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During August 16 and 17, 1989, the Voyager 2 narrow-angle camera was used to photograph Neptune almost continuously, recording approximately two and one-half rotations of the planet. These images represent the most complete set of full disk Neptune images that the spacecraft will acquire. This picture from the sequence shows two of the four cloud features which have been tracked by the Voyager cameras during the past two months. The large dark oval near the western limb (the left edge) is at a...
Topics: What -- Voyager 2, What -- Neptune, What -- Voyager, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00046
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This approximate natural-color image shows Saturn, its rings, and four of its icy satellites. Three satellites (Tethys, Dione, and Rhea) are visible against the darkness of space, and another smaller satellite (Mimas) is visible against Saturn's cloud tops very near the left horizon and just below the rings. The dark shadows of Mimas and Tethys are also visible on Saturn's cloud tops, and the shadow of Saturn is seen across part of the rings. Saturn, second in size only to Jupiter in our Solar...
Topics: What -- Saturn, What -- Tethys, What -- Dione, What -- Rhea, What -- Mimas, What -- Jupiter, What...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00400
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An 8-kilometer (5-mile) wide crater of possible impact origin is shown in this stereoscopic view of an isolated part of the Bolivian Amazon. The view is derived from an Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) satellite image and a Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation model. The circular feature covering much of the image, known as the Iturralde Structure, is possibly the Earth's most recent "big" impact event recording collision with a...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03363
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During its flight, the Galileo spacecraft returned images of the Moon. The Galileo spacecraft took these images on December 7, 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97. The distinct bright ray crater at the bottom of the image is the Tycho impact basin. The dark areas are lava rock filled impact basins: Oceanus Procellarum (on the left), Mare Imbrium (center left), Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquillitatis (center), and Mare Crisium (near the right edge). This picture contains...
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Topics: What -- Galileo, What -- Moon, What -- Jupiter, What -- Crater, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00405
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These two pictures of Uranus -- one in true color (left) and the other in false color -- were compiled from images returned Jan. 17, 1986, by the narrow-angle camera of Voyager 2. The spacecraft was 9.1 million kilometers (5.7 million miles) from the planet, several days from closest approach. The picture at left has been processed to show Uranus as human eyes would see it from the vantage point of the spacecraft. The picture is a composite of images taken through blue, green and orange...
Topics: What -- Uranus, What -- Voyager 2, What -- Polar, What -- Voyager, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00032
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This Voyager 2 photograph of Tethys shows objects about 5 kilometers (3 miles) in size and is one of the best images of the Saturnian satellite returned by the spacecraft or its predecessor, Voyager 1. Voyager 2 obtained this picture Aug. 26 from a range of 282,000 kilometers (175,000 miles). It has been specially processed by computer to bring out fine detail on the surface. A boundary between heavily cratered regions (top right) and more lightly cratered areas (bottom right) is very similar...
Topics: What -- Voyager 1, What -- Tethys, What -- Voyager 2, What -- Dione, What -- Rhea, What -- Crater,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01397
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This stereo image pair of the rock "Chimp" was taken by the Sojourner rover's front cameras on Sol 72 (September 15). Fine-scale texture on Chimp and other rocks is clearly visible. Wind tails, oriented from lower right to upper left, are seen next to small pebbles in the foreground. These were most likely produced by wind action. Mars Pathfinder is the second in NASA's Discovery program of low-cost spacecraft with highly focused science goals. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,...
