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Red, blue and green dyes flow over a white plastic model of an airplane inside a water tunnel Aerodynamics Two men sit at computers while testing an airplane in the background Aeronautics A drawing of an airplane with the ailerons highlighted in red Ailerons An aircraft with three tail fins and wings that arch upward flies through the sky Aircraft An astronaut can be seen in the open airlock of the International Space Station as he gets ready to close the hatch Airlock
A man standing in an icy location releases a large weather balloon Altitude This picture of a rocky asteroid is a combination of high-resolution color information from a NASA spacecraft Asteroid Astronaut Barbara Morgan poses in a training version of a spacesuit Astronaut Cartoon of Dr. Marc Rayman looking through a telescope Astronomer A desert sky is lit by a meteor shower Astronomy
Layers of the upper atmosphere looked at from the edge, shown in colors ranging from red near the earth to blue towards space Atmosphere A large, white airplane flies near mountains in Vail, Colo. Aviation Earth during the winter solstice Axis

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Gary Stutte holds a tray with green, leafy sprouts on it Biologist Drawing of a black hole Black Hole A long, white solid rocket booster burns as the space shuttle launches into orbit Boosters

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A small white jet sits on a runway with two astronauts in its seats and the two canopies opened Canopy Photo of the Grand Canyon Canyon Ship's crew moving an Apollo capsule out of the water to the ship's deck Capsule An astronaut moving large, white cargo containers around in the International Space Station Cargo Chandra with Earth in the background Chandra X-ray
Observatory
Drawing of a simple circuit with wire in a rectangle shape that includes a switch, battery and light bulb Circuit Tia Ferguson in a red coat with a furry hood in Antarctica Climate A cloud, flat on the bottom, with a very tall, large top that is shaped like a mountain Cloud A female astronaut sits in the cockpit of a small jet Cockpit A true-color image of Comet NEAT Comet
Stars with lines drawn between them to make constellations Constellation Colorful drawing of the North American continent Continent Three cosmonauts and three astronauts pose inside the International Space Station Cosmonaut

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Spacecraft attached to the International Space Station Dock The docking port juts out from the ISS Docking Port Drawing of an airplane. An arrow beneath it shows air flowing from front to back. A large arrow from the tail of the plane points backward to show drag. Drag

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City lights on Earth glowing at night Electricity A picture showing the electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to gamma waves Electromagnetic
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Diagram of an elliptical orbit Ellipse An astronaut in an orange launch and entry suit practices going down a crew escape slide Emergency Egress Picture of lighthouse giving off light against a dark sky with the moon in the background Energy
A NASA engineer poses with a robot in the snow Engineer Drawing of Earth with arrows shows how the sun’s rays fall on Earth at the equator during the winter solstice Equator With a blue ocean and sky as the backdrop, smoke and steam surround the launch pad as a spacecraft lifts off Escape Velocity A launching rocket leaves a tall column of smoke beneath Exhaust Wearing a short-sleeved shirt and shorts, an astronaut puts his hand in a glovebox Experiment
Curiosity rover on Mars Exploration An astronaut dressed in a large, bulky spacesuit waves to the camera while working in space Extravehicular Mobility Unit

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A large metal structure on top of concrete Facility Orange liquid is poured into a clear glass container Fluid Drawing of a boy pushing a cart Force

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This artist's concept illustrates the new view of the Milky Way Galaxy A black circle with the letter E, representing empty, printed on the left and the letter F, representing full, printed on the right, and a red arrow pointing toward the E Gauge Artist's concept of a human exploring the surface of Mars Geology Glacier Grey, Chile Glacier Historic photo of the Wrights' third test glider being launched, with one man aboard and one to each side of the glider Glider
A drawing of a glovebox Glovebox An astronaut smiles as two grapefruit float in front of him Gravity Close-up of a gyroscope toy Gyroscope

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A white building, with the words Deep Space Habitat on its side, sits in the desert Habitat A large airplane inside a building Hangar A picture of the Hubble Space Telescope with Earth in the background Hubble Space Telescope The X-43A launches from a modified Pegasus booster rocket Hypersonic

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A crater on Earth's moon Impact Crater The International Space Station in space with Earth in the background International Space Station A man wearing a white coat and blue gloves works on his invention Invention

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A man and a woman set up a microphone before testing the noise levels of a machine Laboratory Map of North America and South America with lines of latitude and longitude Latitude Rocket launches at night Launch Steven Swanson completes a spacewalk outside the International Space Station while wearing a spacesuit Life Support System A drawing of an airplane in flight with the wings outlined in yellow Lift
Map with lines of longitude labeled Longitude A reddish-orange picture of our moon during a total lunar eclipse Lunar Eclipse

