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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This montage from NASA's EPOXI mission shows the only five comets imaged up close with spacecraft. The comets vary in shape and size. Comet Hartley 2 is by far the smallest and the most active of small comets.
PIA13576:
Fab Five
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
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Artist concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13847:
Stardust-NExt (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Vesta Dawn
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This anaglyph shows a 3-D model of the protoplanet Vesta, using scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet might look like. It was created as part of an exercise for NASA's Dawn mission. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA13890:
Anaglyph of Vesta Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-02 Vesta Dawn
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These images are of HED (howardite, eucrite and diogenite) meteorites, a large group of meteorites believed to originate from asteroid Vesta, a hypothesis that is consistent with current Dawn observations.
PIA15136:
Rocks from Vesta -- Part 1: Eucrites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-03 Vesta Dawn
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These images are of HED (howardite, eucrite and diogenite) meteorites are a large group of meteorites believed to originate from asteroid Vesta, a hypothesis that is consistent with current Dawn observations.
PIA15137:
Rocks from Vesta -- Part 2: Howardites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-04 Vesta Dawn
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These images are of HED (howardite, eucrite and diogenite) meteorites are a large group of meteorites believed to originate from asteroid Vesta, a hypothesis that is consistent with current Dawn observations.
PIA15138:
Rocks from Vesta -- Part 3: Diogenites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
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This artist's concept shows the internal structure of the giant asteroid Vesta, based on data from NASA's Dawn mission; the innermost core in brown, the mantle in green and the crust in gray.
PIA15510:
Vesta's Internal Structure
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows three slices of a class of meteorites that fell to Earth that NASA's Dawn mission has confirmed as originating from the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15605:
Meteorites from Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
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This graphic shows the global distribution of craters that hit the giant asteroid Vesta, based on data from NASA's Dawn mission. The yellow circles indicate craters of 2 miles or wider, with the size of the circles indicating the size of the crater.
PIA15660:
Crater Impacts on Vesta
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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.
PIA16736:
Gingin Observatory Spots Near-Earth Asteroid at Closest Approach Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-25 Vesta Dawn
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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Studying meteorites from the asteroid Vesta helps scientists understand the event known as the 'lunar cataclysm,' when a repositioning of the gas giant planets destabilized a portion of the asteroid belt and triggered a solar-system-wide bombardment.
PIA16841:
A Shared Bombardment History
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Asteroid 3254x2613x3
This graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013.
PIA17041:
Orbits of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
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Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.
PIA17666:
Rosetta at Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-06 Asteroid 1024x768x3
This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 EC past Earth on March 6, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach is a distance equivalent to about one-sixth of the distance between Earth and the moon. The indicated times are in Universal Time.
PIA17957:
Asteroid 2014 EC Flyby of Earth on March 6, 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-05 Asteroid 1024x768x3
This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 DX110 past Earth on March 5, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach was at a distance equivalent to about nine-tenths of the distance between Earth and the moon.
PIA17955:
Asteroid 2014 DX110 Flyby of Earth on March 5, 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-02 Eros NEAR
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Artist's rendering of the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft's rendezvous with the asteroid Eros.
PIA18177:
NASA's NEAR Spacecraft's Rendezvous with Asteroid Eros (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Asteroid Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations of infrared light from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light measurements.
PIA18454:
How to Measure the Size of an Asteroid
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Asteroid Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, have helped to reveal that a small asteroid called 2011 MD is made-up of two-thirds empty space.
PIA18455:
Solid as a Rock? Porosity of Asteroids
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Asteroid Spitzer Space Telescope
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Illustrated in this artist's concept are two possible structures for asteroid 2011 MD. NASA's Spitzer infrared camera helped reveal that this asteroid consists of about two-thirds empty space.
PIA18456:
The Spacious Structure of Asteroid 2011 MD (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-17 Vesta Dawn
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This graphic shows the geologic time scale of asteroid Vesta derived from geologic mapping.
PIA18789:
Geological Time Scale of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-17 Vesta Dawn
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This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from NASA's Dawn spacecraft data.
PIA18788:
Geological Map of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
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On clear nights in January 2015, comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is visible in the Taurus region of the sky to observers using binoculars. This chart indicates where to look for it on different dates during the month.
PIA19103:
Finder Chart for Viewing Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Comet Rosetta
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This artist's concept of the Rosetta mission's Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is from an animation showing the upcoming deployment of Philae and its subsequent science operations on the surface of the comet.
PIA18891:
Philae's Descent and Science of the Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
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This graphic depicts the position of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission in the context of topographic modeling of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's nucleus.
PIA19096:
Philae Lander's Setting on Comet's Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-09 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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This artist's concept gives us a look at the moment of impact and the forming of the crater.