Topics: What -- STEREO, What -- Mars, What -- Discovery, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Where --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00962
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These photos of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter were taken by Voyager 1 during its approach to the planet in early March 1979. Io (top left), Europa (top right), Ganymede (bottom left) and Callisto (bottom right) are shown in their correct relative sizes: Ganymede and Callisto are both larger than the planet Mercury; Io and Europa are about the same size as the Moon. Image processing also preserves the relative contrasts of the satellites. Thus it is apparent that Europa has the least...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- Voyager 1, What -- Io, What -- Europa, What -- Ganymede, What -- Callisto,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00012
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30 September 2006 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an example of the extremely odd, seemingly scrambled layered rocks exposed by erosion near the deepest part of the deepest basin on Mars, Hellas. This pattern of eroded, and perhaps deformed layers was once exposed to the martian surface, then buried, and more recently exposed again. The story behind these layers is not really understood; some members of the MOC team have -- for nearly 9 years now -- taken...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08801
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14 February 2004 Happy St. Valentine's Day from the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) team! This collection of images acquired over the past 3 Mars years shows some of the heart-shaped features found on Mars by the MGS MOC. * The heart in E04-01788 is a low mesa located near 46.7N, 29.0W, and is about 636 m (2,086 ft) wide. * The heart in R10-03259 is a depression located near 22.7N, 56.6W, and is about 378 m (1,240 ft) wide. * The heart in R09-02121 is a small mesa on a...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars, What -- Crater
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05296
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MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-527, 28 October 2003 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture shows a meteor impact crater in central Syrtis Major. This is a relatively young crater; its ejecta patterns are very well preserved and have not been eroded away by wind or buried by fine sediment. The crater is located near 8.5N, 295.2W. The picture covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated by sunlight from the left/upper left.
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars, What -- Crater
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04815
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This narrow-angle color image of the Earth, dubbed 'Pale Blue Dot', is a part of the first ever 'portrait' of the solar system taken by Voyager 1. The spacecraft acquired a total of 60 frames for a mosaic of the solar system from a distance of more than 4 billion miles from Earth and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic. From Voyager's great distance Earth is a mere point of light, less than the size of a picture element even in the narrow-angle camera. Earth was a crescent only 0.12 pixel in...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Voyager 1, What -- Sun
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00452
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On January 26, 2001, the Kachchh region in western India suffered the most deadly earthquake in India's history. Shortly thereafter, geologists traversed the region looking for ground surface disruptions, such as fault breaks, that could provide clues to the tectonic processes here. Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) scientists provided stereoscopic images to the geologists, similar to this 3-D view of the terrain northwest of the city of Bhuj. The geologists reported back that the images...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat 7, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03308
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The boulder-strewn field of red rocks reaches to the horizon nearly two miles from Viking 2 on Mars' Utopian Plain. Scientists believe the colors of the Martian surface and sky in this photo represent their true colors. Fine particles of red dust have settled on spacecraft surfaces. The salmon color of the sky is caused by dust particles suspended in the atmosphere. Color calibration charts for the cameras are mounted at three locations on the spacecraft. Note the blue star field and red...
Topics: What -- Viking, What -- Mars, What -- Earth
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01522
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During its flight and lunar orbit, the Clementine spacecraft returned images of the planet Earth and the Moon. This collection of UVVIS camera Clementine images shows the Earth from the Moon and 3 images of the Earth. The image on the left shows the Earth as seen across the lunar north pole; the large crater in the foreground is Plaskett. The Earth actually appeared about twice as far above the lunar horizon as shown. The top right image shows the Earth as viewed by the UVVIS camera while...
Topics: What -- Clementine, What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- Crater
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00432
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by NASA/JPL/California Institute of Technology
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This image of the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 300 was taken by Galaxy Evolution Explorer in a single orbit exposure of 27 minutes on October 10, 2003. NGC 300 lies 7 million light years from our Milky Way galaxy and is one of a group of galaxies in the constellation Sculptor. NGC 300 is often used as a prototype of a spiral galaxy because in optical images it displays flowing spiral arms and a bright central region of older (and thus redder) stars. The Galaxy Evolution Explorer image taken in...
