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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Artist's concept of a distant hypothetical solar system, about the same age as our own.
PIA07097:
A Distant Solar System (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Bright, young disks can be imaged directly by visible-light telescopes, such as NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Older, fainter debris disks can be detected only by infrared telescopes like NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which sense the disks' dim heat.
PIA07099:
The Evolution of a Planet-Forming Disk (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-22 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a typical young galaxy, teeming with hot, newborn stars and exploding supernovas. The supernovas are seen as white flashes of light.
PIA07144:
Fires of Galactic Youth (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates that an invisible galaxy shrouded in dust can become glaringly bright when viewed in infrared light.
PIA07396:
Invisible Galaxies Come to Life! (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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Since its launch in 2003, NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer the space telescope originally designed to observe galaxies across the universe in ultraviolet light has discovered a festive sky blinking with flaring and erupting stars.
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It's Not a Bird or a Plane Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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A group of six streaking objects, the identities of which remain unknown, can be seen here flying across the telescope's sight in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA07251:
Surprise Ultraviolet Party in the Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-29 Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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This frame from an animation portrays the unfolding of all three booms making up the antenna for the radar instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
PIA08000:
Deployment of Mars Express Radar Antenna Sections (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Stardust
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This frame from a movie from NASA's Stardust shows rehearsal of the initial processing of the sample return capsule when it is taken to a temporary cleanroom at Utah's Test and Training Range.
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Rehearsal: Sample Canister in Cleanroom (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a galaxy that appears to be sizzling hot, with huge plumes of smoke swirling around it. The galaxy is known as Messier 82 or the 'Cigar galaxy.'
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Smokin' Hot Galaxy (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts a type of dead star called a pulsar and the surrounding disk of rubble discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The pulsar, called 4U 0142+61, was once a massive star until about 100,000 years ago.
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Stellar Rubble May be Planetary Building Blocks (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates how a dusty planet-forming disk can slow down a whirling young star, essentially saving the star from spinning itself to death. Evidence for this phenomenon comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Stars Can't Spin Out of Control (Artist's Animation) 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.
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Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby 'sun.' NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope observed a planetary system like this one, as the planet's sunlit and dark hemispheres swung alternately into the telescope's view.
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Fire and Ice Planet (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its first stars and mini-galaxies. Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found patches of infrared light splattered across the sky.
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Stars Spring up Out of the Darkness (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept, based on spectral observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star.
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Exotic Atmospheres (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image depicts a faraway solar system like our own except for one big difference. Planets and asteroids circle around not one, but two suns. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such solar systems may be common in the universe.
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Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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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.
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Peeling Back Layers of a Martian Polar Ice Cap (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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This artist's conception shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander during its more than 9-month journey to Mars.
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Cruising to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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Seven minutes before NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander enters the Martian atmosphere, it will jettison the cruise stage hardware that it relied on during the long flight from Earth.
PIA10660:
Cruise Stage Separation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will enter the Martian atmosphere at hypersonic speeds.
PIA10661:
Hypersonic Entry Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will be in free fall after it separates from its back shell and parachute, but not for long.
PIA10662:
Phoenix Without its Parachute Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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During the first 25 seconds after NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander deploys its parachute, the spacecraft will jettison its heat shield and extend its three legs.
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Phoenix Extends its Legs Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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After NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander enters the Martian atmosphere, and is traveling at about 1.7 times the speed of sound, it will deploy its parachute.
PIA10664:
Parachuting to Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will open its solar arrays 20 minutes after it touches down on the surface of Mars.
PIA10665:
Phoenix Soaks up the Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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This artist's conception depicts NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander a moment before its touchdown on the arctic plains of Mars.
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Phoenix Eases Down to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Phoenix
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This artist's concept shows the route NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander took to get from Earth to Mars.
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Phoenix's Path to Mars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-24 Phoenix
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This video shows the propulsion system on an engineering model of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander being successfully tested.
PIA10673:
Water Hammer Test Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-26 Phoenix
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This image shows how NASA's three-legged Phoenix Mars Lander is able to get a better look at its footing and the physical characteristics of the underlying soil on the surface of the Red Planet.
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How Phoenix Gets a Look at its Footing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-26 Phoenix
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This image shows how NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander stays in contact with Earth.
PIA10695:
How Phoenix Talks to Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-26 Phoenix
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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This image shows how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was able to snap a picture of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander as it parachuted down to the surface of Mars.
