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Researchers have detected the first 'exomoon' candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called 'microlensing,' they observed what could be either a moon and a planet -- or a planet and a star.
Researchers have detected the first 'exomoon' candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called 'microlensing,' they observed what could be either a moon and a planet -- or a planet and a star.

Moon or Planet? The 'Exomoon Hunt' Continues (Artist's Concept)

Researchers have detected the first 'exomoon' candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called 'microlensing,' they observed what could be either a moon and a planet -- or a planet and a star.

Target: Exoplanet
Size: 4200 x 2363
ID#: PIA17998
Added: 2014-04-10

Views: 743

Moon or Planet? The 'Exomoon Hunt' Continues (Artist's Concept)

Researchers have detected the first 'exomoon' candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called 'microlensing,' they observed what could be either a moon and a planet -- or a planet and a star.

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This artist's concept depicts the stationary NASA Mars lander known by the acronym InSight at work studying the interior of Mars. InSight is scheduled to launch in March 2016.
This artist's concept depicts the stationary NASA Mars lander known by the acronym InSight at work studying the interior of Mars. InSight is scheduled to launch in March 2016.

Artist's Concept of InSight Lander on Mars

This artist's concept depicts the stationary NASA Mars lander known by the acronym InSight at work studying the interior of Mars. InSight is scheduled to launch in March 2016.

Target: Mars
Mission: InSight
Size: 5004 x 5397
ID#: PIA17358
Added: 2014-03-26

Views: 1479

Artist's Concept of InSight Lander on Mars

This artist's concept depicts the stationary NASA Mars lander known by the acronym InSight at work studying the interior of Mars. InSight is scheduled to launch in March 2016.

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This mosaic reveals a panorama of the Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This picture covers only about three percent of the sky, but includes more than half of the galaxy's stars and the majority of its star formation activity.
This mosaic reveals a panorama of the Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This picture covers only about three percent of the sky, but includes more than half of the galaxy's stars and the majority of its star formation activity.

GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

This mosaic reveals a panorama of the Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This picture covers only about three percent of the sky, but includes more than half of the galaxy's stars and the majority of its star formation activity.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Size: 14400 x 8700
ID#: PIA17996
Added: 2014-03-20

Views: 9571

GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

This mosaic reveals a panorama of the Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This picture covers only about three percent of the sky, but includes more than half of the galaxy's stars and the majority of its star formation activity.

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This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.
This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.

What WISE Can and Cannot See

This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Size: 8421 x 5361
ID#: PIA17990
Added: 2014-03-07

Views: 1254

What WISE Can and Cannot See

This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.

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The dark region seen on the face of the sun at the end of March 2013 is a coronal hole (just above and to the right of the middle of the picture), which is a source of fast solar wind leaving the sun in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory.
The dark region seen on the face of the sun at the end of March 2013 is a coronal hole (just above and to the right of the middle of the picture), which is a source of fast solar wind leaving the sun in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory.

Pulses from the Sun

The dark region seen on the face of the sun at the end of March 2013 is a coronal hole (just above and to the right of the middle of the picture), which is a source of fast solar wind leaving the sun in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory.

Mission: Solar Dynamic Observatory
Instrument: Atmospheric Imaging Assembly
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA17669
Added: 2014-02-11

Views: 1236

Pulses from the Sun

The dark region seen on the face of the sun at the end of March 2013 is a coronal hole (just above and to the right of the middle of the picture), which is a source of fast solar wind leaving the sun in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory.

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This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.
This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Oct. 5, 2013

This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: Very Large Telescope (VLT)
Size: 1866 x 1049
ID#: PIA17667
Added: 2014-01-24

Views: 511

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Oct. 5, 2013

This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.

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Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.
Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.

Rosetta at Comet

Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Size: 1203 x 902
ID#: PIA17666
Added: 2014-01-24

Views: 801

Rosetta at Comet

Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.

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NASA has provided part of the electronics package for an instrument called the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer, which is part of the Swiss-built Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument.
NASA has provided part of the electronics package for an instrument called the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer, which is part of the Swiss-built Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument.

Electronics for a Spectrometer

NASA has provided part of the electronics package for an instrument called the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer, which is part of the Swiss-built Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument.

Mission: Rosetta
Size: 718 x 476
ID#: PIA17665
Added: 2014-01-24

Views: 442

Electronics for a Spectrometer

NASA has provided part of the electronics package for an instrument called the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer, which is part of the Swiss-built Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument.

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Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).
Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).

U.S. Instruments Aboard Rosetta

Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Size: 1986 x 1174
ID#: PIA17664
Added: 2014-01-24

Views: 362

U.S. Instruments Aboard Rosetta

Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).

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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is of an east-facing slope in Tithonium Chasma.
This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is of an east-facing slope in Tithonium Chasma.

The Obliquity of Mars (Periodic Bedding in Tithonium Chasma)

This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is of an east-facing slope in Tithonium Chasma.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Size: 2560 x 1920
ID#: PIA17859
Added: 2014-01-09

Views: 486

The Obliquity of Mars (Periodic Bedding in Tithonium Chasma)

This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is of an east-facing slope in Tithonium Chasma.

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This view of Cilix impact crater on Europa was created in 2013 using 3-D stereo images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with advanced image processing techniques.
This view of Cilix impact crater on Europa was created in 2013 using 3-D stereo images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with advanced image processing techniques.

3-D Cilix Crater on Europa

This view of Cilix impact crater on Europa was created in 2013 using 3-D stereo images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with advanced image processing techniques.