Topics: What -- Galaxy Evolution Explorer, What -- Explorer, What -- Constellation, What -- Sculptor, Where...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04924
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This composite image of Earth and Mars was created to allow viewers to gain a better understanding of the relative sizes of the two planets. The <a href="http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00114">Earth</a> image was acquired from the Galileo orbiter at about 6:10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Dec. 11, 1990, when the spacecraft was about 1.3 million miles from the planet during the first of two Earth flybys on its way to Jupiter. The <a...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Galileo, What -- Jupiter, What...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02570
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This stereoscopic shaded relief image shows Africa's topography as measured by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in February 2000. Also shown are Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula, and other adjacent regions. Previously, much of the topography here was not mapped in detail. Digital elevation data, such as provided by SRTM, are in high demand by scientists studying earthquakes, volcanism, and erosion patterns and for use in mapping and modeling hazards to human habitation. But the...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Atlas, What -- Crater, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04964
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Stars in the upper portion of the constellation Orion the Hunter, including the bright shoulder star Betelgeuse and Orion's three-star belt, appear in this image taken from the surface of Mars by the panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. Spirit imaged stars on March 11, 2004, after it awoke during the martian night for a communication session with NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter. This image is an eight-second exposure. Longer exposures were also taken. The images tested...
Topics: What -- Constellation, What -- Orion, What -- BETELGEUSE, What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER),...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05546
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Space Radar Image of North Atlantic Ocean
Topic: Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01799
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This image shows the view from Deep Impact's probe 30 seconds before it was pummeled by comet Tempel 1. The image was taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor.
Topics: What -- Deep Impact, What -- Impactor
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02129
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This image of the northeast rim of the saddle region on Eros was taken after NEAR entered into its 200 kilometer orbit on March 3, 2000. The resolution of this image is 20 meters (65 feet) per pixel. On the right are bright sinuous features associated with a ridge seen in previous images of the day. Parallel, closely spaced grooves are seen in the floor of the saddle. A cluster of boulders, ubiquitous on Eros, is seen in a small crater on the rim. Built and managed by The Johns Hopkins...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Discovery, Where -- Maryland
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02485
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Shown here is a digital mosaic of Olympus Mons, the largest known volcano in the Solar System. It is 27 kilometers high, over 600 kilometers at the base, and is surrounded by a well-defined scarp that is up to 6 km high. Lava flows drape over the scarp in places. Much of the plains surrounding the volcano are covered by the ridged and grooved 'aureole' of Olympus Mons. The origin of the aureole is controversial, but may be related to gravity sliding off of the flanks of an ancestral volcano....
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00300
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Mars in Full View (QTVR) This is a medium-resolution version of the first 360-degree panoramic view of the martian surface, taken on Mars by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's panoramic camera. Part of the spacecraft can be seen in the lower corner regions. (A higher-resolution image will be made available once it has been processed.)
Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Panoramic Camera, What -- Mars
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05049
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This processed color image of Jupiter was produced in 1990 by the U.S. Geological Survey from a Voyager image captured in 1979. The colors have been enhanced to bring out detail. Zones of light-colored, ascending clouds alternate with bands of dark, descending clouds. The clouds travel around the planet in alternating eastward and westward belts at speeds of up to 540 kilometers per hour. Tremendous storms as big as Earthly continents surge around the planet. The Great Red Spot (oval shape...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- Voyager
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00343
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This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun. Evidence for this possible belt was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope when it spotted warm dust around the star, presumably from asteroids smashing together. The view starts from outside the belt, where planets like the one shown here might possibly reside, then moves into to the dusty belt itself. A collision between two asteroids is depicted near the end of the...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Constellation, What -- Puppis, What -- Venus,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07854
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Quick Time Movie for PIA03521 Circus Family of Stars This artist's animation shows the clockwork-like orbits of a triple-star system called HD 188753, which was discovered to harbor a gas giant, or "hot Jupiter," planet. The planet zips around the system's main star (yellow, center) every 3.3 days, while the main star is circled every 25.7 years by a dancing duo of stars (yellow and orange, outer orbit). The star pair is locked in a 156-day orbit. This eccentric star family is a...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- Sun, What -- Saturn, What -- Discovery, What -- Constellation, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03521
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MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-521, 22 October 2003 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a cluster of impact craters in northwest Arabia Terra near 30.4N, 13.7W. This group of craters may have formed either by secondary impact of debris thrown out of a larger meteor crater, or by the break-up and impact of many fragments from a single incoming object. The picture covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left.
