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Surface Variety

Surface Variety

Mosaic of high-resolution images of Pluto, sent back from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft from Sept. 5 to 7, 2015. The image is dominated by the informally-named icy plain Sputnik Planum, the smooth, bright regi... More

London, England

London, England

For almost 2,000 years, the River Thames has served as the life force of London, capital of the United Kingdom and one of the world's most famous cities. In AD 43 the Romans established the trading settlement o... More

Ural Mountains, Russia

Ural Mountains, Russia

This image from NASA Terra spacecraft shows the Ural Mountains, which run 2500 km north-south through western Russia, and form the boundary between Europe and Asia. Since the 17th century, the mountains were ex... More

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. Its name derives from a dam in the river Amstel. Founded in the 12th century as a fishing village, Amsterdam was one of the most important ports... More

Using Dark Holes to Spot Planets

Using Dark Holes to Spot Planets

These two images show HD 157728, a nearby star 1.5 times larger than the sun. Project 1640 uses new technology on the Palomar Observatory 200-inch Hale telescope near San Diego, Calif., to spot planets. Project 1640

Opportunity View After Long Drive on Sol 1770

Opportunity View After Long Drive on Sol 1770

Opportunity View After Long Drive on Sol 1770 NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars Rover Opportunity Panorama of Marathon Valley Stereo

Mars Rover Opportunity Panorama of Marathon Valley Stereo

"Marathon Valley" on Mars opens northeastward in this stereo scene from the panoramic camera (Pancam) of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The image combines views from the left eye and right eye of t... More

Mars Rover Opportunity Panorama of Marathon Valley (Enhanced Color)

Mars Rover Opportunity Panorama of Marathon Valley (Enhanced Color)

"Marathon Valley" on Mars opens northeastward to a view across the floor of Endeavour Crater in this scene from the panoramic camera (Pancam) of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. In this version of the... More

Mars Rover Opportunity Panorama of Marathon Valley

Mars Rover Opportunity Panorama of Marathon Valley

"Marathon Valley" on Mars opens northeastward to a view across the floor of Endeavour Crater in this scene from the panoramic camera (Pancam) of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The scene merges mult... More

Opportunity View on Sols 1803 and 1804 Polar

Opportunity View on Sols 1803 and 1804 Polar

Opportunity View on Sols 1803 and 1804 Polar NASA/JPL-Caltech

Very Dusty Solar Panel on Spirit, Sol 1811

Very Dusty Solar Panel on Spirit, Sol 1811

Very Dusty Solar Panel on Spirit, Sol 1811 NASA/JPL-Caltech

Spirit View Beside Home Plate on Sol 1823  Stereo

Spirit View Beside Home Plate on Sol 1823 Stereo

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Spirit used its navigation camera to take the images that have been combined into this stereo, 180-degree view of the rover surroundings on Feb. 17, 2009. 3D glasses are necessary to... More

Time for a Change; Spirit View on Sol 1843 Vertical

Time for a Change; Spirit View on Sol 1843 Vertical

Time for a Change; Spirit View on Sol 1843 Vertical NASA/JPL-Caltech

Voilà! Mercury Atget

Voilà! Mercury Atget

Voilà! Mercury Atget NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Atget in Color

Atget in Color

Atget in Color NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Another Look at Atget

Another Look at Atget

Another Look at Atget NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Globular Cluster NGC 1851 in the Southern Constellation Columba

Globular Cluster NGC 1851 in the Southern Constellation Columba

This ultraviolet image from NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the globular cluster NGC 1851 in the southern constellation Columba. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC

View Ahead After Spirit Sol 1861 Drive

View Ahead After Spirit Sol 1861 Drive

View Ahead After Spirit Sol 1861 Drive NASA/JPL-Caltech

Spirit Look Ahead After Sol 1866 Drive

Spirit Look Ahead After Sol 1866 Drive

This scene combines three frames taken by the navigation camera on NASA Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during the 1,866th Martian day, or sol, of Spirit mission on Mars April 3, 2009. It spans 120 degrees, with ... More

Spirit Look Ahead on Sol 1869

Spirit Look Ahead on Sol 1869

This scene combines three frames taken by the navigation camera on NASA Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during the 1,869th Martian day, or sol, of Spirit mission on Mars April 6, 2009. It spans 120 degrees, with ... More

View in Travel Direction, Sol 1870, with Rock Garden

View in Travel Direction, Sol 1870, with Rock Garden

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Spirit used its rear hazard avoidance camera to take this view toward the south during the 1,899th Martian day, or sol, of Spirit mission on Mars May 6, 2009. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Spirit Slipping in Soft Ground, Sol 1889

