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Slice of History: Scanning Electron Microscope

Slice of History: Scanning Electron Microscope

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Scanning Electron Microscope — Photograph Number 354-1043B In late 1967, this Stereoscan Mark VI scanning electron microscope (SEM) was delivered to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory by [...]

Dawn Ascends Over Asteroid Vesta

Dawn Ascends Over Asteroid Vesta

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta. The depiction of Vesta is based on images obtained by Dawn’s framing cameras. Image credit: [...]

Alien vs. Editor: A Pigment of Your Imagination?

Alien vs. Editor: A Pigment of Your Imagination?

By Steve Edberg Alien vs. Editor is a forum for questions and answers about extrasolar planets and NASA’s search for life beyond our solar system. Leave your questions for author Steve Edberg and read more on the PlanetQuest website. Where would blue-skinned aliens exist? Joel asked: If you were to find aliens next to the [...]

Highs and Lows of Exploring the Giant Asteroid

Highs and Lows of Exploring the Giant Asteroid

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta. The depiction of Vesta is based on images obtained by Dawn’s framing cameras. Image credit: [...]

Slice of History: Vice President Lyndon Johnson Visits JPL

Slice of History: Vice President Lyndon Johnson Visits JPL

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Vice President Lyndon Johnson Visits JPL — Photograph Number P-1723A On October 4, 1961, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, [...]

A Look Inside Dawn’s Grand Asteroid Adventure

A Look Inside Dawn’s Grand Asteroid Adventure

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta, as imaged by the framing camera on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in September 2011. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA | › Full [...]

Slice of History: Surveyor 3 Camera Returned from the Moon

Slice of History: Surveyor 3 Camera Returned from the Moon

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Surveyor 3 Camera Returned from the Moon — Photograph Number P-10709B In November 1969 Apollo 12 astronauts Alan Bean and Pete Conrad landed on the moon [...]

Dawn Longs to be Closer to Asteroid Vesta

Dawn Longs to be Closer to Asteroid Vesta

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This image, one of the first obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in its low altitude mapping orbit, shows part of the rim of a fresh crater on [...]

Viewing Times and Tips for Saturday Morning’s Lunar Eclipse

Viewing Times and Tips for Saturday Morning’s Lunar Eclipse

By Steve Edberg The last lunar eclipse until 2014 will grace the sky on Saturday, Dec. 10. Steve Edberg, an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shares the best viewing times and tips. For more lunar eclipse resources and to join NASA/JPL’s “I’m There: Lunar Eclipse” event, visit http://1.usa.gov/uBfAI8. Keith Burns submitted this winning photo [...]

Getting the Lowdown on Asteroid Vesta

Getting the Lowdown on Asteroid Vesta

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This 3-D video incorporates images from the framing camera instrument aboard NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from July to August 2011. The images were obtained as Dawn approached Vesta [...]

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