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NASA's Orion spacecraft was completed Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It will reside there until Nov. 10, when it will be rolled out to Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of its Dec. 4 test flight.
NASA's Orion Spacecraft Complete
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An artist's impression of the first Orion spacecraft in orbit attached to a Delta IV Upper Stage during Exploration Flight Test-1.
Artist's Concept of Orion's First Flight Test
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These two infrared images of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring were taken by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Oct. 19, 2014. This Oort Cloud comet was making its first voyage through the inner solar system.
Mars-Orbiting Spectrometer's Images Show Comet's Coma
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This image shows a star field with Mars as a small orange ball on the right and above it a bright comet in white with a tail.
View of Comet Siding Spring and Mars from Hubble
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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft obtained this ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring on Oct. 17, 2014, two days before the comet's closest approach to Mars.
MAVEN Image of Comet Siding Spring's Hydrogen Coma
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These images were taken of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Oct. 19, 2014, during the comet's close flyby of Mars and the spacecraft.
First Resolved Image of a Long-Period Comet's Nucleus
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This two-image blink shows a comparison of two exposure times in images from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity showing comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it flew near Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.
Mars Rover View of Comet (Blink of Two Exposures)
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Researchers used the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity to capture this 10-second-exposure view of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it passed near Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.
Opportunity's View of Passing Comet (Short Exposure)
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Researchers used the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity to capture this 10-second-exposure view of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it passed near Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.
Opportunity's View of Passing Comet (Short Exposure - Labeled)
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Researchers used the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity to capture this view of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it passed near Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.
Mars Rover Opportunity's View of Passing Comet
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Researchers used the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity to capture this view of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it passed near Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.
Mars Rover Opportunity's View of Passing Comet (Labeled)
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Mars orbiters lining up behind the Red Planet for their "duck and cover" maneuver to shield them fro comet dust that may result from the close flyby of comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) on Oct. 19, 2014.
Siding Spring Mars Spacecraft
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This stereo vista from NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity shows Wdowiak Ridge, from left foreground to center, as part of a northward look. The image combines Sept. 17, 2014, views from the left eye and right eye of Opportunity's Pancam to appear three-dimensional when seen through blue-red glasses.
Opportunity's Northward View of 'Wdowiak Ridge' (Stereo)
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This north-looking vista from NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity shows Wdowiak Ridge, from left foreground to center. This version is presented in false color, which enhances visibility of the rover's wheel tracks at right.
Opportunity's Northward View of 'Wdowiak Ridge' (False Color)
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This vista from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows Wdowiak Ridge, from left foreground to center, as part of a northward look with the rover's tracks visible at right.
Opportunity's Northward View of 'Wdowiak Ridge'
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Three views of an escaping atmosphere, obtained by MAVEN's Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph.
MAVEN Observing Water and Carbon Dioxide Breakdown
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NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.
NASA Assets Observing Comet Siding Spring
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This image shows a star field with Mars up at the top, the constellation Scorpius running beneath it and to the left a little bit and the constellation Saturn Libra beneath Scorpius.
View of Comet Siding Spring from Southern Hemisphere
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This graphic shows Mars in the middle with a blue line running from top to bottom of the planet representing the comets flight path. The comet and coma intersect that line at the top of Mars. Three Mars orbiters are hiding behind the planet, away from the comet coma and particles. An orange line/arrow crosses from right to left showing the direction of Mars.
Mars Orbiters 'Duck and Cover' for Comet Siding Spring Encounter
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The tools of the rocket sled trade can be seen in this nighttime shot from the Supersonic Naval Ordnance Research Track (SNORT) at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California.
Waiting For A Go
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Send your name to fly on Orion's flight test, scheduled to launch Dec. 4 - 6, 2014!
Send Your Name on Orion's Flight Test
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This is an artist concept of an early Earth.
Artist Concept of an Early Earth
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This graph shows Earth and Earth's moon with a blue line in the middle showing Comet Siding Spring and how close it would come to Earth if Mars were Earth.
Comet Siding Springs' Distance From Mars
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This graphic shows the science observations that may be captured by NASA Mars spacecraft during the close encounter with Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1).
Comet Siding Spring Planned Science Observations by Mars Spacecraft
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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) and Chairman K. Radhakrishnan of the Indian Space Research Organisation signing documents in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2014 to launch a joint Earth-observing satellite mission and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.
NASA and ISRO Signing Documents for Joint Earth-Observing Satellite Mission
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