Spirit Slipping in Soft Ground, Sol 1889

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit slipped in soft ground during short backward drives on the 1,886th and 1,889th Martian days, or sols, of the rover's mission on Mars (April 23 and 26, 2009). Spirit used its... More

Clouds on Hot Jupiters Illustration

Clouds on Hot Jupiters Illustration

Hot Jupiters are exoplanets that orbit their stars so tightly that their temperatures are extremely high, reaching over 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit (1600 Kelvin). They are also tidally locked, so one side of the p... More

Momotombo Fury in Nicaragua Captured by NASA Satellite

Momotombo Fury in Nicaragua Captured by NASA Satellite

In Dec. 2015, one of Nicaragua largest volcanoes, Momotombo, erupted for the first time since 1905. NASA Terra spacecraft acquired this image showing large ash columns and pyroclasitc flows. NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSD... More

Opportunity View After 72-Meter Drive, Sol 1912

Opportunity View After 72-Meter Drive, Sol 1912

NASA Opportunity had driven 72.3 meters southward 237 feet that sol. Engineers drove the rover backward as a strategy to counteract an increase in the amount of current drawn by the drive motor of the right-fro... More

Einstein and Mars

Einstein and Mars

In February 1917, Albert Einstein wrote in a letter: "It is a pity that we do not live on Mars and just observe man's nasty antics by telescope." We do have a telescope at Mars, but we use it to image Mars rath... More

Huge Dust Devil Northwest of Spirit, Sol 1919

Huge Dust Devil Northwest of Spirit, Sol 1919

Researchers used the navigation camera on NASA Mars Exploration Rover Spirit to look for dust devils near the rover during the mission 1,919th Martian day, or sol May 27, 2009. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University/ASU

Soffen Crater Floor

Soffen Crater Floor

This crater on Mars, observed by NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, was named after Dr. Gerald A. Soffen February 7, 1926 - November 22, 2000, and this image covers a small portion of the crater floor. http://p... More

Rover Panorama of Entrance to Murray Buttes on Mars

Rover Panorama of Entrance to Murray Buttes on Mars

This 360-degree panorama was acquired by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called "Murray Buttes" on lower Mount Sharp. The view combines more than 130 image... More

Rover Panorama Taken Amid Murray Buttes on Mars

Rover Panorama Taken Amid Murray Buttes on Mars

Original Caption Released with Image: This 360-degree panorama was acquired by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover while the rover was in an area called "Murray Buttes" on lower Mount ... More

Dimming of FU Orionis (Artist Concept)

Dimming of FU Orionis (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept illustrates how the brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936. The star is pictured with the disk of material that surrounds it. R... More

2016 Resembles Past Global Dust Storm Years on Mars

2016 Resembles Past Global Dust Storm Years on Mars

This graphic indicates a similarity between 2016 (dark blue line) and five past years in which Mars has experienced a global dust storm (orange lines and band), compared to years with no global dust storm (blue... More

JATO Flight Test Crew

JATO Flight Test Crew

(August 12, 1941) Flight test crew for the Jet Assisted Take-Off (JATO) experimental solid rocket booster. It was later refered to as RATO (Rocket Assisted Take-Off). From left to right are: F.S. Miller, J.W. P... More

First JATO assisted Flight

First JATO assisted Flight

Full Description: Take-off of America's first "rocket-assisted" airplane, an Ercoupe fitted with a GALCIT developed solid propellent 28 pound thrust JATO (Jet Assisted Take-Off) booster. The Ercoupe took off fr... More

Former Administration Building

Former Administration Building

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL's past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. Building 11, one of the oldest b... More

The Tow Channel

The Tow Channel

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL's past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. During World War II, the Jet Pro... More

The Gulch

The Gulch

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL's past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. At the northeast end of the Jet ... More

A Snowy Entrance

A Snowy Entrance

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL's past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. This photograph from 1949 shows ... More

JPL From Above, 1950

JPL From Above, 1950

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL's past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. This aerial image of the Jet Pro... More

Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Why does Fargo flood? The Red River of the North, which forms the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, has a long history of severe floods. Major floods include those of 1826, 1897, 1950, 1997, and now 20... More

Bumper V-2 Launch

Bumper V-2 Launch

(July 24, 1950) A new chapter in space flight began in July 1950 with the launch of the first rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida: the Bumper 8. Shown above, Bumper 8 was an ambitious two-stage rocket program t... More

