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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-06-10 Mars MAVEN
Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS)
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The purple color in this animated GIF shows auroras on Mars' nightside as detected by the ultraviolet instrument aboard NASA's MAVEN orbiter between May 14 and 20, 2024. The brighter the purple, the more auroras were present.
PIA26304:
MAVEN Detects Auroras During Solar Storm in 2024
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-06-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The specks in this scene were caused by charged particles from a solar storm hitting a camera aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA26303:
Curiosity Sees Specks Caused By 2024 Solar Storm While Recording a Wind Gust on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-06-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured streaks and specks using one of its navigation cameras just as particles from a solar storm arrived on the Martian surface. These artifacts are caused by energetic particles hitting the camera's image detector.
PIA26302:
Curiosity Sees Streaks and Specks During 2024 Solar Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-06-10 Sol (our sun) Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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Sunspots are seen in images captured by NASA's Perseverance Mars rover using its Mastcam-Z cameras between May 8 and 20, 2024. These flares would send charged particles toward Mars, where several NASA spacecraft were able to study them.
PIA26301:
Perseverance Views Sunspots
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-13 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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This animated artist's concept depicts three small rovers – part of NASA's CADRE technology demonstration headed for the Moon – driving together on the lunar surface.
PIA26296:
CADRE Rovers Explore the Moon Together (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-01 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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One of three small rovers bound for the Moon took an autonomous test drive in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in December 2023.
PIA26297:
NASA's CADRE Rover Takes an Autonomous Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-04-18 Io Juno
JunoCam
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Created using data collected by the JunoCam imager aboard NASA's Juno during flybys in December 2023 and February 2024, this animation is an artist's concept of a feature on the Jovian moon Io that the mission science team nicknamed Steeple Mountain.
PIA26294:
Io's 'Steeple Mountain' (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-04-18 Io Juno
JunoCam
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This animation is an artist's concept of Loki Patera, a lava lake on Jupiter's moon Io, made using data from the JunoCam imager aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA26293:
Looking Into Io's Loki Patera (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-04-15 Earth SWOT
KaRIn
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Water depths in Death Valley's temporary lake ranged between about 3 feet (or 1 meter, shown in dark blue) to less than 1.5 feet (0.5 meters, light yellow) from February through early March.
PIA26184:
SWOT Death Valley Lake Depth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-04-03 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Hazard Avoidance Camera (M2020)
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The 21st rock core captured by NASA's Perseverance has a composition that would make it good at trapping and preserving signs of microbial life, if any was once present. The sample was cored from Bunsen Peak on March 12, 2024.
PIA26314:
Perseverance Cores 'Bunsen Peak'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-29 Mars Mars Helicopter
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This animation shows a simulation of the response of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to the Sys-ID process. Sys-ID is a method for understanding the behavior of a system by studying how specific inputs impact the motion of the vehicle.
PIA26240:
Animation of Mars Helicopter Flight Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-07 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Clamped to a shaker table, one of NASA's CADRE rovers gets shaken vigorously during a test in November 2023.
PIA26167:
CADRE Rover Gets a Big Shake
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-07 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Part of NASA's CADRE technology demonstration, three small rovers show off their ability to drive as a team autonomously during a test in a clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in December 2023.
PIA26164:
NASA's CADRE Rovers Take First Autonomous Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-05 Mercury Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to capture Mercury – seen as a tiny speck – passing in front of the Sun on Oct. 28, 2023.
PIA26250:
Perseverance Views a Transit of Mercury
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-05 Deimos Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to capture the silhouette of Deimos, one of the two Martian moons, as it passed in front of the Sun on Jan. 19, 2024.
PIA26249:
Perseverance Views a Transit of Deimos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-03-05 Phobos Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to capture the silhouette of Phobos, one of the two Martian moons, as it passed in front of the Sun on Feb. 8, 2024.
