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New Horizons at Pluto

New Horizons at Pluto

Artist's concept of the New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.

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New Horizons Over Pluto

New Horizons Over Pluto

Artist's concept of the New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto and its largest moon, Charon (foreground) in July 2015.

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Curiosity's arm at work at Mt. Shields, sol 975 (3D)

Curiosity's arm at work at Mt. Shields, sol 975 (3D)

A three-image animation of Curiosity using the brush, then MAHLI camera, then APXS elemental analyzer on the top of the outcrop at Mt. Shields, in the area called Logan's Run, on sol 975 (May 5, 2015).

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Artist’s concept of MESSENGER at Mercury

Artist’s concept of MESSENGER at Mercury

A depiction of the MESSENGER spacecraft is shown flying over Mercury's surface displayed in enhanced color. The crater ringed by bright orange is Calvino crater. The enhanced color imagery of Mercury was obtained during the mission's second Mercury flyby in 2008.

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Mars Odyssey imaged by Mars Global Surveyor

Mars Odyssey imaged by Mars Global Surveyor

A double image of the Mars Odyssey taken by the Mars Global Surveyor in April, 2005.

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Rosetta sees its shadow

Rosetta sees its shadow

Close view of a 228 by 228 meter region on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as seen by the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera during Rosetta's flyby at 12:39 UT on February 14, 2015. The image was taken six kilometers above the comet’s surface, and the image resolution is just 11 centimeters per pixel. Rosetta’s fuzzy shadow, measuring approximately 20 by 50 metres, is seen at the bottom of the image.

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Curiosity's arm in the air, sol 915

Curiosity's arm in the air, sol 915

This Navcam image shows the position in which the rover held its arm for several days after a transient short circuit triggered onboard fault-protection programming to halt arm activities on sol 911 (February 27, 2015). The rover team chose to hold the arm in the same position for several days of tests to diagnose the underlying cause of the Sol 911 event. Observations with instruments on the rover's mast continued during this period. The Navcam took this image on March 4, 2015, during Sol 915.

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Humans orbiting Mars

Humans orbiting Mars

A human crew in orbit around Mars controls a suite of robotic surrogates, including a rover, climbing-bot, and miniature sample-return rocket.

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Dimensions of Chang'e 3 hardware

Dimensions of Chang'e 3 hardware

Dimensions of the base of the Chang'e 3 lander and the track and wheel width of the Yutu rover.

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Artist's depiction of IKAROS in space

Artist's depiction of IKAROS in space

The Japanese IKAROS spaceprobe in flight (artist's depiction).

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Solar Sail Passing Over Earth

Solar Sail Passing Over Earth

A concept image of a solar sail propelled spacecraft passing over Earth.

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Curiosity self-portrait at Pahrump Hills, sol 868-884

Curiosity self-portrait at Pahrump Hills, sol 868-884

Curiosity captured most of the MAHLI images for this self-portrait on sol 868 (January 14, 2015). Several more images on sol 882 (January 29) filled out the left and right "wings", nearly completing the 360-degree panorama. Two final images on sol 884 (January 31) covered the area where Curiosity performed drilling activities at Mojave. This image is also available as a Gigapan.

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Curiosity self-portrait, sol 868 (January 14, 2015)

Curiosity self-portrait, sol 868 (January 14, 2015)

Curiosity captured this self-portrait with the MAHLI camera on the end of the robotic arm while preparing to drill at the Book Cliffs outcrop at the Pahrump Hills field site.

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Beagle 2 lander on Mars?

Beagle 2 lander on Mars?

This crop from HiRISE image ESP_037145_1915 may contain the Beagle 2 lander (the white spot near upper right), its parachute (center left), and back cover (lower center).

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Map locating possible Beagle 2 landing site on Mars

Map locating possible Beagle 2 landing site on Mars

This map consists of a Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera image, colorized with data from Mars Global Surveyor's Wide-Angle Camera. The white rectangles represent the footprints of three HiRISE images that may contain Beagle 2 hardware. The cyan rectangle shows the color strip in one of those images. A "+" mark denotes the location of the possible landing site.

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Beagle 2 departs

Beagle 2 departs

The bright spot on the left side of this picture is the back side of Beagle 2, slowly drifting away from Mars Express. This image, taken at 08:33 UTC on 19 December 2003, shows the Beagle 2 lander when it was about 20 meters away from Mars Express, en route to a surface landing on Mars. Beagle 2 was subsequently lost.

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JUICE at Jupiter

JUICE at Jupiter

Artist's concept of the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft at Jupiter.

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Cassini in 2014

Cassini in 2014

Simulated views of the Cassini spacecraft as it orbited Saturn Saturn in 2014--along with the real images its cameras captured at the very moments shown in the simulations. Better at HD quality.

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