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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Telemetry sent down to Earth from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has been reconstructed to create a reenactment of the rover's final 30 seconds before landing at Gusev Crater, Mars. This image is a still from that movie.
PIA05129:
A Flyby Tour of Spirit's Descent Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Telemetry sent down to Earth from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has been reconstructed to create a reenactment of the rover's final 30 seconds before landing at Gusev Crater, Mars. Seconds before the rover landed, its airbags were inflated.
PIA05130:
A Flyby Tour of Spirit's Descent-2 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Artist's concept of a distant hypothetical solar system, about the same age as our own.
PIA07097:
A Distant Solar System (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Bright, young disks can be imaged directly by visible-light telescopes, such as NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Older, fainter debris disks can be detected only by infrared telescopes like NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which sense the disks' dim heat.
PIA07099:
The Evolution of a Planet-Forming Disk (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-08 OTS 44 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disc of planet-building dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted such a disc around a surprisingly low-mass brown dwarf, or 'failed star.'
PIA07335:
Birth of an Unusual Planetary System (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates that an invisible galaxy shrouded in dust can become glaringly bright when viewed in infrared light.
PIA07396:
Invisible Galaxies Come to Life! (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as massive as the one in our own solar system.
PIA07853:
Alien Asteroid Belt Compared to our Own (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Evidence for this possible belt was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope when it spotted warm dust around the star, presumably from asteroids smashing together. This is an artist's concept.
PIA07854:
Band of Rubble (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-02 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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These artist's concepts illustrate Tempel 1's shape, reflectivity, rotation rate and surface temperature, based on information from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA03516:
Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1 (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Comet Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts one of the most widely accepted theories pertaining to the origin of comets. This image is courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA02107:
Genesis of a Comet (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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This image is from an animation that chronicles the travels of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, from its launch in January of 2005 to its dramatic impact 172 days later with comet Tempel 1.
PIA02106:
The Road to Tempel (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-30 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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The artist's concept shows the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent sequence. The probe was delivered to Saturn's moon Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA06434:
Huygens Descent Sequence (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Earth Stardust
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This frame from an animation shows the return capsule separating from NASA's Stardust
spacecraft.
PIA03245:
Spacecraft -- Capsule Separation (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Stardust
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This frame from a movie from NASA's Stardust shows rehearsal of the initial processing of the sample return capsule when it is taken to a temporary cleanroom at Utah's Test and Training Range.
PIA03246:
Rehearsal: Sample Canister in Cleanroom (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Earth Stardust
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This shows images from NASA's Stardust taken through infrared range cameras during a recovery simulation at the Utah Test and Training Range on Dec 13, 2005.
Infrared cameras will track the landing.
PIA03247:
Rehearsal: Infrared Views of Landing and Retrieval (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Earth Stardust
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This frame from an animation illustrates the path NASA's Stardust return capsule will follow once it enters Earth's atmosphere.
PIA03248:
Entry, Descent, Landing Animation (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Earth Stardust
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This frame from an animation illustrates the orbit path of NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
PIA03249:
Spacecraft Trajectory (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-20 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This is an artist's interpretation of the area surrounding Huygens landing site, based on images and data returned Jan. 14, 2005. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.
PIA06079:
Huygens Landing Site Revisited (Animation - Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts a type of dead star called a pulsar and the surrounding disk of rubble discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The pulsar, called 4U 0142+61, was once a massive star until about 100,000 years ago.
PIA08040:
Stellar Rubble May be Planetary Building Blocks (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates how a dusty planet-forming disk can slow down a whirling young star, essentially saving the star from spinning itself to death. Evidence for this phenomenon comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08626:
Stars Can't Spin Out of Control (Artist's Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby 'sun.' NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope observed a planetary system like this one, as the planet's sunlit and dark hemispheres swung alternately into the telescope's view.
PIA01936:
Fire and Ice Planet (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its first stars and mini-galaxies. Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found patches of infrared light splattered across the sky.
PIA09099:
Stars Spring up Out of the Darkness (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept, based on spectral observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star.
