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Here are some cool pictures of missions. You can make any of these images into your computer desktop wallpaper. Just click on an image to enlarge it, and then choose “Set as Desktop Background”.
Here’s an image of Astronaut Edwin Aldrin taken from the moon, particularly at the Sea of Tranquility by Neil Armstrong during the extravehicular activity of the Apollo 11 mission. The Mare Tranquillitatis or Sea of Tranquility is an area on the moon characterized by an open and featureless topography.
This photo features astronaut Doug Wheelock, an STS-120 mission specialist during a construction at the International Space Station. STS-120 is also referred to as ISS-10A with the mission of delivering the Harmony module to the International Space Station.
Here’a an image of the first American astronaut to ever walk in space, Edward H. White II. This was taken on June 3, 1965 during the Gemini 4 spaceflight. The spaceflight was able to prove that it is possible for humans to stay in space for an extended length of time.
This photo shows the usual scene when a supply vehicle such as Progress 14 takes out wastes to the space. These wastes are usually called space junk. They will eventually be burned once they enter the earth’s atmosphere. This image was captured from the International Space Station on July 30, 2004.
This is a picture of an astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt holding the American flag on the surface of the Moon. Schmitt is a geologist and is the last astronaut of the Apollo mission to set foot on the moon.
We’ve recorded an episode of Astronomy Cast all about the space shuttle. Listen here, Episode 127: The US Space Shuttle.