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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.
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Navcam Movie of How Curiosity Takes a Selfie
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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).
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Curiosity Spots a Dust Devil in the Hills
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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.
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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)
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 2014-07-03 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured this series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies on May 20, 2014.
PIA18460:
Infrared View of a Comet and Distant Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This frame from a movie shows the progression of NASA's NEOWISE survey in the mission's first year following its restart in December 2013. Each dot represents an asteroid or comet that the mission observed.
PIA19101:
One Year of NEOWISE Observations Mapped Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-05 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This frame from a movie shows the progression of NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) investigation for the mission's first two years following its restart in December 2013. Green circles represent near-Earth objects.
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Two Years of NEOWISE Observations Mapped Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-05 Asteroid NEOWISE
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This frame from an animation shows NASA's NEOWISE's third year of survey data with the spacecraft discovering 97 previously unknown celestial objects in the last year.
PIA21653:
Three Years of NEOWISE Data Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-20 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This frame from a movie shows the progression of NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) investigation for the mission's first four years following its restart in December 2013. Green circles represent near-Earth objects.
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Four Years of NASA NEOWISE Data Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-15 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This image shows comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto as imaged in multiple exposures of infrared light by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope.
PIA23165:
Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-02 OCO-2
OCO-2
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Technicians prep NASA's OCO-2 instrument for shipping at Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Ca. Animation available in More Details.
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NASA's OCO-2 Instrument Completes Construction Animation Icon
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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.
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Carbon Dioxide Over the L.A. Metropolitan Area
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-06 ISS
OPALS
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This frame from an animated GIF shows Earth's moon moving below NASA's OPALS laser instrument as seen by a robotic camera on the exterior of the International Space Station.
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OPALS and the Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This still from a sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moving against the background star field.
PIA18376:
Rosetta's Comet Comes Alive Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-17 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This frame from an animated sequence combined 36 interpolated images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, each separated by 20 minutes. This comet is the destination for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission in 2014.
PIA18403:
Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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Images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken on July 14, 2014, by the OSIRIS imaging system aboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft have allowed scientists to create this three-dimensional shape model of the nucleus.
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Rotating Shape Model of Rosetta's Comet Target Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
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This frame from an animated sequence shows the Rosetta mission's Philae lander descending toward comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (not in frame) on Nov. 12, 2014. The images are from the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on the ESA's Rosetta orbiter.
PIA18877:
Descent to the Surface of a Comet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-11 Comet Rosetta
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This frame from an animation shows a very strong jet from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured by Rosetta's OSIRIS on July 29, 2015.
PIA19867:
Rosetta Comet In Action (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-26 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity watches a sunset on a martian afternoon. Rapid dimming of the Sun near the horizon is due to the dust in the sky. Dust in the martian atmosphere scatters blue light forward creating a'halo' of blueish sky color.
PIA05343:
The Sun Sets on Mars Animation Icon
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, shows the transit of Mars' moon Phobos across the Sun. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA05553:
Martian Moon Blocks Sun Animation Icon
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, shows the transit of Mars' moon Deimos across the Sun. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA05556:
Deimos Crosses Face of Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-15 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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'Cobra Hoods'
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'Cobra Hoods' Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-18 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows winter clouds drifting across the skies at 'Endurance Crater' in Mars' Meridiani Planum.
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Cloudy Skies on Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-01 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This approximate true-color panorama was taken by NASA's Spirit rover after it successfully trekked to the top of 'Husband Hill,' in the 'Columbia Hills' of Gusev Crater. The rover left tracks to the left point toward the west.
PIA04184:
Spirit's Spectacular View from the Summit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-11 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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Two Moons and the Pleiades from Mars
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Two Moons and the Pleiades from Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-05 Phobos Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit observed the Martian moon Phobos entering the shadow of Mars during the night of the rover's 675th sol (Nov. 27, 2005).
PIA03611:
Spirit Movie of Phobos Eclipse, Sol 675 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-28 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This frame from an animation shows a simulated rover descending into Victoria Crater via the rock-paved slopes of an alcove informally named 'Duck Bay.'
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Rolling into Victoria Crater (Simulation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-21 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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During July 2007, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity rover rode out a regional dust storm for several weeks. Conditions became particularly dreary in the Meridiani Planum region where Opportunity sat, perched on the edge of Victoria Crater.
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Dust Storm Time Lapse Shows Opportunity's Skies Darken Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-27 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this image from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
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Sunset Watched by Opportunity, November 2010 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-27 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes in front of the Sun's face in this image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
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Phobos Passes in Front of Sun's Face, Nov. 9, 2010 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-15 Phobos Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image shows Phobos, the larger of Mars' two moons, as it transits in front of the sun. This image was taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during the afternoon of the rover's 3,078th Martian day, or sol.
