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Map locating possible Beagle 2 landing site on Mars

Map locating possible Beagle 2 landing site on Mars

This map consists of a Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera image, colorized with data from Mars Global Surveyor's Wide-Angle Camera. The white rectangles represent the footprints of three HiRISE images that may contain Beagle 2 hardware. The cyan rectangle shows the color strip in one of those images. A "+" mark denotes the location of the possible landing site.

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Beagle 2 departs

Beagle 2 departs

The bright spot on the left side of this picture is the back side of Beagle 2, slowly drifting away from Mars Express. This image, taken at 08:33 UTC on 19 December 2003, shows the Beagle 2 lander when it was about 20 meters away from Mars Express, en route to a surface landing on Mars. Beagle 2 was subsequently lost.

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JUICE at Jupiter

JUICE at Jupiter

Artist's concept of the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft at Jupiter.

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Cassini in 2014

Cassini in 2014

Simulated views of the Cassini spacecraft as it orbited Saturn Saturn in 2014--along with the real images its cameras captured at the very moments shown in the simulations. Better at HD quality.

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3D anaglyph of Curiosity in the clean room

3D anaglyph of Curiosity in the clean room

This anaglyph was taken in the JPL clean room during Curiosity's assembly, shortly before the rover drove for the first time.

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A shift in shadows for Yutu, December 19(?), 2013

A shift in shadows for Yutu, December 19(?), 2013

After several days in the same position to the northeast of the lander, Yutu is throwing much longer shadows.

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Yutu self-portrait in the Chang'e 3 lander, December 21, 2013

Yutu self-portrait in the Chang'e 3 lander, December 21, 2013

The Yutu rover sees a distorted image of itself in the mirrored surface of the Chang'e 3 lander.

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Yutu deployed! December 15, 2013

Yutu deployed! December 15, 2013

The Chang'e 3 lander took this photo of Yutu just after its deployment.

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Chang'e 3 lander from the southeast, December 21, 2013

Chang'e 3 lander from the southeast, December 21, 2013

Yutu took this photo as it toured around the lander. You can see the forklift-type ramps from which the rover deployed to the right rear of the lander.

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PROCYON spacecraft

PROCYON spacecraft

PROCYON (PRoximate Object Close flYby with Optical Navigation) is a 50 kg-class microsatellite developed by the University of Tokyo (UT) and JAXA/ISAS (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency/Institute of Space and Astronautical Science). Launched with Hayabusa 2, its goal is to perform a close flyby of an asteroid in early 2016.

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InSight assembly begins

InSight assembly begins

Lockheed Martin engineers work on the honeycomb structure that forms InSight's deck, preparing it for propulsion proof and leak testing. InSight aims at a March 2016 launch.

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China's Mars 2020 rover

China's Mars 2020 rover

Photo from a display at the Zhuhai Airshow, November 10, 2014. More photos from the show are available here.

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Raw video: Orion's launch from the Vehicle Assembly Building

Raw video: Orion's launch from the Vehicle Assembly Building

NASA's Orion spacecraft lifted off on a two-orbit, four-hour shakedown cruise Friday morning at 7:05 a.m. EST. These video clips were taken from the roof of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center.

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