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This still from an animation showcases a series of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet.
This still from an animation showcases a series of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet.

Animation of Ceres

In this February 2015 scene from a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, specialists are building the heat shield to protect NASA's InSight spacecraft when it is speeding through the Martian atmosphere.
In this February 2015 scene from a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, specialists are building the heat shield to protect NASA's InSight spacecraft when it is speeding through the Martian atmosphere.

Heat Shield Construction for NASA's InSight Mission

This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.
This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.

Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rock Nest, Raw Color

This view of the 'belly' and part of the 'head' of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko indicates several morphologically different regions as seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft.
This view of the 'belly' and part of the 'head' of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko indicates several morphologically different regions as seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft.

Distinct Terrains on Rosetta's Comet

This view shows the patch of veined, flat-lying rock selected as the first drilling site for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
This view shows the patch of veined, flat-lying rock selected as the first drilling site for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.

'John Klein' Site Selected for Curiosity's Drill Debut

NASA's Kepler mission compares artist's concepts of the planets in the Kepler-37 system to the moon and planets in the solar system. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon.
NASA's Kepler mission compares artist's concepts of the planets in the Kepler-37 system to the moon and planets in the solar system. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon.

A Moon-size Line Up (Artist's Concept)

The Boomerang nebula, called the 'coldest place in the universe,' reveals its true shape to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope. The background blue structure, is seen in visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
The Boomerang nebula, called the 'coldest place in the universe,' reveals its true shape to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope. The background blue structure, is seen in visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Ghostly 'Boomerang'

A bubbling cauldron of star birth is highlighted in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Massive stars have blown bubbles, or cavities, in the dust and gas -- a violent process that triggers both the death and birth of stars.
A bubbling cauldron of star birth is highlighted in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Massive stars have blown bubbles, or cavities, in the dust and gas -- a violent process that triggers both the death and birth of stars.

Stars Brewing in Cygnus X

This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 43rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 19, 2012). The route starts where the rover touched down, a site subsequently named Bradbury Landing.
This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 43rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 19, 2012). The route starts where the rover touched down, a site subsequently named Bradbury Landing.

Curiosity Traverse Map Through Sol 43

NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott.
NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott.

Sloshing Star Goes Supernova

The descent of its comet lander Philae was captured by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's main camera as the lander approached -- and then rebounded off -- the comet's surface.
The descent of its comet lander Philae was captured by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's main camera as the lander approached -- and then rebounded off -- the comet's surface.

Rosetta Lander Captured Before/After Bounce

This is a rare glance at the dark side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by OSIRIS, Rosetta's scientific imaging system.
This is a rare glance at the dark side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by OSIRIS, Rosetta's scientific imaging system.

Rare Glance at Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. Dawn entered orbit around Vesta on July 15, and will spend a year orbiting the body.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. Dawn entered orbit around Vesta on July 15, and will spend a year orbiting the body.

Full-Frame Image of Vesta

Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by JPL.
Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by JPL.

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 (Artist Concept)

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have teamed up to expose the chaos that baby stars are creating 1,500 light-years away in a cosmic cloud called the Orion nebula.
NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have teamed up to expose the chaos that baby stars are creating 1,500 light-years away in a cosmic cloud called the Orion nebula.

Chaos at the Heart of Orion

Vesta is the largest asteroid visited by a spacecraft. It is currently being observed by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which has entered orbit around Vesta.
Vesta is the largest asteroid visited by a spacecraft. It is currently being observed by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which has entered orbit around Vesta.

Vesta Sizes Up

This is a view of the third (left) and fourth (right) trenches made by the 1.6-inch-wide (4-centimeter-wide) scoop on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity in October 2012 and shows some of the details regarding the properties of the 'Rocknest' wind drift sand.
This is a view of the third (left) and fourth (right) trenches made by the 1.6-inch-wide (4-centimeter-wide) scoop on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity in October 2012 and shows some of the details regarding the properties of the 'Rocknest' wind drift sand.

Scoop Marks in the Sand at 'Rocknest'

This set of three images shows views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
This set of three images shows views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.

Annular Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos, as Seen by Curiosity

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

NASA's Cassini orbiter looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Mimas.
NASA's Cassini orbiter looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Mimas.

Polar Scars

Known as 'Clyde,' RoboSimian is an an ape-like robot designed and built at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Ca. The robot is four-footed but can also stand on two feet. It has four general-purpose limbs and hands capable of mobility and manipulation.
Known as 'Clyde,' RoboSimian is an an ape-like robot designed and built at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Ca. The robot is four-footed but can also stand on two feet. It has four general-purpose limbs and hands capable of mobility and manipulation.

Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots!

Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.
Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.

Voyager Goes Interstellar (Artist Concept)

This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta.
This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Viewing the South Pole of Vesta

This mosaic of images from the navigation camera on the Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
This mosaic of images from the navigation camera on the Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

December 2014 View of Rosetta's Destination Comet

This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space.
This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space.

Voyager 1 Entering Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)

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