PIA26248:
Perseverance Views a Transit of Phobos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-02-27 Mars Mars Helicopter
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter captured this video showing the shadows of its rotor blades turning on Feb. 11, 2024. Engineers planned the video to get more information about damage that was sustained during the helicopter's 72nd flight on Jan. 18, 2024
PIA26244:
Ingenuity's Navcam Reveals a Missing Rotor Blade
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-17 Europa Europa Lander
Landing System
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Engineer Matthew Cameron-Hooper performs a checkout on some systems of the Europa Lander landing gear testbed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California on May 27, 2022.
PIA26200:
System Checkouts on Testbed for Europa Lander Landing Gear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-17 Europa Europa Lander
Landing System
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Engineers test the mechanical landing system for the proposed Europa Lander project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sept. 15, 2022.
PIA26199:
Testing a Landing Gear for Potential Future Landing on Europa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-01-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover used its front and rear black-and-white Hazcams to capture 12 hours of a Martian day. The rover's shadow is visible on the surface in these images taken by the front Hazcam.
PIA26209:
Curiosity's Hazcams Capture a Day on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-18 Psyche
Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
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This image shows an annotated screenshot from the first ultra-HD video streamed from deep space via a laser. NASA's DSOC experiment aboard the Psyche spacecraft sent the 15-second video back to Earth on Dec. 11, 2023.
PIA26146:
Explaining the First Ultra-HD Video Sent From Deep Space via Laser
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-12 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL)
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This time-lapse video uses an engineering model of one of the instruments aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover to show how the instrument evaluates safe placement against a rock.
PIA26204:
How Perseverance's PIXL Gets Close to a Rock Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-12 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This animated artist's concept depicts water breaking through the rim of Mars' Jezero Crater, which NASA's Perseverance rover is now exploring. Water entered the crater billions of years ago, forming a lake before the Red Planet dried up.
PIA26207:
Water Enters Jezero Crater Billions of Years Ago (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-28 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
THEMIS
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This unusual view of the horizon of Mars was captured by NASA's Odyssey orbiter using its THEMIS camera, in an operation that took engineers three months to plan.
PIA26203:
Odyssey's THEMIS Views the Horizon of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-22 Mars Helicopter
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A dual rotor system for the next generation of Mars helicopters is tested in the 25-Foot Space Simulator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sept.15, 2023.
PIA26079:
Testing Next-Generation Mars Helicopter Rotors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-11-22 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Helicopter
Mastcam-Z
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This image shows two perspectives of the 59th flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. The image on the left was captured by the Mastcam-Z on NASA's Perseverance Mars rover; the black-and-white image on the right was taken by Ingenuity.
PIA26078:
Two Views of Ingenuity's 59th Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-30 Earth SWOT
KaRIn
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This animation shows global sea level data collected by the Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite from July 26 to Aug. 16, 2023.
PIA26100:
SWOT's Detailed View of Global Sea Level
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-10-18 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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The maps in the animation show sea levels in the Pacific Ocean during early October of 1997, 2015, and 2023, in the run up to El Niño events.
PIA26099:
Comparing Sea Level During El Niño Events
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-29 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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NASA's Perseverance rover captured this Martian dust devil moving east to west at a clip of about 12 mph (19 kph) along Thorofare Ridge on Aug. 30, 2023.
PIA26074:
Martian Whirlwind Takes the 'Thorofare'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-09-21 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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Made with data recorded by NASA's Perseverance during a July 15, 2023 autonomous drive, this animation shows how the rover used AutoNav to maneuver around the 14-inch (35-centimeter) rock at center-left.
PIA26073:
Perseverance AutoNav Avoids a Boulder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-18 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) captured Hurricane Hilary on the morning of Aug. 18, 2023, when it was a Category 4 storm roughly 470 miles (760 kilometers) south of Baja California.
PIA25779:
Hurricane Hilary Captured by NASA's AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-16 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover captured this video of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's 54th flight on Aug. 3, 2023.
PIA25970:
Perseverance Rover Watches Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's 54th Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-08 Earth Suomi NPP
VIIRS
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Amid a record heat wave in July, the Phoenix area saw surfaces such as roads and buildings stay hot long after sunset, as documented in NASA-NOAA satellite data that was used to produce this series of maps.
