NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@nasajpl)

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

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Could an icy ocean world have conditions suitable for life? @NASA’s Europa Clipper will travel to Jupiter’s moon to investigate. Read more through the link in our bio: https://go.nasa.gov/31T3wkc

Color variations across the surface of Europa are associated with differences in geologic feature type and location. For example, areas that appear blue or white contain relatively pure water ice, while reddish and brownish areas include non-ice components in higher concentrations. The polar regions, visible at the left and right of this view, are noticeably bluer than the more equatorial latitudes, which look more white. This color variation is thought to be due to differences in ice grain size in the two locations.

#EuropaClipper #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #STEM #science #robotics #istherelifeoutthere #Jupiter #Europa #moon #solarsystem #outerspace #space #spacetravel #ice #spacepic
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Could an icy ocean world have conditions suitable for life? @NASA ’s Europa Clipper will travel to Jupiter’s moon to investigate. Read more through the link in our bio: https://go.nasa.gov/31T3wkc

Color variations across the surface of Europa are associated with differences in geologic feature type and location. For example, areas that appear blue or white contain relatively pure water ice, while reddish and brownish areas include non-ice components in higher concentrations. The polar regions, visible at the left and right of this view, are noticeably bluer than the more equatorial latitudes, which look more white. This color variation is thought to be due to differences in ice grain size in the two locations.

#EuropaClipper #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #STEM #science #robotics #istherelifeoutthere #Jupiter #Europa #moon #solarsystem #outerspace #space #spacetravel #ice #spacepic
A bit closer to drilling on Mars 
#Mars2020’s bit carousel, an integral part of the rover’s toolkit for sampling and storing Martian rock, has been installed. The carousel contains all of the tools the coring drill uses to sample the Martian surface and is the gateway for the samples to move into the rover for assessment and processing.

#Mars #Martian #RedPlanet #rover #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #planet #interplanetary #space #outerspace #STEM #engineering #science #omgrobots #robotics #cleanroom #technology
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A bit closer to drilling on Mars
#Mars2020’s bit carousel, an integral part of the rover’s toolkit for sampling and storing Martian rock, has been installed. The carousel contains all of the tools the coring drill uses to sample the Martian surface and is the gateway for the samples to move into the rover for assessment and processing.

#Mars #Martian #RedPlanet #rover #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #planet #interplanetary #space #outerspace #STEM #engineering #science #omgrobots #robotics #cleanroom #technology
The Galaxy’s Edge

No, #StarWars fans, that’s not a lightsaber in space. This is an extremely rare edge-on shot of a distant galaxy, called NGC 5866, from @NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. 
Spitzer detects infrared light, and the red color here corresponds to a wavelength typically emitted by dust. The clean edges of the dust emission from NGC 5866 indicate that there is a very flat ring or disk of dust circling the outer region of the galaxy.

Spitzer took this image during its "cold" mission, which ended in 2009. The colors represent three infrared wavelengths captured by the Infrared Array Camera instrument. Blue light corresponds to a wavelength of 3.6 microns, produced mainly by stars; green corresponds to 4.5 microns, and red corresponds to 8 microns.

#GalaxysEdge #Spitzer #NASA #NASAJPL #JPL #science #telescope #space #lightsaber #astronomy #spacepic #galaxy #astronomy #spacepic #spacetelescope #astronomypic
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The Galaxy’s Edge

No, #StarWars fans, that’s not a lightsaber in space. This is an extremely rare edge-on shot of a distant galaxy, called NGC 5866, from @NASA 's Spitzer Space Telescope.
Spitzer detects infrared light, and the red color here corresponds to a wavelength typically emitted by dust. The clean edges of the dust emission from NGC 5866 indicate that there is a very flat ring or disk of dust circling the outer region of the galaxy.

Spitzer took this image during its "cold" mission, which ended in 2009. The colors represent three infrared wavelengths captured by the Infrared Array Camera instrument. Blue light corresponds to a wavelength of 3.6 microns, produced mainly by stars; green corresponds to 4.5 microns, and red corresponds to 8 microns.

#GalaxysEdge #Spitzer #NASA #NASAJPL #JPL #science #telescope #space #lightsaber #astronomy #spacepic #galaxy #astronomy #spacepic #spacetelescope #astronomypic
Rover’s eye exam

#Mars2020’s cameras were tested in the clean room. We’re looking forward to 20/20 views of Mars. In this image, engineers test cameras on the top of the Mars 2020 rover's mast and front chassis. Machine-vision calibration of the forward-facing cameras on the rover is critical for accurate stereo vision.

To perform the calibration, the 2020 team imaged target boards that feature grids of dots, placed at distances ranging from 1 to 44 yards (1 to 40 meters) away. 
The image was taken on July 23, 2019, in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

In the coming weeks, the imagers on the back of the rover body and on the turret at the end of the rover's arm will undergo similar calibration.

#NASA #2020 #rover #robotics #omgrobots #space #technology #cleanroom #JPL #NASAJPL
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Rover’s eye exam

#Mars2020’s cameras were tested in the clean room. We’re looking forward to 20/20 views of Mars. In this image, engineers test cameras on the top of the Mars 2020 rover's mast and front chassis. Machine-vision calibration of the forward-facing cameras on the rover is critical for accurate stereo vision.

