Pictures of Spacecraft
In this picture by ESA astronaut André Kuipers, a reflection of one of the Soyuz capsules docked at the ISS can be seen in the Dragon spacecraft's solar array.
In this screen grab from NASA TV, the Dragon spacecraft is seen shortly after the moment of capture by the International Space Station's Canadarm2, marking a milestone in both the COTS 2 flight and commercial space history.
In this screen grab from NASA TV, the Dragon spacecraft is seen at the moment of capture by the International Space Station's Canadarm2, marking a milestone in both the COTS 2 demo flight and commercial space history.
KSC-2012-2897 (22 May 2012) --- The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soars into space from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3:44 a.m. (EDT) May 22, 2012, carrying the Dragon capsule to orbit.
In this screencap from NASA TV, the Dragon spacecraft and its solar arrays can be resolved from the International Space Station. The Dragon flew under the ISS at a distance of 2.5 kilometers.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule begin to rise from the launchpad on May 22, 2012 at 3:44AM EDT (7:44 UTC). The mission, COTS 2, marks the first-ever attempt to berth a privately-owned spacecraft with the International Space Station.
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A still from a video showing testing of an engineering model of the Curiosity rover shows a pattern of holes -- the "visual odometry markers" in the wheels, which leave a rhythmic pattern in the rover's tracks, which will help the rover determine how far it has traveled using optical navigation. If you're wondering why the pattern appears as it does, they are dots and dashes of Morse code. As the rover drives, it spells out "J-P-L." J: . - - - P: . - - . L: . - . .