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The world, the course of the sun, the moon, the planets, the constellations and the angels; Creator as Majestas Domini

The world, the course of the sun, the moon, the planets, the constella...

Public domain scan of a medieval manuscript, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Marcantonio Raimondi - Saturn, from Planets, plate 1

Marcantonio Raimondi - Saturn, from Planets, plate 1

Giulio Bonasone was an Italian painter and engraver born in Bologna. He possibly studied painting under Lorenzo Sabbatini, and painted a Purgatory for the church of San Stefano, but all his paintings have been ... More

Saturn holding an Infant and a Scythe, from The Seven Planets

Saturn holding an Infant and a Scythe, from The Seven Planets

Public domain image of a mythological scene, classic mythology, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Mars (from The Planets), Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch

Mars (from The Planets), Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch

Jacob Matham (Netherlandish, Haarlem 1571–1631 Haarlem) Public domain scan of Dutch Golden Age 15th-century print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

A new map of the world : with all the new discoveries by Capt. Cook and other navigators : ornamented with the Solar System, the eclipses of the sun, moon & planets &c. /

A new map of the world : with all the new discoveries by Capt. Cook an...

Relief shown pictorially. Also shows lines of magnetic variation and marine wind-direction arrows. "Published as the Act directs, Aug't 1st 1799, by I. Evans, No. 41 Long Lane, West Smithfield." Originally prin... More

The planet Mars, Stereoscope Card.19th century.  Boston Public Library Collection.

The planet Mars, Stereoscope Card.19th century. Boston Public Library...

Public domain photograph of stereoscopic card - Picryl description

The planet Jupiter - Print, Library of Congress collection

The planet Jupiter - Print, Library of Congress collection

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: loc.gov Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Charles Scribner's Sons, copyright claimant. Trouv... More

First TV Image from Space. NASA public domain image colelction.

First TV Image from Space. NASA public domain image colelction.

Description (April 1, 1960) The Television InfraRed Observational Satellite (TIROS) 1 was the first weather satellite. Launched into a polar orbit equipped with two TV cameras, TIROS 1 was operational for only ... More

Surveyor 1 Shadow. NASA public domain image colelction.

Surveyor 1 Shadow. NASA public domain image colelction.

Image of Surveyor 1's shadow against the lunar surface in the late lunar afternoon, with the horizon at the upper right. Surveyor 1, the first of the Surveyor missions to make a successful soft landing, proved... More

Caloris Basin. NASA public domain image colelction.

Caloris Basin. NASA public domain image colelction.

The Caloris Basin, shown here in a 1 kilometer per pixel mosaic, is one of the largest basins in the solar system, its diameter exceeds 1300 kilometers and is in many ways similar to the great Imbrium basin on ... More

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Produces Clear Color Photo of Jupiter

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Produces Clear Color Photo of Jupiter

*Description*: This is the first true-color photograph of the giant planet Jupiter from the Wide Field Planetary Camera on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. All features in this image are cloud formations in the ... More

Two Hours Before First Neptune Flyby

Two Hours Before First Neptune Flyby

Description (1989) Two hours before closest approach to Neptune in 1989, the Voyager 2 robot spacecraft snapped this picture. Clearly visible for the first time were long light-colored cirrus-type clouds floati... More

The Orion Nebula. NASA public domain image colelction.

The Orion Nebula. NASA public domain image colelction.

(November 20, 1995) This spectacular color panorama of the center the Orion nebula is one of the largest pictures ever assembled from individual images taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The picture, sea... More

Hawaii - Oahu, Hawaii. NASA public domain image colelction.

Hawaii - Oahu, Hawaii. NASA public domain image colelction.

This 60 by 55 km ASTER scene shows almost the entire island of Oahu, Hawaii on June 3, 2000. The data were processed to produce a simulated natural color presentation. Oahu is the commercial center of Hawaii an... More

At Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Station, workers check the mounting on a video camera on the second stage of a Boeing Delta II rocket that will launch the Stardust spacecraft on Feb. 6. Looking toward Earth, the camera will record the liftoff and separation of the first stage. Stardust is destined for a close encounter with the comet Wild 2 in January 2004. Using a silicon-based substance called aerogel, Stardust will capture comet particles flying off the nucleus of the comet. The spacecraft also will bring back samples of interstellar dust. These materials consist of ancient pre-solar interstellar grains and other remnants left over from the formation of the solar system. Scientists expect their analysis to provide important insights into the evolution of the sun and planets and possibly into the origin of life itself. The collected samples will return to Earth in a sample return capsule to be jettisoned as Stardust swings by Earth in January 2006 KSC-99pc0119

At Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Station, workers check the moun...

At Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Station, workers check the mounting on a video camera on the second stage of a Boeing Delta II rocket that will launch the Stardust spacecraft on Feb. 6. Looking toward Ea... More

In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers guide a protective canister as it is lowered over the Stardust spacecraft. Once it is enclosed, Stardust will be moved to Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Station, for launch preparations. Stardust is targeted for liftoff on Feb. 6 aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket for a close encounter with the comet Wild 2 in January 2004. Using a silicon-based substance called aerogel, Stardust will capture comet particles flying off the nucleus of the comet. The spacecraft also will bring back samples of interstellar dust. These materials consist of ancient pre-solar interstellar grains and other remnants left over from the formation of the solar system. Scientists expect their analysis to provide important insights into the evolution of the sun and planets and possibly into the origin of life itself. The collected samples will return to Earth in a sample return capsule to be jettisoned as Stardust swings by Earth in January 2006 KSC-99pc0122

In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers guide a protectiv...

