Pictures of Spacecraft
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a photo of the target marker released by Hayabusa toward the "Muses Sea" site sampling target on Itokawa on November 10, 2005.
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.
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.
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.
Left hand side image shows the area named MUSES Sea taken at 4:58 a.m., November 20, and right hand side image was taken at 6:24 a.m., November 26. A white light spot inside a red circle is the Target Marker with the names of 880,000 people from 149 countries.
Hayabusa touches its sample collection horn to the surface of asteroid Itokawa. A small blue target marker on the surface in the foreground was released by Hayabusa to guide it safely to the surface. The entire sample collection process only took one second.
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