To perform the calibration, the 2020 team imaged target boards that feature grids of dots, placed at distances ranging from 1 to 44 yards (1 to 40 meters) away.
The image was taken on July 23, 2019, in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

In the coming weeks, the imagers on the back of the rover body and on the turret at the end of the rover's arm will undergo similar calibration.

#NASA #2020 #rover #robotics #omgrobots #space #technology #cleanroom #JPL #NASAJPL
Stormy contrast

From its orbital perch above #Jupiter, @NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this image of the planet’s colorful South Equatorial belt featuring the Great Red Spot and the mostly white Southern Tropical Zone.

Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager. The raw image was taken on July 20, 2019, at 9:37 p.m. PDT (July 21, 2019, at 12:37 a.m. EDT) as the Juno spacecraft performed its 21st close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was 26,697 miles (42,965 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds, above a latitude of 46 degrees south.

#JunoCam #NASAJuno #Juno #Jove #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #planet #STEM #engineering #science #spacepic #outerspace #space
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Stormy contrast

From its orbital perch above #Jupiter, @NASA ’s Juno spacecraft captured this image of the planet’s colorful South Equatorial belt featuring the Great Red Spot and the mostly white Southern Tropical Zone.

Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager. The raw image was taken on July 20, 2019, at 9:37 p.m. PDT (July 21, 2019, at 12:37 a.m. EDT) as the Juno spacecraft performed its 21st close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was 26,697 miles (42,965 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds, above a latitude of 46 degrees south.

#JunoCam #NASAJuno #Juno #Jove #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #planet #STEM #engineering #science #spacepic #outerspace #space
Arm day 💪

Watch #Mars2020’s latest workout, lifting 88 lbs worth of turret with its 7-foot-long robotic arm.

The rover’s arm includes five electrical motors and five joints (known as the shoulder azimuth joint, shoulder elevation joint, elbow joint, wrist joint and turret joint). The rover’s turret (or “hand”) includes HD cameras, the Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC) science instrument, the Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL), and a percussive drill and coring mechanism.

#rover #Mars #Martian #robot #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #omgrobots #planet #cleanroom #marsrover #science #engineering #STEM #outerspace #space
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Arm day 💪

Watch #Mars2020’s latest workout, lifting 88 lbs worth of turret with its 7-foot-long robotic arm.

The rover’s arm includes five electrical motors and five joints (known as the shoulder azimuth joint, shoulder elevation joint, elbow joint, wrist joint and turret joint). The rover’s turret (or “hand”) includes HD cameras, the Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC) science instrument, the Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL), and a percussive drill and coring mechanism.

#rover #Mars #Martian #robot #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #omgrobots #planet #cleanroom #marsrover #science #engineering #STEM #outerspace #space
Did you know the Moon drifts an average of 1.5 inches from Earth each year?

Apollo astronauts placed laser reflectors on the lunar surface so scientists could study the delicate dance between Earth and Moon. Visit the link in our bio to read what they found: https://go.nasa.gov/32QoeT5

In this photo of Buzz Aldrin during the #Apollo11 moonwalk, the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR-3) visible behind the Passive Seismic Experiment Package (foreground). #Apollo50th #Apollo #moon #themoon #moonlanding #moonwalk #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #lasers #space #astronaut #moonwalk #lunar #science #lunar #lasers
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Did you know the Moon drifts an average of 1.5 inches from Earth each year?

Apollo astronauts placed laser reflectors on the lunar surface so scientists could study the delicate dance between Earth and Moon. Visit the link in our bio to read what they found: https://go.nasa.gov/32QoeT5

In this photo of Buzz Aldrin during the #Apollo11 moonwalk, the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR-3) visible behind the Passive Seismic Experiment Package (foreground). #Apollo50th #Apollo #moon #themoon #moonlanding #moonwalk #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #lasers #space #astronaut #moonwalk #lunar #science #lunar #lasers
As progress on #Mars2020 continues, the rover’s power system is ready for fueling.

The electricity needed to operate the rover is provided by the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, or MMRTG. The MMRTG will be inserted into the aft end of the rover between the panels with gold tubing visible at the rear, which are called heat exchangers. Read the link in our bio to learn more: https://go.nasa.gov/32R1p1C

#Mars #Martian #RedPlanet #rover #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #planet #interplanetary #space #outerspace #STEM #engineering #science #omgrobots #robotics #cleanroom #technology
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As progress on #Mars2020 continues, the rover’s power system is ready for fueling.

The electricity needed to operate the rover is provided by the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, or MMRTG. The MMRTG will be inserted into the aft end of the rover between the panels with gold tubing visible at the rear, which are called heat exchangers. Read the link in our bio to learn more: https://go.nasa.gov/32R1p1C

#Mars #Martian #RedPlanet #rover #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #planet #interplanetary #space #outerspace #STEM #engineering #science #omgrobots #robotics #cleanroom #technology

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