PIA07923:
Artist's Concept of Deep Impact's Encounter with Comet Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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NASA's EPOXI mission took this image of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 2, 2010. The spacecraft will fly by the comet on Nov. 4, 2010. The white blob and the halo around it are the comet's outer cloud of gas and dust, called a coma.
PIA13566:
Comet Hartley 2 Looms Large in the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows the scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet Vesta might look like from the south pole and incorporates the best data on dimples and bulges Vesta from ground-based telescopes and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA13769:
Simulated Vesta from the South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image incorporates the best data on dimples and bulges of the protoplanet Vesta from ground-based telescopes and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. This model of Vesta uses scientists' best guess to date of what the surface might look like.
PIA13770:
Model of Vesta
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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).
PIA16735:
Approach of Asteroid 2012 DA14 from Samford Valley Observatory Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Siding Spring Observatory
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An animated set of images, from the telescope known as the iTelescope.net Siding Spring Observatory, shows asteroid 2012 DA14 as the streak moving from top to bottom in the field of view. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
PIA16737:
Asteroid 2012 DA14 as Seen from Siding Spring, Australia Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1986-03-14 Comet 1836x961x3
In 1986, the European spacecraft Giotto became one of the first spacecraft ever to encounter and photograph the nucleus of a comet, passing and imaging Halley's nucleus as it receded from the sun.
PIA17485:
Comet Halley
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-09-05 Comet Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA's Hubble measured the size, shape and rotational period of the Rosetta mission's backup target, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G).
PIA17484:
3-D Models of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's Nucleus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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This artist's rendition shows the asteroid Vesta and is part of the Mission Art series from NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA19369:
Artist Rendition of Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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Dawn mission Vesta Logo, part of NASA's Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19372:
Dawn Mission Vesta Logo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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Vesta science orbits from NASA's Dawn mission, part of the Mission Art series.
PIA19373:
Vesta Science Orbits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn instrumentation poster, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19374:
Dawn Instrumentation Poster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn mission patch, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19375:
Dawn Mission Patch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Asteroid Dawn
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Artist's graphic of the asteroid belt, part of Dawn's Mission Art series.
PIA19380:
Asteroid Belt
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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Artist's rendition of NASA's Dawn spacecraft, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19376:
Dawn Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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This artist's lithograph features general information, significant dates, and interesting facts on the back about asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres and is part of the Mission Art series from NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA19370:
Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres Lithograph
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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This graphic from NASA's Dawn shows fields of view of Dawn instruments from Survey orbit (red), High Altitude Mapping Orbit (green), and Low Altitude Mapping Orbit (blue). This image is part of the Mission Art series from NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA19371:
Dawn's Fields of View of Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Comet 720x573x3
This image shows a flash produced in a laboratory by a high-velocity bead slamming into dust. Scientists at Ames Research Center say that the collision between Deep Impact's impactor and comet Tempel 1 may have produce a similar flash.
PIA02108:
It Happens in a Flash
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-11-27 Toutatis 4096x3072x3
This computer generated image depicts a view of Earth as seen from the surface of the asteroid Toutatis on Nov 29th 1996. A 2.5 degree field-of-view synthetic computer camera was used for this simulation.
PIA00515:
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Comet Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts one of the most widely accepted theories pertaining to the origin of comets. This image is courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA02107:
Genesis of a Comet (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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This image is from an animation that chronicles the travels of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, from its launch in January of 2005 to its dramatic impact 172 days later with comet Tempel 1.
PIA02106:
The Road to Tempel (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-26 Tempel 1 EPOXI
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This frame from a movie begins with the launch of NASA's Deep Impact on Jan. 12, 2005, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. On July 4, 2005, the mission released a probe into Comet Tempel 1, revealing its pristine, inner material.
PIA13546:
EPOXI's Trip to Meet Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-26 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This artist's concept shows a view of NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft during its Nov. 4, 2010 flyby of comet Hartley 2. The fluffy shell around the comet, called a coma, is made up of gas and dust that blew off the comet's core, or nucleus.
PIA13548:
Comet Hartley 2 Gets a Visitor (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-02 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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These artist's concepts illustrate Tempel 1's shape, reflectivity, rotation rate and surface temperature, based on information from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA03516:
Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1 (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows NASA'S Dawn scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet Vesta might look like; it incorporates the best data on dimples and bulges from ground-based telescopes and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA13768:
Virtual Vesta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-07 Comet Kepler
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NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft observed the comet during the final month of the Rosetta mission, while the comet was not visible from Earth. This is a frame from an animation composed of images from Kepler of the comet.
PIA21072:
Comet 67P Seen by Kepler Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
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Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).
PIA17664:
U.S. Instruments Aboard Rosetta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Asteroid Dawn
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NASA's Dawn asteroid lithograph of Eros and other asteroids.
