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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-19 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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This video shows NASA's Perseverance Mars rover using its Auto-Nav technology to drive 574 feet (175 meters) on September 12, 2021, the 200th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA24934:
Perseverance's Sol 200 Auto-Nav Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover took this selfie over a rock nicknamed Rochette, on September 10, 2021. Two holes can be seen where the rover used its robotic arm to drill rock core samples.
PIA24836:
Perseverance's Selfie at Rochette
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-06 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This sealed titanium sample tube contains Perseverance's first cored sample of Mars rock. The rover's Sampling and Caching System Camera (known as CacheCam) captured this image.
PIA24807:
Sealing in Perseverance's First Sample
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-06 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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Perseverance's first cored-rock sample of Mars rock is seen inside its titanium container tube in this image taken by the rover's Sampling and Caching System Camera (known as CacheCam).
PIA24806:
Perseverance's First Cored Mars Rock in Sample Tube
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-31 NEOWISE
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The dark spot in the bottom left corner of the image is a brown dwarf, nicknamed The Accident, which was discovered by citizen scientist Dan Caselden using data from NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA24578:
An Accidental Discovery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-12 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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This composite image, made by the SuperCam instrument aboard NASA's Perseverance rover on August 8, 2021, shows the hole in a Martian rock where the rover attempted to collect its first sample.
PIA24749:
Laser Shots at Roubion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-29 Earth ECOSTRESS
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NASA's ECOSTRESS instrument captured ground-surface temperature data over northern California's Dixie Fire from July 15 to July 24. Areas in red show the fire front, where resources are needed most.
PIA23696:
ECOSTRESS Views 2021 Northern California Dixie Fire
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-29 Earth ECOSTRESS
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NASA's ECOSTRESS instrument captured ground-surface temperature data over southern Oregon's Bootleg Fire from July 7 to July 22. Areas in red show the fire front, where resources are needed most.
PIA23695:
ECOSTRESS Views 2021 Southern Oregon Bootleg Fire
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-23 Mars Mars Helicopter
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This sequence of images from takeoff to landing was taken by the downward-looking navigation camera of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter during its ninth flight on Mars on July 5, 2021.
PIA24686:
The Long Haul – Ingenuity's Flight 9
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-21 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This series of images shows NASA's Perseverance rover inspecting and sealing a witness sample tube on June 21, 2021, as it prepares to collect its first sample of Martian rock and sediment.
PIA24751:
Witness Tube in Perseverance Sample Caching System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-21 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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This video from July 1, 2021, shows scenes from the longest autonomous drive yet for NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, which landed on Feb. 18, 2021.
PIA24743:
Perseverance Rover Camera View of Long Autonomous Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-20 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Hazard Avoidance Camera (M2020)
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The robotic arm on NASA's Perseverance rover reached out to examine rocks in an area on Mars nicknamed the Cratered Floor Fractured Rough area in this image captured on July 10, 2021.
PIA24748:
Perseverance's Arm Over Paver Rocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-15 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite collected temperature readings in the atmosphere and at the surface during an unprecedented heat wave in the southwestern U.S. from July 1 to July 12, 2021.
PIA23693:
July 2021 Heat Wave Surface Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-09 NuSTAR
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The cosmic object SS 433 contains a bright source of X-ray light surrounded by two hemispheres of hot gas. SS 433 tilts periodically, causing one X-ray beam to point toward Earth.
PIA24574:
The Changing X-ray Brightness of SS 433 (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-08 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite collected temperature readings in the atmosphere and at the surface during an unprecedented heat wave in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada that started around June 26.
PIA24537:
Heat Wave Surface Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-01 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This computer simulation shows NASA's Perseverance Mars rover as it carried out its first drive using its auto-navigation feature, which allows it to avoid rocks and other hazards without input from engineers back on Earth.