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Two men use a machine to fix a robot Machine A horseshoe magnet with the letter N on one end and the letter S on the other Magnet Drawing shows how atoms can move in different kinds of matter Matter A streak of light in the sky Meteor A small black meteorite lies in the snow while a man dressed in black and red winter clothing documents where it was found Meteorite
Asteroid Ida and its moon Meteoroid Three educator astronauts in blue flight suits floating in an airplane Microgravity John Glenn gets into the Friendship 7 capsule Mission Photograph of a hand holding a small scale model of the Galileo spacecraft Model Destiny laboratory module Module

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NASA logo NASA Two astronauts wearing white suits float in a large tank of water Neutral Buoyancy Drawing of Earth with a small circle representing the path the North Pole traces over 26,000 years North Pole Jet engine nozzle Nozzle

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Drawing of the TRMM satellite and its orbit path around Earth Orbit A space shuttle orbiter landing on the hard surface at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Orbiter An artist's drawing of a Mars outpost Outpost

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A space shuttle's payload bay can be seen through open doors Payload Bay A set of photographs, taken by NASA spacecraft, of the eight planets and Earth's moon Planets Globe with lines of longitude and latitude Prime Meridian This drawing shows Titan's surface with Saturn in the background. The Cassini spacecraft flies overhead with its antenna pointed at Huygens as the probe nears the surface. Probe The X-15 launches with its rocket engine ignited Propulsion

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Artwork of an airplane with radar coming out the bottom in the shape of a spotlight Radar A cartoon character stands in a field looking at a rainbow Rainbow Assorted bags of snack food and dehydrated food Rehydrate Drawing showing an airplane and satellite in the sky bouncing signals to Earth Remote Sensing A person with protective yellow gloves and white lab clothes, including mask and head covering, looks into a microscope Researcher
Earth and Mars orbit the sun Revolve A human-like robot holds a caution sign Robot An astronaut is anchored to a foot restraint on the International Space Station's Canadarm2, against the blackness of space and Earth's horizon Robotic Arm Clouds of exhaust form around a rocket as it launches Rocket A round blue patch showing the space station, names of astronauts, six stars and the numerals XX Roman Numeral
Flash animation of Earth rotating Rotate An artist's drawing of one of NASA's Mars rover on the surface of Mars Rover

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The Aqua satellite constellation consists of the Aqua, CloudSat, CALIPSO, PARASOL and Aura satellites Satellite The words Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are superimposed on a colorful background Season Two pilots sit at the controls of an airplane simulator Simulator The sun is shown as a huge, glowing ball of gas Solar A view of the International Space Station's solar arrays Solar Arrays
A bright ring of light peeks out from behind the moon as it moves in front of the sun during an eclipse Solar Eclipse The use of an ultraviolet filter created this green image of the sun Solar Flares Workers put a solar panel onto NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft Solar Panel Illustration of the solar system from the Solar Exploration Web site Solar System Clouds of exhaust form around a rocket as it launches Sound
A woman holds an American flag while standing at the South Pole South Pole Soyuz spacecraft attached to the space station above Earth Soyuz Artist's concept of a giant planet in space with a red dwarf star beyond it Space The space shuttle on the launch pad Space Shuttle Astronaut Patrick Forrester poses for a picture in a white spacesuit Spacesuit
Astronaut floating in space with Earth in the background Spacewalk Ares 1 separated into parts Stage Pleiades star cluster Star

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A boy looks through a telescope Telescope A man standing near a jet watches an airplane flying just overhead in the sky Test Flight The Mars rover glows from heat as it enters Mars’ atmosphere Thermal Protection System A drawing of a jet flying across a desert, with arrows pointing away from the rear of the jet Thrust

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A jumble of galaxies including a yellow spiral galaxy, a young blue galaxy and several smaller red galaxies Universe

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Red smoke swirling behind the wings of an aircraft as it leaves the ground Vortex

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Wavelength diagram showing a blue line going up and down and then up again Wavelength A girl lying in the snow making a snow angel Weather Cartoon airplane flying in a cloudy sky with red arrows pointing down with the word WEIGHT on each of them Weight A drawing of a fan blowing yellow strips of paper across a helicopter inside a wind tunnel Wind Tunnel Photo of a group of men and women Workforce

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