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My tour badge at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, California...on September 8, 2014. A miniature model of NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite on display inside JPL's Von Karman Auditorium, on September 8, 2014. A miniature model of NASA's SMAP satellite on display inside JPL's Von Karman Auditorium, on September 8, 2014. A replica of the magnetic tape recorder that was aboard the Galileo spacecraft as it explored Jupiter from 1995 to 2003.

A panorama that I took inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility (SAF) at NASA JPL...where the real SMAP satellite is being built and tested.

Posing with the SMAP satellite behind me inside the SAF clean room at NASA JPL...on September 8, 2014. Clad in bunny suits, engineers work on the SMAP satellite inside the SAF clean room at NASA JPL...on September 8, 2014. Clad in bunny suits, engineers work on the SMAP satellite inside the SAF clean room at NASA JPL...on September 8, 2014. A close-up of the Synthetic Aperture Radar (which is in its stowed configuration for launch) that will be used by SMAP to study soil on the Earth's surface.

Engineers work on components for SMAP inside the SAF clean room at NASA JPL...on September 8, 2014. Wearing a bunny suit, a mannequin is displayed inside the SAF clean room at NASA JPL...on September 8, 2014. A full-scale replica of the Curiosity Mars rover on display at NASA JPL...on September 8, 2014. Inside the Space Flight Operations Facility (SFOF) at NASA JPL...on September 8, 2014.

Mission controllers inside the SFOF communicate with the Voyager 1 spacecraft as it soars through interstellar space...on September 8, 2014. Inside the SFOF at NASA JPL...on September 8, 2014. Inside the SFOF at NASA JPL...on September 8, 2014.

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