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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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These images were obtained by the Dawn spacecraft on July 23, 2011. The bottom two images are false-color, where different colors represent visible and infrared light wavelengths.
PIA14326:
Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer False-Color Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image is one from a series of images provided by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft; the series shows a full rotation of Vesta, which occurs over the course of roughly five hours.
PIA14321:
Vesta Full Rotation Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft flying above Vesta, based on an artist's concept of the surface of the giant asteroid.
PIA14320:
Animation of Dawn Scanning and Flying Above Vesta's Surface Animation Icon
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Framing Camera
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This image shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft leaving the giant asteroid Vesta and arriving at the dwarf planet Ceres.
PIA14319:
Animation of Dawn Leaving Vesta and Arriving at Ceres Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-18 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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 2011-07-18 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-18 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-18 Vesta Dawn
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This is the first image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft after successfully entering orbit around Vesta.
PIA14313:
Latest Image of Vesta captured by Dawn on July 17, 2011
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-14 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-23 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-23 Vesta Dawn
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On June 8, 2011, the visible and infrared mapping spectrometer aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured the instrument's first images of Vesta that are larger than a few pixels, from a distance of about 218,000 miles (351,000 kilometers).
PIA14124:
Vesta in Spectrometer View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-23 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from a movie presents a series of animations showing NASA's Dawn spacecraft traveling to and operating at the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA14123:
Animation of Dawn's Visit to Vesta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-23 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows NASA's Dawn's view of Vesta from June 20, 2011, when the approaching spacecraft was about 117,000 miles (189,000 kilometers) away from the body.
PIA14122:
Dawn's Approach to Vesta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Vesta Dawn
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This image from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows surface details beginning to resolve as the spacecraft closes in on the giant asteroid Vesta on June 1, 2011, from a distance of about 300,000 miles (483,000 kilometers).
PIA14121:
Vesta's Surface Comes into View Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-11 Vesta Dawn
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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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Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-24 Annefrank Stardust
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This composite image shows the three small worlds NASA's Stardust spacecraft encountered during its 12 year mission. Stardust performed a flyby of asteroid Annefrank in 2002, Comet Wild in 2004, and Tempel 1 in 2011.
PIA13943:
Stardust's Worlds
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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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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 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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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 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
PIA13873:
Tempel 1 Impact Site (unannotated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This anaglyph shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA13872:
Deep Impact Site in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
PIA13871:
Comet Tempel 1 in Stereo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Reversed stereo image pair covering the region of NASA's Deep Impact site from the Stardust-NExT mission on comet Tempel 1. A large crater is seen at the top of the image.
PIA13870:
Comet Tempel 1 in Stereo (reversed)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image shows the surface of comet Tempel 1 before and after NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the comet in 2005. The region was imaged by Deep Impact before the collision (left), then six years later on by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission.
PIA13869:
Comet Tempel 1 Six Years Later
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This series of images shows the area where NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. The view zooms in as the images progress from top left to right, and then bottom left to right.
PIA13868:
Before the Deep Impact Collision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-17 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to the rest of the solar system in 2004.
PIA13867:
Stardust Swoops by Tempel 1 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).
PIA13863:
Changes to Smooth Terrain (Unannotated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).
PIA13862:
Changes to Smooth Terrain (Annotated)
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Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image obtained by NASA's Stardust spacecraft shows a side of the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 that has never been seen before; three terraces of different elevations are visible, with dark, banded scarps, or slopes, separating them.
PIA13861:
New Territory on Tempel 1
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Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image mosaic shows four different views of comet Tempel 1 as seen by NASA's Stardust spacecraft as it flew by on Feb. 14, 2011. The images progress in time beginning at upper left, upper right, to lower left, then lower right.
PIA13860:
Four Views of Comet Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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These two images show the different views of comet Tempel 1 seen by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft (left) and NASA's Stardust spacecraft (right).
PIA13859:
Tempel 1, as Seen by Two Spacecraft
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Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This pair of images shows a before-and-after comparison of the area on comet Tempel 1 targeted by an impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft in July 2005.
PIA13858:
Deep Impact's Effect on Tempel 1
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Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This pair of images shows the area affected by the impactor released by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft in July 2005.
