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Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle assembled and waiting for Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft, October 3, 2013

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle assembled and waiting for Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft, October 3, 2013

PSLV-C25 after the integration of all its four stages at Moible Service Tower in Sriharikota.

Filed under Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), mission status, spacecraft, rockets

Curiosity's first 'deck pan'

Curiosity's first 'deck pan'

The images for this view of the top of Curiosity's instrument-filled deck were taken through the left (wider-angle) eye of the Mastcam while the rover was being assembled at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The front of the rover is toward the right in this image. On the left is the outer cover for the mission's nuclear power source, a radioisotope thermoelectric generator. At far right is the turret a the end of Curiosity's robotic arm. The light-colored hexagonal object in the top left quadrant of the mosaic is the high-gain antenna, which is about 25 centimeters across.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

Curiosity's left front wheel, sol 411

Curiosity's left front wheel, sol 411

Curiosity took this photo of its left front wheel on sol 411 (October 2, 2013). A hole in the wheel is visible. Holes in the wheels are not a concern for the Curiosity mission; such wear and tear is expected, especially in the thinnest areas of the wheels between the treads.

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Mars Express over an ice-filled crater

Mars Express over an ice-filled crater

Artist’s impression of Mars Express set against a 35 km-wide crater in the Vastitas Borealis region of Mars at approximately 70.5°N / 103°E. The crater contains a permanent patch of water-ice that likely sits upon a dune field – some of the dunes are exposed towards the top left in this image.

Filed under pretty pictures, Mars Express, spacecraft, Mars, art

MAVEN in the clean room

MAVEN in the clean room

Ben Cooper was one of a few members of the media privileged to visit the MAVEN Mars orbiter in the clean room at Kennedy Space Center as it underwent its final preparations for launch to Mars.

Filed under pretty pictures, MAVEN, spacecraft

MAVEN with solar panels open in the clean room for the last time

MAVEN with solar panels open in the clean room for the last time

On September 27, 2013, members of the media were given a final opportunity to view the MAVEN Mars orbiter before it was prepared for launch.

Filed under pretty pictures, MAVEN, spacecraft

Mariner-Jupiter-Saturn 1977 Spacecraft Artwork, 1975

Mariner-Jupiter-Saturn 1977 Spacecraft Artwork, 1975

NASA and JPL initially referred to what became the Voyagers as the Mariner-Jupiter-Saturn 1977 Project. The two Voyagers were advanced versions of the Mariner-class spacecraft that JPL had flown successfully to Venus, Mars, and Mercury. Shown here is a 1975 JPL artist's rendering of Voyager after encountering Jupiter and, after a gravity assist, approaching Saturn.

Filed under pretty pictures, Voyager 1 and 2, spacecraft, art, Saturn, Jupiter

India's Mars Orbiter Mission nearing completion

India's Mars Orbiter Mission nearing completion

ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission undergoing final assembly and testing in Bengaluru.

Filed under Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), pretty pictures, mission status, spacecraft

Antares in infrared

Antares in infrared

Using a modified SLR camera, NASA photographer Bill Ingalls captured this infrared image of Antares rising from the launch pad on Sept. 18, 2013.

Filed under private spaceflight, spacecraft, International Space Station

Juno solar panel

Juno solar panel

Technicians test the deployment of one of the three massive solar arrays that will power Juno. When Juno arrives at Jupiter in 2016, it will be farther from the sun than any previous solar-powered mission. The choice of solar power for Juno necessitates very large solar arrays 2.65 meters wide by 8.9 meters long. Once in orbit, the three arrays will provide about 450 watts of electricity. The photo was taken on Sept. 13, 2010 at the Materials Test Laboratory at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, Juno

Juno prepares for vibration testing

Juno prepares for vibration testing

NASA's Juno spacecraft looms above the assembly floor as technicians prepare the Jupiter-bound probe for a round of testing that simulates the vibrations the spacecraft will experience during launch. Juno's dish-shaped high-gain antenna has been installed in preparation for the test, along with the spindly truss that supports adjacent low- and medium-gain antennas. A single solar array has also been installed for the test, and can be seen in stowed configuration on the far side of the spacecraft. The spacecraft is mounted on a large rotation fixture which allows it to be turned for convenient access for integration and testing of various subsystems. Here, technicians are in the process of rotating Juno into a vertical orientation as they prepare to lift the spacecraft onto a test stand. This image was taken on November 22, 2010, in the high-bay cleanroom at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver.

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, Juno

ICE swings past the Moon

ICE swings past the Moon

NASA's ISEE-3 spacecraft streaks just 116 km above the lunar surface December 22, 1983, as it is catapulted by the Moon's gravity toward a September 11, 1985, encounter with Comet Giacobini-Zinner.

Filed under pretty pictures, art, spacecraft, comet Halley armada

Twin STEREO Spacecraft

Twin STEREO Spacecraft

Artist's depiction of NASA’s twin Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft.

Filed under pretty pictures, the Sun, spacecraft, art, solar observing spacecraft

Voyager 1 as seen by the Very Long Baseline Array, February 21, 2013

Voyager 1 as seen by the Very Long Baseline Array, February 21, 2013

Artist's impression of Voyager 1's position on the sky when observed by the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) on February 21, 2013, at which point Voyager had exited the heliosphere. The actual image from the data (enlarged section) is 0.5 arcseconds across. The radio signal as shown is a mere 1 milliarcsecond across. Credit:

Filed under mission status, pretty pictures, spacecraft, pics of spacecraft in space, Voyager 1 and 2

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