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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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NASA's Galileo imaging system captured this picture of the limb of the asteroid 243 Ida about 46 seconds after its closest approach on August 28, 1993, from a range of only 2480 kilometers.
PIA00138:
Asteroid Ida - Limb at Closest Approach
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-08 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This first image of asteroid 951 Gaspra was taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on October 29, 1991, from a distance of 16,200 kilometers (10,000 miles). The Sun is shining from the right.
PIA00228:
Gaspra - First Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-08 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This time-exposure picture of the asteroid Gaspra and background stars is one of four optical navigation images made by NASA's Galileo's imaging system to improve knowledge of Gaspra's location for the spacecraft flyby.
PIA00229:
Gaspra Optical Navigation Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-12 Dactyl Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This image was the most detailed picture of then recently discovered natural satellite of asteroid 243 Ida taken by the Galileo Solid-State Imaging camera during its encounter with the asteroid on August 28, 1993.
PIA00297:
High Resolution View of Dactyl
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-12 Dactyl Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Within seconds of its closest approach to the asteroid 243 Ida on August 28, 1993, NASA's Galileo spacecraft's Solid State Imaging camera caught this glimpse of Ida's previously unknown moon orbiting the asteroid.
PIA00298:
Dactyl Dark Side Illuminated by Idashine
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-12 Dactyl Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This picture was taken by NASA's Galileo during its flyby of Ida on August 28, 1993.
PIA00299:
Early View of Dactyl
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-06-04 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This set of color images of asteroid 243 Ida was taken by the imaging system on NASA's Galileo spacecraft as it approached and raced past the asteroid on August 28, 1993.
PIA00330:
Nine Galileo Views in Natural Color of Main-Belt Asteroid Ida
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-06-04 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This set of color images of asteroid 243 Ida was taken by the imaging system on NASA's Galileo spacecraft as it approached and raced past the asteroid on August 28, 1993.
PIA00331:
Nine Galileo Views in Exaggerated Color of Main-Belt Asteroid Ida
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-06-04 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This picture shows the asteroids Ida (left) and Gaspra (right) to the same scale. These images were taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft while enroute to Jupiter. Gaspra was imaged on October 29, 1991 at a range of 3,300 miles (5,300 km).
PIA00332:
Ida and Gaspra
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-11-03 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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During its examination of the asteroid Ida, NASA's Galileo spacecraft returned images of a second object, Dactyl--the first confirmed satellite or moon of an asteroid; the much smaller moon is visible to the right of Ida.
PIA00333:
Asteroid Ida and its Satellite Dactyl in Enhanced Color
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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 2009-08-06 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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NASA's Deep Space Network, Goldstone radar images show triple asteroid 1994 CC, which consists of a central object approximately 700 meters (2,300 feet) in diameter and two smaller moons that orbit the central body. Animation available at the Photojournal
PIA12134:
Triple Asteroid System Triples Asteroid Observers Interest Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-07 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. on Nov. 7, 2011, when the space rock was at 3.6 lunar distances, which is about 860,000 miles, or 1.38 million kilometers, from Earth.
PIA15019:
Asteroid 2005 YU55 Approaches Close Earth Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-23 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This radar image of asteroid 1999 RQ36 was obtained NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. on Sept 23, 1999. NASA detects, tracks and characterizes asteroids and comets passing close to Earth using both ground- and space-based telescopes.
PIA15776:
Asteroid 1999 RQ36
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-06 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This composite image of asteroid 2007 PA8 was obtained using data taken by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif.
PIA16296:
NASA Radar Images Asteroid 2007 PA8
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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Images of asteroid 2007 PA8 have been generated with data collected by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar. The images of 2007 PA8 reveal possible craters, boulders, an irregular, asymmetric shape, and very slow rotation.
PIA16474:
Nine Radar Images of Asteroid PA8
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-14 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This image of asteroid Toutatis was generated with data collected using NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012 and indicates that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object with ridges and perhaps craters.