In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers guide a protective canister as it is lowered over the Stardust spacecraft. Once it is enclosed, Stardust will be moved to Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air... More

At Launch Pad 17A, Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), workers begin to remove the canister around the top of the NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) satellite. FUSE is designed to scour the cosmos for the fossil record of the origins of the universe hydrogen and deuterium. Scientists will use FUSE to study hydrogen and deuterium to unlock the secrets of how the primordial chemical elements of which all stars, planets and life evolved, were created and distributed since the birth of the universe. FUSE is scheduled to be launched from CCAS June 23 aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket KSC-99pp0698

At Launch Pad 17A, Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), workers begin to...

At Launch Pad 17A, Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), workers begin to remove the canister around the top of the NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) satellite. FUSE is designed to scour the cos... More

A C-5 air cargo plane opens to reveal a shipping container with payload flight hardware for the Third Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission (SM-3A). The hardware will be taken to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility for final testing and integration of payload elements. Mission STS-103 is a "call-up" mission which is being planned due to the need to replace portions of the Hubble's pointing system, the gyros, which have begun to fail. Although Hubble is operating normally and conducting its scientific observations, only three of its six gyroscopes are working properly. The gyroscopes allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will not only replace gyroscopes, it will also replace a Fine Guidance Sensor and an older computer with a new enhanced model, an older data tape recorder with a solid state digital recorder, a failed spare transmitter with a new one, and degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode. Launch of STS-93 is currently targeted for Oct. 14 but under review, pending the launch date of a prior mission, STS-99, also under review KSC-99pp1038

A C-5 air cargo plane opens to reveal a shipping container with payloa...

A C-5 air cargo plane opens to reveal a shipping container with payload flight hardware for the Third Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission (SM-3A). The hardware will be taken to the Payload Hazardous Servic... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF), a part of payload flight hardware, intended for the third Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission (SM-3A), is revealed after its protective cover has been removed. The hardware will undergo final testing and integration of payload elements in the PHSF. Mission STS-103 is a "call-up" mission which is being planned due to the need to replace portions of the Hubble's pointing system, the gyros, which have begun to fail. Although Hubble is operating normally and conducting its scientific observations, only three of its six gyroscopes are working properly. The gyroscopes allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will not only replace gyroscopes, it will also replace a Fine Guidance Sensor and an older computer with a new enhanced model, an older data tape recorder with a solid state digital recorder, a failed spare transmitter with a new one, and degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode. Launch of STS-103 is currently targeted for Oct. 14 but the date is under review KSC-99pp1050

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing F...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF), a part of payload flight hardware, intended for the third Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission (SM-3A), is revealed afte... More

In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, members of the STS-103 crew get instructions on use of rib clamps for the Shield Shell Replacement Fabric (SSRF) task on repair of the Hubble Space Telescope. The seven-member crew are Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr., Pilot Scott J. Kelly, and Mission Specialists Steven L. Smith, C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.), John M. Grunsfeld (Ph.D.), Claude Nicollier of Switzerland, and Jean-François Clervoy of France. Nicollier and Clervoy are with the European Space Agency. Mission STS-103 is a "call-up" due to the need to replace portions of the pointing system, the gyros, which have begun to fail on the Hubble Space Telescope. Although Hubble is operating normally and conducting its scientific observations, only three of its six gyroscopes are working properly. The gyroscopes allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will not only replace gyroscopes, it will also replace a Fine Guidance Sensor, an older computer with a new enhanced model, an older data tape recorder with a solid state digital recorder, a failed spare transmitter with a new one, and degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode. The scheduled launch date in October is under review KSC-99pp1088

In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, members of the STS-103 cr...

In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, members of the STS-103 crew get instructions on use of rib clamps for the Shield Shell Replacement Fabric (SSRF) task on repair of the Hubble Space Telescope. The se... More

In the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bay 1, STS-103 Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr. sits in the command seat of the orbiter Discovery, inspecting the window. Brown and other crew members are at KSC to take part in a Crew Equipment Interface Test. The rest of the crew are Pilot Scott J. Kelly, and Mission Specialists Steven L. Smith, C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.), John M. Grunsfeld (Ph.D.), Claude Nicollier of Switzerland, and Jean-François Clervoy of France. Nicollier and Clervoy are with the European Space Agency. Mission STS-103 is a "call-up" due to the need to replace portions of the pointing system, the gyros, which have begun to fail on the Hubble Space Telescope. Although Hubble is operating normally and conducting its scientific observations, only three of its six gyroscopes are working properly. The gyroscopes allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will not only replace gyroscopes, it will also replace a Fine Guidance Sensor and an older computer with a new enhanced model, an older data tape recorder with a solid-state digital recorder, a failed spare transmitter with a new one, and degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode. The scheduled launch date in October is under review KSC-99pp1100

In the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bay 1, STS-103 Commander Curt...

In the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bay 1, STS-103 Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr. sits in the command seat of the orbiter Discovery, inspecting the window. Brown and other crew members are at KSC to take pa... More

In the mid-deck of the orbiter Discovery, STS-103 crew Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr. and Pilot Scott J. Kelly check out part of the equipment to be flown on the mission, the repair and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope. They are at KSC taking part in a Crew Equipment Interface Test along with other crew members Mission Specialists Steven L. Smith, C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.), John M. Grunsfeld (Ph.D.), Claude Nicollier of Switzerland, and Jean-François Clervoy of France. Nicollier and Clervoy are with the European Space Agency. Mission STS-103 is a "call-up" due to the need to replace portions of the pointing system, the gyros, which have begun to fail on the Hubble Space Telescope. Although Hubble is operating normally and conducting its scientific observations, only three of its six gyroscopes are working properly. The gyroscopes allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will not only replace gyroscopes, it will also replace a Fine Guidance Sensor and an older computer with a new enhanced model, an older data tape recorder with a solid-state digital recorder, a failed spare transmitter with a new one, and degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode. The scheduled launch date in October is under review KSC-99pp1125

In the mid-deck of the orbiter Discovery, STS-103 crew Commander Curti...