PIA16228:
Phobos Transit Viewed by Opportunity on Sol 3078 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-20 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This two-image blink shows a comparison of two exposure times in images from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity showing comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it flew near Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.
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Mars Rover Opportunity's View of Comet (Blink of Two Exposures) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-24 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its panoramic camera to snap pictures of Mars' moon Deimos. Three frames were taken with long exposures to measure Deimos' position with respect to the background stars.
PIA12290:
Opportunity for Moon-Gazing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-28 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Panoramic Camera
High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
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This frame from an animation shows a hypothetical flyover above Victoria Crater, where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is perched on a rim.
PIA09687:
Surveying the Scene Above Opportunity (Simulation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-06 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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This image of the microwave sky was synthesized using data spanning the range of light frequencies detected by ESA's Planck. A vast portion of the sky is dominated by the diffuse emission from gas and dust in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA13239:
Planck's View of the Whole Sky
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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 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Plasma Wave Instrument
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This visual represents sounds captured of interstellar space by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma.
PIA17045:
Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-18 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This frame from an animation shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft approaching Titan. The strips of data on the globe represent areas observed with NASA's Cassini radar instrument.
PIA07369:
Cassini Radar Titan Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-19 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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Cassini's powerful radar eyes have uncovered a geologic goldmine in a region called Xanadu on Saturn's moon Titan. Panning west to east, the geologic features include river channels, mountains and hills, a crater and possible lakes.
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Titan's Geological Goldmine - Radar Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-16 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This frame from an animation shows a mosaic of imagery from NASA's Cassini's radar instrument obtained during three flybys of Titan's north pole: T16 (July 22, 2006), T18 (Sept. 23, 2006) and T19 (Oct. 9, 2006)
PIA09177:
Titan Lakes Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-13 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This frame from a movie taken by NASA's Cassini's radar instrument, shows bodies of liquid near Titan's north pole. These images show that many of the features commonly associated with lakes on Earth.
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Radar Shows Evidence of Seas Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-11 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows all synthetic-aperture radar images to date of Titan's north polar region. Approximately 60 percent of Titan's north polar region, above 60 degrees north latitude, is now mapped with radar.
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Titan's North Polar Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-03-20 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This graphic and animation depicts a cross-section of the Saturnian moon Titan. The assumption that Titan contains an internal ocean was generated from data gleaned NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar during 19 separate passes over Titan.
PIA10243:
An Ocean Runs Through It Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-24 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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NASA's Cassini's radar mapper has obtained stereo views of close to 2 percent of Titan's surface during 19 flybys over the last five years. The prominent, roughly circular feature in the western part of this image is an area known as Ganesa Macula.
PIA11830:
Ganesa Macula Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-24 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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NASA's Cassini's radar mapper has obtained stereo views of close to 2 percent of Titan's surface during 19 flybys over the last five years. This pair of images covers part of Hotei Arcus.
PIA11831:
Hotei Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This image is from an animation that glides along the shoreline of Ontario Lacus, the largest lake on the southern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Titan. The animation is based on overlapping radar images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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Flying Over Ontario Lacus Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This frame from a colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.
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Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-14 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This frame from a movie is based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and shows a flyover of an area of Saturn's moon Titan known as Sotra Facula. Scientists believe Sotra is the best case for an ice volcano, or cryovolcano, region on Titan.
PIA13695:
Flyover of Sotra Facula, Titan Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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Saturn is a source of intense radio emissions, which have been monitored by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The radio waves are closely related to the auroras near the poles of the planet. These auroras are similar to Earth's northern and southern lights.
PIA07967:
Bizarre Sounds of Saturn's Radio Emissions Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-17 Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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This frame from a video demonstrates the hiss-like radio noise generated by electrons moving along magnetic field lines from the Saturnian moon Enceladus to a glowing patch of ultraviolet light on Saturn.
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Hiss from Aurora Caused by Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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This spectrogram and video show a changing pattern of radio waves from Saturn known as Saturn Kilometric Radiation, as detected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft around March 2010.
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Saturn's Radio Period Crossover Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-20 Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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This graphic demonstrates the hiss-like radio noise generated by electrons moving along magnetic field lines from the Saturnian moon Enceladus to a glowing patch of ultraviolet light on Saturn.