PIA24723:
Computer Simulation of Perseverance's First Autonav Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-01 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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Perseverance relies on left and right navigation cameras. The view seen here combines the perspective of two cameras rover during the rover's first drive using AutoNav, it's auto-navigation function.
PIA24722:
Perseverance's First Autonav Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-29 Mars Mars Helicopter
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took these images using its navigation camera during its eighth flight on June 21, 2021.
PIA24721:
Ingenuity's Eighth Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-25 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This computer simulation shows NASA's Perseverance Mars rover taking its first selfie, on April 6, 2021. The point of view of the rover's WATSON camera is included to show how each of the images were taken before being stitched together into the selfie.
PIA24669:
Computer Simulation of Rover Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-15 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is seen here at the end of its fourth flight, on April 30, 2021. This enhanced video shows the dust kicked up by the helicopter's spinning rotors.
PIA24666:
Ingenuity Kicks Up Dust Cloud on Fourth Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-07 Earth Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-3)
OCO-3
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This animation shows the accumulation of data from NASA's OCO-3 instrument used to create a map of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations that covers about 50 square miles (80 square kilometers) of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
PIA24523:
Carbon Dioxide Over the L.A. Metropolitan Area
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-06-03 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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To clean a bit of dust from one of its solar panels, NASA's InSight lander trickled sand above the panel. The wind-borne sand grains then picked up some dust on the panel, enabling the lander to gain about 30 watt-hours of energy per sol on May 22, 2021.
PIA24664:
InSight's Robotic Arm Helps Remove Solar Panel Dust Trickles Sand in the Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Using the navigation cameras on its mast, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took these images of clouds just after sunset on March 28, 2021.
PIA24646:
Curiosity Navigation Cameras Spot Twilight Clouds on Sol 3072
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Using the navigation cameras on its mast, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took these images of clouds just after sunset on March 31, 2021.
PIA24645:
Curiosity Navigation Cameras Spot Twilight Clouds on Sol 3075
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This GIF shows clouds drifting over Mount Sharp on Mars, as viewed by NASA's Curiosity rover on March 19, 2021. Each frame of the scene was stitched together from six individual images.
PIA24661:
Curiosity GIF Shows Drifting Clouds Over Mars' Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-27 Mars Mars Helicopter
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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This sequence of images, taken on May 22, 2021, by the navigation camera aboard NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter depicts the last 29 seconds of the rotorcraft's sixth flight.
PIA24598:
Ingenuity Flight Six Navcam Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-19 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter lands with a soft bounce after its fifth flight on May 7, 2021. The images in this GIF were captured by the Mastcam-Z imager aboard NASA's Perseverance rover.
PIA24649:
Mastcam-Z GIF Show Ingenuity's Fifth Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-12 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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After the Mastcam-Z imager aboard NASA's Perseverance rover captured Ingenuity's third flight on April 25, the frames of the video that was stitched together were then reprojected to optimize viewing in an anaglyph.
PIA24522:
Ingenuity Flies in 3D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-11 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used the WATSON camera on the end of its robotic arm to conduct a focus test on May 9, 2021, the 78th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA24641:
WATSON Takes a Closer Look
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-06 Mars Mars Helicopter
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took these images on its fourth flight, on April 30, 2021, using its navigation camera.
PIA24630:
Black-and-White View of Ingenuity's Fourth Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-30 Mars Mars Helicopter
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The shadow of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter can be seen in these images taken by its black-and-white navigation camera during its third flight on April 25, 2021.
PIA24644:
Ingenuity's Shadow During Third Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-22 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter hovers over Jezero Crater during its second experimental flight test on April 22, 2021. The imagery was captured by the Perseverance rover's Mastcam-Z imager.
PIA24595:
Perseverance's Mastcam-Z Video of Second Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-22 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter takes off and lands in this video captured on April 19, 2021, by Mastcam-Z, an imager aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. This video features only the moments of takeoff and the landing.