PIA16599:
Tumbling Asteroid Toutatis Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This sequence of radar images of asteroid 2013 ET was obtained on Mar. 10, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) DSN antenna at Goldstone, CA, when the asteroid was about 693,000 mi (1.1 million km) from Earth.
PIA16895:
Goldstone Radar Images of Asteroid 2013 ET
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-06 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This radar imagery of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon was generated from data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on June 1, 2013.
PIA17235:
Radar Movies Highlight Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was collected by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013.
PIA17406:
Asteroid 2005 WK4
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-12 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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NASA scientists used Earth-based radar to produce these sharp views -- an image montage and a movie sequence -- of the asteroid designated '2014 HQ124' on June 8, 2014.
PIA18412:
Radar Images of Asteroid 2014 HQ124 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
NRAO Green Bank Telescope
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Scientists using two giant, Earth-based radio telescopes bounced radar signals off passing asteroid 2011 UW158 to create images for an animation showing the rocky body's fast rotation. This is a frame from the animation.
PIA19644:
Radar Movie of Asteroid 2011 UW158 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-31 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
NRAO Green Bank Telescope
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This frame from a movie made from radar images of asteroid 1999 JD6, obtained on July 25, 2015. The asteroid is approximately 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) on its long axis.
PIA19646:
Radar Movie of Asteroid 1999 JD6 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-31 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
NRAO Green Bank Telescope
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This collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 1999 JD6 was collected by NASA scientists on July 25, 2015. The asteroid is between 660-980 feet (200-300 meters) in diameter.
PIA19647:
Asteroid 1999 JD6
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-23 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This image of an asteroid that is at least 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) long was taken on Dec. 17, 2015, by scientists using NASA's 230-foot Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California.
PIA20279:
Radar Image of 'Christmas Eve' Asteroid 2003 SD2020
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-03 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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The 230-foot (70-meter) DSS-14 antenna at Goldstone, Ca. obtained these radar images of asteroid 2015 TB145 on Oct. 31, 2015.
PIA20043:
Halloween Asteroid Rotation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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Asteroid 1998 WT24 (left in December 2001, right on December 11, 2015) taken by NASA's the 230-foot (70-meter) DSS-14 antenna at Goldstone, California.
PIA20215:
Not Your Father's Asteroid
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-23 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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The elongated asteroid in this radar image, named 2003 SD220, will safely fly past Earth on Dec. 24, 2015, at a distance of 6.8 million miles (11 million kilometers).
PIA20280:
Elongated Asteroid Will Safely Pass Earth on Christmas Eve
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-24 Comet Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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These radar images of comet P/2016 BA14 were taken on March 23, 2016, by scientists using an antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California. At the time, the comet was about 2.2 million miles (3.6 million kilometers) from Earth.
PIA20542:
Comet Frozen In Time by NASA Radar Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-29 Comet Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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These radar images of comet P/2016 BA14 were taken on March 22, 2016, by scientists using an antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, CA. At the time, the comet was about 2.2 million miles (3.6 million kilometers) from Earth.
PIA19298:
Comet Scanned by NASA Radar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-10 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This composite of 25 images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 was generated with radar data collected using NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California's Mojave Desert.
PIA21452:
Angular Asteroid Composite
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-10 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This composite of 11 images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 was generated with radar data collected using NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California's Mojave Desert on Feb. 5, 2017.
PIA21453:
Radar Images of Asteroid 2017 BQ6
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-19 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This composite of 30 images of asteroid 2014 JO25 was generated with radar data collected using NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California's Mojave Desert.
PIA21594:
Radar Imagery of Asteroid 2014 JO25
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-09 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This frame from a movie of asteroid 2014 JO25 was generated using radar data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California on April 19, 2017.
PIA21597:
New Radar Images of Asteroid 2014 JO25 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-02 Hyakutake Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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These are two images of the inner coma of Comet Hyakutake made on April 3 and 4, 1996, using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2).