In the mid-deck of the orbiter Discovery, STS-103 crew Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr. and Pilot Scott J. Kelly check out part of the equipment to be flown on the mission, the repair and upgrade of the Hubble Spa... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery rolls along the tow-way to the Vehicle Assembly Building where it will be mated with an external tank and solid rocket boosters for its launch on mission STS-103. The launch date is currently under review for early December. STS-103, the third Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, is a "call-up" due to the need to replace portions of the pointing system, the gyros, which have begun to fail on the Hubble Space Telescope. Although Hubble is operating normally and conducting its scientific observations, only three of its six gyroscopes are working properly. The gyroscopes allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will also be replacing a Fine Guidance Sensor and an older computer with a new enhanced model, an older data tape recorder with a solid-state digital recorder, a failed spare transmitter with a new one, and degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode KSC-99pp1279

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery rolls along the to...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery rolls along the tow-way to the Vehicle Assembly Building where it will be mated with an external tank and solid rocket boosters for its launch on mission STS-... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Orbiter Discovery begins rolling into the Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking with an external tank and solid rocket boosters for its launch on mission STS-103. The launch date is currently under review for early December. STS-103, the third Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, is a "call-up" due to the need to replace portions of the pointing system, the gyros, which have begun to fail on the Hubble Space Telescope. Although Hubble is operating normally and conducting its scientific observations, only three of its six gyroscopes are working properly. The gyroscopes allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will also be replacing a Fine Guidance Sensor and an older computer with a new enhanced model, an older data tape recorder with a solid-state digital recorder, a failed spare transmitter with a new one, and degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode KSC-99padig024

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Orbiter Discovery begins rolling into th...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Orbiter Discovery begins rolling into the Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking with an external tank and solid rocket boosters for its launch on mission STS-103. The launch date ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Towering atop the mobile launcher platform and crawler transporter, Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out of the Vehicle Assembly Building on its way to Launch Pad 39B which is 4.2 miles (6.8 kilometers) away. While at the pad, the orbiter, external tank and solid rocket boosters will undergo final preparations for the STS-103 launch targeted for Dec. 6, 1999, at 2:37 a.m. EST. The mission is a "call-up" due to the need to replace portions of the pointing system the gyros which have begun to fail on the Hubble Space Telescope. Although Hubble is operating normally and conducting its scientific observations, only three of its six gyroscopes are working properly. The gyroscopes allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will also be installing a Fine Guidance Sensor, a new enhanced computer, a solid-state digital recorder, and a new spare transmitter to replace older equipment, and replacing degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode. Four EVA's are planned to make the necessary repairs and replacements on the telescope. Comprising the STS-103 crew are Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr., Pilot Scott J. Kelly, Mission Specialist Steven L. Smith, Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.), Mission Specialist John M. Grunsfeld (Ph.D.), Mission Specialist Claude Nicollier of Switzerland, with the European Space Agency, and Mission Specialist Jean-François Clervoy of France, with the European Space Agency KSC-99padig031

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Towering atop the mobile launcher platfo...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Towering atop the mobile launcher platform and crawler transporter, Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out of the Vehicle Assembly Building on its way to Launch Pad 39B which is 4.2 mil... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Towering atop the mobile launcher platform and crawler transporter, Space Shuttle Discovery makes its trek along the stretch of crawlerway between the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Pad 39B. Once at the pad, the orbiter, external tank and solid rocket boosters will undergo final preparations for the STS-103 launch targeted for Dec. 6, 1999, at 2:37 a.m. EST. The mission is a "call-up" due to the need to replace portions of the pointing system the gyros which have begun to fail on the Hubble Space Telescope. Although Hubble is operating normally and conducting its scientific observations, only three of its six gyroscopes are working properly. The gyroscopes allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will also be installing a Fine Guidance Sensor, a new enhanced computer, a solid-state digital recorder, and a new spare transmitter to replace older equipment, and replacing degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode. Four EVA's are planned to make the necessary repairs and replacements on the telescope. Comprising the STS-103 crew are Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr., Pilot Scott J. Kelly, Mission Specialist Steven L. Smith, Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.), Mission Specialist John M. Grunsfeld (Ph.D.), Mission Specialist Claude Nicollier of Switzerland, with the European Space Agency, and Mission Specialist Jean-François Clervoy of France, with the European Space Agency. KSC-99padig032

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Towering atop the mobile launcher platfo...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Towering atop the mobile launcher platform and crawler transporter, Space Shuttle Discovery makes its trek along the stretch of crawlerway between the Vehicle Assembly Building and... More

During an interview at Launch Pad 39B, STS-103 Pilot Scott J. Kelly responds to a question from the media about the mission. Standing with him are the remainder of the crew: (left to right) Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr., Kelly, and Mission Specialists Steven L. Smith, Jean-François Clervoy of France, who is with the European Space Agency (ESA), John M. Grunsfeld (Ph.D.), C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.), and Claude Nicollier of Switzerland, who is also with ESA. As a preparation for launch, they have been participating in Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities at KSC. The TCDT provides the crew with emergency egress training, opportunities to inspect their mission payloads in the orbiter's payload bay, and simulated countdown exercises. STS-103 is a "call-up" mission due to the need to replace and repair portions of the Hubble Space Telescope, including the gyroscopes that allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will be replacing a Fine Guidance Sensor, an older computer with a new enhanced model, an older data tape recorder with a solid-state digital recorder, a failed spare transmitter with a new one, and degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode. Four EVA's are planned to make the necessary repairs and replacements on the telescope. The mission is targeted for launch Dec. 6 at 2:37 a.m. EST KSC-99pp1329

During an interview at Launch Pad 39B, STS-103 Pilot Scott J. Kelly re...

