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The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad train between Needles and Barstow, California cuts west across the Mojave Desert

The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad train between Needles and ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of railroad tracks, railway, train car, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

STS073-760-026 - STS-073 - Earth observations taken from shuttle orbiter Columbia

STS073-760-026 - STS-073 - Earth observations taken from shuttle orbit...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken from shuttle orbiter Columbia during STS-73 mission. Edwards Air Force Base, Mojave Desert, California. Subject Terms: STS-73 ... More

Mojave Crater Floor and Central Uplift

Mojave Crater Floor and Central Uplift

Mojave Crater Floor and Central Uplift NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-020

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-051

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-102

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-117

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-140

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

A stout palm tree at the Desert Studies Center at the tiny settlement of Zzyzx, near Baker and adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve in southeast California

A stout palm tree at the Desert Studies Center at the tiny settlement ...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The Desert Studies Center is a field station of the California State University. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in ... More

In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket engine. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube section.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2758

In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout th...

In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket engine. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a ... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the RUBICS-1 payload into the body of the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket for launch June 15 on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The flight will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube section.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2703

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the RUBICS-1 payload into the body of the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket for launch June 15 o... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers assist as the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket is lifted into position for its scheduled launch on June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2786

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers assist as the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket is lifted into position for its scheduled launch on June ... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket is lifted into position for its scheduled launch on June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2792

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket is lifted into position for its scheduled launch on June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers load the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket onto a truck for transportation to the launch site. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2776

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers load the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket onto a truck for transportation to the launch site. The rocket... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – As the sun rises in the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket is positioned for launch with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2799

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – As the sun rises in the Mojave Desert in Calif...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – As the sun rises in the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket is positioned for launch with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, su... More

Teddybear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) and Pinto Basin; Cholla Cactus Garden

Teddybear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) and Pinto Basin; Cholla Ca...

NPS/Brad Sutton Public domain photograph of cactus plant, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Results from Curiosity Mini-Drill Test at Mojave

Results from Curiosity Mini-Drill Test at Mojave

This Jan. 13, 2015, view from NASA Curiosity Mars rover shows outcomes of a mini-drill test to assess whether the Mojave rock is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

A close up of a snake on a table. Snake ball python python regius, animals.

A close up of a snake on a table. Snake ball python python regius, ani...

A snake with its tongue out / A close up of a snake on a table / Animals public domain photography.

A view of a desert with mountains in the distance. Mojave desert california.

A view of a desert with mountains in the distance. Mojave desert calif...

The desert landscape of death valley / A view of the badlands from the top of a mountain public domain stock photo.

Yucca Trees, Mojave, Calif. - Detroit Publishing Company Postcard

Yucca Trees, Mojave, Calif. - Detroit Publishing Company Postcard

Picryl description: Public domain photo of vintage California postcard, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

An F-106A Delta Dart aircraft passes over the Mojave Desert while en route to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., where it will be used in the QF-106 drone program. The aircraft, which was the second-to-last F-106 in active service, had been used as a safety chase aircraft in the B-1B aircraft production acceptance flight test program

An F-106A Delta Dart aircraft passes over the Mojave Desert while en r...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. John K. Mcdowell Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

An Army M60 main battle tank moves across the Mojave Desert during Exercise BRAVE SHIELD XVI

An Army M60 main battle tank moves across the Mojave Desert during Exe...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: BRAVE SHIELD XVI Base: Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator... More

A Marine motorcycle scout leads a jeep patrol across the Mojave Desert during Exercise BRAVE SHIELD XVI

A Marine motorcycle scout leads a jeep patrol across the Mojave Desert...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: BRAVE SHIELD XVI Base: Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-027

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-085

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-119

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Abandoned cabin near the ghost town of Cima in the Mojave National Preserve in California

Abandoned cabin near the ghost town of Cima in the Mojave National Pre...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, a student checks out the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube section.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2748

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, a student ...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, a student checks out the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-alti... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the student-designed RUBICS-1 payload is in the foreground as students and engineers checkout the into the body of the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket set for launch June 15 on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The flight will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube section.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2751

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the studen...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the student-designed RUBICS-1 payload is in the foreground as students and engineers checkout the into the body of the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's... More

In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket engine. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube section.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2759

In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout th...

