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Galileo flies by Earth

Galileo flies by Earth

Galileo, launched in 1989, flew by the Earth twice for gravity assists on its 6-year journey to Jupiter.

Filed under pretty pictures, Galileo, Earth, spacecraft, art

Emily and Curiosity (3D)

Emily and Curiosity (3D)

Taken on April 4, 2011, during a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand close to a Mars rover.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

A portrait of Curiosity

A portrait of Curiosity

Cropped from the amazing color self-portrait photo of Curiosity standing on Mars, on sol 84 (October 31, 2012). The photo is a mosaic of images shot with MAHLI, the camera on the end of the robotic arm.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, pics of spacecraft in space, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

Possibly problematic

Possibly problematic "edge welds" on the CHIMRA 150-micrometer sieve

This image shows the location of the 150-micrometer sieve screen on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, a device used to remove larger particles from samples before delivery to science instruments. The sieve lies within the Collection and Handling for In-situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) structure, which is on the end of the rover's turret, or arm. This sieve on an Earth test unit of CHIMRA has suffered popping of its edge welds, which presents the possibility that particles larger than 150 microns in diameter could pass by the sieve.

Filed under mission status, explaining technology, spacecraft, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

Chang'e 2 en route to asteroid Toutatis (animation)

Chang'e 2 en route to asteroid Toutatis (animation)

A four-frame animation of Chang'e 2 on its way to Toutatis, captured by the 0.4-meter Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at the Great Shefford Observatory in West Berkshire, England. The image set was captured on August 28, 2012.

Filed under mission status, pretty pictures, animation, spacecraft, amateur astrophotos, pics of spacecraft in space, Chang'E program

Chang'e 2 in interplanetary space

Chang'e 2 in interplanetary space

A 15-exposure image stack capturing Chang'e 2 on its way to asteroid Toutatis, captured by the 0.4-meter Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at the Great Shefford Observatory in West Berkshire, England. The images were captured on August 18, 2012.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, amateur astrophotos, pics of spacecraft in space, Chang'E program

Hubble Drifts Away

Hubble Drifts Away

Space shuttle Atlantis and the Hubble Space Telescope drift apart on May 19, 2009, having been linked together for the better part of a week.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, pics of spacecraft in space, Space Shuttle program, Earth, astronomy and astrophysics spacecraft, Hubble Space Telescope

Ready to be Released

Ready to be Released

The Hubble Space Telescope is lifted completely out of Atlantis' cargo bay on May 19, 2009 and release is moments away to start it on its way to observe the universe.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, pics of spacecraft in space, Space Shuttle program, astronomy and astrophysics spacecraft, Hubble Space Telescope

LRO at the Moon

LRO at the Moon

An artist's conception of the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO) in orbit around the Moon.

Filed under pretty pictures, art, spacecraft, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

The Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope

View of Hubble captured by astronauts from the space shuttle Columbia during mission STS-109, March 2002. The astronauts installed new solar arrays as well as the Advanced Camera for Surveys and repaired the NICMOS instrument.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, pics of spacecraft in space, Earth, Hubble Space Telescope

Philae on the comet

Philae on the comet

The Orbiter swoops low over the Lander soon after touchdown on the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Filed under pretty pictures, art, spacecraft, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta and Philae

Hayabusa's target marker released!

Hayabusa's target marker released!

This is a photo of the target marker released by Hayabusa toward the "Muses Sea" site sampling target on Itokawa on November 10, 2005.

Filed under mission status, pretty pictures, spacecraft, pics of spacecraft in space, asteroids, asteroid 25143 Itokawa, Hayabusa (MUSES-C)

Hayabusa's shadow and target marker

Hayabusa's shadow and target marker

Pictures captured during Hayabusa's landing on Itokawa on November 19, 2005, show Hayabusa's shadow and the bright spot of the target marker containing 880,000 names on the surface of the tiny asteroid.

Filed under mission status, pretty pictures, spacecraft, pics of spacecraft in space, asteroids, asteroid 25143 Itokawa, Hayabusa (MUSES-C)

Minerva hopper and Hayabusa's shadow at Itokawa

Minerva hopper and Hayabusa's shadow at Itokawa

A photo of the asteroid Itokawa from the Hayabusa spacecraft on November 12, 2005 shows the Minerva lander (dot inside the yellow circle, and detail inside the yellow square) near the asteroid. Minerva was released and activated successfully but failed to land on Itokawa. The dark bow-tie shape on Itokawa is the shadow of Hayabusa.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, pics of spacecraft in space, asteroids, asteroid 25143 Itokawa, Hayabusa (MUSES-C)

Hayabusa's shadow on Itokawa

Hayabusa's shadow on Itokawa

Hayabusa captured this photo of Itokawa as it passed between the Sun and the tiny asteroid on November 10, 2005. Hayabusa's shadow is visible on the surface of the asteroid -- a tiny spacecraft causing a tiny solar eclipse on a tiny object.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, pics of spacecraft in space, asteroids, asteroid 25143 Itokawa, Hayabusa (MUSES-C)

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