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars, What -- Terra, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04808
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This radar image covers a portion of the Richtersveld National Park and Orange River (top of image) in the Northern Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa. The Orange River marks the boundary between South Africa to the south and Namibia to the north. This is an area of active mining for diamonds, which were washed downstream from the famous Kimberley Diamond Area, millions of years ago when the river was much larger. The mining is focused on ancient drainages of the Orange River which...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, Where -- South...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00821
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On January 26, 2001, when India's Republic Day is normally celebrated, a devastating earthquake hit the state of Gujarat. About 20,000 people died and millions were injured throughout the region. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale. After the earthquake, local residents reported a mixture of water and sediments fountaining from the Earth. These effects, referred to as dewatering, can result from intense groundshaking by strong earthquakes in regions with shallow water...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- MISR, What -- EOS, What -- Sun, What -- Terra, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03895
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This image of Phobos, the inner and larger of the two moons of Mars, was taken by the Mars Global Surveyor on August 19, 1998. The minimum distance between the spacecraft and Phobos was 1,080 kilometers (671 miles). Phobos was observed by both the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) and Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES). This image is one of the highest resolution images (4 meters or 13 feet per picture element or pixel) ever obtained of the Martian satellite. The image shows several new features of...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Thermal Emission Spectrometer...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01336
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This view from Spirit's panoramic camera is assembled from frames acquired on Martian days, or sols, 672 and 673 (Nov. 23 and 24, 2005) from the rover's position near an outcrop called "Seminole." The view is a southward-looking portion of a larger panorama still being completed. This is a false-color version to emphasize geological differences. It is a composite of images shot through three different filters, admitting light of wavelengths 750 nanometers, 530 nanometers and 430...
Topic: What -- Panoramic Camera
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03617
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MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-426, 19 July 2003 No, this is not a picture of a giant, martian spider web. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a plethora of polygonal features on the floor of a northern hemisphere impact crater near 65.6N, 327.7W. The picture was acquired during spring, after the seasonal carbon dioxide frost cap had largely migrated through the region. At the time the picture was taken, remnants of seasonal frost remained on the crater rim and on...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars, What -- Crater, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04653
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Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, appear on the left (west) of this anaglyph view generated from a Landsat satellite image and elevation data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). The city center is located between Table Bay (upper left) and Table Mountain (just to the south), a 1,086-meter (3,563-foot) tall sandstone and granite natural landmark. Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean climate but must deal with the limited water supply characteristic of that climate....
Topics: What -- Landsat, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Visible Light,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04960
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Legacy Panorama on Spirit's Way to 'Bonneville' (QTVR) This view captured by the panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit nearly a year ago is called Spirit's "Legacy" panorama. It combines many frames acquired during Spirit's 59th through 61st martian days, or sols (March 3 to 5, 2004) from a position about halfway between the landing site and the rim of "Bonneville Crater." The location is within the transition from the relatively smooth plains to the more...
Topics: What -- Panoramic Camera, What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Spirit, What -- Crater,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07342
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Saturn's biggest and brightest moons are visible in this portrait by Cassini. Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) is Saturn's largest moon and appears at the lower left. Note that some details in the moon's smoggy atmosphere are visible here. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) is the planet's second largest moon and is seen above center. Enceladus (505 kilometers, or 314 miles across) has the brightest surface in the solar system, reflecting nearly all of the sunlight that...
Topics: What -- Cassini, What -- Titan, What -- Moon, What -- Rhea, What -- Enceladus, What -- Saturn, What...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA06604
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About 50,000 Clementine images were processed to produce the four orthographic views of the Moon. Images PIA00302, PIA00303, PIA00304, and PIA00305 show albedo variations (normalized brightness or reflectivity) of the surface at a wavelength of 750 nm (just longward of visible red). The image projection is centered at 0 degree latitude and 0 degree longitude. The lunar nearside is a contrast between dark and light albedo surfaces that has been fancied as the "Man in the Moon". Lunar...