PIA10696:
How to Take a Picture of a Spacecraft Landing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-27 Phoenix
HiRISE
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera to take a picture of the Phoenix lander roughly 22 hours after landing.
PIA10704:
Simulated Imaging of Phoenix Landing Site 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.
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Phoenix Stretches its Arm Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image illustrates how a light echo works, and how an optical illusion of material moving outward is created.
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Dissecting a Light Echo 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 Phoenix
Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander can measure wind speed and direction by imaging the Telltale with the Stereo Surface Imager (SSI).
PIA10756:
How Phoenix Measures Wind Speed and Direction Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-13 Phoenix
MECA
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This image shows the workings of the microscope station of the Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument suite of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander.
PIA10798:
Schematic Animation of Phoenix's Microscope Station Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-13 Phoenix
MECA
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A camera view zooms in from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander launch site all the way to Phoenix's Microscopy and Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) aboard the spacecraft on the Martian surface.
PIA10799:
Animated Optical Microscope Zoom in from Phoenix Launch to Martian Surface Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-26 Phoenix
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This is an illustration of soil analysis on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Wet Chemistry Lab (WCL) on board the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument.
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Phoenix's Wet Chemistry Lab Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows he 'Peony nebula' star, a blazing ball of gas shines with the equivalent light of 3.2 million suns.
PIA10955:
'Peony Nebula' Star Settles for Silver Medal Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-04 Phoenix
Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer
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This image shows testing under simulated Mars conditions on Earth in preparation for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander using its robotic arm for delivering a sample to the doors of a laboratory oven.
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Testing of Icy-Soil Sample Delivery in Simulated Martian Conditions (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-17 Aqua
AIRS
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Light energy is collected by the optics system on the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument and digitized.
PIA11170:
Light Travels Through AIRS Optics Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These three images show the progression of 'stacking' NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and its descent stage in one of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 'clean room.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a computer simulation of the planet HD 80606b from an observer located at a point in space lying between the Earth and the HD 80606 system.
PIA11392:
Tour of Planet with Extreme Temperature Swings Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates how silicate crystals like those found in comets can be created by an outburst from a growing star. The image shows a young sun-like star encircled by its planet-forming disk of gas and dust. Animation available.
PIA12008:
Silicate Crystal Formation in the Disk of an Erupting Star (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-29 Dawn
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This image is a blinking of two 14-minute exposures of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 600,000 miles from Earth. Bill Dillon, a regular advanced user of Sierra Stars Observatory.
PIA12016:
Image of Dawn Spacecraft 600,000 miles From Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-07 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Diviner
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Diviner undergoing post thermal vacuum range of motion testing. Diviner is one of seven instruments aboard NASA's LRO Mission.
PIA12089:
Diviner Undergoing Post Thermal Vacuum Range of Motion Testing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-26 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts Curiosity, the rover to be launched in 2011 by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, as it is being lowered by the mission's rocket-powered descent stage during a critical moment of the 'sky crane' landing in 2012.
PIA13162:
Critical Step in Next Mars Rover Landing (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-06 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 2010-07-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this image taken from a video clip, NASA's Curiosity rover's wheels are shown hoisted on a pink crane and moving closer to the rover's body. Video is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13238:
New Wheels (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image was taken in the cleanroom where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled. It shows the rover, which is about the size of an SUV, hoisted on a white lift, with its black wheels suspended in the air.
PIA13273:
Wheels Spinning Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image is an all-sky infrared map consisting of data taken by previous missions: the Infrared Astronomical Satellite; NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer; and the Two-Micron All-Sky Survey.
PIA13120:
WISE Eyes the Whole Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image illustrates that buckyballs -- discovered in space by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- closely resemble old fashioned, black-and-white soccer balls, only on much smaller scales.
PIA13289:
Mini Soccer Balls in Space Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image illustrates vibrating buckyballs -- spherical molecules of carbon discovered in space for the first time by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA13290:
Buckyballs Jiggle Like Jello (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This frame from an animation based on NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope data illustrates an unexpected warm spot on the surface of a gaseous exoplanet.The bright orange patches are the hottest part of the planet.
PIA13494:
Weird Warm Spot on Exoplanet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 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.
PIA13866:
Hiss from Aurora Caused by Enceladus
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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 2011-07-27 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the first known Earth Trojan asteroid, discovered by NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting portion of NASA's WISE mission. The asteroid is shown in gray and its extreme orbit is shown in green. Objects are not drawn to scale.