PIA13766:
Hiss from Aurora Caused by Enceladus Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-20 Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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This graphic shows how Saturn and its moon Enceladus are electrically linked. Magnetic field lines, invisible to the human eye but detectable by the fields and particles instruments on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA13897:
Saturn and Enceladus Electrical Link Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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This colorful spectrogram represents data collected by the Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument onboard NASA's Cassini's spacecraft as it crossed through Saturn's D ring on May 28, 2017.
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Cassini's First D-Ring Crossing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-14 RoboSimian
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Known as 'Clyde,' RoboSimian is an an ape-like robot designed and built at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Ca. The robot is four-footed but can also stand on two feet. It has four general-purpose limbs and hands capable of mobility and manipulation.
PIA17302:
Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots! Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-28 Phoenix
Robotic Arm
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NASA's Phoenix spacecraft is scheduled to begin raising its robotic arm up and out of its stowed configuration on the third Martian day, or Sol 3 (May 28, 2008) of the mission.
PIA10714:
Phoenix Stretches its Arm Animation Icon
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Phoenix
Robotic Arm Camera
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This image shows what happened underneath NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Robotic Arm wrist on Sol 3. The pin that goes through the loop is what holds the wrist in place. The rotation of the wrist pops the pin free.
PIA10729:
Animation of Phoenix's Wrist Unlatching Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-04 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm Camera (RAC)
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander reaching with its Robotic Arm and taking a picture of the surface underneath the lander. The light feature in the middle of the image below the leg is informally called 'Holy Cow.'
PIA10760:
How Phoenix Looks Under Itself Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-11 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm Camera (RAC)
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This image shows the first time that the four spikes of the NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's thermal and electrical conductivity probe were inserted into Martian soil.
PIA10941:
Phoenix Conductivity Probe Inserted in Martian Soil Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-29 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm Camera (RAC)
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This image of 'Snow Queen,' was taken by the Robotic Arm Camera (RAC) aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander.
PIA11000:
'Snow Queen' Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-28 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm Camera (RAC)
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This artist's image of an imaginary camera zooming in from above shows the location of the Robotic Arm Camera on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander as it acquires an image of the scoop at the end of the arm.
PIA10715:
View from Above of Phoenix's Stowed Robotic Arm Camera Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-26 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm Camera (RAC)
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This image shows a microscopic view of fine-grained material at the tip of the Robotic Arm scoop as seen by the Robotic Arm Camera (RAC) aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander on June 20, 2008, the 26th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA10918:
Pan and Zoom of 'Rosy Red' Soil in Scoop Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-09 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm Camera (RAC)
Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer
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This image shows a sample of Martian soil resting on a screen over the opening to one of the eight ovens of the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer instrument (TEGA) on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander.
PIA10782:
Small Effect of Vibrating Martian Soil Sample on Oven Door Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-30 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm Camera (RAC)
Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer
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This frame from an animation shows NASA's Phoenix Lander's Robotic Arm scoop delivering a sample to the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer (TEGA) and how samples are analyzed within the instrument.
PIA11212:
Animation of TEGA Sample Delivery and Analysis Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-27 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This image from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows the spacecraft's robotic arm in its stowed configuration, with its biobarrier unpeeled. The arm is still folded up, with its 'elbow' shown at upper left and its scoop at bottom right.
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Ready to Unfurl Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-27 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This image shows an artist's concept of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander snapping a picture of its arm, then transitions to the actual picture of the arm in its stowed configuration, with its biobarrier unpeeled.
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How to Take a Picture of A Robotic Arm Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This image was taken by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Stereo Surface Imager (SSI) on Sol 3. It illustrates the actions that Phoenix's Robotic Arm took to deploy its wrist.
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Phoenix Deploying its Wrist Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-10 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander used its Robotic Arm during the mission's 15th Martian day since landing (June 9, 2008) to test a 'sprinkle' method for delivering small samples of soil to instruments on the lander deck.
PIA10783:
Sprinkle Test by Phoenix's Robotic Arm (Movie) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-13 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This panorama image of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's solar panel and the lander's Robotic Arm with a sample in the scoop. The image was taken just before the sample was delivered to the Optical Microscope.
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Panorama of Phoenix's Solar Panel and Robotic Arm Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-13 Mars Phoenix
Robotic Arm
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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The Surface Stereo Imager on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander recorded this image of the lander's Robotic Arm enlarging and combining the two trenches informally named 'Dodo' (left) and 'Goldilocks.'
PIA10794:
Digging Movie from Phoenix's Sol 18 Animation Icon
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Robotic Arm
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This image of the trench shows a white layer that has been uncovered by the Robotic Arm (RA) scoop onboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander and is visible in the wall of the trench.
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First Dodo Trench with White Layer Visible in Dig Area Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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This image shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to the rest of the solar system in 2004.