During an interview at Launch Pad 39B, STS-103 Pilot Scott J. Kelly responds to a question from the media about the mission. Standing with him are the remainder of the crew: (left to right) Commander Curtis L. ... More

STS-103 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.) (at right) responds to a question from the media about the mission during an interview at Launch Pad 39B. Next to him is Mission Specialist John M. Grunsfeld (Ph.D.). As a preparation for launch, the crew have been participating in Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities at KSC. The TCDT provides the crew with emergency egress training, opportunities to inspect their mission payloads in the orbiter's payload bay, and simulated countdown exercises. Other crew members are Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr., Pilot Scott J. Kelly, and Mission Specialists Steven L. Smith, Jean-François Clervoy of France, and Claude Nicollier of Switzerland. Clervoy and Nicollier are with the European Space Agency. STS-103 is a "call-up" mission due to the need to replace and repair portions of the Hubble Space Telescope, including the gyroscopes that allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will be replacing a Fine Guidance Sensor, an older computer with a new enhanced model, an older data tape recorder with a solid-state digital recorder, a failed spare transmitter with a new one, and degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode. Four EVA's are planned to make the necessary repairs and replacements on the telescope. The mission is targeted for launch Dec. 6 at 2:37 a.m. EST KSC-99pp1327

STS-103 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.) (at right) respond...

STS-103 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.) (at right) responds to a question from the media about the mission during an interview at Launch Pad 39B. Next to him is Mission Specialist John M. Grunsfeld ... More

In the slidewire basket on Launch Pad 39B, STS-103 Mission Specialists Jean-François Clervoy of France (left) and Steven L. Smith take a break to pose for the photographer. The baskets are part of the emergency egress system for persons in the Shuttle vehicle or on the Rotating Service Structure. Seven slidewires extend from the orbiter access arm, with a netted, flatbottom basket suspended from each wire. The STS-103 crew are taking part in Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities in preparation for launch. The other crew members are Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr., Pilot Scott J. Kelly, and Mission Specialists C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.), John M. Grunsfeld (Ph.D.), and Claude Nicollier of Switzerland. Clervoy and Nicollier are with the European Space Agency. The TCDT provides the crew with the emergency egress training, opportunities to inspect their mission payloads in the orbiter's payload bay, and simulated countdown exercises. STS-103 is a "call-up" mission due to the need to replace and repair portions of the Hubble Space Telescope, including the gyroscopes that allow the telescope to point at stars, galaxies and planets. The STS-103 crew will be replacing a Fine Guidance Sensor, an older computer with a new enhanced model, an older data tape recorder with a solid-state digital recorder, a failed spare transmitter with a new one, and degraded insulation on the telescope with new thermal insulation. The crew will also install a Battery Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit to protect the spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the telescope goes into a safe mode. Four EVA's are planned to make the necessary repairs and replacements on the telescope. The mission is targeted for launch Dec. 6 at 2:37 a.m. EST KSC-99pp1339

In the slidewire basket on Launch Pad 39B, STS-103 Mission Specialists...

In the slidewire basket on Launch Pad 39B, STS-103 Mission Specialists Jean-François Clervoy of France (left) and Steven L. Smith take a break to pose for the photographer. The baskets are part of the emergency... 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

Sedna Size Comparisons Artist Concept

Sedna Size Comparisons Artist Concept

The artist's rendition shows the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to other bodies in the solar system, including Earth and its Moon; Pluto; and Quaoar, a planetoid beyond Pluto t... More

Behold Saturn's Magnetosphere! - NASA Saturn images

Behold Saturn's Magnetosphere! - NASA Saturn images

Saturn's magnetosphere is seen for the first time in this image taken by the Cassini spacecraft on June 21, 2004. A magnetosphere is a magnetic envelope of charged particles that surrounds some planets, includi... More

Portrait of Our Dusty Past  Artist Concept

Portrait of Our Dusty Past Artist Concept

This artist concept illustrates a solar system that is a much younger version of our own. Dusty disks, like the one shown here circling the star, are thought to be the breeding grounds of planets, including roc... 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-ACD07-0056-018

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-ACD07-0056-031

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/ shown here are Dr Chris McKay and Monika Kress, Professor of Astronomy at San Jose State University ARC-2007-ACD07-0056-072

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-ACD07-0056-075

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-ACD07-0056-096

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-ACD07-0056-110

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-ACD07-0056-136

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

James Marr, NASA JPL presents a Director's Colloquium to Ames staff on 'The SIM-lite Mission Concept: Detecting Earth-like Planets around Nearby Stars' ARC-2008-ACD08-0179-003

James Marr, NASA JPL presents a Director's Colloquium to Ames staff on...

James Marr, NASA JPL presents a Director's Colloquium to Ames staff on 'The SIM-lite Mission Concept: Detecting Earth-like Planets around Nearby Stars'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –   On Launch Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers make adjustments on one of the solid rocket boosters being mated to the first stage of the Delta 2 launch vehicle that will carry the Kepler spacecraft into orbit. The Kepler mission is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.  Results from this mission will allow us to place our solar system within the continuum of planetary systems in the Galaxy.  NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than March 5, 2009.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd3467

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Forc...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers make adjustments on one of the solid rocket boosters being mated to the first stage of the Delta 2 launch vehi... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The shipping container holding the Kepler spacecraft is lifted off the trailer outside Astrotech in Titusville, Fla. A NASA Discovery mission, Kepler is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets. Results from this mission will allow us to place our solar system within the continuum of planetary systems in the Galaxy. The spacecraft will be processed at Astrotech before being carried to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral. .NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than March 5, 2009, atop a Delta II rocket. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2009-1014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The shipping container holding the Kepler spac...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The shipping container holding the Kepler spacecraft is lifted off the trailer outside Astrotech in Titusville, Fla. A NASA Discovery mission, Kepler is specifically designed to survey o... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., NASA's Kepler spacecraft is prepared for testing. A NASA Discovery mission, Kepler is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets. Results from this mission will allow us to place our solar system within the continuum of planetary systems in the Galaxy. After processing at Astrotech, Kepler will be carried to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral. .NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than March 5 atop a Delta II rocket. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2009-1045

