NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@nasajpl)

Managing many of NASA's robotic missions exploring Earth, the solar system and the universe.

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🖖 Dunes, lava and wind are responsible for this curious shape on Hellas Planitia, Mars. 
Long ago, there were large crescent-shaped (barchan) dunes that moved across this area, and at some point, there was an eruption. The lava flowed out over the plain and around the dunes, but not over them. The lava solidified, but these dunes still stuck up like islands. However, they were still just dunes, and the wind continued to blow. Eventually, the sand piles that were the dunes migrated away, leaving these "footprints" in the lava plain. These are also called "dune casts" and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava.
Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo: and you'd be right, but it's only a coincidence.

#Mars #Martian #RedPlanet #MRO #orbiter #solarsystem #planet #space #outerspace #spacepic 📸: @UAHiRISE
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🖖 Dunes, lava and wind are responsible for this curious shape on Hellas Planitia, Mars.
Long ago, there were large crescent-shaped (barchan) dunes that moved across this area, and at some point, there was an eruption. The lava flowed out over the plain and around the dunes, but not over them. The lava solidified, but these dunes still stuck up like islands. However, they were still just dunes, and the wind continued to blow. Eventually, the sand piles that were the dunes migrated away, leaving these "footprints" in the lava plain. These are also called "dune casts" and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava.
Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo: and you'd be right, but it's only a coincidence.