PIA09200:
Exotic Atmospheres (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-07 Z Camelopardalis Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This artist's concept is of Z Camelopardalis (Z Cam), a stellar system featuring a collapsed, dead star, or white dwarf, and a companion star. This image shows one of the first regions of Mars measured after CRISM's cover was opened
PIA09221:
Explosions - Large and Small (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image depicts a faraway solar system like our own except for one big difference. Planets and asteroids circle around not one, but two suns. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such solar systems may be common in the universe.
PIA09229:
Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-18 Rosette Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope surveyed the danger zones around five O-stars in the Rosette nebula. This artist's animation illustrates how this process works.
PIA09266:
Highway to the Danger Zone (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 149026b Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a 'hot Jupiter' called HD 149026b, is about 3 times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system.
PIA09378:
Blacker than Black (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This artist's concept takes us on a journey to 55 Cancri, a star with a family of five known planets - the most planets discovered so far around a star besides our own.
PIA10109:
Journey to a Star Rich with Planets (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This is an artist concept of the view from NASA's Cassini during the star occultation that detected 'Mittens,' the small object to the right of the star.
PIA10082:
"Staring Mittens" (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This is a computer simulation of the final stage of the growth of a 'clump' in Saturn's rings. The gravity from a hypothesized moonlet (solid gray sphere in frame center) has collected smaller ring particles (black) to form a temporary aggregation.
PIA10083:
Clumpy Moons Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-13 Europa 637x361x3
In this image, Europa is seen in a cutaway view through two cycles of its 3.5 day orbit about the giant planet Jupiter. Like Earth, Europa is thought to have an iron core, a rocky mantle and a surface ocean of salty water. Animation available at the Photo
PIA10149:
Europa Tide Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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This artist's conception shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander during its more than 9-month journey to Mars.
PIA10659:
Cruising to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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Seven minutes before NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander enters the Martian atmosphere, it will jettison the cruise stage hardware that it relied on during the long flight from Earth.
PIA10660:
Cruise Stage Separation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will enter the Martian atmosphere at hypersonic speeds.
PIA10661:
Hypersonic Entry Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will be in free fall after it separates from its back shell and parachute, but not for long.
PIA10662:
Phoenix Without its Parachute Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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During the first 25 seconds after NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander deploys its parachute, the spacecraft will jettison its heat shield and extend its three legs.
PIA10663:
Phoenix Extends its Legs Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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After NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander enters the Martian atmosphere, and is traveling at about 1.7 times the speed of sound, it will deploy its parachute.
PIA10664:
Parachuting to Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will open its solar arrays 20 minutes after it touches down on the surface of Mars.
PIA10665:
Phoenix Soaks up the Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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This artist's conception depicts NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander a moment before its touchdown on the arctic plains of Mars.
PIA10666:
Phoenix Eases Down to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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This artist's concept shows the route NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander took to get from Earth to Mars.
PIA10667:
Phoenix's Path to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-24 Mars Phoenix
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander adjusting its course to Mars, an event called a trajectory correction maneuver.
PIA10678:
How to Correct a Trajectory (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-24 Phoenix
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This video shows the propulsion system on an engineering model of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander being successfully tested.
PIA10673:
Water Hammer Test Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-26 Phoenix
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This image shows how NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander stays in contact with Earth.
PIA10695:
How Phoenix Talks to Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image illustrates how a light echo works, and how an optical illusion of material moving outward is created.
PIA10723:
Dissecting a Light Echo Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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A seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that astronomers have been watching tear itself apart for the last 300 years. Different observations taken over three years by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10724:
Cauldron of Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These three images show the progression of 'stacking' NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and its descent stage in one of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 'clean room.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates how silicate crystals like those found in comets can be created by an outburst from a growing star. The image shows a young sun-like star encircled by its planet-forming disk of gas and dust. Animation available.
PIA12008:
Silicate Crystal Formation in the Disk of an Erupting Star (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-28 VB 10 PlanetQuest
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This image shows the star VB 10 moving across the sky over a period of nine years. Astronomers nabbed a planet circling this star using a method called astrometry -- the first successful application of the method to planet hunting.
PIA12013:
How to Find a Tiny Wobble in a Zippy Star Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-29 Dawn
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This image is a blinking of two 14-minute exposures of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 600,000 miles from Earth. Bill Dillon, a regular advanced user of Sierra Stars Observatory.
PIA12016:
Image of Dawn Spacecraft 600,000 miles From Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-10 HD 172555 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA's Spitzer found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star.