PIA19379:
Asteroid Lithograph of Eros and Other Asteroids
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-30 Asteroid Catalina Sky Survey (CSS)
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This frame from a sequence of four images of the asteroid name 2014 AA, seen as a speck of light moving relative to the background stars, is a small asteroid, observed by NASA's Catalina Sky Survey. It was, at the time, about as far away as the moon.
PIA21712:
Sky Survey Detected This Small Asteroid Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-25 Comet 1992x1000x3
This frame from an animation portrays a comet as it approaches the inner solar system. Light from the Sun warms the comet core, an object so small it cannot be seen at this scale.
PIA21749:
Comet Illustration (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-03 Asteroid Catalina Sky Survey (CSS)
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These are the discovery observations of asteroid 2018 LA from the Catalina Sky Survey, taken June 2, 2018. About 8 hours after they were taken, the asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated in the upper atmosphere near Botswana, Africa.
PIA22468:
Asteroid 2018 LA
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-09 Comet Hubble Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of the sunward plunging comet ISON suggests that the comet is intact despite some predictions that the fragile icy nucleus might disintegrate as the sun warms it.
PIA18153:
NASA's Hubble Sees Comet ISON Intact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-12 Asteroid 1400x787x3
Artist's concept of what binary asteroid 2017 YE5 might look like. The two objects showed striking differences in radar reflectivity, which could indicate that they have different surface properties.
PIA22556:
Binary Asteroid 2017 YE5 (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-12 Asteroid 1076x960x1
This optical composite image shows asteroid 2017 YE5, taken on June 30, 2018, by the Cadi Ayyad University Morocco Oukaimeden Sky Survey, one of the first surveys to identify 2017 YE5 in December 2017.
PIA22558:
Optical Composite Image of Asteroid 2017 YE5
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-12 Asteroid 1041x586x3
Artist's illustration of the trajectory of asteroid 2017 YE5 through the solar system. At its closest approach to Earth, the asteroid came to within 16 times the distance between Earth and the moon.
PIA22560:
Trajectory of Asteroid 2017 YE5 (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-07 Comet Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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These bright arrowheads, or bow shocks, can be seen in these four images taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The bow shocks form when the stars' powerful stellar winds, streams of matter flowing from the stars, slam into surrounding dense gas.
PIA11749:
Stellar Interlopers Caught Speeding Through Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-30 Asteroid Arecibo Observatory
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These first radar images of 2015 TB145 from the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, indicate the near-Earth object is spherical in shape and approximately 2,000 feet (600 meters) in diameter.
PIA20040:
First Radar Images of Halloween Asteroid
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-30 Asteroid Arecibo Observatory
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This partial frame from an animation was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
PIA20041:
Halloween Asteroid Rotation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-22 Asteroid Arecibo Observatory
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These radar images of near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon were generated by astronomers at the National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory on Dec. 17, 2017.
PIA22185:
Arecibo Observatory Radar Imagery of Phaethon Asteroid
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-12 Asteroid Arecibo Observatory
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Bi-static radar images of the binary asteroid 2017 YE5 from the Arecibo Observatory and the Green Bank Observatory on June 25. The observations show that the asteroid consists of two separate objects in orbit around each other.
PIA22559:
Bi-static Radar Images of the Binary Asteroid 2017 YE5 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-05 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Autonomous Navigation System
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This image shows how NASA's Deep Impact's impactor targeted comet Tempel 1 as the spacecraft made its final approach in the early morning hours of July 4, 2005.
PIA02136:
A Cyber-Astronaut's Final Moves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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This false-color image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory on June 30, 2005, Universal Time. The comet was bright and condensed.
PIA02118:
X-ray Eyes on Tempel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-14 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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A composite image from a camera on ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae comet lander shows a solar array, with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the background.
PIA18826:
Rosetta Selflessly Offers Beautiful Comet Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission took this parting shot of its mother ship, Rosetta, shortly after separation on Nov. 12, 2014. The image was taken with the lander's CIVA-P imaging system.
PIA18870:
Farewell Shot of Rosetta by Philae Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission took this self-portrait of the spacecraft on Sept. 7, 2014, at a distance of about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
PIA18871:
Rosetta Mission Selfie at 10 Miles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-11 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission took this self-portrait of the spacecraft on Sept. 7, 2014, at a distance of about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
PIA18872:
Rosetta Mission Selfie at 30 Miles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two images from the lander's CIVA camera confirm. One of the lander's three feet can be seen in the foreground.
PIA18876:
Welcome to a Comet, from Lander on Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
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The Philae lander of Europe's Rosetta mission has returned the first panoramic image from the surface of a comet. The unprocessed panorama from the lander's CIVA-P camera shows a 360-degree view around the point of final touchdown.
