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HiRISE view of Curiosity near Dingo Gap, sol 538

HiRISE view of Curiosity near Dingo Gap, sol 538

Curiosity made tracks in softer valley-floor sands as she crawled up and over the dune across Dingo Gap. The image is about 750 meters wide by 500 meters tall.

Filed under pretty pictures, pics of spacecraft in space, spacecraft, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Curiosity inspects Kimberley up close, sol 583

Curiosity inspects Kimberley up close, sol 583

On sol 583 (March 28, 2014), Curiosity placed her robotic arm turret onto the Kimberley outcrop for the first time, examining it with MAHLI and APXS.

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Curiosity CHIMRA's 150-micrometer sieve, sol 578

Curiosity CHIMRA's 150-micrometer sieve, sol 578

In preparation for drilling work at Kimberley, Curiosity "thwacked" its sieve and then visually inspected it.

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Curiosity's observation tray, sol 571

Curiosity's observation tray, sol 571

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).

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Oblique view of the Chang'e 3 landing site in Mare Imbrium

Oblique view of the Chang'e 3 landing site in Mare Imbrium

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)

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Chang'e 3 and Yutu on the Moon on their third lunar day

Chang'e 3 and Yutu on the Moon on their third lunar day

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.

Filed under pretty pictures, pics of spacecraft in space, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, spacecraft, the Moon, Chang'E program

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter watches over Chang'e 3 and Yutu (animation)

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter watches over Chang'e 3 and Yutu (animation)

Four views of the Chang'e 3 landing site taken by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, from before the landing until February 2014.

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NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite

NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite

Visualization of the GPM Core Observatory satellite orbiting the planet Earth.

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Mars Express in orbit around Mars

Mars Express in orbit around Mars

3D model of the Mars Express spacecraft. An interactive version is available here.

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3D Yutu image of the Chang'e 3 lander from the mission's third solar day

3D Yutu image of the Chang'e 3 lander from the mission's third solar day

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.

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Yutu image of the Chang'e 3 lander from the mission's third solar day

Yutu image of the Chang'e 3 lander from the mission's third solar day

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.

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Curiosity SAM instrument atmospheric inlet ports, sol 544

Curiosity SAM instrument atmospheric inlet ports, sol 544

Curiosity took a look at the two atmospheric inlet ports for the SAM instrument over a weekend on February 16, 2014.

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Saturn Orbiter/Titan Probe (SOTP) (predecessor of Cassini-Huygens)

Saturn Orbiter/Titan Probe (SOTP) (predecessor of Cassini-Huygens)

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.

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Phoenix self-portrait

Phoenix self-portrait

On sol 116 (September 22, 2008), Phoenix used its Robotic Arm Camera to take a photo of its Surface Stereo Imager -- and vice versa.

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Holy Cow! Ice under the Phoenix lander, sol 5

Holy Cow! Ice under the Phoenix lander, sol 5

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.

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Curiosity telecommunications hardware

Curiosity telecommunications hardware

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.

Filed under pics of spacecraft in space, explaining technology, spacecraft, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

Photo album of Phobos-Grunt being un-crated

Photo album of Phobos-Grunt being un-crated

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.

Filed under Phobos and Shuttle LIFE, Planetary Society Projects, spacecraft, Phobos-Grunt and Yinghuo-1

Curiosity wheel panorama, sol 529

Curiosity wheel panorama, sol 529

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.

Filed under pretty pictures, pics of spacecraft in space, amateur image processing, spacecraft, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

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