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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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These images of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Oct. 16, 2001, show surface materials darkened and reddened by solar wind and micrometeorite impacts appearing pale brown; fresher materials on steep slopes appear in bright whites or blues.
PIA03139:
The Subtle Colors of Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the boulder-filled, concave depression at the southwestern edge of the saddle-shaped Himeros.
PIA03140:
Boulderado
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of peanut-shaped asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Nov. 30, 2000, shows the cratered terrain south of where the spacecraft touched down on February 12, 2001.
PIA03141:
The Environs of NEAR Shoemaker's Landing Site
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Multi-Spectral Imager
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This plot shows NEAR Shoemaker's projected path from orbit to the surface of Eros on Feb. 12, 2001, providing the highest-resolution images ever taken of Eros' boulder-strewn, cratered terrain.
PIA03142:
NEAR Shoemaker's Path
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of peanut-shaped asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Dec. 3, 2000, shows the terminator (the imaginary line dividing day from night) which lies near the equator.
PIA03143:
Location of the NEAR Shoemaker Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This mosaic made from images taken Jan. 25, 2001 by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows diameters of craters in red, and diameters of boulders are shown in yellow. A yellow arrow marks the estimated touchdown site.
PIA03144:
Landmarks at NEAR Shoemaker's Touchdown Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
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This image of asteroid 433 Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows a large rock at lower left on the surface.
PIA03145:
Final Eros Images: Range 1,150 meters (3,773 feet)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid 433 Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows a large, oblong rock casting a big shadow measures 7.4 meters (24 feet) across.
PIA03146:
Final Eros Images: Range 700 meters (2,300 feet)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid 433 Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows a cluster of rocks at the upper right measuring 1.4 meters (5 feet) across.
PIA03147:
Final Eros Images: Range 250 meters (820 feet)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid 433 Eros, was the last received from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker. Streaky lines at the bottom indicate loss of signal as the spacecraft touched down on the asteroid during transmission of this image.
PIA03148:
Final Eros Images: Last, Closest Image of Eros
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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 1996-01-29 Gaspra Galileo
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This montage from NASA's Galileo orbiter taken on shows asteroid 951 Gaspra (top) compared with Deimos (lower left) and Phobos (lower right), the moons of Mars.
PIA00078:
Gaspra, Deimos, and Phobos Comparison
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This montage of 11 images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft as it flew by the asteroid Gaspra on Oct. 1991, shows Gaspra growing progressively larger in the field of view of Galileo's solid-state imaging camera as the spacecraft approached the asteroid.
PIA00079:
Gaspra Approach Sequence
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-01 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This picture of asteroid 951 Gaspra is a mosaic of two images taken by the Galileo spacecraft from a range of 5,300 kilometers (3,300 miles), some 10 minutes before closest approach on October 29, 1991.
PIA00118:
Gaspra - Highest Resolution Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-08-13 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This picture of asteroid 951 Gaspra is a mosaic of two images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft from a range of 5,300 kilometers (3,300 miles), some 10 minutes before closest approach on October 29, 1991.
PIA00119:
Highest Resolution Gaspra Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-09 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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These two color views of the asteroid Gaspra were produced by combining three images taken through violet, green, and infrared filters by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on October 29, 1991.
PIA00125:
Gaspra - True and Enhanced Color
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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 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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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 2010-09-08 Hartley 2 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This first image of comet 103P/Hartley 2 was taken from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft 60 days prior to the spacecraft's flyby of the comet.
PIA13374:
Deep Impact Spacecraft's First Glimpse of Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-26 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image from NASA's EPOXI mission shows Hartley 2 moving across the background field of stars. The coma, or cloud of gas and dust around the comet, expands and brightens over this time period. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA13547:
Hartley 2 on the Move
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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 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 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft's High- and Medium-Resolution Imagers (HRI and MRI) captured multiple jets emanating from comet Hartley 2 turning on and off while the spacecraft is 8 million kilometers (5 million miles) away from the comet.
PIA13568:
Spacecraft Images Comet Target's Jets Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Comet Hartley 2 can be seen in glorious detail in this image from NASA's EPOXI mission. It was taken as the spacecraft flew by around 6:59 a.m. PDT (9:59 a.m. EDT), from a distance of about 700 kilometers (435 miles).
PIA13570:
Introducing Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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These three pairs of images from NASA's EPOXI mission demonstrate that a dust jet and gaseous carbon dioxide are being released from comet Hartley 2 at the same time, and from the same location on the comet.
PIA13572:
Evidence for a First-of-Its-Kind Comet Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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The upper panel of this figure shows small images of comet Hartley 2 taken by NASA's EPOXI mission over time. The lower panel is a graph showing the variation of total brightness, and the variation of the total amount of carbon dioxide, during the time.
PIA13573:
Carbon Dioxide Fluctuations in Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This enhanced image, one of the closest taken of comet Harley 2 by NASA's EPOXI mission, shows jets and where they originate from the surface. There are jets outgassing from the sunward side, the night side, and along the terminator.