Opportunity Surroundings on Sol 1950 Polar

Opportunity Surroundings on Sol 1950 Polar

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera to take the images combined into this 360-degree polar view of the rover surroundings on the 1,950th Martian day, or sol, of its surface missio... More

Age-Defying Star

Age-Defying Star

An age-defying star called IRAS 19312+1950 exhibits features characteristic of a very young star and a very old star. The object stands out as extremely bright inside a large, chemically rich cloud of material,... More

Theodore von Karman

Theodore von Karman

Full Description: (c. 1950)Dr. Theodore von Karman, co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, California was an aeronautical theoretician. He was the first winner of the prestigious U.S. Medal... More

Iron-Nickel Meteorite from Texas with Triangle-Pattern Texture

Iron-Nickel Meteorite from Texas with Triangle-Pattern Texture

This iron-nickel meteorite found near Fort Stockton, Texas, in 1952 shows a surface texture similar to some portions of the surface of an iron-nickel meteorite that NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity found... More

Welcome to JPL, 1957

Welcome to JPL, 1957

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL’s past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. This is what greeted visitors to... More

Explorer I Architects

Explorer I Architects

The three men responsible for the success of Explorer 1, America's first Earth satellite which was launched January 31, 1958. At left is Dr. William H. Pickering, former director of JPL, which built and operate... More

Explorer 1 Launch

Explorer 1 Launch

(January 31, 1958) Launch of Jupiter-C/Explorer 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida on January 31, 1958. After the Russian Sputnik 1 was launched in October 1957, the launching of an American satellite assumed much gr... More

Pioneer III Probe

Pioneer III Probe

Looking more like surgeons, these technicians wearing cleanroom attire inspect the Pioneer III probe before shipping it to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Pioneer III was launched on December 6, 1958 aboard a Juno II ... More

Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Dr. James Pickering, Dr. James van Allen of the State University of Iowa, and Army Ballistic missionile Agency Technical Director Dr. Wernher von Braun triumphantly display a ... More

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Explorer 1 atop a Jupiter-C in gantry. Jupiter-C carrying the first American satellite, Explorer 1, was successfully launched on January 31, 1958. The Jupiter-C launch vehicle consisted of a modified version of... More

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Launch of Jupiter-C/Explorer 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida on January 31, 1958. After the Russian Sputnik 1 was launched in October 1957, the launching of an American satellite assumed much greater importance. A... More

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Launch of Jupiter-C/Explorer 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida on January 31, 1958. After the Russian Sputnik 1 was launched in October 1957, the launching of an American satellite assumed much greater importance. A... More

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Juno I, a slightly modified Jupiter-C launch vehicle, shortly before the January 31, 1958 launch of America's first satellite, Explorer I. The Jupiter-C, developed by Dr. Wernher von Braun and the rocket team a... More

JPL's Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

JPL's Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

In September of 1959, JPL held a press conference to celebrate the opening of its new $3,500,000 hypersonic wind tunnel, the third wind tunnel built at JPL from 1947 to 1959. A JPL engineer is shown positioning... More

JPL Key Figures

JPL Key Figures

Full Description: (c. 1960) Left to right: Dr. William H. Pickering, former JPL Director, Dr. Theodore von Karman, JPL co-founder and Dr. Frank J. Malina, co-founder, and first director of JPL...Identifier GPN-... More

Goldstone Tracking the Echo Satelloon.

Goldstone Tracking the Echo Satelloon.

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL’s past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. This photograph shows the fi... More

Block Island Meteorite on Mars, Sol 1961 False Color

Block Island Meteorite on Mars, Sol 1961 False Color

This view of a rock called Block Island, the largest meteorite yet found on Mars, comes from the panoramic camera Pancam on NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

Block Island Meteorite on Mars, Sol 1961 Stereo

Block Island Meteorite on Mars, Sol 1961 Stereo

Composition measurements by NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity confirm that this rock on the Martian surface is an iron-nickel meteorite. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Corne... More

Aerial View of JPL

Aerial View of JPL

An aerial view of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California and the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains...Image # : p39727cc

Checking Out Venus

Checking Out Venus

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL's past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. This image shows engineers at NA... More

Kennedy Receives Mariner 2 Model

Kennedy Receives Mariner 2 Model

(1961) Dr. William H. Pickering, (center) JPL Director, presenting Mariner spacecraft model to President John F. Kennedy, (right). NASA Administrator James Webb is standing directly behind the Mariner model. Th... More

Mariner 2 Artist Concept

Mariner 2 Artist Concept

NASA Mariner 2 was the world first successful interplanetary spacecraft. Launched August 27, 1962, on an Atlas-Agena rocket, Mariner 2 passed within about 34,000 kilometers 21,000 miles of Venus. NASA/JPL