PIA18879:
First Panoramic View from Comet Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission captured this view during its first bounce after hitting the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12, 2014, with blurring as a result of the lander's own motion. The image from
PIA19094:
Comet Lander's View During First Bounce
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From the location where it came to rest after bounces, the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission captured this view of a cliff on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The feature is called 'Perihelion Cliff'.
PIA19095:
Philae Lander's View of 'Perihelion Cliff' on Comet Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
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This graphic depicts the position of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, and a nearby cliff photographed by the lander, in the context of topographic modeling of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's nucleus.
PIA19097:
Philae Lander's Setting on Comet, with Cliff-Image Inset
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-19 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Sextilia crater on asteroid Vesta.
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Topography and Albedo Image of Sextilia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-13 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of the surface of asteroid Vesta, which is mantled (covered) by an ejecta blanket, evident as smoothly textured surface visible across the image.
PIA15047:
Mantled Surface of Vesta with Secondaries
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This image shows the first, unprocessed image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of the giant asteroid Vesta in front of a background of stars. It was obtained by Dawn's framing camera on May 3, 2011.
PIA14117:
Dawn's First Glimpse of Vesta -- Unprocessed
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows four large impact craters close to one another on Vesta's surface. Interestingly, each of these four has a distinct preservation state.
PIA15048:
Impact Craters with Different Preservation States
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Scientists believe a large number of the meteorites that are found on Earth originate from the protoplanet Vesta. This image is from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA14284:
Possible Piece of Vesta
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This image, processed to show the true size of the giant asteroid Vesta, shows Vesta in front of a spectacular background of stars. It was obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 3, 2011, from a distance of about 750,000 miles.
PIA14118:
Dawn's First Glimpse of Vesta -- Processed
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 9, 2011. Vesta is also considered a protoplanet because it is a large body that almost became a planet.
PIA14312:
All Eyes on Vesta
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This is the first image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft after successfully entering orbit around Vesta.
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Latest Image of Vesta captured by Dawn on July 17, 2011
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This 3D image of the asteroid Vesta was taken on July 9, 2011 by the framing camera instrument aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14314:
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's South Polar Region
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This enhanced image, taken by the framing camera instrument aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 9, 2011, views the south polar region of this giant asteroid.
PIA14315:
An Enhanced View of Vesta's South Polar Region
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Vesta is the largest asteroid visited by a spacecraft. It is currently being observed by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which has entered orbit around Vesta.
PIA14316:
Vesta Sizes Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. Dawn entered orbit around Vesta on July 15, and will spend a year orbiting the body.
PIA14317:
Full-Frame Image of Vesta
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This image is a mosaic of Vesta's equatorial region, composed of observations taken through the panchromatic filter on the framing camera onboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 24, 2011.
PIA14318:
Mosaic Image of Vesta's Surface
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This image, obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, a peak at Vesta's south pole is seen at the lower right. The grooves in the equatorial region are about six miles wide.
PIA14322:
Close-up View of Vesta's South Pole Region
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In this image, obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, a set of three craters, informally nicknamed 'Snowman' by the camera's team members, is located in the northern hemisphere of Vesta.
PIA14323:
Close-up View of "Snowman" Craters
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In this image, obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, various craters are visible in the southern equatorial region of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA14324:
Close-up View of Craters in South Equatorial Region
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This false-color image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is of the of the giant asteroid Vesta. Scientists are studying image like these to better understand the different materials on the surface.
PIA14325:
Different Shades of Vesta (False-Color)
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This 3D image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows hills, troughs, ridges and steep craters. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14327:
3-D Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-16 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on August 6, 2011. Old and heavily cratered terrain is shown on Vesta. The framing camera has a resolution about 280 yards (260 meters) per pixel.
PIA14328:
Old and Heavily Cratered Terrain on Vesta
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of two large, young craters on Vesta with its framing camera on August 6, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter aboard the spacecraft.
PIA14329:
Two Large Young Craters
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image showing cratered terrain with hills and ridges on Vesta's surface on August 6, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter aboard the spacecraft.
PIA14670:
Cratered Terrain with Hills and Ridges
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of bright and dark materials on Vesta's surface on August 6, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter aboard the spacecraft.
PIA14671:
Bright and Dark Material on Vesta's Surface
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows densely cratered terrain near Vesta's terminator on August 6, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter aboard the spacecraft. North is pointing towards the two o'clock position.
PIA14672:
Densely Cratered Terrain Near the Terminator
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a detailed view of three craters, informally nicknamed 'Snowman' by the camera's team members.
PIA14673:
Detailed 'Snowman' Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-18 Vesta Dawn
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This 3D image shows the topography of Vesta's densely cratered terrain obtained by the framing camera instrument aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft on August 6, 2011. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14674:
Topography of Densely Cratered Deformed Terrain
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