Pictures of Spacecraft
ESA's stricken Envisat satellite was imaged by the CNES satellite Pleiades at a distance of 100 kilometers. Envisat was shown to be intact but oriented in an unexpected position. Ground controllers have not been able to contact the satellite since April 8.
IKAROS (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of the Sun) is a solar sail which gathers sunlight as propulsion by means of a large sail. This spacecraft will be launched in 2010 together with the Venus Climate Orbiter, "AKATSUKI"(PLANET-C), using an H-IIA launch vehicle.
When HiRISE took a photo of Spirit's resting spot in Gusev crater on March 31, 2011, it happened to be in exactly the right position to catch a specular reflection (a glint) from the rover's solar panels. Apart from being pretty, it signifies that there was not a thick coating of dust on the panels.
This HiRISE image, taken on September 10, 2011, shows the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity sitting atop some light-toned outcrops on the rim of Endeavour Crater, near a smaller crater informally named Odyssey.
The HiRISE camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this view of Opportunity sitting at the edge of the 100-meter-diameter crater Santa Maria on December 31, 2010, or sol 2466 of the rover's mission.
Just before the summer solstice, the Sun is 40 degrees above the horizon. The dark bounce mark and bright parachute that originally made the landing site easy to spot have apparently vanished. Now the best way to recognize the landing site is from the dark shadows thrown by the lander and backshell.