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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-06 Earth Terra
ASTER
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This frame is from a visualization of the rapid advance of the Esperanza Fire over the San Jacinto Mountains (Riverside County, CA) between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM on October 26, 2006.
PIA13200:
Esperanza Wildfire Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-06 Earth European Remote Sensing Satellite Mission (ERS)
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
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This frame from an animation depicts a time-series of ground deformation at Mount Etna Volcano between 1992 and 2001. The deformation results from changes in the volume of a shallow chamber centered approximately 5 km (3 miles) below sea level.
PIA13201:
Mount Etna InSAR Time Series Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-06 Earth European Remote Sensing Satellite Mission (ERS)
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
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This frame from an animation depicts variations in surface elevation resulting from the discharge and recharge of groundwater basins in Southern California.
PIA13202:
Southern California INSAR Time Series 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 2012-02-06 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 2012-02-06 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 Aura
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This frame from a time series, from one year of Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) measurements, shows how powerful the TES data are for understanding emissions, chemistry, and transport in the troposphere.
PIA15005:
Annual Variation in Global CO and O3 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-06 Earth Aura
TES
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This frame from an animation depicts the distribution of O3 and CO in the atmosphere over North America. This visualization is based on data acquired by NASA's Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES).
PIA15006:
O3 and CO Transects over North America Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This still from an animation made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the topography of a portion of the wall and interior of the Rheasilvia impact basin in asteroid Vesta's south-polar region.
PIA15493:
Wall of Rheasilvia Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-23 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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Movie of Mercury's South Pole
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Movie of Mercury's South Pole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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A Martian dust devil was captured winding its way along the Amazonis Planitia region of Northern Mars on March 14, 2012 NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA15545:
Mars' Whirling Dust Devil Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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One of the glittering trails caused by small objects punching through Saturn's F ring is highlighted in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. These trails show how the F ring, the outermost of Saturn's main rings, is constantly changing.
PIA15500:
Glittering Trail in Saturn's F Ring Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the gravitational pull of Saturn's moon Prometheus creates patterns in Saturn's F ring.
PIA15501:
F Ring Patterns Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-25 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from a video from NASA's Dawn mission shows that the gravity field of Vesta closely matches the surface topography of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15602:
Vesta Shape and Gravity 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.
PIA15623:
Super Earth Reveals Itself to Spitzer (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image, from an animation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a dark, rippled sand dune overlying bright-toned rock.
PIA15295:
Advancing Dune in Nili Patera, Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image, one of two from a two-image animation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows movement of ripples covering a sand dune on Mars.
PIA15680:
Ripple Movement on Sand Dune in Nili Patera, Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a 3-D rendering of the craters that make up the 'snowman' feature on the giant asteroid Vesta. From left to right, the craters are named Marcia, Calpurnia, and Minucia.
PIA15662:
Views of the Snowman Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a 3-D, colorized rendering of Oppia Crater near the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta. Oppia is about 21 miles (34 kilometers) across.
PIA15663:
Around Oppia Crater Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission have created perspective views of the Rheasilvia impact basin on the giant asteroid Vesta. Rheasilvia is located in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15667:
South Pole Vistas Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image of asteroid Vesta is one of many images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft to create an animation showing the diversity of minerals through color representation.
PIA15506:
Vesta's Coat of Many Colors Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-08 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image shows our own back yard, astronomically speaking, from a vantage point about 30 light-years away from the sun. It highlights the population of tiny brown dwarfs recently discovered by NASA's WISE. The image simulates actual positions of stars.
PIA15637:
Highlighting our Tiniest Neighbors 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.
PIA15606:
Squeezing and Stretching Titan (Author's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-29 Earth Aqua
AIRS
MODIS
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In this frame from an animation, NASA instruments show the seasonal cycle of vegetation and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
PIA15838:
Effect of Seasonal Vegetation Cycle on Global Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-10 Titan Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image from a movie captured by NASA'S Cassini spacecraft shows a south polar vortex, or shows a south polar vortex, or a swirling mass of gas around the pole in the atmosphere, at Saturn's moon Titan.
PIA14920:
Titan's South Polar Vortex in Motion 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.
PIA15808:
Exoplanet is Extremely Hot and Incredibly Close (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows the location of a set of Hazard-Avoidance cameras on the back of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15960:
Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Ready for Action Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This frame from a video shows an engineering test for NASA's Curiosity rover. During the test, the clear dust covers on the Hazard-Avoidance cameras were popped off.