#Mars #Martian #RedPlanet #MRO #orbiter #solarsystem #planet #space #outerspace #spacepic 📸: @UAHiRISE
@NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Spitzer Space Telescope has lasted longer than its creators ever expected. Meet the engineering team that helped it survive (link in bio: https://go.nasa.gov/2WyyYkA)
Spitzer is responsible for this beautiful image of Omega Centauri, a cluster brimming with millions of stars that glistens like an iridescent opal.
#Spitzer #telescope #astronomy #exoplanets #spacetelescope #SpitzerTelescope #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #stars #starcluster #outerspace #space #spacepic #spaceimage
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@NASA ’s exoplanet-hunting Spitzer Space Telescope has lasted longer than its creators ever expected. Meet the engineering team that helped it survive (link in bio: https://go.nasa.gov/2WyyYkA)
Spitzer is responsible for this beautiful image of Omega Centauri, a cluster brimming with millions of stars that glistens like an iridescent opal.
#Spitzer #telescope #astronomy #exoplanets #spacetelescope #SpitzerTelescope #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #stars #starcluster #outerspace #space #spacepic #spaceimage
@NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this view of an area within a Jovian jet stream showing a vortex that has an intensely dark center. Nearby, other features display bright, high altitude clouds that have puffed up into the sunlight.
The color-enhanced image was taken at 12:55 a.m. PDT (3:55 p.m. EDT) on May 29, 2019, as the spacecraft performed its 20th science flyby of Jupiter. At the time, Juno was about 9,200 miles (14,800 kilometers) from the planet's cloud tops, above approximately 52 degrees north latitude. 
#JunoCam #NASAJuno #Juno #Jupiter #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #space #outerspace #science #SWRI #planet #solarsystem #spacecraft #spacepic
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@NASA ’s Juno spacecraft captured this view of an area within a Jovian jet stream showing a vortex that has an intensely dark center. Nearby, other features display bright, high altitude clouds that have puffed up into the sunlight.
The color-enhanced image was taken at 12:55 a.m. PDT (3:55 p.m. EDT) on May 29, 2019, as the spacecraft performed its 20th science flyby of Jupiter. At the time, Juno was about 9,200 miles (14,800 kilometers) from the planet's cloud tops, above approximately 52 degrees north latitude.
#JunoCam #NASAJuno #Juno #Jupiter #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #space #outerspace #science #SWRI #planet #solarsystem #spacecraft #spacepic
Some say flying on Mars is near impossible. Challenge accepted. 
Our Mars Helicopter has passed several key tests with flying colors. In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter will be the first vehicle in history to attempt to demonstrate the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles on another planet. Tap the link in our bio to watch more about this mighty little chopper: https://go.nasa.gov/2HZqKOp 
#Mars #Martian #Mars2020 #MarsHelicopter #autonomousflight #redplanet #space #outerspace #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #robotics #robot #helicopter #omgrobots #STEM #science #engineering
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Some say flying on Mars is near impossible. Challenge accepted.
Our Mars Helicopter has passed several key tests with flying colors. In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter will be the first vehicle in history to attempt to demonstrate the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles on another planet. Tap the link in our bio to watch more about this mighty little chopper: https://go.nasa.gov/2HZqKOp
#Mars #Martian #Mars2020 #MarsHelicopter #autonomousflight #redplanet #space #outerspace #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #robotics #robot #helicopter #omgrobots #STEM #science #engineering
After working hard for 2,405 Martian days and discovering the highest amounts of clays yet during the mission, our Curiosity Mars rover took a quick selfie break. 
The rover takes selfies by using the MAHLI camera at the end of the robotic arm. Individual frames of the hardware and Martian surroundings are stitched together into the full portrait you see here. 
The clay-enriched region pictured in the selfie, located on the side of lower Mount Sharp, stood out to NASA orbiters before Curiosity landed in 2012. Clay often forms in water, which is essential for life; Curiosity is exploring Mount Sharp to see if it had the conditions to support life billions of years ago. 
Amid this new drilling and analyzing, Curiosity took a break to watch some clouds — all in the name of science. The rover used its black-and-white Navigation Cameras (Navcams) to snap images of drifting clouds on May 7 and May 12, 2019, sols 2400 and 2405. They're likely water-ice clouds about 19 miles (31 km) above the surface. 
#space #science #Mars #Martian #planet #redplanet #solarsystem #Curiosity #MarsCuriosity #rover #marsrover #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #clouds #sky #selfie #space #outerspace
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After working hard for 2,405 Martian days and discovering the highest amounts of clays yet during the mission, our Curiosity Mars rover took a quick selfie break.
The rover takes selfies by using the MAHLI camera at the end of the robotic arm. Individual frames of the hardware and Martian surroundings are stitched together into the full portrait you see here.
The clay-enriched region pictured in the selfie, located on the side of lower Mount Sharp, stood out to NASA orbiters before Curiosity landed in 2012. Clay often forms in water, which is essential for life; Curiosity is exploring Mount Sharp to see if it had the conditions to support life billions of years ago.
Amid this new drilling and analyzing, Curiosity took a break to watch some clouds — all in the name of science. The rover used its black-and-white Navigation Cameras (Navcams) to snap images of drifting clouds on May 7 and May 12, 2019, sols 2400 and 2405. They're likely water-ice clouds about 19 miles (31 km) above the surface.
#space #science #Mars #Martian #planet #redplanet #solarsystem #Curiosity #MarsCuriosity #rover #marsrover #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #clouds #sky #selfie #space #outerspace
Special delivery from Mars! 
The first batch of data from our InSight lander is available now via the Planetary Data System. Download seismology, weather, radio science and more information from the Red Planet from the link in our bio: http://bit.ly/30SmXtx 
This image from InSight's robotic-arm mounted Instrument Deployment Camera shows the instruments on the spacecraft's deck, with the Martian surface of Elysium Planitia in the background. The color-calibrated picture was acquired on Dec. 4, 2018 (Sol 8). In the foreground, a copper-colored hexagonal cover protects the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure instrument (SEIS), a seismometer that will measure marsquakes. The gray dome behind SEIS is the wind and thermal shield, which will be placed over SEIS. To the left is a black cylindrical instrument, the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe (HP3). HP3 will drill up to 16 feet (5 meters) below the Martian surface, measuring heat released from the interior of the planet. Above the deck is InSight's robotic arm, with the stowed grapple directly facing the camera. To the right can be seen a small portion of one of the two solar panels that help power InSight and part of the UHF communication antenna. 
#data #opendata #space #science #Mars #insight #nasa #space #communication #redplanet #nasa #nasajpl #JPL #PDS #robot #robotics #nasainsight
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Special delivery from Mars!
The first batch of data from our InSight lander is available now via the Planetary Data System. Download seismology, weather, radio science and more information from the Red Planet from the link in our bio: http://bit.ly/30SmXtx
This image from InSight's robotic-arm mounted Instrument Deployment Camera shows the instruments on the spacecraft's deck, with the Martian surface of Elysium Planitia in the background. The color-calibrated picture was acquired on Dec. 4, 2018 (Sol 8). In the foreground, a copper-colored hexagonal cover protects the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure instrument (SEIS), a seismometer that will measure marsquakes. The gray dome behind SEIS is the wind and thermal shield, which will be placed over SEIS. To the left is a black cylindrical instrument, the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe (HP3). HP3 will drill up to 16 feet (5 meters) below the Martian surface, measuring heat released from the interior of the planet. Above the deck is InSight's robotic arm, with the stowed grapple directly facing the camera. To the right can be seen a small portion of one of the two solar panels that help power InSight and part of the UHF communication antenna.
#data #opendata #space #science #Mars #insight #nasa #space #communication #redplanet #nasa #nasajpl #JPL #PDS #robot #robotics #nasainsight

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