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Astrotech payload processing facility i...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., NASA's Kepler spacecraft is prepared for testing. A NASA Discovery mission, Kepler is specifically designed to survey ou... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --  Ball Aerospace and Technology workers conduct a light test on the solar array panels of NASA's Kepler spacecraft.  A NASA Discovery mission, Kepler is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets. Kepler will hunt for planets using a specialized one-meter diameter telescope called a photometer to measure the small changes in brightness caused by the transits.  Results from this mission will allow us to place our solar system within the continuum of planetary systems in the Galaxy. After processing at Astrotech, Kepler will be carried to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than March 5 atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2009-1126

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Ball Aerospace and Technology workers conduct...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Ball Aerospace and Technology workers conduct a light test on the solar array panels of NASA's Kepler spacecraft. A NASA Discovery mission, Kepler is specifically designed to survey ou... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --   Ball Aerospace and Technology workers conduct a light test on the solar array panels of NASA's Kepler spacecraft.  A NASA Discovery mission, Kepler is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets. Kepler will hunt for planets using a specialized one-meter diameter telescope called a photometer to measure the small changes in brightness caused by the transits.  Results from this mission will allow us to place our solar system within the continuum of planetary systems in the Galaxy. After processing at Astrotech, Kepler will be carried to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than March 5 atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2009-1123

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Ball Aerospace and Technology workers conduc...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Ball Aerospace and Technology workers conduct a light test on the solar array panels of NASA's Kepler spacecraft. A NASA Discovery mission, Kepler is specifically designed to survey o... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –   NASA's Kepler spacecraft, that will be launched in March aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, is ready for the media opportunity Jan. 30. Visible are the solar arrays on top and the high-gain antenna at lower left. The event, being held at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla., will provide media representatives an opportunity to photograph the space telescope and to interview project officials from NASA and Ball Aerospace, builder of the spacecraft. Kepler is designed to survey more that 100,000 stars in our galaxy to determine the number of sun-like stars that have Earth-size and larger planets, including those that lie in a star's "habitable zone," a region where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist. If these Earth-size worlds do exist around stars like our sun, Kepler is expected to be the first to find them and the first to measure how common they are.  The liftoff of Kepler aboard a Delta II rocket is currently planned for 10:48 p.m. EST March 5 from Space Launch Complex 17 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder KSC-2009-1430

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA's Kepler spacecraft, that will be launch...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA's Kepler spacecraft, that will be launched in March aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, is ready for the media opportunity Jan. 30. Visible are the solar arrays on top... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Hazardous Processing Facility at Astrotech in Titusville, Fla., NASA's Kepler spacecraft is being moved to another stand for fueling. Kepler is designed to survey more than 100,000 stars in our galaxy to determine the number of sun-like stars that have Earth-size and larger planets, including those that lie in a star's "habitable zone," a region where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist. If these Earth-size worlds do exist around stars like our sun, Kepler is expected to be the first to find them and the first to measure how common they are.  The liftoff of Kepler aboard a Delta II rocket is currently planned for 10:48 p.m. EST March 5 from Space Launch Complex 17 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.   Photo credit: NASA/Tim Jacobs KSC-2009-1478

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Hazardous Processing Facility at Ast...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Hazardous Processing Facility at Astrotech in Titusville, Fla., NASA's Kepler spacecraft is being moved to another stand for fueling. Kepler is designed to survey more than 100... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Hazardous Processing Facility at Astrotech in Titusville, Fla., workers position the Kepler spacecraft onto a Delta II third stage. Kepler is designed to survey more than 100,000 stars in our galaxy to determine the number of sun-like stars that have Earth-size and larger planets, including those that lie in a star's "habitable zone," a region where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist. If these Earth-size worlds do exist around stars like our sun, Kepler is expected to be the first to find them and the first to measure how common they are. The liftoff of Kepler aboard a Delta II rocket is currently targeted for 10:48 p.m. EST March 5 from Space Launch Complex 17 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder KSC-2009-1653

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Hazardous Processing Facility at Astrote...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Hazardous Processing Facility at Astrotech in Titusville, Fla., workers position the Kepler spacecraft onto a Delta II third stage. Kepler is designed to survey more than 100,000 s... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Hazardous Processing Facility at Astrotech in Titusville, Fla., the Kepler spacecraft is lifted from a work stand to be joined to a Delta II third stage, in the background.  Kepler is designed to survey more than 100,000 stars in our galaxy to determine the number of sun-like stars that have Earth-size and larger planets, including those that lie in a star's "habitable zone," a region where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist. If these Earth-size worlds do exist around stars like our sun, Kepler is expected to be the first to find them and the first to measure how common they are. The liftoff of Kepler aboard a Delta II rocket is currently targeted for 10:48 p.m. EST March 5 from Space Launch Complex 17 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder KSC-2009-1648

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Hazardous Processing Facility at Astrote...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Hazardous Processing Facility at Astrotech in Titusville, Fla., the Kepler spacecraft is lifted from a work stand to be joined to a Delta II third stage, in the background. Kepler... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the mobile service tower on Launch pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the lower part of the metal transportation canister is removed from around NASA's Kepler spacecraft.  The spacecraft was mated with the Delta II rocket for launch. The liftoff of Kepler is currently scheduled for 10:48 p.m. EST March 5. Kepler is designed to survey more than 100,000 stars in our galaxy to determine the number of sun-like stars that have Earth-size and larger planets, including those that lie in a star's "habitable zone," a region where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist. If these Earth-size worlds do exist around stars like our sun, Kepler is expected to be the first to find them and the first to measure how common they are.   Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2009-1789