PIA12166:
Planetary Demolition Derby (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-26 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image illustrates that buckyballs -- discovered in space by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- closely resemble old fashioned, black-and-white soccer balls, only on much smaller scales.
PIA13289:
Mini Soccer Balls in Space Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image illustrates vibrating buckyballs -- spherical molecules of carbon discovered in space for the first time by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA13290:
Buckyballs Jiggle Like Jello (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This frame from an animation based on NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope data illustrates an unexpected warm spot on the surface of a gaseous exoplanet.The bright orange patches are the hottest part of the planet.
PIA13494:
Weird Warm Spot on Exoplanet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-26 Tempel 1 EPOXI
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This frame from a movie begins with the launch of NASA's Deep Impact on Jan. 12, 2005, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. On July 4, 2005, the mission released a probe into Comet Tempel 1, revealing its pristine, inner material.
PIA13546:
EPOXI's Trip to Meet Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-26 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This artist's concept shows a view of NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft during its Nov. 4, 2010 flyby of comet Hartley 2. The fluffy shell around the comet, called a coma, is made up of gas and dust that blew off the comet's core, or nucleus.
PIA13548:
Comet Hartley 2 Gets a Visitor (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows NASA'S Dawn scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet Vesta might look like; it incorporates the best data on dimples and bulges from ground-based telescopes and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA13768:
Virtual Vesta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-12 Io Galileo
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This graphic shows the internal structure of Jupiter's moon Io as revealed by data from NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Io is bathed in magnetic field lines (shown in blue) that connect the north polar region of Jupiter to the planet's south polar region.
PIA14116:
Io's "Sounding Signal" Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-18 Earth 455x256x3
This frame from an animation shows the motion of ice in Antarctica as measured by satellite data from various space agencies. The colors represent the speed of the ice flows in meters per year.
PIA14557:
Flow of Ice Across Antarctica Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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This artist's image illustrates Kepler-16b, the first directly detected circumbinary planet, which is a planet that orbits two stars.
PIA14725:
Three Eclipsing Bodies (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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This artist's image illustrates the Kepler-16 system from an overhead view, showing the eccentric orbits of the two stars as they twirl around each other every 41 days like figure skaters.
PIA14726:
A Dance of Two Suns and One Planet (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-16 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This frame from an animation shows how the magnetic field lines emanating from our sun spiral out into the solar system as the sun rotates. NASA's Voyager 1 is in an area scientists are calling the stagnation region, at the outer layer of the heliosphere.
PIA15179:
The Sun's Magnetic Field Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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This artist's concept flies through the Kepler-20 star system, where NASA's Kepler mission discovered the first Earth-size planets around a star beyond our own. The system is jam-packed with five planets.
PIA14887:
An Unusual Planetary System (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-06 Earth 1023x574x3
This frame from an animation, which depicts the growth of the Kamoamoa Flow Field, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, was generated from a sequence of ten multispectral images acquired between September 3 and 17, 1995.
PIA13203:
Kamoamoa Flow Field Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-26 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows an overhead view of the orbital position of the planets in systems with multiple transiting planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. All the colored planets have been verified.
PIA15264:
Kepler's Planetary Systems in Motion (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-06 Earth 1023x578x3
This frame from an animation depicts the growth of the lava dome at Mount St. Helens during the most recent period of activity. Lidar data courtesy USGS.
PIA15004:
Growth of the Mount St. Helens Lava Dome, September 24-October 14, 2004 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-06 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
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This frame from an animation depicts ground subsidence resulting from the extraction of oil. The oil fields are located near the community of Lost Hills, California, approximately 100 km northwest of Bakersfield.
PIA13204:
Lost Hills Subsidence Animation Animation Icon
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to detect a super Earth's direct light for the first time using its sensitive heat-seeking infrared vision.
PIA15622:
First-of-Its-Kind Glimpse at a Super Earth (Artist Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts 55 Cancri e as it orbits its star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, captured the light emanating from a distant super Earth, a planet more massive than Earth but lighter than Neptune.
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Super Earth Reveals Itself to Spitzer (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-28 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's concept shows 'tides' on Titan raised by Saturn's gravity, as detected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Saturn's gravitational pull on Titan, its largest moon, varies as Titan orbits along an elliptical path around the planet every 16 days.