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Sedna Orbit Animation Animation Icon
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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.
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Perseverance Rover Drops its Debris Shield
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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 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 2021-04-07 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.
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Perseverance's Selfie with Ingenuity
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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 2021-09-20 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 2022-01-21 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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An annotated GIF depicts a rotational test of Perseverance's bit carousel in which two of four rock fragments were ejected. The five images that make up the GIF were obtained by the rover's WATSON imager on Jan. 17, 2022.
PIA25071:
Rotating Perseverance's Bit Carousel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-09-15 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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This video from NASA's Perseverance rover shows increasingly close views of an abraded rock at Wildcat Ridge in Mars' Jezero Crater.
PIA25246:
Zooming in on Perseverance Rover's Wildcat Ridge Abrasion Patch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-15 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Shallow Subsurface Radar (SHARAD)
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This artist's concept illustrates how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used radar to map the insides of the north polar ice cap on Mars.
PIA10653:
Peeling Back Layers of a Martian Polar Ice Cap (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Earth Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This color image of the Earth was obtained by Galileo at about 6:10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Dec. 11, 1990, when the spacecraft was about 1.3 million miles from the planet during the first of two Earth flybys on its way to Jupiter.
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Earth - South America (First Frame of Earth Spin Movie) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-11-04 Io Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This archival frame from an animation obtained Sept. 1996, is part of a sequence of full disk Io images taken prior to NASA's Galileo orbiter's second encounter with Ganymede.
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Io Plume Monitoring (frames 1-36) Animation Icon
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Solid-State Imaging
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This archival frame from an animation obtained June 26, 1996, by NASA's Galileo orbiter, shows dynamics of Jupiter's Great Red Spot.
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Dynamics of Jupiter's Great Red Spot in the Near-infrared Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-03-26 Jupiter Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This image from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) taken on July 21, 1997, shows sand dunes in the polar regions as they are beginning to defrost after a long, cold winter.
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Motion in Jupiter's Atmospheric Vortices (Near-infrared filters) Animation Icon
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Solid-State Imaging
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Three sets of observations, each taken one hour apart, illustrate dynamics in this region of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere. Images were taken at a range of 1.1 million kilometers by the Solid State Imaging (CCD) system aboard NASA's Galileo spacecraft.
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Dynamics of Jupiter's Long-lived White Ovals Animation Icon
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Solid-State Imaging
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These two observations, taken one hour apart, illustrate the winds around a white oval on Jupiter which is the result of the historic merger of two classic white ovals at 33 degrees south planetocentric latitude. Images from NASA's Galileo spacecraft.
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Dynamics after Historic Merger of Storms on Jupiter Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-04-15 Jupiter Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Three sets of observations, each taken one hour apart, illustrate dynamics in this region of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere. These images were taken by the Solid State Imaging (CCD) system aboard NASA's Galileo spacecraft.
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Dynamics of Jupiter's Long-lived White Ovals Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-12-17 Ganymede Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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A simulated flyover of an area on Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, based on images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, takes the viewer over rugged, ancient terrain that is interrupted by a bright icy swath of more recent surfacing.
PIA02583:
Arbela Sulcus Flyover Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-02 Io Galileo
Voyager
Solid-State Imaging
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This basemap of Jupiter's moon Io was produced by combining the best images from both NASA's Voyager 1 and Galileo Missions.
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Io in Motion Animation Icon
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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 2019-10-30 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 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 2018-12-19 Juno
SRU
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This animation illustrates how the Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) star camera aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft supports 'attitude determination' -- the knowledge of which way Juno is pointing as the spacecraft navigates through space.
PIA22961:
The Day Job for Juno's SRU (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-19 Jupiter Juno
SRU
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This animation is an artist's rendition of NASA's Juno spacecraft inbound -- over Jupiter's north pole -- approach to Perijove 17. During the flyby the SRU obtained the closest view of Jupiter's aurora with a visible light imager to date.
PIA22962:
Juno's Perijove 17 (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-19 Jupiter Juno
SRU
MWR
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This animation shows the overlap of the field of view of NASA's Juno spacecraft's Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) star camera and Microwave Radiometer (MWR) Antenna-1 beam.
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Juno SRU and MWR Coverage (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-10 Earth Juno
Star Tracker
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This frame from a movie was captured by a star tracker camera on NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft. It was taken over several days as Juno approached Earth for a close flyby that would send the spacecraft onward to the giant planet.
PIA17748:
Juno's Approach to the Earth-Moon System Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-17 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to the rest of the solar system in 2004.
PIA13867:
Stardust Swoops by Tempel 1 Animation Icon
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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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