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the mobile service tower on Launch pad 17-B...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the mobile service tower on Launch pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the lower part of the metal transportation canister is removed from around NASA's Kepler sp... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  On Launch pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA's Kepler spacecraft arrives at the transfer level of the mobile service tower.  Kepler will be moved inside for mating with the Delta II rocket for launch. The liftoff of Kepler is currently scheduled for 10:48 p.m. EST March 5. Kepler is designed to survey more than 100,000 stars in our galaxy to determine the number of sun-like stars that have Earth-size and larger planets, including those that lie in a star's "habitable zone," a region where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist. If these Earth-size worlds do exist around stars like our sun, Kepler is expected to be the first to find them and the first to measure how common they are.   Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2009-1780

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA's Kepler spacecraft arrives at the transfer level of the mobile service tower. Kepler will be moved inside for ma... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians secure the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, or COS, on the Orbital Replacement Unit Carrier.  The carrier will be placed in space shuttle Atlantis' payload bay for the Hubble servicing mission, STS-125, targeted to launch in mid-May.  Installing the COS during the mission will effectively restore spectroscopy to Hubble’s scientific arsenal, and at the same time provide the telescope with unique capabilities. COS is designed to study the large-scale structure of the universe and how galaxies, stars and planets formed and evolved. It will help determine how elements needed for life such as carbon and iron first formed and how their abundances have increased over the lifetime of the universe.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2009-2168

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians secure the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, or COS, on the Orbital Replacement Unit Carrier.... More

Hubble Finds Extrasolar Planets Far Across Galaxy

Hubble Finds Extrasolar Planets Far Across Galaxy

Technical facts about this news release: About the Object Object Name: SWEEPS fields Object Description: Stellar Field Near the Galactic Bulge Position (J2000): R.A. 17h 59m 00s Dec. -29 ° 12' 00" Constellatio... More

Saturn and 4 Icy Moons in Natural Color

Saturn and 4 Icy Moons in Natural Color

This approximate natural-color image shows Saturn, its rings, and four of its icy satellites. Three satellites (Tethys, Dione, and Rhea) are visible against the darkness of space, and another smaller satellite ... More

Tharsis. NASA public domain image colelction.

Tharsis. NASA public domain image colelction.

A color image of the Tharsis region of Mars; north toward top. The scene shows the Tharsis bulge, a huge ridge covered by the 3 large aligned Tharsis Montes shield volcanoes (from lower left to right): Arsia, P... More

The Tyre multi-ring Structure on Europa

The Tyre multi-ring Structure on Europa

This mosaic shows the Tyre multi-ring structure which is thought to have been formed by a large impact onto Jupiter's moon Europa. The effective crater (large bull's-eye feature) is about 40 kilometers (25 mile... More

Two-image mosaic of Saturn's rings

Two-image mosaic of Saturn's rings

This computer-assembled two-image mosaic of Saturn's rings, taken by NASA's Voyager 1 on Nov. 6, 1980 at a range of 8 million kilometers (5 million miles), shows approximately 95 individual concentric features ... More

Dione in Full View. NASA public domain image colelction.

Dione in Full View. NASA public domain image colelction.

The cratered and cracked disk of Saturn's moon Dione looms ahead in this mosaic of images taken by Cassini on Oct.11, 2005, as it neared its close encounter with the icy moon. The images used for this mosaic ... More

Icebergs in the Ross Sea, Antarctica

Icebergs in the Ross Sea, Antarctica

Two large icebergs, designated B-15A and C-16, are captured in this MISR nadir camera view of the Ross Ice Shelf and Ross Sea in Antarctica. The image was acquired on December 10, 2000 during Terra orbit 5220. ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla., Boeing spacecraft fueling technicians from Kennedy Space Center take a sample of the monomethylhydrazine propellant that will be loaded aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which is protectively covered.    The hydrazine fuel is being sampled for purity before it is loaded aboard the spacecraft.  The technicians are dressed in self-contained atmospheric protective ensemble suits, or SCAPE suits, as a safety precaution in the unlikely event that any of the highly toxic chemical should escape from the storage tank. The nitrogen tetroxide oxidizer was loaded earlier in the week which is customarily followed by loading of the fuel.  Propellant loading is one of the final processing milestones before the spacecraft is encapsulated in its fairing for launch.  SDO is the first mission in NASA's Living With a Star Program and is designed to study the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. The spacecraft's long-term measurements will give solar scientists in-depth information to help characterize the interior of the Sun, the Sun's magnetic field, the hot plasma of the solar corona, and the density of radiation that creates the ionosphere of the planets. The information will be used to create better forecasts of space weather needed to protect the aircraft, satellites and astronauts living and working in space. Liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket is targeted for Feb. 9 from Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. For information on SDO, visit http://www.nasa.gov/sdo.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2010-1055

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Astrotech Space Operations facility in T...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla., Boeing spacecraft fueling technicians from Kennedy Space Center take a sample of the monomethylhydrazine propellant that wi... More

Signature of a Carbon-Rich Planet

Signature of a Carbon-Rich Planet

This plot of data from NASA Spitzer Space Telescope indicates the presence of molecules in the planet WASP-12b -- a super-hot gas giant that orbits tightly around its star. NASA/JPL-Caltech/CFHT/MIT/Princeton/UCF

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A solid-fueled booster is lifted off a trailer at Launch Complex 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida where a United Launch Alliance Delta II is being prepared for launch. The Delta II will carry NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft into lunar orbit. The GRAIL mission is a part of NASA's Discovery Program. GRAIL will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon for several months to measure its gravity field. The mission also will answer longstanding questions about Earth's moon and provide scientists a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed. GRAIL is scheduled to launch September 8, 2011. For more information visit: http://science.nasa.gov/missions/grail/. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2011-3078

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A solid-fueled booster is lifted off a trailer...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A solid-fueled booster is lifted off a trailer at Launch Complex 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida where a United Launch Alliance Delta II is being prepared for launch.... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A solid-fueled booster is lifted into Launch Complex 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida where a United Launch Alliance Delta II is being prepared for launch. The Delta II will carry NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft into lunar orbit. The GRAIL mission is a part of NASA's Discovery Program. GRAIL will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon for several months to measure its gravity field. The mission also will answer longstanding questions about Earth's moon and provide scientists a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed. GRAIL is scheduled to launch September 8, 2011. For more information visit: http://science.nasa.gov/missions/grail/. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2011-3083

