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Jason DavisNovember 10, 2016

A week in the solar system

It's been an interesting week here on planet Earth.

This afternoon, I took a peek at NASA's Deep Space Network visualization page to watch signals flowing to and from our robotic ambassadors around the solar system. At the time I looked, the DSN was having lively chats with probes at Mars and Saturn, while receiving signals from Voyager 1 that left the spacecraft 19 hours ago.

One thing led to another, and I started looking up all of the pretty pictures that came back to Earth during the past few days. Here are a few snapshots from November 4 through 8.

The Sun

The Sun from SDO, Nov. 8, 2016

NASA / SDO / AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams

The Sun from SDO, Nov. 8, 2016

SDO traced out a plus sign in space to calibrate its sensors, giving us this dizzying solar footage. https://t.co/UGzQ3jps62 pic.twitter.com/zvcABoeyqe

— NASASunEarth (@NASASunEarth) November 7, 2016

Earth

Earth Western Hemisphere from DSCOVR, Nov. 8, 2016

NASA EPIC Team

Earth Western Hemisphere from DSCOVR, Nov. 8, 2016
Earth Eastern Hemisphere from DSCOVR, Nov. 8, 2016

NASA EPIC Team

Earth Eastern Hemisphere from DSCOVR, Nov. 8, 2016

Ceres

I'm ready to head to a higher orbit at #Ceres! https://t.co/sfBXnsQZPq pic.twitter.com/qQU4ey7VvW

— NASA's Dawn Mission (@NASA_Dawn) November 4, 2016

Interplanetary space

Onward to Bennu! As of this morning, I'm almost 38 million kilometers from Earth. 🌎 #ToBennuAndBack pic.twitter.com/Ss05Byh0gP

— OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) November 7, 2016

Mars

Endeavour Crater, Mars, from Opportunity rover, Nov. 8, 2016

NASA / JPL-Caltech

Endeavour Crater, Mars, from Opportunity rover, Nov. 8, 2016
Gale Crater, Mars, from Curiosity rover, Nov. 8, 2016

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Gale Crater, Mars, from Curiosity rover, Nov. 8, 2016

New VMC Images direct from Mars! 10 images taken 08.11.2016 https://t.co/fwSs4cJFKi #marswebcam pic.twitter.com/y2LRlPEpW8

— VMC - Mars Webcam (@esamarswebcam) November 10, 2016
Mars from MARCI, aboard MRO, Nov. 5-6, 2016

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Mars from MARCI, aboard MRO, Nov. 5-6, 2016
The small dots are the landing sites of Curiosity and Opportunity.

Saturn

Saturn from Cassini spacecraft, Nov. 6, 2016

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

Saturn from Cassini spacecraft, Nov. 6, 2016

The outskirts

I am currently 15 hrs 40 mins 25 secs of light-travel time from Earth (2016:314:000000:2L)

— NSFVoyager2 (@NSFVoyager2) November 8, 2016

Sister ship @NASAVoyager is 19 hrs 02 mins 19 secs of light-travel time from Earth (2016:313:120000:1L)

— NSFVoyager2 (@NSFVoyager2) November 8, 2016

Read more: pretty pictures, the Sun, Earth, the Moon, Mars, Saturn

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