Target: Europa
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
Size: 1337 x 715
ID#: PIA17851
Added: 2014-01-07

Views: 353

3-D Cilix Crater on Europa

This view of Cilix impact crater on Europa was created in 2013 using 3-D stereo images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with advanced image processing techniques.

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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

NEOWISE's New Find

The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
Size: 4104 x 1652
ID#: PIA17829
Added: 2014-01-07

Views: 1805

NEOWISE's New Find

The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.

Janus from Afar

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.

Target: Janus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
Size: 900 x 900
ID#: PIA17146
Added: 2014-01-06

Views: 477

Janus from Afar

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.

Frozen in Time

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
Size: 1000 x 1000
ID#: PIA17181
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 2036

Frozen in Time

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.

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Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.
Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.

Lakes Through the Haze

Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA17179
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 1575

Lakes Through the Haze

Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.

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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.
NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.

NEOWISE's Next Light

NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
Size: 3820 x 2604
ID#: PIA17811
Added: 2013-12-19

Views: 3170

NEOWISE's Next Light

NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.

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Beam Wave Guide antennas at Goldstone, known as the 'Beam Waveguide Cluster.' They are located in an area at Goldstone called 'Apollo Valley.'
Beam Wave Guide antennas at Goldstone, known as the 'Beam Waveguide Cluster.' They are located in an area at Goldstone called 'Apollo Valley.'

Dawn in the Apollo Valley

Beam Wave Guide antennas at Goldstone, known as the 'Beam Waveguide Cluster.' They are located in an area at Goldstone called 'Apollo Valley.'

Target: Earth
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
Size: 5184 x 3456
ID#: PIA17793
Added: 2013-12-18

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Dawn in the Apollo Valley

Beam Wave Guide antennas at Goldstone, known as the 'Beam Waveguide Cluster.' They are located in an area at Goldstone called 'Apollo Valley.'

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Goldstone's 230-foot (70-m) antenna tracks under a full moon. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.
Goldstone's 230-foot (70-m) antenna tracks under a full moon. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.

Goldstone 70-m Antenna

Goldstone's 230-foot (70-m) antenna tracks under a full moon. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.

Target: Earth
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
Size: 5184 x 3456
ID#: PIA17792
Added: 2013-12-18

Views: 468

Goldstone 70-m Antenna

Goldstone's 230-foot (70-m) antenna tracks under a full moon. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.

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Goldstone's 111.5-foot (34-meter) Beam Waveguide tracks a spacecraft as it comes into view. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.
Goldstone's 111.5-foot (34-meter) Beam Waveguide tracks a spacecraft as it comes into view. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.

Goldstone 34-meter Beam Waveguide

Goldstone's 111.5-foot (34-meter) Beam Waveguide tracks a spacecraft as it comes into view. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.

Target: Earth
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
Size: 5184 x 3456
ID#: PIA17791
Added: 2013-12-18

Views: 880

Goldstone 34-meter Beam Waveguide

Goldstone's 111.5-foot (34-meter) Beam Waveguide tracks a spacecraft as it comes into view. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.

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Late night in the desert: Goldstone's 230-foot (70-meter) antenna tracks spacecraft day and night. This photograph was taken on Jan. 11, 2012. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.
Late night in the desert: Goldstone's 230-foot (70-meter) antenna tracks spacecraft day and night. This photograph was taken on Jan. 11, 2012. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.

Goldstone 70-Meter

Late night in the desert: Goldstone's 230-foot (70-meter) antenna tracks spacecraft day and night. This photograph was taken on Jan. 11, 2012. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.

Target: Earth
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
Size: 5184 x 3456
ID#: PIA17790
Added: 2013-12-18

Views: 878

Goldstone 70-Meter

Late night in the desert: Goldstone's 230-foot (70-meter) antenna tracks spacecraft day and night. This photograph was taken on Jan. 11, 2012. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA.

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This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Vesta's Many Colors at Sextilia

This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
Size: 1451 x 866
ID#: PIA17663
Added: 2013-12-16

Views: 1275

Vesta's Many Colors at Sextilia

This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Antonia in Blue

This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
Size: 1448 x 863
ID#: PIA17662
Added: 2013-12-16

Views: 1762

Antonia in Blue

This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.
This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.

Flowing in, Flowing out of Aelia

This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
Size: 1437 x 863
ID#: PIA17661
Added: 2013-12-16

Views: 7562

Flowing in, Flowing out of Aelia

This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.

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A dying star, called the Helix nebula, is shown surrounded by the tracks of asteroids in an image captured by NASA's WISE. Skirting around the edges of the Helix nebula are the footprints of asteroids marching across the field of view.
A dying star, called the Helix nebula, is shown surrounded by the tracks of asteroids in an image captured by NASA's WISE. Skirting around the edges of the Helix nebula are the footprints of asteroids marching across the field of view.

March of Asteroids Across Dying Star

A dying star, called the Helix nebula, is shown surrounded by the tracks of asteroids in an image captured by NASA's WISE. Skirting around the edges of the Helix nebula are the footprints of asteroids marching across the field of view.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: WISE Telescope
Size: 9334 x 7107
ID#: PIA17564
Added: 2013-12-12

Views: 4581

March of Asteroids Across Dying Star

A dying star, called the Helix nebula, is shown surrounded by the tracks of asteroids in an image captured by NASA's WISE. Skirting around the edges of the Helix nebula are the footprints of asteroids marching across the field of view.

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This frame from a colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.
This frame from a colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.

Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes

This frame from a colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Radar Mapper
Size: 1598 x 863
ID#: PIA17656
Added: 2013-12-12

Views: 623

Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes

This frame from a colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.

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