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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex put into place a set of support legs to help hold up a portion of the giant 'Mars antenna' on May 4, 2010.
PIA13560:
Mars Antenna Gets Legs
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Deep Space Station 14
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex prepare a support leg that would help raise a portion of the giant 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13559:
Prepping a Support Leg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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As part of a major refurbishment for the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, a stringer box is lowered into place.
PIA13558:
Stringer Box Going In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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A worker at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex radios to his colleagues that 12 jacks are ready to lift the upper section of the giant 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13557:
Jacking up the Antenna
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Deep Space Station 14
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex check on a set of jacks used to raise the upper part of the giant 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13430:
Checking on the Jacks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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On May 3, 2010, workers at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex removed one of the large steel pads that help the giant 'Mars antenna' rotate sideways.
PIA13429:
Removing Pads from Antenna
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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This image, taken on March 22, 2010, shows the condition of grout that was replaced in the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone, Calif. complex.
PIA13564:
Out with the Old Grout
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Station 14
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A major refurbishment of the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California's Mojave Desert required workers to jack up millions of pounds of delicate scientific equipment.
PIA13563:
A Heavy-Duty Jack for a Giant Task
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Deep Space Station 14
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The giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex replaced four elevation bearings as part of a major refurbishment.
PIA13562:
Old Elevation Bearings
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Deep Space Station 14
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Work began on March 11, 2010 to replace a set of elevation bearings on the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif.
PIA13561:
Replacing the Elevation Bearings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-08 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument will analyze samples of Martian rock and soil collected by the rover's arm to assess carbon chemistry through a search for organic compounds, and to look for clues about planetary change.
PIA13463:
Sample Analysis at Mars for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The ChemCam instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission uses a pulsed laser beam to vaporize a pinhead-size target, producing a flash of light from the ionized material (plasma) that can be analyzed to identify chemical elements in the target.
PIA13399:
Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser During Tests
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The two main parts of the ChemCam laser instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission are shown in this combined image.
PIA13398:
Body and Mast Units of ChemCam Instrument for Mars Rover
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The ChemCam instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission uses a pulsed laser beam to vaporize a pinhead-size target, producing a flash of light from the ionized material (plasma) that can be analyzed to identify chemical elements in the target.
PIA13397:
Viewing Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser for Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Testing of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sept. 3, 2010, included movements of the arm while the rover was on a table tilted to 20 degrees to simulate a sloped surface on Mars.
PIA13390:
Tilt-Table Testing for Curiosity's Robotic Arm
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Robotic Arm (MSL)
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NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, stretches its robotic arm upward during tests on a tilt table in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Labotatory.
PIA13389:
Arm Stretch by Curiosity Mars Rover
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Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Test operators in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory monitor some of the first motions by the robotic arm on the Mars rover Curiosity after installation in August 2010. The arm is shown in a partially extended position.
PIA13388:
Curiosity Mars Rover Flexes its Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Test operators monitor how NASA's Mars rover Curiosity handles driving over a ramp during a test on Sept. 10, 2010, inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13385:
Eyes on Curiosity Rover's Driving
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The suspension system on NASA Mars rover Curiosity easily accommodates rolling over a ramp in this Sept. 10, 2010, test drive inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13384:
NASA's Next Mars Rover on a Test Drive
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NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, drives up a ramp during a test at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The rover, like its smaller predecessors already on Mars, uses a rocker bogie suspension system to drive over uneven ground.
PIA13383:
Ramp Drive Test for Curiosity Mars Rover
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A group of members from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory watch the motions of an engineering model of the camera mast for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on March 5, 2010.
PIA13370:
Moviemaker with Mars Rover 'Stunt Double'
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Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space.
PIA13359:
Mars Science Laboratory's Cruise Stage in Test Chamber
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Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space. Spacecraft technicians at JPL prepare a space-simulation test.
PIA13360:
Cruise Stage Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-26 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The Mars Climate Sounder instrument, shown here prior to its installation onto NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for the mission's 2006 launch, will get a similar-looking sibling at Mars in 2016.
PIA13352:
Climate Sounder Instrument for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-25 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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Under the unflinching summer sun, workers at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., use a crane to lift a runner segment that is part of major surgery on a giant, 70-meter-wide antenna.
PIA13321:
Lifting the Runners
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Deep Space Network Antenna
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Workers in Goldstone, Calif., guide a new runner segment into the hydrostatic bearing assembly of a giant, 70-meter-wide (230-foot-wide) antenna that is a critical part of NASA's Deep Space Network.
PIA13320:
New Joints for a Workhorse Antenna
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Deep Space Network Antenna
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The giant, 70-meter-wide antenna at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., tracks a spacecraft on Nov. 17, 2009. This antenna, officially known as Deep Space Station 14, is also nicknamed the 'Mars antenna.'
