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With dozens of spacecraft currently orbiting, roving or otherwise and traveling through our solar system, I thought it would be interesting to get a general snapshot in time, using images from NASA and ESA spacecraft near Mercury, Earth, the Moon, Mars, Saturn and a few in-transit to further destinations. Collected here are recent images gathered from around our solar system, at scales ranging from mere centimeters to millions of kilometers.
A single dune on the surface of Mars, seen by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera (HiRISE) on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) at 2:11pm local Mars time on July 9th, 2010.
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity looks at a section of a rock where it ground away the outer layer to examine the material closer on January 7th, 2010
A 30-frame sequence showing Cassini's approach to the icy plumes of Enceladus on August 13th, 2010.