Topics: What -- Clementine, What -- Moon, What -- Terra
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00302
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First panoramic view by Viking 1 from the surface of Mars. (Top): The out-of-focus spacecraft component toward left center is the housing for the Viking sample arm, which is not yet deployed. Parallel lines in the sky are an artifact and are not real features. However, the change of brightness from horizon towards zenith and towards the right (west) is accurately reflected in this picture, taken in late Martian afternoon. At the horizon to the left is a plateau-like prominence much brighter...
Topics: What -- Viking, What -- Mars, What -- Earth
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00382
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/USGS
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit used its microscopic imager to capture this spectacular, jagged mini-landscape on a rock called "GongGong." Measuring only 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) across, this surface records two of the most important and violent forces in the history of Mars -- volcanoes and wind. GongGong formed billions of years ago in a seething, stirring mass of molten rock. It captured bubbles of gases that were trapped at great depth but had separated from the main body...
Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Spirit, What -- Microscopic Imager, What -- Imager,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02157
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This approximate true-color image taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity highlights a feature called "Burns Cliff" within the impact crater known as "Endurance." Scientists are eager to explore this layered ridge for clues to the red planet's past. The only problem is its location: Burns Cliff is a vertical drop, which poses an interesting challenge for rover planners. Burns Cliff was named after the late scientist Roger Burns, who was one of...
Topics: What -- Panoramic Camera, What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Opportunity, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05869
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GALEX ultraviolet images suggest the M83 has unusual pockets of star formation separated by large distances from the spiral arms in the main disk of the galaxy.
Topics: What -- GALEX, Where -- M83
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07903
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A serene orb of ice is set against the gentle pastel clouds of giant Saturn. Rhea transits the face of the gas giant, whose darkened rings and their planet-hugging shadows appear near upper right. Rhea is the second largest of Saturn's moons at 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) across. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 3 degrees above the ring plane. Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The view...
Topics: What -- Saturn, What -- Rhea, What -- Cassini, What -- Huygens Probe, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08366
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This animation shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to the rest of the solar system. Starting at the inner solar system, which includes the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars (all in yellow), the view pulls away through the asteroid belt and the orbits of the outer planets beyond (green). Pluto and the distant Kuiper Belt objects are seen next until finally Sedna comes into view. As the field widens the full orbit of Sedna...
Topics: What -- Sedna, What -- Mercury, What -- Venus, What -- Earth, What -- Mars, What -- Pluto, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05565
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Relief model of the topography of the South Polar Region showing the form of the ice cap and its surroundings. The circular area at the pole has not yet been mapped.
Topic: What -- Polar
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02052
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A key aspect of the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Extended Mission is the opportunity to turn the spacecraft and point the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) at specific features of interest. A chance to point the spacecraft comes about ten times a week. Throughout the Primary Mission (March 1999 - January 2001), nearly all MGS operations were conducted with the spacecraft pointing "nadir"--that is, straight down. In this orientation, opportunities to hit a specific small feature of interest were...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Opportunity, What -- Mars,...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03225
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. For the first time, scientists will be able to see structures in the Sun's atmosphere in three dimensions. The new view will greatly aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics and thereby improve space weather forecasting. The EUVI imager is sensitive to wavelengths of light in the extreme ultraviolet portion of the spectrum. EUVI bands at wavelengths of 304,...
Topics: What -- Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory, What -- STEREO, What -- Sun, What -- Imager, What...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA09328
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This stereo image illustrates the topography of the Tvashtar Catena region on Jupiter's moon Io. It was created by combining two different views of Tvashtar taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on November 25,1999 (shown in red) and February 22, 2000 (shown in blue). A raised plateau surrounds the volcanic depression, or caldera, in the center of the image. To the northeast of the main caldera, the plateau's inner and outer margins are scalloped, which may indicate that a process called sapping...
Topics: What -- STEREO, What -- Moon, What -- Io, What -- Galileo, What -- Earth, What -- Sun, Where --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02552
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At the conclusion of the Viking Continuation Mission (May to November, 1978), all four cameras on the Viking Landers - two on each spacecraft - continued to function normally. During the two and one-half years since the landers touched down on Mars, images totaled 2,255 for Viking Lander 1 and 2,016 for Viking Lander 2. The surface around the landers was completely photographed by the end of 1976; subsequent images acquired during 1977-1978 have concentrated on searching for changes in the...