PIA24583:
Mastcam-Z Video of Ingenuity Taking Off and Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-20 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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The Mastcam-Z imager aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover shot video of Ingenuity helicopter's flight, presented here in side-by-side processed versions that have both been enhanced to show a dust plume swirling during takeoff and again on landing.
PIA24589:
Enhanced Video Shows Dust During Ingenuity's Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-19 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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In this footage captured by the Mastcam-Z imager aboard the Perseverance Mars rover on April 19, 2021, the Ingenuity helicopter lifts of from Mars' surface, hovers for 30 seconds, then touches back down.
PIA24521:
Perseverance's Mastcam-Z Video of Ingenuity's First Full Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-19 Mars Mars Helicopter
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A simulation made from data from the first flight of NASA's Ingenuity helicopter, showing the flight from different angles. The flight occurred on April 19, 2021.
PIA24588:
Video Animation Made From Ingenuity's First Flight Data
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-19 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter hovers over the Martian surface as viewed by the Mastcam-Z imager aboard the Perseverance Mars rover on April 19, 2021. The helicopter climbed to an altitude of 10 feet (3 meters), hovering for 30 seconds.
PIA24590:
Perseverance's Mastcam-Z Video of Ingenuity Hovering
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-19 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter achieves powered, controlled flight for the first time on another planet, hovering for several seconds before touching back down on April 19, 2021.
PIA24586:
Perseverance's Navcam View of Ingenuity's First Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-13 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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The Ingenuity helicopter's carbon fiber blades can be seen spinning up to in this video taken by the Mastcam-Z instrument aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover on April 8, 2021, the 48th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA24549:
Mastcam-Z Captures Ingenuity's Blades Spinning
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-13 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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This animation shows each step of the Ingenuity helicopter deploying from the belly of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover from March 26 to April 3, 2021. The final image shows the helicopter on the ground after the rover drove about 13 feet (4 meters) away.
PIA24548:
Ingenuity's Complete Deployment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-09 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter does a slow spin test of its blades, on April 8, 2021. This image was captured by the Navigation Cameras on NASA's Perseverance Mars rover.
PIA24582:
Ingenuity Tests its Blades
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-07 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover took a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about 13 feet (3.9 meters) from the rover. This image was taken by the WATSON camera on the rover's robotic arm on April 6, 2021.
PIA24542:
Perseverance's Selfie with Ingenuity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-07 3814x1856x3
If a planet rotates too fast it will experience bulging around its midsection, as seen in this animated illustration of a brown dwarf, Jupiter, and Saturn.
PIA24376:
Flattening of Brown Dwarf, Jupiter and Saturn (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-01 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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NASA's InSight lander used a scoop on its robotic arm to begin trickling soil over the cable connecting its seismometer to the spacecraft on March 14, 2021. Scientists hope insulating it from the wind will make it easier to detect marsquakes.
PIA24450:
InSight Starts Burying Seismometer's Cable
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-30 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter swings down, with two of its four legs extended, from the belly of the Perseverance rover on March 28, 2021, the 37th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA24442:
Ingenuity Swings Down
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-30 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter remains on the belly of the Perseverance rover. The helicopter's launch lock, which holds it in place on the rover, has been released.
PIA24441:
Ingenuity Helicopter's Launch Lock is Released
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-30 Jupiter Juno
Stellar Reference Unit (SRU)
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This animation gives an X-ray view of the Juno spacecraft's Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) star camera as it is bombarded by high-energy particles in Jupiter's inner radiation belts.
PIA24436:
High Energy and Juno's Stellar Reference Unit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Mastcam instrument to take the 32 individual images that make up this panorama of the outcrop nicknamed Mont Mercou. It took a second panorama to create a stereoscopic view. Both panoramas were taken on March 4, 2021.
PIA24266:
Curiosity's 3D View of Mont Mercou
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-24 NISAR
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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The S-band SAR arrived at JPL on March 19. The next day, technicians and engineers moved the S-SAR into the airlock to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 clean room, to be unpacked over several days in the clean room.
