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Surface impressions of Rosetta's comet

Images of Rosetta's target comet resolve structures as small as 330 feet (100 meters) across.

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LDSD's Rocket-powered Test Vehicle

LDSD's Rocket-powered Test Vehicle

This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions.

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Solar System Missions

Cassini-Huygens to Saturn
Studying Saturn and its rings and moons.
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Dawn
Dawn, the first spacecraft ever planned to orbit two different bodies after leaving Earth, will orbit Vesta and Ceres, two of the largest asteroids in the solar system.
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Epoxi
The Epoxi mission recycles the already "in flight" Deep Impact spacecraft to investigate two distinct celestial targets of opportunity.
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Juno
The Juno spacecraft, currently making its way to Jupiter, will for the first time peer below Jupiter's dense cover of clouds to answer questions about the gas giant and the origins of our solar system.
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Mars Exploration Rovers
Spirit and Opportunity have been exploring Mars since January 2004. Clues found in some rocks indicate liquid water once covered the ground.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
This orbiter has the most powerful telescopic camera ever to another planet, plus five other scientific instruments.
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Mars Odyssey
This orbiter studies Mars' surface composition and radiation environment and has instruments to detect water and shallow buried ice.
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Microwave Instrument on Rosetta Orbiter
This JPL instrument will study gases given off by a comet as the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft orbits the comet. Rendezvous with the comet is scheduled for 2014.
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Voyager
Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 1 is now approaching interstellar space.
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The Space Between: This artist's concept shows the Voyager 1 NASA Voyager Statement About Solar Wind Models

NASA's Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone responds to an alternate model for the interaction between the heliosphere and the interstellar medium.

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Artist rendering of commercial Mars satellites providing communications back to Earth. NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites for telecommunications with future Mars missions.

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NEOWISE Spies Activity on Comet Catalina NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid

Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) was originally thought to be an asteroid, but observations by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft indicate that it's a comet.

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Flash from Curiosity Rover's Laser Hitting a Martian Rock Flash from Curiosity Rover's Laser Hitting a Martian Rock

The sparks that appear on the baseball-sized rock result from the laser of the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover hitting the rock.

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NEOWISE Spies Comet Pan-STARRS Against Galaxy Backdrop NEOWISE Spies Comet Pan-STARRS Against Galaxy Backdrop

NASA's NEOWISE mission captured a series of infrared images of comet C/2012 K1 -- also referred to as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies in May 2014.

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LDSD Test Vehicle Returns LDSD Test Vehicle Returns

NASA's saucer-shaped test vehicle, the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) was recovered from the ocean and returned to Port Allen, Kauai, on June 29, 2014

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