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Spirit forward hazcam animation, sols 2078-2138

Spirit forward hazcam animation, sols 2078-2138

Sixty days of efforts to extricate Spirit from the sand trap at Troy have been, so far, unsuccessful. This animation is composed of 21 right-front hazard avoidance camera images captured from sols 2078 to 2138. The camera has a wide "fish-eye" field of view that can see the workspace in front of the rover, between the two front wheels, all the way to the horizon and Husband Hill in the background.

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The sun sets on Phoenix

The sun sets on Phoenix

In this artist's concept illustration, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander begins to shut down operations as winter sets in.

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Phoenix landing site monitoring from HiRISE: January 6, 2010

Phoenix landing site monitoring from HiRISE: January 6, 2010

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, its backshell and its heatshield are visible within this enhanced-color image of the Phoenix landing site.

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Five views of the Phoenix lander from HiRISE

Five views of the Phoenix lander from HiRISE

From the day of its landing to January 2010, the HiRISE camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter obtained photos of the Phoenix lander on Mars. There was a long hiatus in imaging during the Martian winter, when there was not sufficient light for HiRISE to see by; there followed another several-month hiatus while Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was in safe mode. It obtained two photos of Phoenix in the slanting light of northern spring before going into safe mode on August 26, 2009. The difference between the views from 2008 and 2009 may reflect some differences at the landing site (the presence of frost, for instance) but has at least as much to do with the extremely oblique lighting in the 2009 images. The January 2010 image, obtained after the spacecraft came out of safe mode, is under much better lighting conditions.

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HiRISE view of Opportunity, sol 3361

HiRISE view of Opportunity, sol 3361

HiRISE captured this photo of Opportunity on the rover's sol 3361, July 8, 2013. At the time, the rover was taking advantage of summer sunlight to drive southward along the rim of Endeavour crater from Cape York (at the top of the photo), past Sutherland Point and Nobby's Head (at the center of the photo), toward Solander Point (at the bottom). Opportunity is just past halfway from Nobby's Head to the northern tip of Solander Point.

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Luis de Torres brushed

Luis de Torres brushed

Opportunity took this image of Luis de Torres, a target in the Yuma area along the southeastern rim of Santa Maria Crater. The rover is currently examining the target to determine its content and if these rocks are the source of the hydrated sulfate signal detected from orbit by the CRISM intrument onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Opportunity at Santa Maria

Opportunity at Santa Maria

Opportunity used its navigation camera to record this view during its Sol 2476 (Jan. 10, 2011) from a position close to the crater rim on the southeastern edge. Santa Maria is more polygonal in shape than circular, and is estimated to be from 80 to 90 meters in diameter. Contrast has been enhanced to emphasize the textures.

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Juno

Juno

Launching from Earth in 2011, the Juno spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter in 2016 to study the giant planet from an elliptical, polar orbit. Juno will repeatedly dive between the planet and its intense belts of charged particle radiation, coming only 5,000 kilometers from the cloud tops at closest approach.

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Shenzhou 10 and Tiangong 1 transit sequence

Shenzhou 10 and Tiangong 1 transit sequence

This combined image sequence shows Shenzhou 10 and Tiangong 1 transiting the Sun on June 17, 2013. The images were captured from Southern France using a Takahashi FSQ-106 refracting telescope, a Coronado SM90 double stack solar filter, and an IDS CMOSIS 4Mp sensor shooting at 38 fps.

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Shenzhou 10 and Tiangong 1 (detailed)

Shenzhou 10 and Tiangong 1 (detailed)

A cropped selection of Shenzhou 10 and Tiangong 1 transiting the Sun.

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Tiangong 1 and Shenzhou 10 transit the Sun

Tiangong 1 and Shenzhou 10 transit the Sun

China’s Shenzhou 10 spacecraft and Tiangong 1 space station transit the Sun on June 16, 2013. The image was taken from Southern France using a Takahashi TOA-150 refractor, a Baader Herschel solar prism and a Canon 6D camera shooting at 1/4000s, at ISO 100.

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MAHLI works late

MAHLI works late

On sol 292 (June 2, 2013), Curiosity performed some nighttime MAHLI close-up imaging of the drill hole at Cumberland. The scene is illuminated only by the light-emitting diodes (LEDs) next to the MAHLI optics.

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Ariane 5 in French Guiana twilight

Ariane 5 in French Guiana twilight

Exhaust from Ariane 5 VA213's twin solid rocket boosters is backlit by the waning French Guiana twilight on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The rocket carried the European Space Agency's ATV Albert Einstein into orbit for an eventual docking with the International Space Station.

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LADEE delivered to NASA Wallops

LADEE delivered to NASA Wallops

The NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) arrived at NASA Wallops on June 4, 2013, to begin final processing for its trip to the moon later that year.

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