PIA24137:
NISAR S-Band SAR Arrival
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-23 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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These sets of images show doors opening and closing on parts of the Sample Caching System aboard NASA's Perseverance rover.
PIA24497:
Perseverance Sample Caching System Doors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-22 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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The debris shield, a protective covering on the bottom of NASA's Perseverance rover, was released on March 21, 2021. The debris shield protects the agency's Ingenuity helicopter during landing.
PIA24448:
Perseverance Rover Drops its Debris Shield
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-05 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Hazard Avoidance Camera (M2020)
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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These sets of animated GIFs show seven views of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover wiggling its wheels on March 4, 2021, the day Perseverance completed its first drive on Mars.
PIA24489:
Multiple Views of Perseverance's Wheels Wiggling
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-05 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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The imagery for this animated gif was taken on March 5, 2021, by a Navigation Camera on NASA's Perseverance rover during its first drive on Mars.
PIA24490:
Perseverance Is Moving Right Along
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-05 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory driving the agency's Perseverance rover use visualization software to plan how the rover moves around on Mars. This clip from their visualization shows the rover's first drive on March 4, 2021.
PIA24481:
Perseverance Drive Visualization
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-05 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This simulation shows the motions the robotic arm on NASA's Perseverance rover carried out during its first two-hour checkout on Mars. This simulation does not run in real-time.
PIA24332:
Simulation of Perseverance Arm Movement
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-05 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA)
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This set of images shows part of the deployment of the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) wind sensors on NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, taken by the rover's Navigation Cameras on Feb. 28, 2021.
PIA24339:
Perseverance's Weather Sensors Deployed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-05 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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NASA's Perseverance rover wiggles one of its wheels in this set of images obtained by the rover's left Navigation Camera on March 4, 2021.
PIA24340:
Perseverance Wiggles a Wheel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-05 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This set of images shows parts of the robotic arm on NASA's Perseverance rover flexing and turning during its first checkout after landing on Mars.
PIA24338:
Flexing Perseverance's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-04 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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This GIF shows the order in which the 142 images that makeup the Mastcam-Z's first 360-degree panorama were taken. Mastcam-Z is a pair of zoomable cameras on the mast, or head, of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover.
PIA24444:
GIF: How Mastcam-Z's 360-Degree Panorama Was Taken
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-16 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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This narrated animation shows NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars and how the rover's SuperCam laser instrument works.
PIA24426:
Animation: How Perseverance's SuperCam Works
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-14 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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The mole, a heat probe that traveled to Mars aboard NASA's InSight lander, as it looked after hammering on Jan. 9, 2021. After trying since Feb. 28, 2019, to bury the probe, the mission team called an end to their efforts.
PIA24263:
InSight's Mole Comes to Rest
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-05 SPHEREx
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This animation shows the preliminary design for the spacecraft, including hexagonal sun shields that will help keep the instruments cool.
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SPHEREx Preliminary Design (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-12-22 Mars 2020 Rover
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This animation shows the data collected on a Mars 2020 sample tube using a computerized tomography (CT) scanner. Engineers working on the sample tubes used the 3D imagery to better understand the tubes' internal structure.
PIA24304:
CT Scan of Mars Sample Tube
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-24 Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
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Engineers lower MOXIE into the belly of NASA's Perseverance rover.
PIA24176:
Engineers Lower MOXIE into Perseverance
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-18 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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The Blue Ring Nebula consists of two expanding cones of debris. The base of one cone is moving toward Earth. Both bases are outlined in magenta, revealing shockwaves created as the debris races through space.
PIA23868:
Geometry of the Blue Ring Nebula (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-19 Mars 2020 Rover
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This video clip shows a 3D printing technique where a printer head scans over each layer of a part, blowing metal powder which is melted by a laser.
