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NASA's New Millennium Deep Space 1 spacecraft approaching the comet 19P/Borrelly.
NASA's New Millennium Deep Space 1 spacecraft approaching the comet 19P/Borrelly.

Deep Space 1 Using its Ion Engine (Artist's Concept)

Artist's concept of NASA's Deep Space 1 Encounter with Comet Borrelly.
Artist's concept of NASA's Deep Space 1 Encounter with Comet Borrelly.

Artist's Concept of Deep Space 1 Encounter with Comet Borrelly

The solid nucleus of comet Borrelly is barely resolved in this image from NASA's Deep Space 1, enhanced to reveal the highly collimated dust extending towards the bottom left corner of the picture.
The solid nucleus of comet Borrelly is barely resolved in this image from NASA's Deep Space 1, enhanced to reveal the highly collimated dust extending towards the bottom left corner of the picture.

Early Close Image of Comet Borrelly

This frame from an animation shows the north pole of dwarf planet Ceres as seen by the Dawn spacecraft on April 10, 2015. Dawn was at a distance of 21,000 miles (33,000 kilometers) when its framing camera took these images.
This frame from an animation shows the north pole of dwarf planet Ceres as seen by the Dawn spacecraft on April 10, 2015. Dawn was at a distance of 21,000 miles (33,000 kilometers) when its framing camera took these images.

Ceres' North Pole

This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).

Dawn RC3 Image 4

This artist's concept gives us a look at the moment of impact and the forming of the crater.
This artist's concept gives us a look at the moment of impact and the forming of the crater.

Artist's Concept of Deep Impact's Encounter with Comet Tempel 1

The structure of the Sun's corona shows well in this image from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO).
The structure of the Sun's corona shows well in this image from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO).

Full Disk Image of the Sun, March 26, 2007

Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012).
Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012).

Magnificent Outburst

X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.
X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.

Sun Shines in High-Energy X-rays

This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).

Dawn RC3 Image 3

This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).

Dawn RC3 Image 1

This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun.
This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun.

Voyagers in the Heliosheath (Cropped)

This composite image combines NASA's Extreme Ultravoilet Imaging Telescope images from three wavelengths into one that reveals solar features unique to each wavelength.
This composite image combines NASA's Extreme Ultravoilet Imaging Telescope images from three wavelengths into one that reveals solar features unique to each wavelength.

Color Composite of Solar Features

NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image.
NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image.

Full Disk Image of the Sun, March 26, 2007 (Anaglyph)

The structure of the Sun's corona shows well in this image from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellite.
The structure of the Sun's corona shows well in this image from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellite.

Close-up View of an Active Region of the Sun, March 23, 2007

NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope aboard ESA's SOHO spacecraft took this image of a huge, handle-shaped prominence in 1999. Prominences are huge clouds of relatively cool dense plasma suspended in the Sun's hot, thin corona.
NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope aboard ESA's SOHO spacecraft took this image of a huge, handle-shaped prominence in 1999. Prominences are huge clouds of relatively cool dense plasma suspended in the Sun's hot, thin corona.

Handle-shaped Prominence

The image taken by the Oschin Schmidt Telescope, shows the star AC +79 3888, also known as Gliese 445. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is on a trajectory out of our solar system, is headed toward an encounter with AC +79 3888 (circled in red).
The image taken by the Oschin Schmidt Telescope, shows the star AC +79 3888, also known as Gliese 445. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is on a trajectory out of our solar system, is headed toward an encounter with AC +79 3888 (circled in red).

Heading toward Gliese 445

An artist's concept illustrates the positions of the Voyager spacecraft in relation to structures formed around our Sun by the solar wind.
An artist's concept illustrates the positions of the Voyager spacecraft in relation to structures formed around our Sun by the solar wind.

Voyager Approaches Final Frontier

This view from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellite will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
This view from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellite will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.

Closer View of the Equatorial Region of the Sun, March 24, 2007

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

NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. .
NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. .

Close-up View of an Active Region of the Sun, March 23, 2007 (Anaglyph)

Radio telescopes cannot see Voyager 1 in visible light, but rather
Radio telescopes cannot see Voyager 1 in visible light, but rather

Voyager Signal Spotted By Earth Radio Telescopes

This artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble into interstellar space. Voyager 2 (bottom) is still exploring the outer layer of the solar bubble.
This artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble into interstellar space. Voyager 2 (bottom) is still exploring the outer layer of the solar bubble.

One Voyager Out, One Voyager In (Artist Concept)

NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these uncropped images of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of about 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). The images show the full range of different crater shapes that can be found at Ceres' surface.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these uncropped images of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of about 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). The images show the full range of different crater shapes that can be found at Ceres' surface.

Views of Ceres on Approach, Uncropped

This image was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). It shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin.
This image was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). It shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin.

Bright Spot on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion

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