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Squeezing and Stretching Titan (Author's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is an alien world just two-thirds the size of Earth -- one of the smallest on record.
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Exoplanet is Extremely Hot and Incredibly Close (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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 2012-08-04 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.
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Communicating with Curiosity (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.
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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 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.
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Curiosity Speaks (Artist's Concept) 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.
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Explore Mars With Curiosity Animation Icon
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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.
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Curiosity Pre-Launch Mast Test - August 07, 2012 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image was taken by the Hazard-Avoidance cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover to show evidence for an impact plume created when the rover's sky crane fell to the Martian surface.
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Now You See an Impact Plume, Now You Don't Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from an animated gif shows the movement of the rear right wheel of NASA's Curiosity as rover drivers turned the wheels in place at the landing site on Mars.
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Wiggle in the Gravel Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover shot its laser 50 times at rocks exposed by thrusters on the rover's sky crane at the scour mark called 'Goulburn.'
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After the Laser Shots Animation Icon
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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.
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Test Scooping for Mars Rover Curiosity Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows plasma flows around NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it approaches interstellar space. Voyager 1's low-energy charged particle instrument detects the speed of the wind of plasma, or hot ionized gas, streaming off the sun.
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Plasma Flow Near Voyager 1 (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This image from a set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the 'magnetic highway'.
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Voyager 1 Explores the "Magnetic Highway" Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-05 Moon GRAIL
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GRAIL's Gravity Tour of the Moon
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GRAIL's Gravity Tour of the Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-05 Moon GRAIL
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Map of Moon's Crust
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Map of Moon's Crust Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-05 Moon GRAIL
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GRAIL's 'Bouguer' Gravity Moon Map
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GRAIL's 'Bouguer' Gravity Moon Map Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-13 Moon GRAIL
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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This image shows the final flight path for NASA's twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission spacecraft, which will impact the moon on Dec. 17, 2012, around 2:28 p.m. PST.
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Last Flight for GRAIL's Twin Spacecraft Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-13 Moon GRAIL
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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This is the first footage of one orbiting robotic spacecraft taken by another orbiting robotic spacecraft at Earth's moon. 'Flow,' one of two satellites making up NASA's GRAIL mission, captured this video of NASA's LRO as it flew by.
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Spacecraft Observes Another Spacecraft at the Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from an animation depicts NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilling a hole to collect a rock-powder sample at a target site called 'John Klein.'
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Simulation of Curiosity Rover Drilling into Martian Bedrock Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Samford Valley Observatory
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This frame from a movie from the Samford Valley Observatory in Brisbane, Australia, shows the progress of asteroid 2012 DA14 across the night sky as it nears its closest approach. It was taken at 12:59 UTC on Feb. 15 (7:59 a.m. EST, or 4:59 a.m. PST).
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Approach of Asteroid 2012 DA14 from Samford Valley Observatory Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Siding Spring Observatory
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An animated set of images, from the telescope known as the iTelescope.net Siding Spring Observatory, shows asteroid 2012 DA14 as the streak moving from top to bottom in the field of view. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
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Asteroid 2012 DA14 as Seen from Siding Spring, Australia Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Gingin Observatory
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This frame from a movie shows the asteroid 2012 DA14 flying safely by Earth, as seen by the Gingin Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach, 11:24:42 a.m. PST (2:24:42 p. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
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Gingin Observatory Spots Near-Earth Asteroid at Closest Approach Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from a video clip shows moments during a demonstration of drilling into a rock at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif., with a test double of the Mars rover Curiosity. The drill combines hammering and rotation motions of the bit.
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Video Clip of a Rover Rock-Drilling Demonstration at JPL Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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ESA's Planck has imaged the most distant light we can observe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision.
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Through the Universe's Looking Glass Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This artist's concept depicts the 'life' of a photon, or particle of light, as it travels across space and time, from the very early universe ESA's Planck satellite.
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A Journey of Light Through Space and Time Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-04 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts an ultra-dense dead star, called a white dwarf, passing in front of a small red star. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler was able to detect gravitational lensing by measuring a strangely subtle dip in the star's brightness.
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Dead Star Warps Light of Red Star (Artist's Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-62e, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.
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Kepler-62e (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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