PIA13574:
Jets Galore
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image, one of the closest taken of comet Hartley 2 by NASA's EPOXI mission, shows many features across the comet's surface. The length of the comet is equal to the distance between the Capitol building and the Washington Monument in Washington.
PIA13575:
Up Close and Personal with Hartley 2
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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 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image montage shows comet Hartley 2 as NASA's EPOXI mission approached and flew under the comet. The images progress in time clockwise, starting at the top left.
PIA13577:
Flying Under Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-05 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken as NASA's EPOXI mission approached the comet at 6:59 a.m. PDT (9:59 a.m. EDT).
PIA13579:
Almost There at Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-05 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken as NASA's EPOXI mission approached the comet at 6:58 a.m. PDT (9:58 a.m. EDT).
PIA13578:
Closing in on Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-05 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken at 7:00 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT), after NASA's EPOXI mission flew by.
PIA13600:
Slipping By Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-05 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken at 7:00 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT), after NASA's EPOXI mission flew by.
PIA13601:
Leaving Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-05 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Image taken by NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft during its flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4, 2010. The spacecraft came within about 700 kilometers (435 miles) of the comet's nucleus at the time of closest approach.
PIA13602:
Flight of the Comet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This image from the High-Resolution Instrument on NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft shows part of the nucleus of comet Hartley 2. The sun is illuminating the nucleus from the right. A distinct cloud of individual particles is visible.
PIA13622:
Hartley 2, Close Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This zoomed-in image from the High-Resolution Instrument on NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft shows the particles swirling in a 'snow storm' around the nucleus of comet Hartley 2.
PIA13623:
Cometary Flurries
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft obtained these views of the icy particle cloud around comet Hartley 2. The image on the left is the full image of comet Hartley 2 for context, and the image on the right was enlarged and cropped.
PIA13624:
Views of Hartley 2 Nucleus and Inner Coma
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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Infrared scans of comet Hartley 2 by NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft show carbon dioxide, dust, and ice being distributed in a similar way and emanating from apparently the same locations on the nucleus.
PIA13628:
The Many Faces of Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Images obtained by NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft show an active end of the nucleus of comet Hartley 2. Icy particles spew from the surface. Most of these particles are traveling with the nucleus; fluffy 'snowballs' about 3 centimeters to 30 centimeters.
PIA13625:
Icy Particle Spray Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Icy particles in the cloud around Hartley 2, as seen by NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft. A star moving through the background is marked with red and moves in a particular direction, with a particular speed; icy particles move in random directions.
PIA13626:
Tracking "Snowballs" Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This 3-D image shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. This picture was taken six years after the Deep Impact collision. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA13627:
Hartley 2 in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-13 Holmes Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this picture of comet Holmes in March 2008, five months after the comet suddenly erupted and brightened a millionfold overnight.
PIA11228:
Anatomy of a Busted Comet
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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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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 1996-01-29 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This color picture is made from images taken by the imaging system on NASA's Galileo spacecraft about 14 minutes before its closest approach to asteroid 243 Ida on August 28, 1993.
PIA00069:
Ida and Dactyl in Enhanced Color
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Solid-State Imaging
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This view of the asteroid 243 Ida is a mosaic of five image frames acquired by NASA's Galileo spacecraft's solid-state imaging system at ranges of 3,057 to 3,821 kilometers (1,900 to 2,375 miles) on August 28, 1993.
PIA00135:
Asteroid Ida - Five Frame Mosaic
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Solid-State Imaging
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This is the first full picture showing both asteroid 243 Ida and its newly discovered moon to be transmitted to Earth NASA's Galileo spacecraft -- the first conclusive evidence that natural satellites of asteroids exist.
PIA00136:
Asteroid Ida and Its Moon
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Solid-State Imaging
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This composite image shows the asteroid 243 Ida as seen from NASA's Galileo spacecraft during its approach on August 28, 1993.
PIA00137:
Asteroid Ida - 6 Views Showing Rotation
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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 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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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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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 2000-05-07 Mathilde NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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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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Multi-Spectral Imager
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Mathilde NEAR Shoemaker
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Mathilde NEAR Shoemaker
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 Mathilde NEAR Shoemaker
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-11 P/2010 B2 (WISE) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The red smudge at the center of this image is the first comet discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The comet is a dusty mass of ice and parades around the sun every 4.7 years.
PIA12449:
First Comet Seen by WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-05 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three of the many fragments making up Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3. The picture also provides the best look yet at the crumbling comet's trail of debris.
PIA08438:
Comet Stepping Stones
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-10 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the broken Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 skimming along a trail of debris left during its multiple trips around the sun.
PIA08452:
A Million Comet Pieces
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-18 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Hale Telescope 200-inch
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The high speed of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft causes it to appear as a long streak across the sky in the constellation Virgo during the 10-minute exposure time of this photograph taken by Mr. Palomar's 200-inch telescope.
PIA07266:
Deep Impact on Its Way
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Taken on April 25, 2005, sixty-nine days before it gets up-close-and-personal with a comet, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft successfully photographed its quarry, comet Tempel 1, at a distance of 39.7 million miles.
