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Dawn Sets Its Sights on Ceres

Dawn Sets Its Sights on Ceres

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. Three impact craters of different sizes, arranged in the shape of a snowman, make up one of the most striking features on Vesta, as seen in this [...]

Slice of History: Remote Controlled Manipulators

Slice of History: Remote Controlled Manipulators

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/. Remote Controlled Manipulators — Photograph Number 381-4778B The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s 1971 Annual Report featured this photo of a remote controlled system for handling solid [...]

A Different Slant:

A Different Slant:

By Duane Roth Cassini Has a Special View of Saturn These Days – How Did It Get There? For the past 18 months, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn in practically the same plane as the one that slices through the planet’s equator. Beginning with the Titan flyby on May 22, navigators started to [...]

Shedding Light on the Scarred Face of Asteroid Vesta

Shedding Light on the Scarred Face of 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, from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, shows rock material that has moved across the surface and flowed into a low area in the ridged floor of the [...]

Dawn Goes Over ā€˜nā€™ Out

Dawn Goes Over ā€˜nā€™ Out

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. On May 3, 2011, the mapping camera on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft captured its first image (left) of the giant asteroid Vesta. Only 5 pixels across, the image [...]

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, [...]

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