PIA13277:
Tracks of a Giant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-02 ExoMars
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NASA and the European Space Agency are jointly developing the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission for launch in 2016.
PIA13310:
Artist's Concept of Planned 2016 Mars Mission
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-29 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Technicians and engineers in clean-room garb monitor the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Technicians and engineers conducted the drive test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13308:
Curiosity at Center of Attention During Test
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A test operator in clean-room garb observes rolling of the wheels during the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Technicians and engineers conducted the drive test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13307:
Close Look at Curiosity's First Drive
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A test operator in clean-room garb holds umbilical cables for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the rover's first drive test, on July 23, 2010. NASA will launch Curiosity in late 2011 for arrival at Mars in August 2012.
PIA13306:
Next Mars Rover Starts Rolling
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In the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers gather around the base of Curiosity's 'neck' (the Mast) as they slowly lower it into place for attachment to the rover's 'body' (the Wet Electronics Box, or 'WEB').
PIA13295:
Connecting Curiosity's "Neck"
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Mastcam
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Curiosity's 'eyes' (the Mastcam) are shrouded in a silvery material, awaiting their first look around the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the rover is being built.
PIA13294:
Close-Up View of Curiosity's "Head"
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are dressed head to toe in 'bunny suits' only their eyes and foreheads can be seen. They are huddled around the base of the rover Curiosity's 'neck' (its Mast).
PIA13293:
Attaching Curiosity's Mast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A pocketknife provides scale for this image of the Mars Descent Imager camera; the camera will fly on the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, Calif., supplied the camera for the mission.
PIA13283:
Mars Descent Imager for Curiosity
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MARDI
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This graphic portrays the sequence of key events in August 2012 from the time the NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, with its rover Curiosity, enters the Martian atmosphere to a moment after it touches down on the surface.
PIA13282:
Final Minutes of Curiosity's Arrival at Mars
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Ken Edgett, deputy principal investigator for NASA's Mars Descent Imager, holds a ruler used as a depth-of-field test target. The instrument took this image inside the Malin Space Science Systems clean room in San Diego, CA, during calibration testing.
PIA13281:
Test Image by Mars Descent Imager
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-15 Earth Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network Antenna
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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., pour in a new epoxy grout as the giant 'Mars antenna' undergoes major surgery. The grout is part of the hydrostatic bearing assembly, which enables the antenna to rotate horizontally.
PIA13272:
Pouring the New Grout
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Deep Space Network Antenna
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An engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., checks the evenness of sole plates installed on the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network communications site in Goldstone, Calif.
PIA13271:
Checking for Even Surfaces
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Deep Space Network Antenna
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As the sun sets on July 8, 2010, workers prepare to pour new epoxy grout for the hydrostatic bearing assembly of the giant 'Mars antenna' at NASA's Deep Space Network communications site in Goldstone, Calif.
PIA13270:
Mars Antenna Ready for Surgery
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This image was taken in the cleanroom where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled. It shows the rover, which is about the size of an SUV, hoisted on a white lift, with its black wheels suspended in the air.
PIA13273:
Wheels Spinning Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-12 Juno
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Workers place the special radiation vault for NASA's Juno spacecraft onto the propulsion module. The whole vault, with more than 20 electronic assemblies inside, weighs about 200 kilograms (500 pounds).
PIA13260:
Setting up Juno's Radiation Vault
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Technicians installed the special radiation vault for NASA's Juno spacecraft on the propulsion module. The radiation vault has titanium walls to protect the spacecraft's electronic brain and heart from Jupiter's harsh radiation environment.
PIA13259:
Protecting Juno's Electronics from Radiation
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Technicians installed a special radiation vault onto the propulsion module of NASA's Juno spacecraft. Each titanium wall measures nearly a square meter (nearly 10 square feet) in area and about 1 centimeter (a third of an inch) in thickness.
PIA13258:
Installing Juno's Radiation Vault
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Technicians lowered a special radiation vault onto the propulsion module of NASA's Juno spacecraft. The vault will dramatically slow the aging effect radiation has on the electronics for the duration of the mission.
PIA13257:
Lowering Juno's Radiation Vault
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A technician inspects the special radiation vault being installed atop the propulsion module of NASA's Juno spacecraft; the vault has titanium walls to protect the spacecraft's electronic brain and heart from Jupiter's harsh radiation environment.
PIA13256:
Inspecting Juno's Radiation Vault
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Once the radiation vault was installed on top of the propulsion module, NASA's Juno spacecraft was lifted onto a large rotation fixture. The fixture allows the spacecraft to be turned for convenient access for integrating and testing instruments.