In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket engine. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a ... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2773

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBIC... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the ignition sequence begins on the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket. The vehicle is carrying the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket carried four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      The rocket reached a peak altitude of about 9,000 feet, however the parachute deployed prematurely and the vehicle continued on its trajectory, coasting and tumbling to a hard landing on its side. In spite of the rough ride, all four CubeSats were recovered. PhoneSat and RUBICS received data in flight, but sustained structural damage. CP-9 and StangSat fared better, and their teams are working to recover as much information as possible. Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites were designed to record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. The results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2807

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the igniti...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the ignition sequence begins on the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket. The vehicle is carrying the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-al... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, Kevin Baxter, a range representative of the Friends of Amateur Rocketry launch site, ensures all is ready for launch of the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      The rocket reached a peak altitude of about 9,000 feet, however the parachute deployed prematurely and the vehicle continued on its trajectory, coasting and tumbling to a hard landing on its side. In spite of the rough ride, all four CubeSats were recovered. PhoneSat and RUBICS received data in flight, but sustained structural damage. CP-9 and StangSat fared better, and their teams are working to recover as much information as possible. Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites were designed to record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. The results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2806

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, Kevin Baxt...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, Kevin Baxter, a range representative of the Friends of Amateur Rocketry launch site, ensures all is ready for launch of the Garvey Spacecraft Corporat... More

A close up of a snake in a field of grass. Snake python mojave.

A close up of a snake in a field of grass. Snake python mojave.

A close up of a black boa constrictor snake. A close up of a ball python. Public domain stock photo.

A black and white photo of a joshua tree. Joshua tree california desert desert.

A black and white photo of a joshua tree. Joshua tree california deser...

A black and white photo of a desert tree with mountains in the background / A black and white photo of a tree and mountains public domain stock photo.

Public domain stock image. Snake python python regius.
A close up of a snake on a branch. Snake python mojave.

A close up of a snake on a branch. Snake python mojave.

A ball python is resting on a branch / A close up of a snake on a branch / Public domain stock photo of a food.

A close up of a snake on a black background. Snake ball python python regius.

A close up of a snake on a black background. Snake ball python python ...

A close up of a black and white snake. A close up of a ball python. Public domain stock photo.

AST-07-401 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, Earth view over California, San Joaquin Valley, Mojave Desert

AST-07-401 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, Ea...

The original database describes this as: Description: Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP),Earth view over California, San Joaquin Valley,Mojave Desert,Sierre Nevada,Looking Southeast. Image taken on Revolution 10... More

AST-20-1652 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, California, Los Angeles, Mojave Desert, San Joaquin Valley, Looking Southeast

AST-20-1652 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, C...

The original database describes this as: Description: Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP),California,Los Angeles,Mojave Desert,San Joaquin Valley,Looking Southeast. Image taken on Revolution 226. Greenwich Mean T... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-044

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-050

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-067

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar accompaning teachers (learning for the the classroom) ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-177

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar accompaning teachers (learning for the the classroom)

Joshua Trees dot the desert in the Mojave National Preserve in California

Joshua Trees dot the desert in the Mojave National Preserve in Califor...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. According to the National Park Service, Mormon settlers named the Joshua tree after the biblical figure. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of Ca... More

Four unusual palm trees at the Desert Studies Center at the tiny settlement of Zzyzx, near Baker and adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve in southeast California

Four unusual palm trees at the Desert Studies Center at the tiny settl...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The Desert Studies Center is a field station of the California State University. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in ... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers participate in a pre-task briefing as preparations continue for the June 15 launch of a Garvey Spacecraft Corporation Prospector P-18D rocket on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube section.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2746

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers participate in a pre-task briefing as preparations continue for the June 15 launch of a Garvey Spacecraft Corporation Prospecto... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers unload the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket from a truck at the launch site. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2779

