Advanced Instrument Systems (AIS)
Design and develop complex instrument systems to support commanding, state monitoring, data acquisition, realtime alignment control algorithms, science processing and data delivery.
The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft is currently exploring the ringed planet, Saturn, its mysterious moons, its stunning rings and its complex magnetic environment.
Moon Minerology Mapper (M3) (Chandrayaan-1)
M3 is a state-of-the-art imaging spectrometer that will provide the first map of the entire lunar surface at high spatial and spectral resolution, revealing the minerals of which it is made.
Deep Space 1
In the mid-1990s, a NASA program was created at JPL called New Millennium which was designed to flight-test new technologies for future space and Earth-observing missions. The first flight project created under New Millennium was Deep Space 1.
The Electronic Nose, with a much wider dynamic range than the human nose, is being designed to monitor the air on future manned spacecraft and detect toxic substances.
Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
The Galaxy Evolution Explorer is an orbiting space telescope that makes observations at ultraviolet wavelengths to measure the history of star formation in the universe 80 percent of the way back to the Big Bang.
Jupiter Polar Orbiter (Juno)
Juno will fly to Jupiter and orbit its polar regions in order to understand the planet's gross size and structural properties, as well as measure Jupiter's atmospheric composition, temperature and deep wind profiles.
The Keck Interferometer links two 10-meter (33-foot) telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The linked telescopes form the world's most powerful optical telescope system.
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled for launch in 2008, will study the Moon's radiation environment, map the lunar topography in high-resolution, scan for resources in the polar regions and map the composition of the lunar surface.
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched in 2005 and is on a search for evidence that water persisted on the surface of Mars for a long period of time.
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
The Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover, the most technologically advanced rover ever built, landed in Mars' Gale Crater the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT) using a series of complicated landing maneuvers never before attempted
Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO)
MIRO (Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter) is a scientific instrument on the ROSETTA Spacecraft that will measure temperatures and abundances of asteroids and comets.
Multi-Angle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (MISR)
The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument provides a unique opportunity for studying the ecology and climate of Earth through the acquisition of global multiangle imagery on the daylit side of Earth.
Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2)
OCO-2 is designed to provide space-based global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) with the precision and resolution needed to identify and characterize the processes that regulate this important greenhouse gas.
The Phoenix Mars Mission landed on Mars on May 25, specifically designed to measure volatiles (especially water) and complex organic molecules in the arctic plains of Mars. Phoenix ceased communications in November 2008.
Space Technology 8 (ST8)
As a mission of NASA's New Millennium Program, Space Technology 8 will space validate four new subsystem-level technologies. Each of these technologies was selected for its promise in advancing NASA's most important future science missions.
ST7 - DRS
The Disturbance Reduction System will enable spacecraft control with the nanometer precision required by future separated-spacecraft interferometer missions.
Vehicle Cabin Atmosphere Monitor (VCAM)
VCAM, made up of a gas chromatograph and a mass spectrometer, will monitor the air in the International Space Station for trace amounts of organic molecules.
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