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A solid-fueled booster is lifted into Launch C...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A solid-fueled booster is lifted into Launch Complex 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida where a United Launch Alliance Delta II is being prepared for launch. The Delta I... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Three solid-fueled rocket boosters are positioned for attachment to the first stage of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The boosters are being attached to the rocket at Launch Complex 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Delta II will carry NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft into lunar orbit. The GRAIL mission is a part of NASA's Discovery Program. GRAIL will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon for several months to measure its gravity field. The mission also will answer longstanding questions about Earth's moon and provide scientists a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed. GRAIL is scheduled to launch September 8, 2011. For more information visit: http://science.nasa.gov/missions/grail/. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2011-3098

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Three solid-fueled rocket boosters are positio...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Three solid-fueled rocket boosters are positioned for attachment to the first stage of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The boosters are being attached to the rocket at Launch C... More

Moon or Planet? The Exomoon Hunt Continues Artist Concept

Moon or Planet? The Exomoon Hunt Continues Artist Concept

Researchers have detected the first exomoon candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called microlensing, they observed what could be either a moon and a plane... More

Earth Observations taken by the Expedition 39 Crew

Earth Observations taken by the Expedition 39 Crew

ISS039-E-016292 (26 April 2014) --- A wish-bone shaped display of Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean serves as a very colorful backdrop for the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft which is docked to the International ... More

An alien landscape with a planet and mountains in the background. Planets cosmos moon.

An alien landscape with a planet and mountains in the background. Plan...

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A clock that is on the side of a building. Universe space planets.

A clock that is on the side of a building. Universe space planets.

Free images of Universe. Download Universe art and posters. Use free Universe pictures without any copyright restrictions.

A picture of some very colorful stars in the sky. Galaxy deep space space.

A picture of some very colorful stars in the sky. Galaxy deep space sp...

Free images of Universe. Download Universe art and posters. Use free Universe pictures without any copyright restrictions.

A bee is sitting on a colorful surface. Art bubble color.

A bee is sitting on a colorful surface. Art bubble color.

Rainbow in the sky photo: Free images of rainbows and skies, available for commercial use and free download. Copyright-free, no attribution required.

Jovian Art - NASA Jupiter images

Jovian Art - NASA Jupiter images

NASA Juno spacecraft skimmed the upper wisps of Jupiter atmosphere when JunoCam snapped this image on Feb. 2, 2017. from an altitude of about 9,000 miles 14,500 kilometers above the giant planet swirling cloudt... More

U.S. Air Force Col. Clinton Ross, 633rd Air Base Wing

U.S. Air Force Col. Clinton Ross, 633rd Air Base Wing

U.S. Air Force Col. Clinton Ross, 633rd Air Base Wing commander, talks to personnel at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2019. Ross received a tour of some of the facilities at the LaRC ... More

明  傳仇英  五星二十八宿神形圖  卷|Divinities of the Planets and Constellations

明 傳仇英 五星二十八宿神形圖 卷|Divinities of the Planets and Constellations

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明  傳仇英  五星二十八宿神形圖  卷|Divinities of the Planets and Constellations

明 傳仇英 五星二十八宿神形圖 卷|Divinities of the Planets and Constellations

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PIA21076 Brown Dwarf Microlensing (Illustration), Figure 1

PIA21076 Brown Dwarf Microlensing (Illustration), Figure 1

This illustration depicts a newly discovered brown dwarf, an object that weighs in somewhere between our solar system's most massive planet (Jupiter) and the least-massive-known star. This brown dwarf, dubbed O... More

Astronomical Diagrams RMG L1073-004

Astronomical Diagrams RMG L1073-004

Astronomical Diagrams This set of twelve hand-coloured astronomical prints and explanatory card are contained in a portfolio folder labelled "Astronomical Diagrams". This series was first issued by Reynolds in ... More

Astronomicum Caesareum (1540).f05

Astronomicum Caesareum (1540).f05

Français : Illustration de Astronomicum Caesareum : Disque mobile montrant le mouvement de Jupiter dans l'écliptique

Portrait of Jupiter from Cassini

Portrait of Jupiter from Cassini

العربية: المُشتري كما ظهر لِلمسبار الفضائي كاسيني-هويجنز. هذه الصُورة هي أكثر الصُور المُلوَّنة والشاملة تقصيلًا لِهذا الكوكب. أُنتجت من خِلال جمع عدَّة صُور فائقة الدقة التُقطت قبل يومٍ على الأقل من اقتراب ال... More

Systema solare et planetarium ex hypothesi Copernicana secundum elegantissimas illustrissimi quondam Hugenij deductiones novissime collectum & exhibitum.

Systema solare et planetarium ex hypothesi Copernicana secundum elegan...

Appears in his Grosser Atlas uber die gantze Welt. Nurnberg, 1716. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. LC copy imperfect: Discoloration along fold line. Lacking lower corn... More

Marcantonio Raimondi - Sol, from Planets, plate 4

Marcantonio Raimondi - Sol, from Planets, plate 4

Giulio Bonasone was an Italian painter and engraver born in Bologna. He possibly studied painting under Lorenzo Sabbatini, and painted a Purgatory for the church of San Stefano, but all his paintings have been ... More

Heinrich Aldegrever - Saturn, from The Seven Planets

Heinrich Aldegrever - Saturn, from The Seven Planets

Heinrich Aldegrever (German, Paderborn ca. 1502–1555/1561 Soest) Public domain scan of German 16th-century print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Heinrich Aldegrever - Mars, from The Seven Planets

Heinrich Aldegrever - Mars, from The Seven Planets

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Apollo (from The Planets), Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch

Apollo (from The Planets), Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch

Jacob Matham (Netherlandish, Haarlem 1571–1631 Haarlem) Public domain scan of Dutch Golden Age 15th-century print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - Allegory of the Planets and Continents

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - Allegory of the Planets and Continents

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[Illustration showing Descartes' mechanical view of a universe filled with plenum and a system of vortexes that carries planets around the sun]

[Illustration showing Descartes' mechanical view of a universe filled ...

