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Hours after the June 28, 2014, test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator over the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range, two members of the Navy's Explosive Ordinance Disposal swim towards the pilot ballute that was used to deploy the parachute. In the background, the recovery vessel Mana'o II.
Saturday Afternoon Swim
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Hours after the June 28, 2014, test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator over the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range, the saucer-shaped test vehicle is lifted aboard the Kahana recovery vessel.
Saucer Out of the Drink
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The picture show the LDSD test vehicle and an engine burn in orange/red, with Earth as a blue-green orb in the background.
Rocketing to Higher Altitudes
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The test vehicle rides on a long, while balloon, against a clear blue sky.
Balloon Lifts Test Vehicle to High Altitudes
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This image shows the LDSD test vehicle on a tall launch tower. The vehicle appears hanging or suspended several feet in the air, while workers wearing yellow vests and protective helmets scurry below.
Hanging Saucer
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Some of the women working on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project, which built and operates the Curiosity Mars rover, gathered for this photo in the Mars Yard used for rover testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
Women of Mars, in Mars Yard at JPL
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Scientists used the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to examine a Martian rock "shell" about one inch across, embedded in bedrock and with a hollow interior. This graphic combines an image of the target with results from using ChemCam's laser on the rock and adjacent points
Martian Rock and Dust Filling Studied with Laser and Camera
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This stereo vista from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity catches "Pillinger Point," on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, in the foreground. The May 14, 2014, image appears three-dimensional when seen through blue-red glasses with the red lens on the left.
'Pillinger Point' Overlooking Endeavour Crater on Mars (Stereo)
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This May 14, 2014, scene from the Pancam on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity catches "Pillinger Point," on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, in the foreground and the crater's eastern rim on the horizon. The scene's false color makes differences in surface materials more easily visible.
'Pillinger Point' Overlooking Endeavour Crater on Mars (False Color)
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This scene from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity catches "Pillinger Point," on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, in the foreground. The eastern rim of the crater is on the distant horizon. The scene merges many Pancam exposures taken on May 14, 2014.
'Pillinger Point' Overlooking Endeavour Crater on Mars
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This map shows in red the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from its landing site at "Bradbury Landing" through the mission's 663rd Martian day, or sol (June 18, 2014). The white line shows the planned route to reach destinations on Mount Sharp. Sol 669 will complete one Martian year.
Curiosity Rover's Traverse, First 663 Sols on Mars
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This map shows in red the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the "Bradbury Landing" location where it landed in August 2012 to nearly the completion of its first Martian year. The white line shows the planned route ahead. The rover's June 18, 2014, location is marked as 663.
Curiosity's Progress on Route to Mount Sharp
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Curiosity, rover, self-portrait, rock, drilling, windjana, waypoint, kimberley - This image is a self-portrait of the Curiosity rover taken from the site with the rover's 'head' down, with rock formations surrounding it and Mount Sharp in the background.
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling Site
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An image of a potato-shaped, gray asteroid with several craters on the surface.
Close-up View of Eros
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This is an image of Comet Siding Spring C/2013 A1. Sunlight reflected from the comet's dust, produces most of the light in this image, appears yellow; violet shows ultraviolet light produced by hydroxyl (OH), a molecular fragment of water.
Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production on Mars-Bound Comet
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This artist's concept shows Earth on the bottom left and the moon on the top right, with a line crossing down the middle showing the distance the comet would come if Earth were Mars.
Comet Siding Springs' Close Approach to Mars
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This image shows a nighttime image of Mars with Curiosity at the top of a mountain, as shiny, bright rays light up the night sky.
Artist's Concept of Meteor Shower Above Curiosity Rover
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Image of Mercury Transit of the Sun, Seen From Mars
Mercury Transit of the Sun, Seen From Mars
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The saucer-shaped test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) will undergo a series of events in the skies above Hawaii, with the ultimate goal of testing future landing technologies for Mars missions.
Timeline of Events for Planetary Landing Test
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mars rover, desert, dune, test, Scarecrow - Scientists and engineers are at the top of a giant sand dunes with many ripples, looking over and pointing at a possible location to test the Scarecrow rover.
Mobility Team Scouts Best Spot to Practice Driving
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mars rover, desert, dune, test, Scarecrow - Scientist Rob Sullivan hikes up the side of a giant dune, leaving a long trail of footprints in the sand.
Desolate Landscape
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sand dune, mars rover, wheel, Dumont, Scarecrow, test - This image shows a sweeping view of Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert, near Death Valley. One giant dune is pictured in the middle, casting a dark shadow over part of itself.
Sandy Dunes
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sand dune, mars rover, wheel, Dumont, Scarecrow, test - The image shows a sweeping view of desert sand dunes with two engineers walking in the distance.
Mars on Earth
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sand dune, mars rover, wheel, Dumont, Scarecrow, test - Several engineers flank the Scarecrow mobility rover on both sides as the rover drives over a sand dunes obstacle course.
Driving Over Sandy Ripples
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sand dune, mars rover, wheel, Dumont, Scarecrow, test - This image shows the scarecrow test rover going over a dunes obstacle course, while an engineer hunches down to see the wheels as it drives.
Scarecrow Rover Desert Tests
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