PIA13255:
Rotating Juno for Integrating Instruments
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this image taken from a video clip, NASA's Curiosity rover's wheels are shown hoisted on a pink crane and moving closer to the rover's body. Video is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13238:
New Wheels (Animation)
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In this picture, the Curiosity rover sports a set of six new wheels. The wheels were installed on June 28 and 29 in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13237:
Wheel Installation
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In the middle of this image, three wheels are shown raised by a lift, with engineers on both sides of the wheels in the cleanroom, where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled.
PIA13236:
New Wheels
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With the wheels and suspension system already installed onto one side of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity the previous day, spacecraft engineers and technicians prepare the other side's mobility subsystem for installation on June 29, 2010.
PIA13234:
Installation of Curiosity's Wheels and Suspension
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Mars rover Curiosity, the centerpiece of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, is coming together for extensive testing prior to its late 2011 launch.
PIA13235:
Mars rover Curiosity with Newly Installed Wheels
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CheMin
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Members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory team carefully steer the hoisted Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument during its June 15, 2010, installation into the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity.
PIA13231:
Chemistry and Mineralogy Instrument Installed in Mars Rover
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Decades of work preparing a miniaturized laboratory for identifying minerals on Mars have also yielded spinoff versions with diverse applications on Earth and, possibly, the moon.
PIA13230:
Laboratory-in-a-Box has Uses on Mars, Earth, Elsewhere
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From left to right: JPLers Felipe Santos Fregoso, Piotr Szwaykowski, Kurt Liewer and Stefan Martin with the nulling interferometer testbed at JPL, where the device is built and refined.
PIA13213:
Interferometer Testbed
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In advance of a testing flight at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, members of the test team prepare the engineering model of the Mars Science Laboratory descent radar on the nose gimbal of a helicopter. The yellow disks are the radar's antennae.
PIA13189:
Preparing for a Mars Radar Test
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The engineering test model for the radar system that will be used during the next landing on Mars is shown here mounted onto a helicopter's nose gimbal during a May 12, 2010, test at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
PIA13188:
Test Model of Mars Landing Radar
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This test for the radar system to be used during the August 2012 descent and landing of NASA Mars rover Curiosity mounted an engineering test model of the radar system onto the nose of a helicopter.
PIA13187:
Test at NASA Dryden of Radar System for Next Mars Landing
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This artist's concept depicts Curiosity, the rover to be launched in 2011 by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, as it is being lowered by the mission's rocket-powered descent stage during a critical moment of the 'sky crane' landing in 2012.
PIA13162:
Critical Step in Next Mars Rover Landing (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Juno spacecraft, which will launch from Earth in 2011 and arrive at Jupiter in 2016 to study the giant planet from an elliptical, polar orbit.
PIA13087:
Juno Mission to Jupiter (2009 Artist's Concept )
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Assembly began April 1, 2010, for NASA's Juno spacecraft in the high-bay cleanroom at Lockheed Martin in Denver, Colo. Workers are moving the radiation vault above a mock-up of the upper part of the spacecraft's main body.
PIA13013:
Juno Taking Shape
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This is image is of the 200-inch Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory, located in north San Diego County, California which is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology.
PIA13033:
Hale Telescope, Palomar Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows a helicopter carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory over a patch of desert with abundant California poppies.
PIA13031:
Testing of Mars Landing Radar near Lancaster, Calif.
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This image taken March 25, 2010 shows preparations for radar testing for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. This day's work evaluated a setup for suspending a rover mock-up beneath a helicopter at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne, Calif.
PIA13032:
Preparation for Testing of Mars Landing Radar
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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows the test radar affixed to a gimbal mounting at the front of a helicopter, carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
PIA13030:
Radar Testing for Mars Science Labotatory
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will use a side-by side pair of cameras for examining terrain around the mission's rover, Curiosity. The Mastcam 34 offers wider-angle viewing.
PIA13019:
Mastcam 34: Shorter Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will use a side-by side pair of cameras for examining terrain around the mission's rover, Curiosity. The Mastcam 100 offers telephoto capability.
PIA13018:
Mastcam 100: Longer Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover
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Mastcam
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Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, delivered the two cameras for the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument of NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in March 2011.
PIA13017:
Sample Image Through Camera Built for Next Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-06 Juno
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Assembly began April 1, 2010, for NASA's Juno spacecraft. Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colorado workers are readying the spacecraft's propulsion module.
PIA13012:
Readying Juno's Propulsion Module
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Assembly began April 1, 2010, for NASA's Juno spacecraft. Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colorado are moving into place the vault that will protect the spacecraft's sensitive electronics from Jupiter's intense radiation belts.
PIA13011:
Juno Taking Shape
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In this image, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory test and 'flex' Curiosity's robotic arm and tools. A video can be viewed at the Photojournal.
PIA12839:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools Animation Icon
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Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rises straight up toward the ceiling of the lab where it is being tested.