PIA13857:
Comet Tempel 1, in Context
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Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the area affected by the impactor released by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft in July 2005.
PIA13856:
Tempel 1 Impact Site
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Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
PIA13855:
Tempel 1 Impact Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-15 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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NASA's Stardust-NExT mission transmitted the first image it took during its approach to comet Tempel 1 at 8:35 p.m. PST (11:35 p.m. EST) on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13853:
Comet Tempel 1 as Seen by NASA's Stardust
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Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image was taken by NASA's Stardust navigation camera 42 hours before its encounter with comet Tempel 1. The spacecraft is due to encounter the comet in the evening hours of Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13851:
NASA Spacecraft Hours from Comet Encounter
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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 2011-02-01 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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During its one-year mission, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, mapped the entire sky in infrared light. Among the multitudes of astronomical bodies that have been discovered by the NEOWISE portion of the WISE mission are 20 comets.
PIA13457:
Comets WISE -- A Family Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-27 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image is the first taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft's navigation camera. The observations were made on Jan. 18 and 19, 2011. Stardust will fly within about 200 kilometers (124 miles) of the comet's nucleus.
PIA13829:
NASA Comet Hunter Spots its Valentine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Tempel 1 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image shows the nuclei of comets Tempel 1 and Hartley 2, as imaged by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, which continued as an extended mission known as EPOXI.
PIA13629:
Tempel 1 and Hartley 2
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped these images of the asteroid Vesta in preparation for the Dawn spacecraft's visit in 2011. The images show the difference in brightness and color on the asteroid's surface.
PIA13428:
The Faces of Vesta
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Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 observed the potato-shaped asteroid in preparation for the visit by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in 2011. This is one frame from a movie showing the difference in brightness and color on the asteroid's surface.
PIA13427:
A New Spin on Vesta
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WISE Telescope
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This visitor from deep space, seen here by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, is comet Hartley 2, the destination for NASA's EPOXI mission. The comet's tail is seen here as a fuzzy streak to the right of the comet.
PIA13438:
Icy Visitor from Beyond
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WISE Telescope
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This frame from a video demonstrates how NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer surveys asteroids and comets in the solar system. Perspective shown here is looking down from high above Earth's North Pole, a kind of bird's eye view of the solar system.
PIA13435:
Asteroid and Comet Census from WISE
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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 2010-05-25 Asteroid Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image shows asteroids observed so far by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13113:
Scanning for Asteroids and Comets Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-26 C/2008 Q3 (Garradd) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a mosaic of 3 individual WISE frames spanning an area on the sky about 7 times the size of the full Moon in portions of the constellations Bootes and Canes Venatici.
PIA12985:
M3 & Comet Garradd
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Is it a bird, or a plane? No, it's comet Siding Spring streaking across the sky, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA12836:
Ablaze with Infrared Light Animation Icon
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WISE Telescope
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Comet Siding Spring appears to streak across the sky like a superhero in this new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The comet, also known as C/2007 Q3, was discovered in 2007 by observers in Australia.
PIA12830:
Visitor from Deep Space
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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 2010-01-23 2010 AB78 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The red dot at the center of this image is the first near-Earth asteroid discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE -- an all-sky mapping infrared mission designed to see all sorts of cosmic objects.
PIA12499:
First of Many Asteroid Finds
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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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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 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 2007-04-02 2002 JF56 New Horizons
MVIC
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The two 'spots' in this image are a composite of two images of asteroid 2002 JF56 taken on June 11 and June 12, 2006, with the Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera component of the New Horizons Ralph imager.
PIA09230:
New Horizons Tracks an Asteroid
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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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NASA's Dawn asteroid lithograph of Eros and other asteroids.
PIA19379:
Asteroid Lithograph of Eros and Other Asteroids
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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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NASA's Dawn mission patch, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19375:
Dawn Mission Patch
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NASA's Dawn instrumentation poster, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19374:
Dawn Instrumentation Poster
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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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Dawn mission Vesta Logo, part of NASA's Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19372:
Dawn Mission Vesta Logo
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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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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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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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VIR
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A view of one of the images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft from the 2013-2015 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar.
PIA19368:
Dawn 2013-2015 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar
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