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A shift in shadows for Yutu, December 19(?), 2013

A shift in shadows for Yutu, December 19(?), 2013

After several days in the same position to the northeast of the lander, Yutu is throwing much longer shadows.

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Yutu self-portrait in the Chang'e 3 lander, December 21, 2013

Yutu self-portrait in the Chang'e 3 lander, December 21, 2013

The Yutu rover sees a distorted image of itself in the mirrored surface of the Chang'e 3 lander.

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Yutu deployed! December 15, 2013

Yutu deployed! December 15, 2013

The Chang'e 3 lander took this photo of Yutu just after its deployment.

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Chang'e 3 lander from the southeast, December 21, 2013

Chang'e 3 lander from the southeast, December 21, 2013

Yutu took this photo as it toured around the lander. You can see the forklift-type ramps from which the rover deployed to the right rear of the lander.

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PROCYON spacecraft

PROCYON spacecraft

PROCYON (PRoximate Object Close flYby with Optical Navigation) is a 50 kg-class microsatellite developed by the University of Tokyo (UT) and JAXA/ISAS (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency/Institute of Space and Astronautical Science). Launched with Hayabusa 2, its goal is to perform a close flyby of an asteroid in early 2016.

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InSight assembly begins

InSight assembly begins

Lockheed Martin engineers work on the honeycomb structure that forms InSight's deck, preparing it for propulsion proof and leak testing. InSight aims at a March 2016 launch.

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China's Mars 2020 rover

China's Mars 2020 rover

Photo from a display at the Zhuhai Airshow, November 10, 2014. More photos from the show are available here.

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Raw video: Orion's launch from the Vehicle Assembly Building

Raw video: Orion's launch from the Vehicle Assembly Building

NASA's Orion spacecraft lifted off on a two-orbit, four-hour shakedown cruise Friday morning at 7:05 a.m. EST. These video clips were taken from the roof of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center.

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Hayabusa 2 spacecraft separation

Hayabusa 2 spacecraft separation

An hour and 47 minutes after launch, Hayabusa 2 departs Earth for its journey to asteroid 1999 JU3, in a video recorded by a camera mounted to the second stage rocket. (The video lasts only 3 seconds, then is still for 5 seconds.)

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Hayabusa 2 fairing separation

Hayabusa 2 fairing separation

Minutes after launch on December 3, 2014, a camera mounted to Hayabusa 2's upper stage captured video of the fairing (the rocket's nosecone) splitting open, exposing Hayabusa 2 to space for the first time.

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Farewell, Rosetta

Farewell, Rosetta

The Philae lander took this photo with its ÇIVA imager just after separating from the Rosetta orbiter, with about 10 meters of empty space between them. The photo includes most of one of Rosetta's solar panels, as well as some dust motes on ÇIVA's optics (producing large circles). This photo has been modified from the original to correct for an incorrect conversion from a higher bit depth to 8-bit mode.

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Five final views of Philae

Five final views of Philae

This set of images shows the Philae lander falling away from Rosetta from 10:24 to 14:24 on November 12, 2014, in images taken an hour apart, beginning about two hours after the spacecraft separated at 08:35.

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OSIRIS sees Philae multiple times during landing

OSIRIS sees Philae multiple times during landing

The sharp-eyed OSIRIS camera on the Rosetta orbiter snapped numerous images of Philae as it descended toward its touchdown on the comet on November 12 at 15:34 UTC. Images documented the spacecraft rotating, and also saw evidence of the lander's touchdown on the comet surface. One final image, captured 9 minutes after the landing, sees the spacecraft bright against the shadowed surface, heading to the east on its first bounce.

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