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Robot Photographers Tour the Solar System

A new book showcases photos from rovers and space probes

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Robot Photographers Tour the Solar System
Photo: NASA/JPL/UMD/Michael Benson/Kinetikon Pictures

Photo: NASA/JPL/UMD/Michael Benson/Kinetikon Pictures
Our robot explorers aren’t always passive observers. In 2005 NASA’s Deep Impact space probe flew past the comet Tempel 1 and fired a projectile at the comet’s icy nucleus. The probe photographed the resulting cloud of dust and ice that expanded into space, and its spectrometers studied the chemical composition of the dust cloud.

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