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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 [...]

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 ‘n’ Out

Dawn Goes Over ‘n’ 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: [...]