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers unload the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket from a truck at the launch site. The rocket is scheduled for... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket lifts off at 10:52 a.m. PDT carrying the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket carried four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      The rocket reached a peak altitude of about 9,000 feet, however the parachute deployed prematurely and the vehicle continued on its trajectory, coasting and tumbling to a hard landing on its side. In spite of the rough ride, all four CubeSats were recovered. PhoneSat and RUBICS received data in flight, but sustained structural damage. CP-9 and StangSat fared better, and their teams are working to recover as much information as possible. Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites were designed to record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. The results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2810

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket lifts off at 10:52 a.m. PDT carrying the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital f... More

Joshua Tree National Park - Boulders near Jumbo Rocks campground

Joshua Tree National Park - Boulders near Jumbo Rocks campground

NPS/Brad Sutton Picryl description: Public domain photograph of National Park, nature, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Sedimentary Fans North of Mojave Crater

Sedimentary Fans North of Mojave Crater

In this observation, does the morphology of these possible sedimentary fans match those found in Mojave Crater not picture here? NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Public domain stock image. Snake ball python python regius.
A plant with white flowers in the desert. Joshua tree yucca brevifolia panicle.

A plant with white flowers in the desert. Joshua tree yucca brevifolia...

A close up of a cactus plant with white flowers / A close up of a yucca plant public domain stock photo.

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, rush simulated casualties to a landing zone during a training exercise conducted at Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jun 3, 2013. The battalion es... More

U.S. Soldiers with Operations Group, Wolf Team, fires

U.S. Soldiers with Operations Group, Wolf Team, fires

U.S. Soldiers with Operations Group, Wolf Team, fires three 75mm Pack Howitzers for seven volleys during the "Missing Man" ceremony as part of the 50th Vietnam Commemoration at the National Training Center, For... More

Types of Mojave Indians. - stereoscopic view, public domain photorpaph

Types of Mojave Indians. - stereoscopic view, public domain photorpaph

Original negative number: 144. Catpion number on back of stereo: No. 5. Part of series: U.S. War Dept., Corps of Engineers; Geographical Explorations and Surveys West of 100th Meridian, Expedition of 1871; Lie... More

A bouquet for President Roosevelt from a wee daughter of California at Mojave

A bouquet for President Roosevelt from a wee daughter of California at...

H33586 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Underwood & Underwood. Public domain photograph of Theodore Roosevelt political campaign, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Aerial photographs - California - Mojave Desert

Aerial photographs - California - Mojave Desert

California - Mojave Desert Public domain photograph - aerial photo, work of US government, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Aerial photographs - California - Mojave Desert

Aerial photographs - California - Mojave Desert

California - Mojave Desert Public domain photograph - aerial photo, work of US government, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-028

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-138

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-139

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Caruthers Canyon, Mojave national preserve

Caruthers Canyon, Mojave national preserve

Caruthers Canyon in the New York Mountains. Picryl description: Public domain photograph of National Park, nature, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Clark Mountain 1 - National Parks Gallery

Clark Mountain 1 - National Parks Gallery

Home to a grove of Rocky Mountain white fir trees (remnants of cooler and wetter times during the Pleistocene), Clark Mountain is the highest point in Mojave National Preserve at 7,929 feet.

Terrain Model of Mars Mojave Crater

Terrain Model of Mars Mojave Crater

This is a synthesized, oblique view of a portion of the wall terraces of Mojave Crater in the Xanthe Terra region of Mars. It is a digital terrain model generated from a stereo pair of images from NASA Mars Rec... More

Joshua Trees dot the desert in the Mojave National Preserve in California

Joshua Trees dot the desert in the Mojave National Preserve in Califor...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. According to the National Park Service, Mormon settlers named the Joshua tree after the biblical figure. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of Ca... More

Abandoned cabin near the ghost town of Cima in the Mojave National Preserve in California

Abandoned cabin near the ghost town of Cima in the Mojave National Pre...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs... More

Joshua Trees dot the desert in the Mojave National Preserve in California

Joshua Trees dot the desert in the Mojave National Preserve in Califor...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. According to the National Park Service, Mormon settlers named the Joshua tree after the biblical figure. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of Ca... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the RUBICS-1 payload into the body of the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket for launch June 15 on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The flight will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube section.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2705

