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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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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.

Filed under pretty pictures, art, spacecraft, private spaceflight

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).

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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.

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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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