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Chang'e 3 launch highlights and lander separation (video)

Chang'e 3 launch highlights and lander separation (video)

Chang'e 3 launched toward the Moon on December 1, 2013. Less than an hour after launch, the Chang'e 3 lander separated from its third stage and departed for the Moon, with the crescent Earth as a backdrop. A few seconds in to the video, a sun glint off the spacecraft produces a blinding flare to the camera. Afterward, the third stage was deliberately rolled to capture Earth in its camera field of view.

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Chang'e 3 launches toward the Moon

Chang'e 3 launches toward the Moon

At 1:30 a.m. on December 2 local time at the Xichuan launch site in China, a Long March 3B rocket lifted off with Chang'e 2 for the Moon.

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Chang'e 3 on its way to the Moon

Chang'e 3 on its way to the Moon

Just after separation from its third stage rocket on December 1, 2013, the Chang'e 3 lander fires attitude adjustment rockets to trim its course toward the Moon, with a sunrise Earth in the background.

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3D view of holes in Curiosity's left middle wheel, sol 463

3D view of holes in Curiosity's left middle wheel, sol 463

Curiosity used her hand-lens imager to capture a view of the rover's wheels sitting on Martian soil on sol 463 (November 24, 2013). The clear air permits a detailed view of the distant rim of Gale crater in the background. Several holes have been punched clear through the thin metal between Curiosity's wheel treads.

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LCROSS rides on a Centaur toward the Moon

LCROSS rides on a Centaur toward the Moon

Artist's rendition of Centaur upper stage rocket firing with the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) 'shepherding satellite' attached.

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Chang'e 2 Toutatis flyby encounter geometry

Chang'e 2 Toutatis flyby encounter geometry

This diagram is in the reference frame of the spacecraft, meaning that the spacecraft is considered fixed and the asteroid appears to be moving from left to right across the diagram. In this reference frame, the asteroid moved with a relative velocity of 10.7277 kilometers per second, and the minimum separation between the spacecraft and asteroid was 770±120 meters.

Filed under spacecraft, asteroid 4179 Toutatis, Chang'E program, explaining science, trajectory diagrams

Mars 96 Orbiter

Mars 96 Orbiter

Computer generated model of the Mars 96 orbiter.

Filed under Russian Mars missions, pretty pictures, spacecraft, art

Charley Kohlhase and Richard Spehalski with Cassini and the DVD

Charley Kohlhase and Richard Spehalski with Cassini and the DVD

In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space center, Charley Kohlhase (left), then Cassini's science and mission design manager, and Richard Spehalski, then program manager of the Cassini mission, display the DVD bearing 616,400 digitized signatures from people around the world, before it is attached to the Cassini spacecraft in the background. The handwritten signatures were scanned by volunteers from The Planetary Society.

Filed under Messages from Earth, Cassini, Planetary Society Projects, spacecraft

MAVEN launches to Mars

MAVEN launches to Mars

MAVEN lifted off at 18:28 UTC on November 18, 2013, atop an Atlas V 401 rocket.

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Spirit's lander

Spirit's lander

After rolling off its lander onto the surface of Mars, Spirit turned back to capture this 20-frame mosaic of its empty nest on sol 16 (January 18/19, 2004). The Red Rover Goes to Mars DVD is visible toward the back of the right-hand lander petal.

Filed under Messages from Earth, pretty pictures, pics of spacecraft in space, Planetary Society Projects, Spirit, Mars Exploration Rovers, explaining technology, spacecraft, Mars

The CD on Cosmos 1

The CD on Cosmos 1

Close-up of the CD with The Planetary Society logo, that was carried on board Cosmos 1.

Filed under Messages from Earth, Planetary Society Projects, Lightsail and Cosmos-1, explaining technology, spacecraft

434,738 names to Pluto

434,738 names to Pluto

A technician installs a compact disc on the exterior of the New Horizons spacecraft. The disc contains the names of 434,738 people who signed up to send their names to Pluto, including all current Planetary Society members.

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Installation of the names microchip on Dawn

Installation of the names microchip on Dawn

At the Astrotech Space Operations facility at Kennedy Space Center on May 17, 2007, technicians install a microchip onto a side brace of the Dawn spacecraft. The microchip (inset, upper left) contains the names of more than 360,000 people who signed up to send their names to the asteroid belt, as well as the names of all Planetary Society members.

Filed under Messages from Earth, Planetary Society Projects, Dawn, explaining technology, spacecraft

Diagram of MAVEN instrument locations

Diagram of MAVEN instrument locations

Six instruments comprise the Particles and Fields package: Solar Energetic Particle (SEP); Solar Wind Ion Analyzer (SWIA); Solar Wind Electron Analyzer (SWEA); SupraThermal and Thermal Ion Composition (STATIC); Langmuir Probe and Waves (LPW); and Magnetometer (MAG). There is also an Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS) and a Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS).

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Curiosity

Curiosity "belly panorama", sol 34

On sol 34 (September 9, 2012), Curiosity made the first use of her MAHLI arm-mounted camera to take a good look at her wheels and her four Hazcams.

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Phobos-Grunt undergoing thermal vacuum tests

Phobos-Grunt undergoing thermal vacuum tests

The flight version of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft minus its main solar panels is being lowered into a vacuum chamber at NITs RKP test facility in Peresvet, north of Moscow, for thermal, vacuum and electric tests around beginning of June 2011.

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

Kaguya (SELENE) Spacecraft

Kaguya (SELENE) Spacecraft

Artist's concept of Kaguya, also known as SELENE (SELenological and ENgineering Explorer), consisting of three spacecraft (a main orbiter and two much smaller satellites, Okina and Ouna).

Filed under Messages from Earth, pretty pictures, spacecraft, the Moon, art, Japanese lunar missions

Foil containing 412,627 names installed on Kaguya

Foil containing 412,627 names installed on Kaguya

On June 5, 2007, JAXA installed a thin piece of metal foil onto the outside of the Kaguya spacecraft. Micro-written on the foil were the names of 412,627 people. The text in the image reads:

Top line: “Wish Upon the Moon” Campaign;
Bold text to upper right: Open application period: 12/1/2006 (Friday) – 2/28/2007 (Wednesday). Soliciting 412,627 people (234,498 from Japan, 178,129 from abroad);
Text in image to the upper left: ~Send your name and message to the moon~ Selene “Wish Upon the Moon” Campaign;
Text in lower right: Size: 280x160 mm Character size: 70 micrometers;
Text in lower left: 1 name sheet set (group of two sheets) attached to two faces of Kaguya.

Filed under Messages from Earth, pretty pictures, Planetary Society Projects, spacecraft, Japanese lunar missions

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