PIA15961:
Popping the Lid off Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 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.
PIA15964:
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.
PIA15965:
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.
PIA15966:
Great Convergence of Spacecraft around Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth during landing. As the rover descends to Mars, it will send out basic radio-frequency tones that go directly to Earth.
PIA15967:
Curiosity Speaks (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows the approximate true position of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. A 3-D virtual model of Curiosity is shown inside Gale Crater, near Mount Sharp, Curiosity's ultimate destination.
PIA15984:
Explore Mars With Curiosity Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from a video shows the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover deploying in a pre-launch test.
PIA16006:
Curiosity Pre-Launch Mast Test - August 07, 2012 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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This image from an animation is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showing the landing effects of the descent stage, the rover lander, the back shell and parachute, and the heat shield, all found on the left side of the image.
PIA16014:
Before and After Curiosity's Touchdown Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows)
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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This still image from an animation shows the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars.
PIA16016:
Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
MARDI
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter obtained this color image with the Mars Descent Imager aboard NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface. Curiosity landed on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).
PIA16019:
A Better Look of the Martian Surface 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.
PIA16043:
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.
PIA16087:
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.'
PIA16091:
After the Laser Shots Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012).
PIA18167:
Magnificent Outburst Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the inlet covers for the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument as the rover continues to check out its instruments in the first phase after landing.
PIA16164:
Opening and Closing SAM Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Mars has two small, asteroid-sized moons named Phobos and Deimos. This frame from an animation shows the point of view of the rover, located near the equator of Mars, as these moons occasionally pass in front of, or 'transit,' the disk of the sun.
PIA16151:
Phobos in Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows that NASA's Dawn mission detected abundances of hydrogen in a wide swath around the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta. The hydrogen probably exists in the form of hydroxyl or water bound to minerals in Vesta's surface.
PIA15679:
Hydrogen Hotspots on Vesta Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (3.147 MB)     JPEG (111.2 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-01 Earth Terra
ASTER
InSAR
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This still from an animation shows, in exaggerated terms, how the surface of the southern Central Valley of California deformed from the period 2007 to 2011.
PIA16293:
InSAR Measurements of Subsidence in California's Central Valley (June 2007--December 2010) Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (1.767 MB)     JPEG (81.67 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows a test using an engineering model of the soil scoop for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The scoop dips to about 1.4 inches (3.5 centimeters) deep. This test took place at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in 2011.
PIA16203:
Test Scooping for Mars Rover Curiosity Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from a video shows the first Martian material collected by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The material vibrated inside the scoop after it was lifted from the ground.
PIA16224:
Curiosity's First Scoop of Mars, in Vibration Movie 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 2012-10-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser and spectrometers to examine what chemical elements are in a drift of Martian sand during the mission's 74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20, 2012).
PIA16234:
Laser Hit on Martian Sand Target, Before and After Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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This image from an animation shows 'beacons' of hot air seen in the infrared that appeared during a great springtime storm on Saturn from January 2011 to March 2012.
PIA16190:
Infrared Hotspots in a Monster Saturn Storm Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Earth CloudSat
Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR)
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NASA's CloudSat spacecraft overpassed Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012 just as Sandy was approaching the Atlantic coastline. Sandy contained estimated maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (78 knots).
PIA16201:
CloudSat's View of Hurricane Sandy 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.
PIA16483:
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'.
PIA16486:
Voyager 1 Explores the "Magnetic Highway" Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-05 Moon GRAIL
MoonKAM
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Mare Orientale Flyover
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Mare Orientale Flyover 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 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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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.
PIA16492:
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.
PIA16602:
Spacecraft Observes Another Spacecraft at the Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-14 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This image of asteroid Toutatis was generated with data collected using NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012 and indicates that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object with ridges and perhaps craters.
PIA16599:
Tumbling Asteroid Toutatis Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This set of images from NASA's Curiosity rover shows a patch of rock before and after it was cleaned by Curiosity's Dust Removal Tool (DRT).
PIA16619:
Before and After a Little Dusting Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This frame from an animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction.
PIA16723:
Swirling Vortex Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-05 ISON Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This frame from an animation series of images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was taken by the Medium-Resolution Imager of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 2013.