PIA14404:
Trojan Asteroid Shares Orbit with Earth (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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This artist's image illustrates Kepler-16b, the first directly detected circumbinary planet, which is a planet that orbits two stars.
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Three Eclipsing Bodies (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Kepler
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This artist's image illustrates the Kepler-16 system from an overhead view, showing the eccentric orbits of the two stars as they twirl around each other every 41 days like figure skaters.
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A Dance of Two Suns and One Planet (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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This artist's concept shows an overhead view of the orbital position of the planets in systems with multiple transiting planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. All the colored planets have been verified.
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Kepler's Planetary Systems in Motion (Artist Concept) 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.
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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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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 2012-06-08 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.
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Highlighting our Tiniest Neighbors Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is an alien world just two-thirds the size of Earth -- one of the smallest on record.
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Exoplanet is Extremely Hot and Incredibly Close (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 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 2012-08-06 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 2012-08-10 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 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows a test using an engineering model of the soil scoop for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The scoop dips to about 1.4 inches (3.5 centimeters) deep. This test took place at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in 2011.
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Test Scooping for Mars Rover Curiosity Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from an animation depicts NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilling a hole to collect a rock-powder sample at a target site called 'John Klein.'
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Simulation of Curiosity Rover Drilling into Martian Bedrock Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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ESA's Planck has imaged the most distant light we can observe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision.
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Through the Universe's Looking Glass Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This artist's concept depicts the 'life' of a photon, or particle of light, as it travels across space and time, from the very early universe ESA's Planck satellite.
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A Journey of Light Through Space and Time Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-04 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts an ultra-dense dead star, called a white dwarf, passing in front of a small red star. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler was able to detect gravitational lensing by measuring a strangely subtle dip in the star's brightness.
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Dead Star Warps Light of Red Star (Artist's Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-62e, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.
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Kepler-62e (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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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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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.
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Cosmic Swirly Straws Feed Galaxy Animation Icon
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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.
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Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots! Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 NuSTAR
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NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott.
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Sloshing Star Goes Supernova Animation Icon
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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 2009-04-14 Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
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Artist concept of NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very active Sun.
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NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very Active Sun (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This frame from an animation shows the coldest brown dwarf yet seen, and the fourth closest system to our sun. Called WISE J085510.83-071442.5, this dim object was discovered through its rapid motion across the sky.
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Cold and Quick: a Fast-Moving Brown Dwarf Animation Icon
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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 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.
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NuSTAR Captures the Beat of a Dead Star (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.
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Beacons of X-ray Light (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our galaxy, according to a new theory based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This artist's concept depicts a proposed helium-atmosphere planet called GJ 436b.
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Helium-Shrouded Planets (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun.
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Soaking up the Rays of a Sun-like Star (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star. At 21 light-years away, the planet is the closest outside of our solar system that can be seen crossing, or transiting, its star.
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Little Black Spot on the Star Today (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's rendition shows one possible appearance for the planet HD 219134b, the nearest confirmed rocky exoplanet found to date outside our solar system.
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Hot, Rocky World (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is thought to be similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Scientists discovered it using NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.
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Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The turbulent atmosphere of a hot, gaseous planet known as HD 80606b is shown in this simulation based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Simulated Atmosphere of a Hot Gas Giant Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows one possible scenario for the hot, rocky exoplanet called 55 Cancri e, which is nearly two times as wide as Earth. New data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the planet has extreme temperature swings.
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Hot-Lava World Illustration Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-20 Kepler
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When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
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Young Star and Its Infant Planet (Artist's animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-31 New Horizons
LORRI
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In July 2016, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft observed the Kuiper Belt Object Quaoar, roughly half the size of Pluto. An animated gif is available at the Photojournal.
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New Horizons Spies a Kuiper Belt Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This frame from a video details a system of seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star.
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TRAPPIST-1 Planetary Orbits and Transits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This frame from a video depicts artist's concepts of each of the seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star. Over 21 days.
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TRAPPIST-1 Planets - Flyaround Animation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-22 SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The sun has been virtually spotless, as in no sunspots, over the past 11 days, a spotless stretch that we have not seen since the last solar minimum many years ago. From NASA's SDO Mar. 14-17, 2017.
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Spotless Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
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By using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found that the varying glow of brown dwarfs over time can be explained by bands of patchy clouds rotating at different speeds, as shown in this artist's concept.
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Brown Dwarf Weather (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-04 Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a 'spacecraft's eye' view of Enceladus during Cassini's recent flyby on Aug. 1, 2017.
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Nevertheless, It Moves Animation Icon
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