Mission Control, 1964

Mission Control, 1964

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL's past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. When spacecraft in deep space "p... More

First TV Image of Mars Hand Colored

First TV Image of Mars Hand Colored

A real-time data translator machine converted Mariner 4 digital image data into numbers printed on strips of paper. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Dan Goods

Mariner Crater

Mariner Crater

Mariner Crater NASA/JPL

First Image of the Moon taken by a U.S. Spacecraft

First Image of the Moon taken by a U.S. Spacecraft

Ranger 7 took this image, the first picture of the Moon by aU.S. spacecraft, on 31 July 1964 at 13:09 UT 9:09 AM EDT about 17 minutes before impacting the lunar surface. NASA/JPL

Atlantis Region on Mars - Mariner 4

Atlantis Region on Mars - Mariner 4

Atlantis Region on Mars - Mariner 4 NASA/JPL

Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

On the night of June 4, 2001, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) captured this thermal image of the erupting Shiveluch volcano. Located on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, S... More

Return to "Giant's Footprint" 3 Decades After Mariner 7 Flyby

Return to "Giant's Footprint" 3 Decades After Mariner 7 Flyby

As we head into the 21st Century, it seems hard to believe that human beings have been sending spacecraft toward Mars for more than 3 decades already. The first spacecraft to reach Mars was Mariner 4 in 1965. T... More

JPL Administration Building

JPL Administration Building

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL's past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. The Administration Building of N... More

Mariner photos presented to President Johnson

Mariner photos presented to President Johnson

Description: (July 29, 1965) Dr. William H. Pickering, (left) Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory presents Mariner spacecraft photos to President Lyndon Baines Johnson...Identifier GPN-2000-000480

Cresent Europa

Cresent Europa

(September 12, 1996) This mosaic of Europa, the smallest Galilean satellite, was taken by Voyager 2. This face of Europa is centered at about the 300 degree meridian. The bright areas are probably ice deposits,... More

Lithium Mining, Nevada

Lithium Mining, Nevada

This image from NASA Terra spacecraft shows the once-abandoned mining town of Silver Peak, Nevada, which began to thrive again when Foote Mineral Company began extracting lithium from brine below the floor of C... More

Surveyor 6 on the Plains of Sinus Medii

Surveyor 6 on the Plains of Sinus Medii

Surveyor 6 casting 18-meter long shadow with Sun just 8° above the horizon. Surveyor 6 Landed 10 November 1967 in Sinus Medii. This image was taken by NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State... More

Surveyor 5 Footpad Resting on the Lunar Soil

Surveyor 5 Footpad Resting on the Lunar Soil

Surveyor 5 image of the footpad resting in the lunar soil. The trench at right was formed by the footpad sliding during landing. Surveyor 5 landed on the Moon on 11 September 1967 at 1.41 N, 23.18E in Mare Tran... More

Surveyor 5: A Hole-in-One

Surveyor 5: A Hole-in-One

Surveyor 5 sitting in a 10-meter diameter crater. Surveyor 5 landed on Mare Tranquillitatis in September of 1967. This image was taken by NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

1st Manned Lunar Landing and 1st Robotic Mars Landing Commemorative Release: Viking 1 Landing Site in Chryse Planitia - Visible Image

1st Manned Lunar Landing and 1st Robotic Mars Landing Commemorative Re...

NASA Viking 1 landing site is shown in this commemorative image from NASA Mars Odyssey spacecraft to celebrate the July 20, 1969 and 1976 anniversaries of NASA Apollo 11 and Viking 1 landings on the Moon and Ma... More

Mars full disk approach view from Mariner 7

Mars full disk approach view from Mariner 7

Mars full disk approach view from Mariner 7 NASA/JPL

1st Manned Lunar Landing and 1st Robotic Mars Landing Commemorative Release: Viking 1 Landing Site in Chryse Planitia - Infrared Image

1st Manned Lunar Landing and 1st Robotic Mars Landing Commemorative Re...