PIA16748:
NASA'S Deep Impact Spacecraft Images Comet ISON Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A blink pair of images taken before and after NASA's Curiosity performed a 'mini drill' test on a Martian rock shows changes resulting from that activity.
PIA16762:
Before-and-After Blink of Curiosity 'Mini Drill' into Mars Rock Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (1.051 MB)     JPEG (216.1 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from a set of three images from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the rover's drill in action on Feb. 8, 2013, or Sol 182, Curiosity's 182nd Martian day of operations.
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Ready, Set, Drill 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 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 2013-02-15 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 Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca
La Sagra Sky Survey
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This set of images from the La Sagra Sky Survey, operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca in Spain, shows the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 shortly after its closest, and safe, approach to Earth.
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Outbound Near-Earth Asteroid, as Seen from Spain Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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Getting the Spins
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Getting the Spins Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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A Bit of an Exaggeration
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A Bit of an Exaggeration 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 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This frame from an animation of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the complicated suite of operations involved in conducting the rover's first rock sample drilling on Mars and transferring the sample to the rover's scoop for inspection.
PIA16730:
Drilling into Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-14 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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A Tribute to MESSENGER: Video
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A Tribute to MESSENGER: Video 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.
PIA16880:
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.
PIA16882:
A Journey of Light Through Space and Time Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-03 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows wind-caused changes in the parachute of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft as the chute lay on the Martian ground during months after its use in safe landing of the Curiosity rover.
PIA16813:
MSL's Parachute Flapping in the Wind 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.
PIA17004:
Kepler-62e (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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The Rose Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows the clouds of a hurricane-like storm, which circulate around the north pole of Saturn out to 88.5 degrees north latitude. The clouds at the very center are spinning rapidly.
PIA14947:
Saturn Hurricane Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rock target 'Cumberland' before and after Curiosity drilled into it to collect a sample for analysis.
PIA16935:
Before-and-After Blink of 'Cumberland' Drilling Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-22 Herschel Space Observatory
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This frame from a simulation shows the merging of two massive galaxies. The merging galaxies are split into two views: a visible-light view on the left, and infrared view on the right.
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Mega Galaxy Merger Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-24 899x709x3
Created with the help of supercomputers, this frame from a simulation shows the formation of a massive galaxy during the first 2 billion years of the universe.
PIA17014:
Cosmic Swirly Straws Feed Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rover drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.' The drilling was performed during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the Curiosity's work on Mars (May 19, 2013).
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Curiosity Mars Rover Drilling Into Its Second Rock Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
Mastcam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was used to check the composition of gray tailings from the hole in rock target 'Cumberland' that the rover drilled on May 19, 2013.
PIA17069:
Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-06 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This radar imagery of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon was generated from data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on June 1, 2013.
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Radar Movies Highlight Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image from an animation shows how repeated laser shots from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cause a pit to form at the target point in Martian soil.
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Pitting in Martian Soil During Repeated Laser Shots From Mars Rover Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-02 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing overhead, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, centered straight overhead starting shortly after sunset.
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Phobos Passing Overhead Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-02 ISON Hubble Space Telescope
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Superficially resembling a skyrocket, Comet ISON is hurtling toward the Sun at a whopping 48,000 miles per hour in this still from a Hubble animation.
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Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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Here is a rover's eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity's first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013 taken by NASA's Mars rover's Navigation Camera (Navcam).
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Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity's First Year on Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This frame from a movie clip shows the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passing in front of the smaller Martian moon, Deimos, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17089:
Two Moons Passing in the Martian Night Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from a movie clip shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing in front of the other Martian moon, Deimos, on Aug. 1, from the perspective of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
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Smoothed Movie of Phobos Passing Deimos in Martian Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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This frame from a movie was produced with data from NASA's Aqua spacecraft showing the spread of carbon monoxide pollution across North America from fires in the Western U.S., including the Beaver Creek Fire in Idaho and the Rim Fire in California.
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NASA's AIRS Instrument Sees Spread of Pollution from Western Wildfires Animation Icon
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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.
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Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-26 Earth GRACE
K-Band Ranging System
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This frame from NASA's Grace animation illustrates the highs and lows of combined land water storage (includes snow, soil moisture, and surface water) over the continental United States.
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GRACE Land Water Storage Monthly Changes over the United States, 2003 Early 2013 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-08 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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Ride Along with MESSENGER: Movie 2
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Ride Along with MESSENGER: Movie 2 Animation Icon
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