Pictures of Spacecraft
This tray is mounted to the front of the rover; Curiosity can drop samples onto it in order to inspect them visually. Curiosity took this photo of the empty observation tray as a "before" image in preparation for arm and sampling work at Kimberley on sol 571 (March 15, 2014).
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter slewed 54 degrees to the east on February 16, 2014 to allow LROC to snap a dramatic oblique view of the Chang'e 3 landing site (arrow). The crater in front of the lander is 450 meters in diameter, image width 2900 meters at the center. (LROC image M1145007448LR)
A photo from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the Chang'e 3 lander and its little Yutu rover on the Moon on their third lunar day, February 17, 2014. On the first and second days, the rover had circled the lander, driven south, and then returned toward the lander. The rover did not move during the third lunar day.
Four views of the Chang'e 3 landing site taken by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, from before the landing until February 2014.
Visualization of the GPM Core Observatory satellite orbiting the planet Earth.
The Yutu rover took a stereo pair of images of the Chang'e 3 lander from a position southwest of the lander on the mission's third solar day, mid-February 2014.
The Yutu rover took this photo of the Chang'e 3 lander from a position southwest of the lander on the mission's third solar day, mid-February 2014. The photo is from the left eye of its stereo color camera.
Cassini-Huygens planning status in 1988, at that time called the “Saturn Orbiter/Titan Probe (SOTP)”. The spacecraft was originally slated to have a scan platform, however in the end Cassini did not end up with one—a significant drawback to imaging during close flybys.
After landing in Mars' northern polar regions, Phoenix poked its Robotic Arm Camera underneath its belly to look at the positions of its footpads on the ground. The descent rockets had blasted soil away from the surface, revealing lenses of clean-looking, bright ice just beneath the surface. The team named this spot "Holy Cow" because of their reaction to the sight. This version of the image has been enlarged and brightened for print purposes.
The rover achieves communications through three antennas. The cylinder-shaped ultra-high frequency (UHF) antenna is for communications with orbiting spacecraft. The pole-shaped low-gain antenna (LGA) and hexagonal, steerable high-gain antenna (HGA) are for direct-to-Earth (DTE) communications. These images were taken on sol 125 (December 12, 2012), when the rover was in Yellowknife Bay.
From the Roscosmos website, a photo album of the Phobos-Grunt sample return mission spacecraft being removed from its crate and tipped upright in preparation for final integration onto its launch vehicle. The photos were posted here on October 18, 2011.
As Curiosity approached Dingo Gap, it was taking images of the wheels following every drive in order to monitor wheel degradation. Here, the wheels have picked up sand from the sand drift across Dingo Gap.
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