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Dawn in the Asteroid Belt

Dawn in the Asteroid Belt

Artist William K. Hartmann's depiction of the spacecraft Dawn in the asteroid belt.

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Chang'e 3 on the surface of the Moon

Chang'e 3 on the surface of the Moon

Yutu took this photo of Chang'e 3 on December 21 or 22. You can see the rover's tracks in the lunar soil behind the lander at the right.

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Yutu on the Moon

Yutu on the Moon

Taken December 22, 2013 when the rover was 18 meters from the lander.

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Yutu begins her lunar journey

Yutu begins her lunar journey

The Chang'e 3 lander took this photo of the rover Yutu on December 22, 2013. The rover had completed a semicircular tour of the lander and was departing the lander due south. This version of the image has been white-balanced and color-corrected.

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Yutu rolling on the Moon

Yutu rolling on the Moon

China's Yutu rover makes tracks on the surface of the Moon, taken on December 21, 2013. This sequence was taken from a television broadcast, aligned to correct for the motion of the camera, and its color adjusted.

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3D view of Chang'e 3 on the surface of the Moon

3D view of Chang'e 3 on the surface of the Moon

Two views of the Chang'e 3 lander taken by the Yutu rover on December 22, 2013 were processed to create this 3D view.

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Curiosity's wheels on sol 463: tear in left front wheel

Curiosity's wheels on sol 463: tear in left front wheel

Curiosity took these photos of her wheels with the MAHLI arm-mounted camera on sol 463 (November 24, 2013) A large rip has appeared above the Morse-code holes in the left front wheel. Several smaller punch-holes are visible in it and the middle wheel in this view.

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Curiosity monitors wheels during a drive, sol 474

Curiosity monitors wheels during a drive, sol 474

On sol 474, Curiosity took a short drive while shooting photos of the wheels with her Navcams and Hazcams. From left to right, the images are: left front wheel from left front Hazcam; right front wheel from right front Hazcam; left front wheel from right Navcam; left middle and rear wheels from right Navcam; and left rear wheel from left rear Navcam. Because the mast is located on the right front corner of the rover, the Navcam is only capable of seeing the wheels on the rover's right side. The Hazcams get partial views of three of the four corner wheels. (The only instrument that can see the right middle and rear wheels is the MAHLI camera on the robotic arm.)

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Video of Chang'e 3's descent and landing on the Moon

Video of Chang'e 3's descent and landing on the Moon

This version of the video has been flipped 180 degrees to put sky above ground. The mountains on the horizon are the Montes Recti. The lander is decelerating at an angle until about 2:50 when it can be seen to rotate vertical. This was at an altitude of about 2000 meters. It then lowered to an altitude of 100 meters, where it came to a hovering standstill (at about 5:15). It used imaging and laser ranging to determine a safe place for the landing, then continued the descent. At an altitude of about 4 meters, it cut the engines and fell to the surface.

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Chang'e 3 lander on the Moon

Chang'e 3 lander on the Moon

This screen capture from Chinese state television on December 15, 2013 shows the Chang'e 3 lander sitting on the lunar surface, photographed by the Yutu rover.

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Jade Rabbit on the Moon

Jade Rabbit on the Moon

Aired live on state television, the Chang'e 3 lander took a photo of the recently-deployed Yutu rover, bearing the bright red Chinese national flag, on December 15, 2013.

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Chang'e 3 rover Yutu rolls onto the lunar surface

Chang'e 3 rover Yutu rolls onto the lunar surface

Screen caps taken from a Chinese state television feed show the view from a side-looking camera mounted to the lander of the Yutu rover deploying from a ramp onto the surface of the Moon on December 14, 2013

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Chang'e 3 image from the lunar surface

Chang'e 3 image from the lunar surface

Chang'e 3's footpand sitting on the dusty soil of the lunar surface, taken just after landing.

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Chang'e 3 lands on the Moon

Chang'e 3 lands on the Moon

Chang'e 3 landed on the Moon at 13:11:18 on December 14, 2013 (UT), transmitting still video frames all the way down.

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Flyby of Jupiter's moon Europa by the JUICE spacecraft in 2031

Flyby of Jupiter's moon Europa by the JUICE spacecraft in 2031

Movie showing the European Space Agency's JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer) spacecraft flying past Jupiter's icy moon Europa in 2013. The design of the spacecraft has not been finalized so this is just a mock-up featuring some of the parts of the spacecraft.

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The Europa Clipper Spacecraft Concept

The Europa Clipper Spacecraft Concept

The Clipper spacecraft flies over the surface of Europa in this artist's rendering. NASA is currently studying this reduced-cost mission which would use at least 48 flybys to explore the moon instead of entering into orbit.

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Earth from Falcon 9 upper stage

Earth from Falcon 9 upper stage

On Dec. 3, 2013, SpaceX's Falcon 9 version 1.1 placed a communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. This view was taken from a camera mounted to the upper stage from an altitude of 13,000 kilometers.

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