PIA12837:
Engineers Flex Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools
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Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is bent at nearly a 90-degree angle.
PIA12459:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm Bent at Nearly a 90-degree Angle
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The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft, shown above the Earth as it faces toward the Sun. SDO is designed to study the influence of the Sun on the Earth and the inner solar system by studying the solar atmosphere.
PIA18169:
Solar Dynamics Observatory (Artist's Concept)
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An artist's illustration of the Chandra spacecraft in orbit.
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Chandra Spacecraft in Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-03 Earth IRTF
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NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The IRTF is a venerable 30-year-old, 3-meter-diameter (10-foot) telescope that ranks 40th among ground-based telescopes.
PIA12504:
NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-27 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) flying over Mars.
PIA17486:
Mars Global Surveyor (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-12-23 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This infrared image shows NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) rocketing into the sky just before dawn on Dec. 14 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. All systems are behaving as expected.
PIA12483:
Prepping WISE to Pop its Lens Cap
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is shown inside one-half of the nose cone, or fairing, that will protect it during launch.
PIA12480:
WISE Snug in its Nose Cone
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is shown inside one-half of the nose cone, or fairing, that will protect it during launch.
PIA12478:
WISE Snug in its Nose Cone
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is shown inside one-half of the nose cone, or fairing, that will protect it during launch.
PIA12479:
WISE Snug in its Nose Cone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-20 Cassini-Huygens
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New data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggest that the shape of our solar system moving through the local Milky Way galaxy looks like a bubble -- or a rat -- traveling through a boa constrictor's belly.
PIA12375:
Bubble of Our Sun's Influence
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This artist's conception shows NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mapping the whole sky in infrared. The mission will unveil hundreds of thousands of asteroids, and hundreds of millions of stars and galaxies.
PIA12470:
Mapping the Infrared Sky (Artist Concept)
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This diagram shows a bird's eye view of our asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars (red) and Jupiter (purple).
PIA12469:
Asteroid Belt Bird's Eye View
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer rotating in space, revealing all sides of the spacecraft.
PIA12468:
Views of WISE in Space (Artist Concept)
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Astronomers think there are roughly as many brown dwarfs as regular stars like our sun, but brown dwarfs are often too cool to find using visible light.
PIA12466:
New Cool Stars
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An engineer loads hydrogen gas into the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer in a clean room at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The hydrogen is cooled and frozen inside a Thermos-like bottle, called the cryostat, which keeps the science instrument
PIA12464:
Freezing Hydrogen
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer in the clean room at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., in Boulder, Colo.
PIA12463:
WISE Spacecraft in Clean Room
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer will uncover many 'failed' stars, or brown dwarfs, in infrared light. This diagram shows a brown dwarf in relation to Earth, Jupiter, a low-mass star and the sun.
PIA12462:
Brown Dwarf Comparison
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Rover-team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., check slight movements by a test rover during tests simulating the challenge of getting NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit out of a sand trap on Mars.
PIA12352:
Sandbox Testing to Prepare for Driving Spirit
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A scaffolding structure built around NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer allows engineers to freeze its hydrogen coolant. The WISE infrared instrument is kept extremely cold by a bottle-like tank filled with frozen hydrogen, called the cryostat.
PIA12350:
Freezing WISE's Hydrogen
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A screen shot from software used by the Mars Exploration Rover team for assessing movements by Spirit and Opportunity illustrates the degree to which Spirit's wheels have become embedded in soft material at the location called 'Troy.'
PIA12337:
Computer Reconstruction of Spirit's Predicament
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WISE Telescope
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The science instrument on NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is shown here with its aperture cover removed, during assembly at the Space Dynamics Laboratory in Logan, Utah.
PIA12317:
A Look Inside WISE
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Some say the science instrument on NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission resembles the Star Wars robot R2-D2. The instrument is enclosed in a solid-hydrogen cryostat, which cools the WISE telescope and detectors.
PIA12316:
A Robot or a Science Instrument?
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A depiction of NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is shown viewing the Rachmaninoff basin.
PIA18149:
MESSENGER Views Rachmaninoff Basin (Artist's Concept)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft sits with its protective covering.
PIA12308:
NASA's WISE Spacecraft in Protective Covering
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA15875:
NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image shows NASA's 40 cm diameter Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope. Here the lead optical test engineer attaches the back-end imager optics to the afocal.
PIA12301:
NASA's WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, back-end imager optics. This picture shows the imager optics which are mounted at the back of the optical system.
PIA12300:
NASA's WISE Imager Optics
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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View looking down the barrel of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope. This image shows the 40 cm WISE primary mirror, which is the largest optical element in the WISE system.
PIA12299:
View Down the Barrel of NASA's WISE Telescope
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