35 Years Ago: Our First Family Portrait of the Earth and Moon

by Jason Major September 18, 2012

A crescent Earth and Moon as seen by Voyager 1 on September 18, 1977 (NASA) 35 years ago today, September 18, 1977, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft turned its camera homeward just about two weeks after its launch, capturing the image above from a distance of 7.25 million miles (11.66 million km). It was the first […]

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The First Photo From The Moon

by Jason Major July 20, 2012

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” After speaking these historic words at 10:56 EDT on July 20, 1969, marking the moment that humanity first placed a foot on a world other than its own, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong began his work documenting the lunar surface before him. The […]

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Tomorrow’s Transit Will be the First Photographed From Space

by Jason Major June 5, 2012

ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers captured this stunning image of Earth’s limb with Venus shining brightly above on the morning of June 4, 2012. While it’s a fantastic shot in its own right, it’s just a warm-up for tomorrow’s big transit event, which will be watched by millions of people all over the world — as […]

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From Russia With Love: A Singularly Stunning Image of Earth

by Jason Major May 11, 2012

Unlike most satellite images of Earth, this one was not assembled from multiple swath scans or digitally projected onto a globe model — it’s the full disk of our planet in captured as a single, enormous 121 megapixel image, acquired by Russia’s Elektro-L weather-forecasting satellite. Jason Major on Google+

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Take a Peek Inside Curiosity’s Shell

by Jason Major May 7, 2012

Take a look around Curiosity’s cozy cabin! Ok, there’s really not much to see (she didn’t get a window seat) but when the image above was taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on April 20, the spacecraft she’s tucked into was just over 120 million km (74 million miles) from Earth, […]

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