PIA07879:
Deep Impact Spots Quarry
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On April 25, 2005 NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft obtained its first optical navigation (Op-Nav) image of comet Tempel 1. At the time the picture was taken the distance between spacecraft and comet was 64 million kilometers (39.7 million miles) away.
PIA07880:
Tempel 1 First Op-Nav
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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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he Kitt Peak National Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope observed comet Tempel 1 on April 11, 2005, when the comet was near its closest approach to the Earth. A pinkish dust jet is visible to the southwest, with the broader neutral gas coma surrounding it.
PIA07881:
Kitt Peak Observes Comet
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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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This image is a compilation of four images that were taken on June 13, 2005 by NASA's Deep Impact. The spacecraft is 18,675,137.9 kilometers (11,604,190 miles) away from comet Tempel 1.
PIA07998:
Deep Impact View of Tempel 1
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This image of comet Tempel 1 is a compilation of nine images that were taken on June 15, 2005 by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft. The comet's coma shines brightly.
PIA03297:
Deep Impact View of Tempel 1
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This image of comet Tempel 1 is a compilation of nine images that were taken on June 15, 2005 by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft. The comet's coma can be senn.
PIA03298:
Deep Impact View of Tempel 1
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This image of comet Tempel 1 is a compilation of nine images that were taken on June 19, 2005 by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft. A star to the right is six times brighter than the brightest pixel of the comet.
PIA03299:
Tempel Poses Next to a Star
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft on June 20, 2005. The object on the right is a star.
PIA02100:
Getting Closer
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This picture of Tempel 1 was taken by NASA's Deep Impact. Even though the spacecraft was over 10 days away from the comet when these data were acquired, it detected some of the molecules making up the comet's gas and dust envelope, or coma.
PIA02101:
Capturing the Coma
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact. It was taken on June 25, 2005.
PIA02102:
I Spy a Comet!
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact. It was taken on June 26, 2005.
PIA02103:
Comet Dead Ahead
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact. It was taken on June 27, 2005.
PIA02104:
On Course for a Comet
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These images shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact. The images were acquired between June 22 and June 24, 2005.
PIA02105:
Cometary 'Sneeze' Animation Icon
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact. It was taken on June 29, 2005.
PIA02112:
Closing in on a Comet
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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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This display shows highly processed images of the outburst of comet Tempel 1 between June 22 and 23, 2005. The pictures were taken by NASA's Deep Impact's medium-resolution camera.
PIA02111:
Analyzing a Cometary 'Sneeze'
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact. It was taken on June 30, 2005.
PIA02113:
Headed Toward the Light
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact. It was taken on July 1, 2005.
PIA02114:
Less Than Three Days Away!
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This image of NASA's Deep Impact's impactor probe was taken by the mission's mother ship, or flyby spacecraft, after the two separated at 11:07 p.m. Pacific time, July 2 (2:07 a.m. Eastern time, July 3), 2005. The impactor is seen at the center.
PIA02115:
Separation Anxiety Over for Deep Impact
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Comet Tempel 1 as seen by the NASA's Deep Impact impactor targeting sensor at 7:44 Universal Time, July 3, 2005.
PIA02116:
Impactor Eyes Comet Target
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This image from an animation shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact.
PIA02117:
Journey to a Comet (Animation) Animation Icon
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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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This image from NASA TV shows the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 from Deep Impact's flyby's high-resolution imager.
PIA02119:
Tempel 1 Nucleus
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 sixty seconds before it ran over NASA's Deep Impact probe at 10:52 p.m. Pacific time, July 3 (1:52 a.m. Eastern time, July 4), 2005.
PIA02120:
Face-to-Face With a Comet
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This image shows the initial ejecta that resulted when NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with comet Tempel 1 at 10:52 p.m. Pacific time, July 3 (1:52 a.m. Eastern time, July 4), 2005.
PIA02121:
Bull's Eye!
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 six minutes before it ran over NASA's Deep Impact probe at 10:52 a.m. Pacific time, July 3 (1:52 a.m. Eastern time, July 4), 2005.
PIA02124:
Before the Crash
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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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This image shows the initial ejecta that resulted when NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with comet Tempel 1 on July 3, 2005. It was taken by the spacecraft's high-resolution camera 13 seconds after impact.
PIA02123:
Gone in a Flash
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This frame from a movie shows NASA's Deep Impact's impactor probe approaching comet Tempel 1. It is made up of images taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor in 2005.
PIA02125:
We're Going In! Animation Icon
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This image shows the view from NASA's Deep Impact's probe 30 minutes before it was pummeled by comet Tempel 1. The picture's brightness has been enhanced to show the jets of dust streaming away from the comet.
PIA02126:
Blinded by the Jets
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 approximately 5 minutes before NASA's Deep Impact's probe smashed into its surface. It was taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor.
PIA02127:
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 approximately 90 seconds before NASA's Deep Impact's probe smashed into its surface. It was taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor.
PIA02128:
So Close You Can Almost Touch It
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 approximately 30 seconds before NASA's Deep Impact's probe smashed into its surface. It was taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor.
PIA02129:
Untouched Tempel
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