PIA25868:
Phoenix Land-Surface Temperatures Documented Amid Record Heat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-02 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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A model rover drives over a rock during a test for NASA's CADRE project in JPL's Mars Yard in June, 2023.
PIA25667:
CADRE Mini Rover Drives Over a Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-02 Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE)
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Engineer Kristopher Sherrill observes a development model rover during a test for NASA's CADRE technology demonstration in JPL's Mars Yard in June, 2023.
PIA25665:
CADRE Rover Testing in JPL's Mars Yard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-05-12 Earth Sentinel-6/Jason-CS
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This animation shows Kelvin waves moving across the equatorial Pacific Ocean from west to east during March and April, 2023. The signals can be an early sign of El Niño, and were detected by the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite.
PIA25776:
Early El Niño Signs
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-03-31 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Hazard Avoidance Camera (M2020)
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This animation shows NASA's Perseverance Mars rover collecting a rock sample from an outcrop the science team calls Berea using a coring bit on the end of its robotic arm. The images were taken by one of the rover's front hazard cameras.
PIA25689:
Perseverance Cores 'Berea'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-03-23 Mars Mars Helicopter
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This animation shows the progress of Perseverance Mars Rover and Ingenuity Mars Helicopter as they make their way up the Jezero river delta. The Mars Helicopter's route is depicted in green. The rover's progress is depicted in orange.
PIA25687:
Ingenuity and Perseverance Make Tracks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-03-22 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used one of its navigation cameras to take a series of images of drifting clouds just before sunrise on March 18, 2023.
PIA25821:
Perseverance Views Drifting Clouds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-03-14 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is seen here at the starting point of its 47th flight on Mars. The video was captured by the Mastcam-Z imager aboard NASA's Perseverance rover on March 9, 2023.
PIA25686:
Perseverance's Mastcam-Z Views Ingenuity's 47th Takeoff
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-02-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Hazard Avoidance Camera (M2020)
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This movie is made from images taken by the Mars Perseverance rover's Front Left Hazard Avoidance Camera between Sol 13 (March 4, 2021) and Sol 708 (Feb. 16, 2023), during the first two years of the rover's surface mission.
PIA25799:
Front Left Hazcam – Two Year Movie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-24 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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NASA's Perseverance took a selfie looking down at one of 10 tubes the rover deposited at the sample depot it created in an area within Jezero Crater nicknamed Three Forks. This image was taken on Jan. 22, 2023.
PIA25681:
Perseverance's Three Forks Sample Depot Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-10 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a series of storms as they dumped record amounts of rain in some parts of California, causing flooding, and damaging infrastructure.
PIA25597:
California Atmospheric River Storms Captured by NASA's AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-03 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn)
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This animation shows the antennas for the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument deploying on the SWOT satellite. The actual antennas deployed over the course of four days after the spacecraft's Dec. 16, 2022 launch.
PIA25596:
SWOT KaRIn Antenna Deployment (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-23 Moon Lunar Flashlight
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These images show two observations of NASA's Lunar Flashlight and the private ispace HAKUTO-R Mission 1 as the two spacecraft, seen as a pair of dots, journey to the Moon.
PIA25257:
NASA's Lunar Flashlight Spotted From Earth on Its Way to the Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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This video shows the deployment of the solar arrays that power the SWOT satellite. The arrays deployed over the course of about 10 minutes after the spacecraft's Dec. 16, 2022, launch.
PIA25563:
Deployment of SWOT's Solar Arrays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Mars 2020 Rover
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Engineers react with surprise while testing how NASA's Perseverance rover will deposit its sample tubes on the Martian surface.
PIA25677:
OPTIMISM Sticks the Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-21 Mars 2020 Rover
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Engineers use OPTIMISM, a full-size replica of NASA's Perseverance rover, to test how it will deposit its first sample tube on the Martian surface.