Illus. in: Principia philosophiae / Rene Descartes. Amstelodami : Apud L. Elzevirium, 1644, p. 114. Published in: The tradition of science / Leonard C. Bruno. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1987, p. 265.

Erde und Planeten, Erde und Mond / - Public domain map

Erde und Planeten, Erde und Mond / - Public domain map

Appears in: Sydow-Wagners methodischer Schul-Atlas. 1923, 1926 and 1928 editions. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. LC copy mounted on cloth.

Sur Mars. Lyon Municipal Library public domain dedication

Sur Mars. Lyon Municipal Library public domain dedication

France Public domain photograph - night sky, astronomy, universe, space, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Venus, NASA/JPL Mercury project images

Venus, NASA/JPL Mercury project images

Description (1974) This picture of Venus was captured by the Mariner 10 spacecraft during its approach to the planet in early 1974. Taken with the spacecraft's imaging system using an ultraviolet filter, the pi... More

Venus - Mead Crater. NASA public domain image colelction.

Venus - Mead Crater. NASA public domain image colelction.

This Magellan image mosaic shows the largest (275 kilometers in diameter [170 miles]) impact crater known to exist on Venus at this point in the Magellan mission. The crater is located north of Aphrodite Terra ... More

Pioneer 11 Image of Saturn and its Moon Titan

Pioneer 11 Image of Saturn and its Moon Titan

Description: (August 26, 1979) NASA's Pioneer 11 image of Saturn and its moon Titan at the upper left. The irregularities in ring silhouette and shadow are due to technical anomalies in the preliminary data lat... More

PLANETS - VENUS - EARTH - SATURN, NASA Technology Images

PLANETS - VENUS - EARTH - SATURN, NASA Technology Images

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 4/30/1979 Keywords: Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

Photo by Voyager 1 (JPL) Jupiter, its Great Red Spot and three of its four largest satellites are visible in this photo taken Feb 5, 1979 by Voyager 1. The spacecraft was 28.4 million kilomters (17.5 million miles) from the planet at the time. The inner-most large satellite, Io, can be seen against Jupiter's disk. Io is distinguished by its bright, brown-yellow surface. To the right of Jupiter is the satellite Europa, also very bright but with fainter surface markings. The darkest satellite, Callisto (still nearly twice as bright as Earth's Moon), is barely visible at the bottom left of the picture. Callisto shows a bright patch in its northern hemisphere. All tThree orbit Jupiter in the equatorial plane, and appear in their present position because Voyageris above the plane. All three satellites show the same face to Jupiter always -- just as Earth's Moon always shows us the same face. In this photo we see the sides of the satellites that always face away from the planet. Jupiter's colorfully banded atmosphere displays complex patterns highlighted by the Great Red Spot, a large, circulating atmospheric disturbance. This photo was assembled from three black and white negatives by the Image Processing Lab at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. JPL manages and controls the Voyage Project for NASA's Office of Space Science. (ref: P-21083) ARC-1969-AC79-0164-2

Photo by Voyager 1 (JPL) Jupiter, its Great Red Spot and three of its ...

Photo by Voyager 1 (JPL) Jupiter, its Great Red Spot and three of its four largest satellites are visible in this photo taken Feb 5, 1979 by Voyager 1. The spacecraft was 28.4 million kilomters (17.5 million mi... More

Uruk Sulcus Mosaic - Galileo over Voyager Data

Uruk Sulcus Mosaic - Galileo over Voyager Data

A mosaic of four Galileo images of the Uruk Sulcus region on Ganymede (Latitude 11 N, Longitude: 170 W) is shown overlayed on the data obtained by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979. North is to the top of the pi... More

Artist: Gebing Artist's conception of a newborne star, still hidden in visible light by the dust clouds within which it formed, shows matter in orbit around the rotating star. Such leftover debris may eventually form comets, planets, satellites, and asteroids. Material squeezed out by the formation process is thought to be ejected along the star's rotation axis in relatively narrow, high-velocity streams of matter. (ref: SIRTF borchure 'A Window on Cosmic Birth 1987) -- Milky Way with Black hole ARC-1985-AC85-0199-5

Artist: Gebing Artist's conception of a newborne star, still hidden in...

Artist: Gebing Artist's conception of a newborne star, still hidden in visible light by the dust clouds within which it formed, shows matter in orbit around the rotating star. Such leftover debris may eventuall... More

Voyager Tour Montage, Voyager Program, NASA/JPL Photo

Voyager Tour Montage, Voyager Program, NASA/JPL Photo

This montage of images of the planets visited by Voyager 2 was prepared from an assemblage of images taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft. The Voyager Project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ... More

NASA PIA00451, Voyager Project

NASA PIA00451, Voyager Project

Description: The cameras of Voyager 1 on Feb. 14, 1990, pointed back toward the sun and took a series of pictures of the sun and the planets, making the first ever "portrait" of our solar system as seen from th... More

Solar System Portrait - Views of 6 Planets

Solar System Portrait - Views of 6 Planets

These six narrow-angle color images were made from the first ever portrait of the solar system taken by NASA’s Voyager 1, which was more than 4 billion miles from Earth and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic. ... More

The Galilean Satellites, NASA / JPL Europa Image

The Galilean Satellites, NASA / JPL Europa Image

This composite includes the four largest moons of Jupiter which are known as the Galilean satellites. From left to right, the moons shown are Ganymede, Callisto, Io, and Europa. The Galilean satellites were fir... More