PIA01288:
Comet Hyakutake C/1996 B2
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-02 Hale-Bopp Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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This is a series of NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations of the region around the nucleus of Hale-Bopp, taken on eight different dates since September 1995.
PIA01289:
Hubble Images of Comet Hale-Bopp
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-03 Hyakutake Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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These are NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of comet Hyakutake, taken at 8:30 P.M., EST on Monday, March 25 when the comet passed at a distance of only 9.3 million miles from Earth.
PIA01290:
Hubble Probes Inner Region of Comet Hyakutake
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-03 Hale-Bopp Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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These NASA Hubble Space Telescope pictures of comet Hale-Bopp show a remarkable 'pinwheel' pattern and a blob of free-flying debris near the nucleus.
PIA01291:
Hubble Sees Material Ejected From Comet Hale-Bopp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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These pictures of comet Tempel 1 were taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. They show the comet before and after it ran over NASA's Deep Impact probe.
PIA02122:
Hubble Witnesses Comet Crash
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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 2013-09-27 Vesta Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope series of 24 images showing the full 5.34-hour rotation of the 325-mile diameter (525 kilometer) asteroid Vesta.
PIA17467:
Asteroid or Mini-Planet? Hubble Maps the Ancient Surface of Vesta
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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 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 2016-10-07 Comet Kepler
Rosetta
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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 2013-11-14 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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As comets C/2012 S1 (ISON) and the well-known short-period comet 2P/Encke both approached their closest distances to the Sun in November, 2013, they also passed close to the MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting the innermost planet Mercury.
PIA17693:
MESSENGER's First Images of Comets Encke and ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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An optical color image of galaxies is seen here overlaid with X-ray data (magenta) from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). Both magenta blobs show X-rays from massive black holes buried at the hearts of galaxies.
PIA17740:
A Tale of Two Comets: ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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How did scientists know that NASA's Voyager spacecraft entered interstellar space? Increase in the density of charged particles was the key piece of evidence. Our sun sits in a bubble, called the heliosphere, carved out by wind emitted from the hot sun.
PIA17741:
A Tale of Two Comets: Encke
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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 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Approximately one day after its first rendezvous burn, NASA's NEAR Shoemaker imaged Eros every 15 degrees of rotation over a period of about 5.8 hrs. At this time the distance between the asteroid and spacecraft was approximately 4638 miles (7730 km).
PIA02461:
NEAR Approach to Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This montage shows a selection of images of the asteroid 433 Eros that were acquired from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft over three weeks from January 22 through February 12, 2000.
PIA02462:
NEAR Road to Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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On Feb 12, 2000, two days before NASA's NEAR Shoemaker's insertion into orbit around Eros, during a five-hour time span the spacecraft recorded these pictures of the asteroid spinning on its axis. This view looks down toward the rocky body's north pole.
PIA02463:
NEAR Approach to Eros - 12 Panel Rotation Sequence
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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On Feb 14, 2000, NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft was successfully inserted into orbit around 433 Eros, becoming the first artificial satellite of an asteroid.
PIA02464:
NEAR Historic First Image from Eros Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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In the first hours after insertion into Eros' orbit on Feb 14, 2000, NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft took these images from a range of 210 miles (330 km) above the surface. The many craters visible served as landmarks for navigating the spacecraft.
PIA02465:
Eros: The First Look from Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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NASA's NEAR Shoemaker's camera's ability to show details of Eros's surface was limited by the spacecraft's distance from the asteroid. That is, the closer the spacecraft was to the surface, the more details were visible.
PIA02466:
Eros Details Enhanced by Computer Processing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of Eros, looking down over the north pole at one of its largest craters, was the first of an asteroid taken from an orbiting spacecraft, obtained by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Feb 14, 2000, immediately after the spacecraft's insertion into orbit.
PIA02467:
NEAR's First Whole-Eros Mosaic from Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of Eros, taken on Feb 14, 2000 by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft, shows the view looking from one end of the asteroid across the gouge on its underside and toward the opposite end. House-sized boulders are present in several places.