PIA23972:
Video of 3D printing at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-16 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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This footage from Aug. 19, 2019, shows a replica of InSight scraping soil with a scoop on the end of its robotic arm in a test lab at JPL. On Mars, InSight will scrape and tamp down soil on top of the mole to help it dig.
PIA24099:
Replica of InSight's Arm Practices Scraping
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-16 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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NASA's InSight retracted its robotic arm on Oct. 3, 2020, revealing where the spike-like mole is trying to burrow into Mars. In the coming months, the arm will scrape and tamp down soil on top of the mole to help it dig.
PIA24098:
InSight's Arm Pulls Back, Revealing the Mole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-08 Jupiter Juno
JunoCam
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During the closest approach of this pass, NASA's Juno spacecraft came within approximately 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) of Jupiter's cloud tops.
PIA23807:
A Flight Over Jupiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-01 3840x2160x3
A disk of hot material around a supermassive black hole emits a burst of visible light, which travels out to a ring of dust that subsequently emits infrared light.
PIA23866:
Echo Mapping in a Black Hole Accretion Disk and Torus (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-22 Mars 2020 Rover
Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL)
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A device with six mechanical legs, the hexapod is a critical part of the PIXL instrument aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. The hexapod allows PIXL to make slow, precise movements to get closer to and point at specific parts of a rock's surface.
PIA24094:
PIXL's Hexapod Has Moves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-18 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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New composite images made from NASA's Cassini spacecraft data are the most detailed global infrared views ever produced of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
PIA24023:
Enceladus in the Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-15 Earth UAVSAR
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A NASA aircraft equipped with Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) flew above California fires on Sept. 3 and 10 to examine the ground below.
PIA24102:
NASA's UAVSAR Flights Observe California Fires
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-09 Asteroid OSIRIS-REx
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Using data collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, this animation shows the trajectories of rock particles after being ejected from asteroid (101955) Bennu's surface.
PIA24101:
Asteroid Bennu's Particle Ejection Events (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover spotted this dust devil with one of its Navigation Cameras around 11:35 a.m. local Mars time on Aug. 9, 2020 (the 2,847th Martian day, or sol, of the mission).
PIA24039:
Curiosity Spots a Dust Devil in the Hills
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-18 Asteroid 1841x1033x3
This illustration shows asteroid 2020 QG's trajectory bending during its close approach to Earth. The asteroid is the closest known non-impacting asteroid ever detected.
PIA24037:
Asteroid 2020 QG Zips Around the Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-05 Jupiter Juno
JunoCam
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In the center of this JunoCam image, small, bright pop-up clouds seen rise above the surrounding features. Clouds like these are thought to be the tops of violent thunderstorms responsible for shallow lighting.
PIA24041:
When Jupiter's Clouds Pop Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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The movement of sand grains in the scoop on the end of NASA InSight's robotic arm suggests that the spacecraft's self-hammering mole had begun tapping the bottom of the scoop while hammering on June 20, 2020.
PIA23896:
NASA InSight's Mole Taps the Bottom of the Lander's Scoop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This animation shows two massive black holes in the OJ 287 galaxy.
PIA23687:
Animation of Black Hole Disk Flare in OJ 287
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-03-25 Uranus Voyager
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An animated GIF showing Uranus' magnetic field.
PIA23683:
GIF of Uranus' Magnetic Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-03-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This video, taken by one of the Navigation Cameras, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, shows the rover's robotic arm as it rotates to take a selfie.
PIA23625:
Navcam Movie of How Curiosity Takes a Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-21 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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InSight recently moved its robotic arm closer to its digging device, called the mole, in preparation to push on its top, or back cap.
PIA23622:
InSight Prepares to Push on the Mole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-10 Mars 960x540x3
In this illustration, Mars holds near-surface water ice that would be easily accessible for astronauts to dig up. The water ice was identified as part of a map using data from NASA orbiters.
