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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has just crossed one stretch of rocks hazardous to its wheels and may soon reach rocks different from any it has examined so far.

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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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Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on the design NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations.

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Artist's concept of the payload for NASA's Mars 2020 rover Mars 2020 Rover's PIXL to Focus X-Rays on Tiny Targets

An X-ray instrument for NASA's next Mars rover combines a sharpshooting spectrometer and a camera, to identify and map chemical elements in targets at microscopic scale.

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Artist's concept of the payload for NASA's Mars 2020 rover SHERLOC to Micro-Map Mars Minerals and Carbon Rings

One of the seven instruments chosen for the payload of NASA's next Mars rover would detect key minerals and carbon chemicals and show where they are, at microscopic scale.

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What's Up - August 2014 What's Up - August 2014

Planets pair up at dawn and dusk. Perseids peak Aug 12/13, visible almost all month

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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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