PIA25676:
Testing a Sample Drop in the Mars Yard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-15 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to capture this enhanced color image of Hogwallow Flats on June 6, 2022.
PIA25672:
Perseverance's Mastcam-Z Views Hogwallow Flats
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-15 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Perseverance rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to capture this enhanced color view of the eroded eastern edge of the delta within Mars' Jezero Crater on April 7, 2022.
PIA25671:
Mastcam-Z Views the Eastern Edge of Jezero's Delta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-15 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to capture this rocky hilltop nicknamed Rockytop on July 24, 2022, the 507th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA25660:
Perseverance's Mastcam-Z Views Rockytop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-15 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to capture this image of Bettys Rock on June 23, 2022, the 477th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA25656:
Perseverance's Mastcam-Z Views Bettys Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-15 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its WATSON camera to view the texture of a rock nicknamed Bettys Rock on June 22, 2022, the 476th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA25659:
Perseverance's WATSON Views Bettys Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-15 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Hazard Avoidance Camera (M2020)
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This GIF shows NASA's Perseverance Mars rover collecting two samples of regolith – broken rock and dust – with a regolith sampling bit on the end of its robotic arm.
PIA25654:
NASA's Perseverance Rover Collects Regolith
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-14 Jupiter Juno
JunoCam
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JunoCam, the color public engagement camera aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft, captured this sequence of images during its 46th close pass by the giant planet on September 29, 2022.
PIA25723:
Juno Offers a Window Seat for a Jupiter Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-14 Ganymede Juno
Jovian Auroral Distributions Experiment (JADE)
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This animation illustrates how the magnetic field surrounding Jupiter's moon Ganymede interacts with and disrupts the magnetic field surrounding Jupiter.
PIA25724:
NASA's Juno Mission Explores the Magnetic Connection Between Jupiter and Ganymede
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-13 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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This video and audio show the results of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover using its SuperCam microphone to record the sounds of a Martian dust devil. The dust devil passed directly over Perseverance on Sept. 27, 2021.
PIA25657:
NASA's Perseverance Records a Martian Dust Devil
Full Resolution:     TIFF (3.839 MB)     JPEG (248.7 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 1249x719x3
A model Sample Recovery Helicopter drives and positions itself over a sample tube during a test in the Mars Yard at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
PIA25320:
Sample Recovery Helicopter Model Gets a Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 Mars Mars Helicopter
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In this video, images from NASA's Mars Ingenuity Helicopter's Flight 9, which took place on July 5, 2021, have been post-processed to identify areas suitable for landing and enable the use of digital elevation maps to help navigate.
PIA25662:
Ingenuity's Hazard Avoidance Capability
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Earth Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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This animation, created in 2012, shows the increasing clarity and detail of measurements of sea height made by successive satellite altimeters launched by NASA and other agencies over the past four decades.
PIA25561:
SWOT Satellite will Improve Clarity and Detail of Sea Height Measurements
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-11 Eagle Nebula Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The dusty face of the Eagle Nebula and its surroundings are revealed in this image based on data from NASA's Wide Field Survey Explorer (WISE).
PIA25433:
The Eagle Nebula Observed by WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-03 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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These images show changes in the dust accumulation over the course of four days on the rim of the collection tube containing Perseverance's 14th sample. The images were acquired by the rover's Sampling and Caching System Camera, or CacheCam.
PIA25337:
CacheCam Image of Perseverance's 14th Sample of Martian Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This animation depicts a flyover of a meteoroid impact crater on Mars that's surrounded by boulder-size chunks of ice. The animation was created using data from the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA25586:
Flyover of Mars Impact Using HiRISE Data (Animation)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (2.057 MB)     JPEG (69.31 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-27 Mars InSight
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This video includes a seismogram and sonification of the signals recorded by NASA's InSight Mars lander, which detected a giant meteoroid strike on Dec. 24, 2021, the 1,094th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA25582:
NASA's InSight Records the Sound of a Martian Impact
Full Resolution:     TIFF (2.466 MB)     JPEG (47.12 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2022-09-30 Mars Mars Helicopter
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During the 33rd flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, a small piece of foreign object debris can be seen attached to one of the rotorcraft's landing legs before falling away to the surface. There's no indication of damage to the helicopter.