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Water Ice Marked on Mars Globe (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-05 Asteroid 2532x1417x3
This animation illustrates the modeled trajectories of particles that were ejected from Bennu's surface on Jan. 19, 2019.
PIA23555:
Bennu Particles (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-11-07 Mars 2020 Rover
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This time-lapse video, taken on Oct. 9, 2019, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, captures the move of the Mars 2020 rover into a large vacuum chamber for testing in Mars-like environmental conditions.
PIA23470:
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover in Test Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-11-06 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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The shadow of NASA InSight's robotic arm moves over its heat probe on Nov. 3, 2019, the 333rd Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA23512:
InSight's Arm Camera Stares Into the Pit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust carved out by a massive star. A drawing overlaid on the image reveals why researchers nicknamed this region the Jack-o-lantern Nebula.
PIA23403:
The Jack-o-Lantern Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-28 Mars InSight
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In this image from Oct. 26, 2019, InSight's heat probe is seen after backing about halfway out of the hole it had burrowed.
PIA23213:
InSight's Heat Probe Partially Backs Out of Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-24 Mars 2020 Rover
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This time-lapse video, taken on Oct. 8, 2019, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, captures the first time the Mars 2020 rover carries its full weight on its legs and wheels.
PIA23468:
That's One Small Step for a Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-18 Mars 2020 Rover
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Engineers working on NASA's Mars 2020 mission remove the inner layer of protective antistatic foil from the rover after a move from JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility to the Simulator Building for testing.
PIA23467:
NASA's Mars 2020 Unfoiled Again
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-17 Mars InSight
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This animation shows NASA InSight's heat probe, or 'mole,' digging about a centimeter (half an inch) below the surface.
PIA23379:
Pinning Helps the Mole Move
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-16 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This animation shows the position of NASA's Curiosity rover as it journeyed through 'the clay-bearing unit' on Mars between May 31 and July 20, 2019. The HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took both images.
PIA23377:
HiRISE Watches Curiosity Journey Across the Clay Unit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This animation demonstrates the salty ponds and streams that scientists think may have been left behind as Gale Crater dried out over time.
PIA23375:
Sutton Island Model of Drying Lakes (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-03 Mars InSight
Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3)
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NASA InSight's robotic arm will use its scoop to pin the spacecraft's heat probe, or 'mole,' against the wall of its hole.
PIA23373:
Preparing to Pin the Mole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-01 Jupiter Juno
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This animated gif depicts the point of view of NASA's Juno spacecraft during its eclipse-free approach to the gas giant Nov. 3, 2019.
PIA23465:
Circumlocuting Jupiter's Shadow (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust full of bubbles, which are inflated by wind and radiation from massive young stars.
PIA23402:
Spitzer Spots Bubbles and Bow Shocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-04 Earth CubeSat
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Hurricane Dorian off the coast of Florida, as seen by the small satellite TEMPEST-D at 2 a.m. EDT on Sep. 3, 2019 (11 p.m PDT on Sept. 2, 2019). The layers in the animation reveal slices of the hurricane from four depths.
PIA23431:
TEMPEST-D CubeSat Sees Hurricane Dorian in 3D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-29 Earth CloudSat
Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR)
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Data from NASA's CloudSat satellite, acquired on Aug., 2019, at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT) was used to make this 3D animation of then-Tropical Storm Dorian. It shows cloud heights extending 9 miles (15 kilometers) into the atmosphere.
PIA23359:
NASA's CloudSat Images Dorian in 3D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-23 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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This time series shows carbon monoxide associated with fires from the Amazon region in Brazil from Aug. 8-22, 2019.
PIA23356:
NASA's AIRS Maps Carbon Monoxide from Brazil Fires
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-23 Mars InSight
Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC)
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This animation illustrates NASA's InSight lander touching down on Mars, its thrusters setting a rock in motion.
PIA23345:
Rolling Stones Rock (Animation)
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