Topics: What -- Viking 1 Lander, What -- Mars, What -- Viking 2 Lander, What -- Viking, What -- Earth
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00532
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Color image of part of the Ismenius Lacus region of Mars (MC-5 quadrangle) containing the impact crater Moreux (right center); north toward top. The scene shows heavily cratered highlands in the south on relatively smooth lowland plains in the north separated by a belt of dissected terrain, containing flat-floored valleys, mesas, and buttes. This image is a composite of Viking medium-resolution images in black and white and low-resolution images in color. The image extends from latitude 36...
Topics: What -- Mars, What -- Crater, What -- Viking, Where -- The Valley
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00420
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Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft using three different filters reveal cloud structures and movements at different depths in the atmosphere around Jupiter's south pole. Cassini's cameras come equipped with filters that sample three wavelengths where methane gas absorbs light. These are in the red at 619 nanometer (nm) wavelength and in the near-infrared at 727 nm and 890 nm. Absorption in the 619 nm filter is weak. It is stronger in the 727 nm band and very strong in the 890 nm band where...
Topics: What -- Cassini, What -- Earth, What -- Polar, What -- Jupiter, What -- Hubble Space Telescope...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02865
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This panoramic view of the entire sky reveals the distribution of galaxies beyond our Milky Way galaxy, which astronomers call extended sources, as observed by Two Micron All-Sky Survey. The image is constructed from a database of over 1.6 million galaxies listed in the survey's Extended Source Catalog; more than half of the galaxies have never before been catalogued. The image is a representation of the relative brightnesses of these million-plus galaxies, all observed at a wavelength of 2.2...
Topic: Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04252
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A string of three of Saturn's icy moons encircles the planet in this Cassini image. Visible here are: Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across) near lower right; Janus (181 kilometers, or 113 miles across) below the F ring; and Enceladus (505 kilometers, or 314 miles across) at lower left. The scene has been brightened to increase the moons' visibility. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 25, 2005, at a distance of approximately 2.4...
Topics: What -- Cassini, What -- Visible Light, What -- Mimas, What -- Enceladus, What -- Saturn, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07510
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Wheel tracks from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity show where the rover struggled for traction while driving away from "Wopmay" rock inside "Endurance Crater." The rover looked back for this view from its navigation camera on its 272nd martian day (Oct. 29, 2004).
Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Opportunity, What -- Crater, What -- Navigation...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07026
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7 September 2006 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a crater approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) in diameter located in Terra Cimmeria. Layered rocks and gullies are visible in the northern walls of the crater. A small patch of large, windblown ripples cover part of the crater floor. <i>Location near</i> 32.8S, 202.8W <i>Image width</i>: ~3 km (~1.9 mi) <i>Illumination...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars, What -- Crater, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08727
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA/NOAO/AURA
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This false-color image composite from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals hidden populations of newborn stars at the heart of the colliding "Antennae" galaxies. These two galaxies, known individually as NGC 4038 and 4039, are located around 68 million light-years away and have been merging together for about the last 800 million years. The latest Spitzer observations provide a snapshot of the tremendous burst of star formation triggered in the process of this collision,...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Snapshot, What -- Visible Light, What -- Earth, Where --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA06854
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24 September 2006 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows the contact between a group of yardangs, tapered ridges formed by the removal of relatively easily-eroded material (e.g., sedimentary rock) and a concentration of dark-toned windblown sand on the floor of a crater in the Terra Sabaea region of Mars. <i>Location near</i>: 1.4N, 333.9W <i>Image width</i>: ~3 km (~1.9 mi) <i>Illumination...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars, What -- Crater, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08795
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Io's volcanic plains are shown in this Voyager 1 image, which spans an area about 1030 km (640 miles) from left to right. North is about the 1:30 position. Numerous volcanic calderas and lava flows are visible here. The brown teardrop-shaped feature at left center is Galai Patera, a 100-km-long (62 mi) lava-flooded caldera (collapsed vent) of a volcano. The composition of Io's volcanic plains and lava flows has not been determined. The prevalent yellow, brown, and orange material may consist...