PIA25331:
Navigation Camera Imagery of Ingenuity's Flight 33
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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 2022-06-29 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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This collage and animation represent NASA radar observations of near-Earth asteroid 7335 1989 JA on May 26, 2022, one day before it made its closest approach with Earth.
PIA25251:
Radar Observations of Near-Earth Asteroid 7335 1989 JA
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-01 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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This series of images from a navigation camera aboard NASA's Perseverance rover shows a gust of wind sweeping dust across the Martian plain beyond the rover's tracks on June 18, 2021.
PIA25361:
Perseverance Views Wind Lifting a Massive Dust Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-01 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its navigation camera to capture these dust devils swirling across Jezero Crater on July 20, 2021, the 148th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA25290:
Perseverance Views Dust Devils Swirling Across Jezero Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-27 Jupiter Juno
JunoCam
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Citizen scientist Andrea Luck created this animated sequence using raw JunoCam image data from NASA's Juno mission as it completed its 41st close flyby of Jupiter.
PIA25016:
Juno Skims the Cloud Tops of Jupiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-27 Mars Mars Helicopter
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Video from the navigation camera aboard NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter shows its record-breaking 25th flight on April 18, 2022.
PIA25321:
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's Record-Breaking Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-23 Mars InSight
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NASA's InSight lander took this final selfie on April 24, 2022. The lander is covered with far more dust than it was in its first selfie, taken in December 2018, or in its second selfie, taken in March and April of 2019.
PIA25287:
InSight's Final Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-17 Mars InSight
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This video includes a seismogram and sonification of the signals recorded by NASA's InSight Mars lander, which detected an estimated magnitude 5 quake on May 4, 2022.
PIA25281:
Seismogram and Sonification of InSight's Big Martian Quake
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-20 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to shoot video of Phobos, one of Mars' two moons, eclipsing the Sun.
PIA25179:
Perseverance's Mastcam-Z Captures a Phobos Solar Eclipse
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-19 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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Video taken by NASA's Perseverance Mars rover shows some of the terrain the rover had to negotiate during its drive to the delta at Jezero Crater in April 2022.
PIA25215:
AutoNav Drives Perseverance Forward
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-15 Mars InSight
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NASA's InSight lander snapped a series of images of the Sun rising and setting on Mars using the camera on its robotic arm on April 10, 2022, the 1,198th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA25178:
InSight Captures a Martian Sunrise and Sunset
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-18 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover will follow the proposed route to Jezero Crater's delta shown in this animation. The delta is one the most important locations the rover will visit as it seeks signs of ancient life on Mars.
PIA25173:
Perseverance's Route to the Delta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-15 Asteroid 1440x830x3
This animation shows asteroid 2022 EB5's predicted orbit around the Sun before impacting into the Earth's atmosphere on March 11, 2022.
PIA24568:
Animation of Asteroid 2022 EB5's Orbit Before Hitting Earth's Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-21 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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A portion of a cored-rock sample is ejected from the rotary percussive drill on NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. The imagery was collected by the rover's Mastcam-Z instrument on Jan. 15, 2022.
PIA25072:
Perseverance Expels Rock Fragments
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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 2022-01-21 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Hazard Avoidance Camera (M2020)
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An animated GIF depicts the Martian surface below the Perseverance rover, showing the results of the Jan. 15, 2022, percussive drill test to clear cored-rock fragments from one of the rover's sample tubes.
PIA25070:
Before and After Perseverance Sample Tube Shake
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-20 Jupiter Juno
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This animation depicts Jupiter's atmospheric circulation cells (airflow circulation cells that flow in the north-south, up-down plane) beneath the clouds.
PIA25086:
Ferrel-Like Cells at Jupiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-18 Jupiter Juno
JunoCam
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NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this view of striking cloud bands and swirls in the giant planet's mid-southern latitudes.
