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Slice of History: Granite Oil Slip Table

Slice of History: Granite Oil Slip Table

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/. Granite Oil Slip Table — Photograph Number P-2784Ac In 1963, spacecraft vibration tests were conducted in the Environmental Laboratory at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, [...]

The Giant Asteroid: A Retrospective

The Giant Asteroid: A Retrospective

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft takes off for its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant [...]

The Giant Asteroid, Near and Far

The Giant Asteroid, Near and Far

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft departing the giant asteroid Vesta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Dawn concluded 2012 almost 13,000 times farther from Vesta than [...]

Slice of History: Viking Stereo Viewer

Slice of History: Viking Stereo Viewer

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/. Viking Stereo Viewer — Photograph Number 324-1954 This interactive computer-based stereo viewing system was used to analyze Mars topography images generated by the cameras on NASA’s [...]

Slice of History: 1944 Map of JPL

Slice of History: 1944 Map of 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/. 1944 Map of JPL — Photograph Number HC 3-1294 On October 31, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., celebrated its 76th anniversary. It began with [...]

Slice of History: Is It a JPL Magic Trick?

Slice of History: Is It a JPL Magic Trick?

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/. Is it a JPL magic trick? — Photograph 328-161Ac In 1960 through 1961, several different experiments were conducted at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., [...]

Dawn’s Stellar Anniversary

Dawn’s Stellar Anniversary

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Dear Dawnniversaries, On the fifth anniversary of the beginning of its ambitious interplanetary adventure, Dawn [...]

Dawn’s Split from Asteroid Vesta – Mission Insider Explains

Dawn’s Split from Asteroid Vesta – Mission Insider Explains

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft departed the giant asteroid Vesta on Sept. 04, 2012 PDT to begin its journey to a second destination, the dwarf planet [...]

Landing Curiosity – NASA’s Next Mars Rover

Landing Curiosity – NASA’s Next Mars Rover

By Doug Ellison Follow the excitement as NASA prepares to land, Curiosity, its most technically advanced rover ever on Mars. JPL Visualization Producer Doug Ellison shares live, behind-the-scenes action from the mission control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.. Nominal! Sunday, August 5, 2012 5:58:00 PM “Nominal” sounds like a very boring [...]

Slice of History: Free Fall Capsule Drop Test

Slice of History: Free Fall Capsule Drop Test

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/. Free Fall Capsule Drop Test — Photograph Number 354-595 In 1961, a drop capsule was developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., by Section [...]

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