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument.
PIA15294:
Camera Test on Curiosity During Flight to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-02 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This computer-simulated image shows gas from a tidally shredded star falling into a black hole. Astronomers observed the flare in ultraviolet light using NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA15429:
Black Hole Erupts Animation Icon
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This artist's concept shows a 'feeding,' or active, supermassive black hole with a jet streaming outward at nearly the speed of light. Such active black holes are often found at the hearts of elliptical galaxies.
PIA15414:
Cosmic Jets Coming at You (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-05 Kepler
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From left to right, artist's concepts of the Spitzer, Planck and Kepler space telescopes. NASA extended Spitzer and Kepler for two additional years; and the U.S. portion of Planck, a European Space Agency mission, for one year.
PIA15423:
Spitzer, Planck and Kepler Extended by NASA (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-27 GRAIL
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An artist's depiction of the twin spacecraft that comprise NASA's GRAIL mission. During the GRAIL mission's science phase, spacecraft (Ebb and Flow) transmit radio signals precisely defining the distance between them as they orbit the moon in formation.
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NASA's GRAIL Spacecraft in Science Collection Phase (Artist's Concept)
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An artist's depiction of the twin spacecraft (Ebb and Flow) that comprise NASA's GRAIL mission. As 'Ebb and Flow' fly over areas of greater and lesser gravity surface features can influence the distance between the two spacecraft.
PIA13965:
GRAIL Spacecraft Over the Moon (Artist's Concept)
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An Orbital Sciences technician completes final checks of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, before the Pegasus payload fairing is secured around it.
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Wrapping NuSTAR in Its Rocket Nose Cone
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A spacecraft technician is performing closeout work inside the fairing that will be installed around NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) spacecraft in a processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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Inside NuSTAR's Nose Cone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-28 InSight
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This artist rendition is of the Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Lander. InSight proposes to place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.
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InSight, a Mars MIssion (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-23 NuSTAR
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Inside an environmental enclosure at Vandenberg Air Force Base's processing facility in California, solar panels line the sides of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), which was just joined to the Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket.
PIA15269:
Uniting of NuSTAR Spacecraft and Rocket
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