This NASA Mars Odyssey image of NASA Viking 1 landing site was taken to commemorate the anniversaries of NASA Apollo 11 landing on the Moon and Viking 1 landing on Mars -- July 20, 1969 and July 20, 1976, respe... More

Yankee Clipper Crater on Mars Stereo

Yankee Clipper Crater on Mars Stereo

Yankee Clipper crater on Mars carries the name of the command and service module of NASA 1969 Apollo 12 mission to the moon. NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded this stereo view on Nov. 4, 2010. 3D... More

Yankee Clipper Crater on Mars

Yankee Clipper Crater on Mars

This mosaic is a view from NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity of Yankee Clipper crater which carries the name of the command and service module of NASA 1969 Apollo 12 mission to the moon. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mariner Images of Mars

Mariner Images of Mars

Description: These wide-angle images of Mars were laid in place on a globe already containing an indistinct, Earth-based view of Mars. The Mariner 6 pictures make two horizontal rows above; the Mariner 7 pictur... More

Shadegan, Iran

Shadegan, Iran

The town of Shadegan, Iran is northeast of where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers enter the Persian Gulf. It sits near a wetland and upon land that was once part of an inland river delta. The long, linear orchar... More

Luna 16

Luna 16

Luna 16 was the first robotic mission to land on the Moon on basaltic plains of Mare Fecunditatis and return a sample to the Earth. It was launched by the Soviet Union on 12 September 1970. This image was taken... More

Odyssey/White Rock

Odyssey/White Rock

These Mars Odyssey images show the White Rock feature on Mars in both infrared left and visible right wavelengths. White Rock is the unofficial name for this landform that was first observed during NASA Mariner... More

Mariner 9 views of shield volcano

Mariner 9 views of shield volcano

Mariner 9 views of shield volcano NASA/JPL

Nix Olympica Identified by Mariner 9 on Mars Approach

Nix Olympica Identified by Mariner 9 on Mars Approach

Nix Olympica Identified by Mariner 9 on Mars Approach NASA/JPL

Mariner 9 views Ascraeus Lacus above the Martian Dust Storm

Mariner 9 views Ascraeus Lacus above the Martian Dust Storm

Oblique view of the crater complex near Ascraeus Lacus in the Tharsis region of Mars was taken by Mariner 9. It is the northernmost of the prominent dark spots observed by Mariner during its approach to the pla... More

South Pole as viewed by Mariner 9 on Mars Approach

South Pole as viewed by Mariner 9 on Mars Approach

South Pole as viewed by Mariner 9 on Mars Approach NASA/JPL

Mariner 9 View of Arsia Silva

Mariner 9 View of Arsia Silva

Mariner 9 View of Arsia Silva NASA/JPL

Landscape West of Bosporos Rupes

Landscape West of Bosporos Rupes

This image was taken in the mid-latitudes of Mars' southern hemisphere near the giant Argyre impact basin. It is located just to the west of a prominent scarp known as Bosporos Rupes. The left side of the image... More

Mariner 9 views Olympus Mons standing above the Martian Dust Storm

Mariner 9 views Olympus Mons standing above the Martian Dust Storm

Mariner 9 views Olympus Mons standing above the Martian Dust Storm NASA/JPL

South Polar Cap of Mars as seen by Mariners 9 & 7

South Polar Cap of Mars as seen by Mariners 9 & 7

South Polar Cap of Mars as seen by Mariners 9 & 7 NASA/JPL

Mariner 9 views Canyon System emerging from Martian Dust Storm

Mariner 9 views Canyon System emerging from Martian Dust Storm

Mariner 9 views Canyon System emerging from Martian Dust Storm NASA/JPL

Sinuous Ridge Materials in Reuyl Crater

Sinuous Ridge Materials in Reuyl Crater

There are some interesting erosional signs in this observation from NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which will make for a good comparison with other intracrater fans and fluvial sedimentary landforms. We can... More

Soviet Union Lunar Sample Return Missions

Soviet Union Lunar Sample Return Missions

On February 21, 1972, Luna 20 soft landed in the rugged highlands between Mare Fecunditatis and Mare Crisium. The Luna 20 descent stage still sits silently on the Moon, clearly visible in this image taken by NA... More

Voyager First Science Meeting

Voyager First Science Meeting

This archival image was released as part of a gallery comparing JPL's past and present, commemorating the 80th anniversary of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 31, 2016. In December 1972, the science st... More

EXPERIMENTS - APOLLO 17

EXPERIMENTS - APOLLO 17

S72-53472 (November 1972) --- An artist's concept illustrating how radar beams of the Apollo 17 lunar sounder experiment will probe three-quarters of a mile below the moon's surface from the orbiting spacecraft... More

Optical Recorder of the Lunar Sounder Experiment

Optical Recorder of the Lunar Sounder Experiment

S72-49482 (November 1972) --- The Optical Recorder of the Lunar Sounder Experiment (S-209) which will be mounted in the SIM bay of the Apollo 17 Service Module. The three functional parts of the Lunar Sounder a... More