PIA02468:
Over Eros' Horizon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This picture was taken from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on Feb 15, 2000, while the spacecraft was passing directly over the large gouge that creates Eros's characteristic peanut shape.
PIA02469:
Inside Eros' Giant Gouge
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This color image taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on Feb 12, 2000, shows the subtle butterscotch hue is typical of a wide variety of minerals thought to be the major components of asteroids like Eros.
PIA02470:
Eros in Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Stereo imaging, an important tool on NASA's NEAR Shoemaker for geologic analysis of Eros, provides three-dimensional information on the asteroid's landforms and structures. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA02471:
Eros in Stereo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image was taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on Feb 18, 2000 as it flew over the shadowed southern hemisphere, looking north at a crescent asteroid Eros.
PIA02472:
Eros Image Mosaic, Looking North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker is of processed data showing Eros from slightly different perspectives is combined as anaglyphs or stereo pairs. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA02473:
Eros' Global Morphology
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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On February 23, 2000, NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft obtained a sequence of image mosaics showing Eros' surface as the asteroid rotated under the spacecraft; shown here is the stark beauty of the two opposite hemispheres.
PIA02474:
Eros' Eastern and Western Hemispheres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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These color images taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on Feb 12, 2000, show the subtle butterscotch hue is typical of a wide variety of minerals thought to be the major components of asteroids like Eros.
PIA02475:
Eros' Bland Butterscotch Colors
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This first image of asteroid 253 Mathilde was returned by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on June 27, 1997. Sunlight is coming from the upper right showing a surface heavily cratered.
PIA02476:
First NEAR image of Mathilde
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This image of asteroid 253 Mathilde was returned by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on June 27, 1997. The shadowed, wedge-shaped feature at the lower right is another large crater viewed obliquely.
PIA02477:
Mosaic of Mathilde
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid 253 Mathilde was returned by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft in 1997. Raised crater rims suggest that some of the material ejected from these craters traveled only short distances before falling back to the surface.
PIA02478:
Abundance of Very Large Impact Craters on Mathilde
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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Two different views of asteroid 253 Mathilde were obtained by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on June 27, 1997. Only a few of the prominent ridges on Mathilde are illuminated.
PIA02479:
Two Views of Mathilde
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid Eros was taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Feb 29, 2000. Many parts of the asteroid have 'grooves,' linear troughs about 330 feet wide and several miles long.
PIA02480:
The Sculptured Surface of Eros
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image mosaic of the large crater at Eros' center was taken on March 3, 2000 by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft. A shadow cast by the boulder near the floor of the crater is visible.
PIA02481:
Large Crater on Eros
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the interior of asteroid Eros' saddle area, taken at a range of 204 km (127 miles), displays a paucity of craters compared to the surface. Boulders are visible throughout this image.
PIA02482:
Interesting Structural Features on Eros
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows a cratered region of Eros located at the end of the elongated asteroid. A few of the craters show brightness (albedo) patterns on their walls.
PIA02483:
Cratered Terrain on Eros
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows an oblique view of Eros' large central crater. Brightness or albedo patterns on the walls of this crater are evident as are boulders inside this crater and the smaller nearby craters.
PIA02484:
Oblique View of Eros' Crater
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the northeast rim of the saddle region on Eros. Bright sinuous features associated with a ridge are evident as are parallel, closely spaced grooves in the floor of the saddle.
PIA02485:
Rim of Saddle Region on Eros
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Laser Rangefinder
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows asteroid Eros' 'staircase' profile may be the signature of a series of small ridges. Purple points are a plot of radius from the center of Eros.
PIA02486:
Topographic Profiles from the NEAR Laser Rangefinder
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows asteroid Eros' saddle and a shadowed feature to its left, taken on March 3, 2000 from a distance of 127 miles. A shadowed feature that consists of three large craters are situated adjacent to each other.
