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ARKYD

ARKYD

The ARKYD 100 is the first private space telescope, to be operated in low-Earth orbit. It is a stepping-stone to the larger spacecraft planned to be used by Planetary Resources for asteroid prospecting.

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Nine Month Time-Lapse of Photos Taken on Mars by the Curiosity Rover

Nine Month Time-Lapse of Photos Taken on Mars by the Curiosity Rover

This is a time lapse video from the Curiosity Rover, created using RAW data products from the Front Left Hazard Avoidance Camera (Hazcam) acquired during the period between Sol 0 (August 8, 2012) and Sol 281 (May 21, 2013).

Filed under animation, spacecraft, amateur image processing, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

Mars Odyssey

Mars Odyssey

Artist's conception of the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft in orbit around Mars.

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Apollo 12 and Surveyor 3 Landing Site

Apollo 12 and Surveyor 3 Landing Site

A Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter closeup on the Mare Cognitum landing site of both the robotic spacecraft Surveyor 3 and Apollo 12. The Apollo descent stage, the Surveyor lander, the ALSEP experiment package and astronaut foot trails are all clearly visible. In this series of images taken on different days, the site is seen at various times from sunrise to sunset.

Filed under NASA lunar missions before 2005, pics of spacecraft in space, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, amateur image processing, the Moon, spacecraft, animation

Opportunity ready to roll

Opportunity ready to roll

This image shows a simulated Opportunity about to descend into Victoria Crater via the rock-paved slopes of an alcove dubbed Duck Bay. Inside the crater, the rover examined the deeper, older rocks that harbored clues to Mars' wet past. Duck Bay has slopes of about 15 to 20 degrees and exposed bedrock, which made it the safest site for entry.

Filed under pretty pictures, art, spacecraft, Mars, Mars Exploration Rovers, Opportunity

Spirit still shining at Troy

Spirit still shining at Troy

In this picture of Home Plate, taken by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, you can easily see the stark white figure that is Spirit to the left (west) of the geologic formation in this image color enhanced by Stuart Atkinson. "If you look carefully you can actually see bright trailing leading to Spirit - this is the result of the (right front) broken wheel being dragged through the dirt, unearthing brighter material beneath," he points out. For more of Atkinson's enhanced images and poems, check out his blog, Road to Endeavour at: http://roadtoendeavour.wordpress.com/

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, amateur image processing, Mars, Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Galileo at Amalthea

Galileo at Amalthea

An artist's concept of Galileo passing near Jupiter's small inner moon Amalthea. Galileo flew past the tiny moon in November 2002.

Filed under Jupiter's moons, pretty pictures, Galileo, Jupiter's small moons, spacecraft, art, many worlds, Jupiter

Chang'E 3 being lowered into chamber for thermal vacuum testing, May 2013

Chang'E 3 being lowered into chamber for thermal vacuum testing, May 2013

Taken from a post by user "Galactic Penguin" at the forum NASASpaceflight.com.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, Chang'E program

View from SpaceShipTwo of its rocket firing

View from SpaceShipTwo of its rocket firing

The view from SpaceShipTwo's tail as her rocket motor fires during her first supersonic flight on April 29, 2013.

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo first powered flight

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo first powered flight

SpaceShipTwo fires her rocket motor in flight for the first time in a flight over the Mojave Desert on April 29, 2013.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, private spaceflight

Mars One

Mars One

A vision for the Mars One project, whose goal is to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2023.

Filed under pretty pictures, art, spacecraft, Future Mission Concepts, human spaceflight, private spaceflight, Mars

Comparison of objects in HiRISE image to model images of Mars 3 hardware

Comparison of objects in HiRISE image to model images of Mars 3 hardware

The left column contains cropped segments of HiRISE image PSP_006154_1345. The right column contains drawings of Mars-3 lander (top), soft-landing backshell rocket unit (second row), and heat shield (third row). The last row contains grayscale and color images of the putative parachute.

Filed under Russian Mars missions, pics of spacecraft in space, pretty pictures, amateur image processing, spacecraft, Mars

Mars 3 hardware on the Martian surface?

Mars 3 hardware on the Martian surface?

This is an enlargement of HiRISE image PSP_006154_1345. It possibly shows the Mars-3 lander's rocket-equipped backshell and the four-petaled soft lander.

Filed under Russian Mars missions, pics of spacecraft in space, pretty pictures, amateur image processing, spacecraft, Mars

Could This Be the Soviet Mars 3 Lander?

Could This Be the Soviet Mars 3 Lander?

The Soviet Mars 3 lander hardware may have been found by Russian citizen enthusiasts following NASA's Curiosity rover.

Filed under Russian Mars missions, pics of spacecraft in space, pretty pictures, spacecraft, Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Mars 3

Mars 3

The Mars 2 and 3 rover, which landed on Mars in 1971. This may have been the first rover on Mars! Their range was to be 15 meters from the lander. The rovers moved by using skis set on either side (see photograph). The two thin bars at the front of the lander (if you look closely at the photograph, you'll see the division between them) are sensors to detect obstacles in the rover's path. The vehicle could determine on which side the obstacle lay, step back, change direction and try to go around it. Unfortunately, neither vehicle completed its mission: Mars 2 crash-landed on the planet and Mars 3 ceased transmissions 20 seconds after landing.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, Russian Mars missions

The Mars 3 rover

The Mars 3 rover

The Mars 3 rover may have been the first mobile vehicle to set tread on Mars. Unfortunately, following a successful entry, descent, and landing, the lander operated for only 20 seconds before failure, probably because it was blown over by the wind. This rover may possibly have been deployed before then.

Filed under pretty pictures, animation, spacecraft, Russian Mars missions

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