PIA25069:
Earth's Ocean and Jupiter's Atmosphere (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-10 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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These images and animation represent NASA radar observations of 4660 Nereus on December 10, 2021, before the asteroid's close approach on December 11, when it came within 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers) of Earth.
PIA24566:
Radar Observations of Asteroid 4660 Nereus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-04 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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This animation, derived from AIRS instrument data aboard NASA's Aqua satellite, shows a nearly 20-year record of temperature anomalies for two layers in Earth's atmosphere.
PIA24139:
AIRS Temperature Anomalies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-17 Jupiter Juno
Waves
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Radio emissions collected during Juno's June 7, 2021, flyby of Jupiter's moon Ganymede are presented here, both visually and in sound.
PIA25030:
Audio of Juno's Ganymede Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-15 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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Taken by Perseverance's Mastcam-Z instrument, this video features an enhanced-color composite image that pans across Jezero Crater's delta on Mars.
PIA25022:
Spanning the Delta of Mars' Jezero Crater (video)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-13 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory dropped this prototype to learn how a future Sample Return Lander could safely touch down on Mars.
PIA24766:
Testing a Lander Touchdown
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-09 Mars 2020 Rover
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This colorful illustration depicts NASA's Perseverance Rover on Mars, where it landed in February 2021.
PIA24948:
You've Got Perseverance! Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-18 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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Video from the Mastcam-Z instrument aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover captures a closeup view of the 13th flight of the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, on September 4, 2021.
PIA24979:
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's Flight 13: Zoomed-In View From Perseverance
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-18 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mastcam-Z
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Video footage from the Mastcam-Z instrument aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover provides a big-picture perspective of the 13th flight of the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, on September 4, 2021.
PIA24978:
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's 13th Flight: Wide-Angle Video From Perseverance
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-04 Mars Mars Helicopter
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This video clip was obtained by the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's black-and-white navigation camera during its 14th flight, on October 24, 2021.
PIA24976:
Ingenuity Captures Flight 14 Video
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-28 Jupiter Juno
JIRAM
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In this animation, forces created by movement toward the south pole of a circumpolar cyclone results in the temporary shift in location by the polar cyclone and the four other circumpolar cyclones.
PIA24969:
Oscillating Cyclones at Jupiter's South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-28 Jupiter Juno
JIRAM
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This animation depicts the invisible forces at work at Jupiter's south pole that keep the five circumpolar cyclones there in position relative to each other and to the polar cyclone.
PIA24968:
Movement at Jupiter's South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-28 Jupiter Juno
Microwave Radiometer (MWR)
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This animation depicts Jupiter's planet wrapping cloud structure, commonly referred to as belts and zones, and the jet streams that encompass them.
PIA24964:
Jets at Jupiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-28 Jupiter Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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This animation and audio represent the subtle gravitational signal acquired by an antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network as the agency's Juno spacecraft performed a close flyby of Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2019.
PIA24963:
Great Red Spot Gravity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-28 Jupiter Juno
Microwave Radiometer (MWR)
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This animation depicts Jupiter's banded appearance in microwave light as seen by the microwave radiometer instrument (MWR) aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft.
PIA24961:
Jupiter's Appearance in Microwave Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-19 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Navigation Camera (M2020)
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This video shows NASA's Perseverance Mars rover using its Auto-Nav technology to drive 574 feet (175 meters) on September 12, 2021, the 200th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA24934:
Perseverance's Sol 200 Auto-Nav Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-20 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover took this selfie over a rock nicknamed Rochette, on September 10, 2021. Two holes can be seen where the rover used its robotic arm to drill rock core samples.
PIA24836:
Perseverance's Selfie at Rochette
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-06 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This sealed titanium sample tube contains Perseverance's first cored sample of Mars rock. The rover's Sampling and Caching System Camera (known as CacheCam) captured this image.
PIA24807:
Sealing in Perseverance's First Sample
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