PIA02487:
Glimpses into Eros' Shadows
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows a heart-shaped depression on asteroid Eros on left image, but right image reveals that the mysterious heart-shaped feature is actually 3 separate craters.
PIA02488:
A Trio of Craters on Eros
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Near Infrared Spectrometer
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the strange shape (potato-like) and rotational state of asteroid Eros.
PIA02489:
NEAR: From Planning to Data Analysis
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the north polar region of asteroid Eros is heavily cratered but the region to the left (part of the 'saddle') has a lower crater density.
PIA02490:
Eros' North Polar Region
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the shaded interior of the 'saddle' on asteroid Eros looking over the north polar region to the limb.
PIA02491:
Eros Surface Morphology
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the bright material on the wall of the large crater on asteroid Eros.
PIA02492:
Eros Color at Higher Resolution
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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Asteroid Eros' irregular shape gives rise to some stunning vistas at the time of sunrise or sunset as seen in this image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker.
PIA02493:
Sunset on Eros
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows asteroids Mathilde (left) and Eros (right) at the same scale.
PIA02494:
Two Very Different Asteroids
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This pair of images of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker show the crater nearly edge-on taken Feb. 16, 2000 at left, and at right, taken on March 2, 2000, high over a crater.
PIA02495:
April Fool's Crater
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on March 6, 2000, shows the southwestern part of the saddle region with fragments of Eros' native rock, shattered over the eons by formation of impact craters.
PIA02496:
Boulders, Boulders, Boulders
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on March 6, 2000, shows craters with a variety of shapes and sizes.
PIA02497:
Eros' Aging Craters
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on March 19, 2000, shows the asteroid's north pole in the upper right of the frame.
PIA02498:
Eros'North Pole
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This image taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on April 1, 2000, shows the floor of an impact crater that dominates one face of asteroid Eros.
PIA02499:
Impact at High Noon
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on March 22, 2000, shows the saddle region, a low ridge connecting two mountains.
PIA02900:
Back in the Saddle Again
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on April 17, 2000, shows shadows highlighting small-scale surface features. The surface is pockmarked with craters.
PIA02901:
Eros Up Close
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This pair of images taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Apr. 18, 2000, shows the dissimilarity of two different regions of the asteroid Eros. At left, a region typical of Eros, at right, the inside of the saddle which has far fewer craters.
PIA02902:
The Signs of the Times
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Apr. 17, 2000, shows the rocky, ridged, and rounded surface of asteroid Eros.
PIA02903:
A Smorgasbord of Landforms
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This image taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Apr. 29, 2000, shows features as small as 7 meters (23 feet) across and boulders a mere tens of meters in size on asteroid Eros.
PIA02904:
Down, Down, Down
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This image taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on May 1, 2000, shows numerous craters and boulders on asteroid Eros.
PIA02905:
The View from Low Orbit
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on May 2, 2000, shows a view toward Eros' horizon with variations in the brightness of material on the walls of the craters; and a scattering of boulders.
PIA02906:
Horizon View
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on May 2, 2000, shows the asteroid's irregular shape; high spots near the edges of shadows.
PIA02907:
Light and Shadow
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on May 5, 2000, shows the 'saddle,' an indentation in the asteroid's peanut-like shape.
PIA02908:
The Saddle Wall
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on May 11, 2000, shows the rounded nature of the landforms resulting from formation of small impact craters over the eons.
PIA02909:
Looking Down
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on May 15, 2000, shows mottled brightness patterns as small as 30 meters (98 feet) across evident near the horizon.
PIA02910:
Over the Edge
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on May 16, 2000, shows brightness patterns at high spatial resolution. Brighter materials are several percent more reflective than their surroundings.
PIA02911:
Rock Bands
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on May 18, 2000, shows a view of a horizon sculpted by worn, degraded craters and punctuated by jagged boulders.
PIA02912:
Pretty Sharp
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