Click here for animationThis video is a series of images showing the deployment of the solar arrays that power the international Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite (SWOT). The mission captured the roughly 10-minute process with two of the four commercial cameras aboard the satellite (the same type used to capture NASA's Perseverance rover landing on Mars). The satellite launched Dec. 16, 2022, at 3:46 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, and the arrays started their deployment at 5:01 a.m. PST.SWOT's two solar arrays measure 48.8 feet (14.9 meters) from end to end, with a total surface area of 335 square feet (31 square meters). Extending from opposite sides of the spacecraft bus, the arrays remain pointed…
NASAs Perseverance rover deposited the first of several sample tubes onto the Martian surface on Dec. 21, 2022.
Engineers react with surprise while testing how NASAs Perseverance rover will deposit its sample tubes on the Martian surface.
Engineers use OPTIMISM, a full-size replica of NASAs Perseverance rover, to test how it will deposit its first sample tube on the Martian surface.
NASAs Perseverance rover deposited the first of several samples onto the Martian surface on Dec. 21, 2022, the 653rd Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
The Roman Coronagraph Instrument consists of two key sections, including the optical bench. Light from the telescope is directed through series of components that suppress light from a star while allowing the light from orbiting planets to pass through.
The focal plane mask for the Roman Coronagraph Instrument, shown here, helps block starlight and reveal hidden planets. Each circular section contains carefully engineered, opaque obstructions designed to block starlight.