Topics: What -- Voyager 1, What -- Io
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00324
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This perspective view of Ishtar Terra was derived from data obtained by the Pioneer Venus spacecraft's altimetry radar instrument. Ishtar viewed from the west (bottom of image) is centered at about 65 degrees north latitude and 0 degrees longitude. Ishtar (approximately equal in size to Australia) is a large plateau standing 3.3 km above the surrounding lowlands, bounded by relatively steep slopes. Rising above this plateau are three massifs: Akna Montes and Freyja Montes along the western and...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Pioneer Venus, What -- Venus, Where -- Australia
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00093
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Four views of an unnamed volcanic center (latitude 11, longitude 337) on Jupiter's moon Io showing changes seen on June 27th, 1996 by the Galileo spacecraft as compared to views seen by the Voyager spacecraft during the 1979 flybys. Clockwise from upper left is a Voyager 1 high resolution image, a Voyager 1 color image, a Galileo color image, and a Voyager 2 color image. North is to the top of the picture. This area has experienced many changes in appearance since Voyager images were acquired,...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Io, What -- Galileo, What -- Voyager 1, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00713
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This image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the landing site of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. The impact crater in the upper left portion of the image is "Bonneville Crater," which was investigated by Spirit shortly after landing. In the lower right portion of the image is "Husband Hill," a large hill that Spirit climbed and spent much of its now nearly three-year mission. The bright irregularly...
Topics: What -- High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER),...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01879
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The first clue that there might be places on Mars where liquid groundwater seeps out onto the surface came from a picture taken by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) during the pre-mapping Orbit Insertion Phase of the mission. The picture, shown in (A)above, was taken at the end of December 1997 while the spacecraft was still in the midst of aerobraking maneuvers to put it into the circular orbit needed for the Mapping Phase of the project. The Aerobraking 1 image,...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars, What -- Crater, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01036
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View of Miranda showing light and dark banded scarps near the boundary of the banded ovoid and a deep graben that bounds the ovoid in this region.
Topic: What -- Miranda
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02218
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The aerogel dust collector, an instrument aboard the Stardust spacecraft.
Topics: What -- Aerogel Dust Collector, What -- Stardust
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03188
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This crater on northern Elysium Planitia is a little more than twice the diameter of the famous Meteor Crater in Arizona, U.S.A. It formed by the impact and subsequent explosion of a meteorite. Picture from MOC in July 1998.
Topics: What -- Crater, Where -- Arizona
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02084
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MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-524, 25 October 2003 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a rugged surface southwest of Huygens Basin that is covered by large windblown ripples or small dunes. Their orientations indicate that the responsible winds came from either the northwest (upper left) or southeast (lower right), or both. The more complex ripple patterns within the two large craters result from local topographic influences on the wind. This area is located near...
Topics: What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What -- Surveyor, What -- Mars, What -- Huygens Probe
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04811
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This image of the dwarf spiral galaxy NGC 247 was taken by Galaxy Evolution Explorer on October 13, 2003, in a single orbit exposure of 1600 seconds. The region that looks like a " hole"in the upper part of the galaxy is a location with a deficit of gas and therefore a lower star formation rate and ultraviolet brightness. Optical images of this galaxy show a bright star on the southern edge. This star is faint and red in the Galaxy Evolution Explorer ultraviolet image, revealing that...
Topics: What -- Galaxy Evolution Explorer, What -- Explorer, Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04922
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These four panels show the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," which lies in the farthest reaches of our solar system. Each panel, moving counterclockwise from the upper left, successively zooms out to place Sedna in context. The first panel shows the orbits of the inner planets, including Earth, and the asteroid belt that lies between Mars and Jupiter. In the second panel, Sedna is shown well outside the orbits of the outer planets and the more...