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the RUBICS-1 payload into the body of the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket for launch June 15 o... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers load the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket onto a truck for transportation to the launch site. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2777

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers load the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket onto a truck for transportation to the launch site. The rocket... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students install the nose cone on the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket. The work is in preparation for the June 15 launch on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2775

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students i...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students install the nose cone on the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket. The work is in preparation for the June 15 launch on a ... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers participate in a pre-launch briefing before the lift off of the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket. The rocket is scheduled to launch the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      The rocket reached a peak altitude of about 9,000 feet, however the parachute deployed prematurely and the vehicle continued on its trajectory, coasting and tumbling to a hard landing on its side. In spite of the rough ride, all four CubeSats were recovered. PhoneSat and RUBICS received data in flight, but sustained structural damage. CP-9 and StangSat fared better, and their teams are working to recover as much information as possible. Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites were designed to record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. The results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2803

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers participate in a pre-launch briefing before the lift off of the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket. The ro... More

A bird sitting on top of a cactus plant. Shimmer bird cactus.

A bird sitting on top of a cactus plant. Shimmer bird cactus.

Free Texas Photos: Free images of Texas, available for commercial use and free download. Copyright-free, no attribution required.

A joshua tree in the desert with mountains in the background. Joshua tree red rock canyon desert.

A joshua tree in the desert with mountains in the background. Joshua t...

A lone tree stands in the desert / A lone tree in the desert public domain stock photo. A lone tree stands in the desert / A lone tree in the desert public domain stock photo.

A snake that is sitting in the grass. Snake python mojave.

A snake that is sitting in the grass. Snake python mojave.

A close up of a snake in the grass / A snake in the grass / Public domain stock photo of a food.

An old rusted truck in the middle of the desert. Oldtimer wreck rusty.

An old rusted truck in the middle of the desert. Oldtimer wreck rusty.

Stock photo: An old rusty car sits in the middle of a desert / An old rusted truck in the middle of the desert.

A CH-53 Super Stallion waits at a landing zone as Marines

A CH-53 Super Stallion waits at a landing zone as Marines

A CH-53 Super Stallion waits at a landing zone as Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, load simulated casualties onto the helicopter during a training exercise at Twentynine Pa... More

Lance Cpl. Joseph J. Ford, a Farmingdale, N.Y., native

Lance Cpl. Joseph J. Ford, a Farmingdale, N.Y., native

Lance Cpl. Joseph J. Ford, a Farmingdale, N.Y., native and radio technician with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, provides security during a training exercise at Twentynine Palms., Cali... More

Mojave Desert, near Barstow, Calif.

Mojave Desert, near Barstow, Calif.

Picryl description: Public domain photo of vintage California postcard, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

The start from Camp Mojave, Arizona, September 15th, 1871.

The start from Camp Mojave, Arizona, September 15th, 1871.

Original negative number: 111. Caption number on back of stereo: No. 1 Part of series: U.S. War Dept., Corps of Engineers; Geographical Explorations and Surveys West of 100th Meridian, Expedition of 1871; Lieu... More

An old green truck parked in the desert. Hudson 1921 hudson 1921 phaeton.

An old green truck parked in the desert. Hudson 1921 hudson 1921 phaet...

Stock photo: A vintage car parked in the desert next to a tree / An old green truck parked in the desert.

Los Angeles Aqueduct, Mojave, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA

Los Angeles Aqueduct, Mojave, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA

Survey number: HAER CA-298-Y Public domain photograph - historical image of California, United States, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Views from a CH-53 capture the full beauty of the Mojave Desert as well as the layout of Camp Wilson in Twenty-Nine Palms, California, during COMBINDED ARMS EXERCISE (CAX). The CAX training evolution is designed to develop individual and team skills in the areas of fire and maneuver in a desert environment

Views from a CH-53 capture the full beauty of the Mojave Desert as wel...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COMBINDED ARMS EXERCISE (CAX) Base: Camp Wilson, 29 Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Sce... More

STS098-S-015 (20 Feb. 2001) --- The main landing gear on the space shuttle Atlantis touches down to mark mission completion at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert of California.Onboard were astronauts Kenneth Cockrell, Mark Polansky, Robert Curbeam, Thomas Jones and Marsha Ivins. Atlantis touched down on Edward?s concrete runway at 2:33 p.m. (CST), Feb. 20, for a mission elapsed time of 12 days, 21 hours and 20 minutes. Photo credit: NASA STS098-s-015

STS098-S-015 (20 Feb. 2001) --- The main landing gear on the space shu...

STS098-S-015 (20 Feb. 2001) --- The main landing gear on the space shuttle Atlantis touches down to mark mission completion at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert of California.Onboard were astronauts K... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-035

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-070

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-089

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-112

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning  (learning for the the classroom)  team of teachers will be studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Mojave -- an inhospitable, sun-drenched spot in the California Desert? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers and scientists will perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. for additional information and Outreach projects  see http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-132

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar and a accompaning (learning for the the classroom) te... More

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar accompaning teachers (learning for the the classroom) ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-170

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) ...

Spaceward Bound event in the Mojave Deser , CA (an outreach exercise) with Dr Chris McKay and Ames Education department personnel Brian Day, Barbara Bazar accompaning teachers (learning for the the classroom)

The U.S. Air Force's F-16D Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology (ACAT) aircraft crew takes a close look at a Mojave Desert hill during a March 2009 flight. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center worked with the Air Force Research Laboratory in the ACAT Fighter Risk Reduction Project to develop collision avoidance technologies for fighter/attack aircraft that would reduce the risk of ground and mid-air collisions. ED09-0070-39

The U.S. Air Force's F-16D Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology (A...

The U.S. Air Force's F-16D Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology (ACAT) aircraft crew takes a close look at a Mojave Desert hill during a March 2009 flight. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center worked with t... More

Abandoned cabin near the ghost town of Cima in the Mojave National Preserve in California

Abandoned cabin near the ghost town of Cima in the Mojave National Pre...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube section.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2747

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on ... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students from Merritt Island High School in Florida watch as the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket is lifted into position for its scheduled launch on June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections, one developed by students from the school that is located near the Kennedy Space Center.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2788

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students f...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students from Merritt Island High School in Florida watch as the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket is lifted into position for i... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2770

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students a...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, students and engineers checkout the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket. The rocket is scheduled for launch June 15 with the RUBIC... More

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket is lifted into position for its scheduled launch on June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a high-altitude, suborbital flight. The rocket will carry four satellites made from four-inch cube sections.      Collectively known as CubeSats, the satellites will record shock, vibrations and heat inside the rocket. They will not be released during the test flight, but the results will be used to prove or strengthen their designs before they are carried into orbit in 2014 on a much larger rocket. A new, lightweight carrier is also being tested for use on future missions to deploy the small spacecraft. The flight also is being watched closely as a model for trying out new or off-the-shelf technologies quickly before putting them in the pipeline for use on NASA's largest launchers.  Built by several different organizations, including a university, a NASA field center and a high school, the spacecraft are four-inch cubes designed to fly on their own eventually, but will remain firmly attached to the rocket during the upcoming mission. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/cubesatlaunchpreview.html Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2013-2793

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey...

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in California, the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector P-18D rocket is lifted into position for its scheduled launch on June 15 with the RUBICS-1 payload on a... More

A building with a sign that says opera house. Randsburg usa mine.

A building with a sign that says opera house. Randsburg usa mine.

A metal building with a red wagon on the front / A building with a large wagon and a large wagon public domain stock photo.

A railroad crossing sign sitting on top of a wooden pole. Railroad crossing signs.

A railroad crossing sign sitting on top of a wooden pole. Railroad cro...

A railroad crossing sign on a pole in the desert. A railroad crossing sign in the middle of a desert. Public domain stock photo of railroad transport. A railroad crossing sign on a pole in the desert. A railro... More

A close up of a snake on a blanket. Mojave python snake python, animals.

A close up of a snake on a blanket. Mojave python snake python, animal...

Stock photography: A close up of a snake on a blue blanket / A close up of a snake on a blanket.