Topics: What -- Sedna, What -- Earth, What -- Mars, What -- Jupiter, What -- Sun
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05569
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by NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team
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These views of the Louisiana and Mississippi regions were acquired before and one day after Katrina made landfall along the Gulf of Mexico coast, and highlight many of the changes to the rivers and vegetation that occurred between the two views. The images were acquired by NASA's Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) on August 14 and August 30, 2005. These multiangular, multispectral false-color composites were created using red band data from MISR's 46 backward and forward-viewing...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Louisiana, Where -- Mississippi, Where -- Gulf...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04385
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<i>Silver Dollar Galaxy: NGC 253 (figure 1)</i> Located 10 million light-years away in the southern constellation Sculptor, the Silver Dollar galaxy, or NGC 253, is one of the brightest spiral galaxies in the night sky. In this edge-on view from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, the wisps of blue represent relatively dustless areas of the galaxy that are actively forming stars. Areas of the galaxy with a soft golden glow indicate regions where the far-ultraviolet is...
Topics: What -- Galaxy Evolution Explorer, What -- Constellation, What -- Sculptor, What -- Explorer, What...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08646
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Four images of the Mediterranean obtained concurrently on June 14, 2002 from the three instruments that make up the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder experiment system aboard NASA's Aqua spacecraft. The system features thousands of individual channels that observe Earth in the visible, infrared and microwave spectral regions. Each channel has a unique sensitivity to temperature, moisture, surface conditions and clouds. This visible light image from the AIRS instrument shows a band of white clouds...
Topics: What -- Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, What -- Visible Light, What --...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00326
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During its flight, the Galileo spacecraft returned images of the Earth and Moon. Separate images of the Earth and Moon were combined to generate this view. The Galileo spacecraft took the images in 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97. The image shows a partial view of the Earth centered on the Pacific Ocean about latitude 20 degrees south. The west coast of South America can be observed as well as the Caribbean; swirling white cloud patterns indicate storms in the southeast...
Topics: What -- Galileo, What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- Jupiter, What -- Crater, Where -- Pacific...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00342
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This enhanced-color picture shows Saturn, its rings, and four of its icy satellites. Three satellites (Tethys, Dione, and Rhea) are visible against the darkness of space, and another smaller satellite (Mimas) is visible against Saturn's cloud tops very near the left horizon and just below the rings. The dark shadows of Mimas and Tethys are also visible on Saturn's cloud tops, and the shadow of Saturn is seen across part of the rings. Saturn, second in size only to Jupiter in our Solar System,...
Topics: What -- Saturn, What -- Tethys, What -- Dione, What -- Rhea, What -- Mimas, What -- Jupiter, What...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00349
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This color image of the Earth was obtained by the Galileo spacecraft early Dec. 12, 1990, when the spacecraft was about 1.6 million miles from the Earth. The color composite used images taken through the red, green and violet filters. The Pacific Ocean covers virtually all of the visible disk of the Earth in this picture. The glint of the Sun reflected from smooth water is near the center. This is a frame of the Galileo Earth spin movie, a 500-frame time-lapse motion picture showing a 25-hour...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Galileo, What -- Sun, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00123
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This false-color mosaic of part of the Moon was constructed from 54 images taken by Galileo's imaging system as the spacecraft flew past the Moon on December 7, 1992. The mosaic images were processed to exaggerate the colors of the lunar surface for analytical purposes. Titanium-rich soils, typical of the Apollo 11 landing site, appear blue, as seen in Mare Tranquillitatis, left side; soils lower in titanium appear orange, as seen in Mare Serenitatis, center right. Most of the lunar highlands...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Apollo 11, What -- Galileo, What -- Jupiter, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00129
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This false-color mosaic was constructed from a series of 53 images taken through three spectral filters by Galileo's imaging system as the spacecraft flew over the northern regions of the Moon on December 7, 1992. The part of the Moon visible from Earth is on the left side in this view. The color mosaic shows compositional variations in parts of the Moon's northern hemisphere. Bright pinkish areas are highlands materials, such as those surrounding the oval lava-filled Crisium impact basin...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Earth, What -- Galileo, What -- Jupiter, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
Source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00131