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Buzz Aldrin on the moon, The best photo of the first humans on another heavenly body. Reproduced worldwide, silk-screened by Andy Warhol. So iconic that many depictions of astronauts reproduce the bent arm — without knowing why. This color-enhanced view of a star-forming region in the Eagle Nebula is a scientific data trove and an aesthetic masterpiece.
Gemini 4 Spacewalk, First American spacewalk Russian Alexei Leonov beat Ed White by three months and first photographs of a person floating in space taken by another person in space. Bootprint on the Moon, Photographed by Buzz Aldrin, in accordance with Apollo 11 mission objectives, as a way for scientists to investigate the properties of the lunar soil. Stands as the classic image representing human presence on the moon.
Created expressly to present a high-quality panoramic image to the U. President Bill Clinton , the picture was stitched together from multiple photographs. An image that is instantly recognizable to millions who saw the event played over and over again on television. The Great Red Spot, an ancient storm so large that three Earths could fit inside it, had been photographed from Earth before, but never in such detail. Saturn V Launch, Liftoff of Apollo Among the best known photos of the giant rocket. First step on the Moon, An estimated half billion people experienced it this way: Only one — Alan Shepard back row, far left , the first American in space — made it to the moon, on Apollo 14 in Hubble Ultra Deep Field, The deepest most sensitive view ever taken of the night sky in visible wavelengths.
The million-second exposure, taken over the course of orbits by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows more than 10, galaxies. The first untethered spacewalk in Earth orbit. Kennedy started the Apollo program, but it was Richard Nixon who greeted Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin left to right in quarantine on board the recovery ship Hornet upon their return from the moon. Earth and Moon, Thirteen days after launch on September 5, , on its way to Jupiter, Voyager 1 looked back and took the first-ever long-distance picture of the Earth and moon together.
The moon has been artificially brightened. First photo on Mars, On July 20, , seven years to the day after Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, Viking 1 made the first landing on Mars. Apollo 1 fire, The first fatal U. Ed White, Gus Grissom, and Roger Chaffee died during a ground test, when a spark ignited a fire in their sealed, oxygen-rich Apollo command module.
X, The X made flights to the edge of space between and Among its pilots was a young Neil Armstrong. Kennedy commits to the moon, President John F. At the time, U. Craters on Mars, The first close-ups of the Martian surface, taken by the passing Mariner 4 spacecraft, were a disappointment to those hoping to see signs of life. The photos showed a dead, cratered surface. The shuttles have carried more people into orbit than all other space vehicles combined, and are still flying 27 years later.
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Echo 2 satellite, Satellite communications pioneers tried several methods of relaying signals from space, including the inflatable ECHO balloons, which successfully reflected telephone, radio, and TV signals back to Earth. Apollo-Soyuz, Alexei Leonov left had trained to be the first Soviet man on the moon. Mercury astronaut Deke Slayton had been sidelined for years due to a heart condition.
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Deep Impact hits a comet, This simple but spectacular experiment — smashing a projectile into a comet nucleus so scientists could study the material that flew out from the icy core — made a public splash by colliding with Comet Tempel 1 on July 4, Comet Shoemaker-Levy, The largest impact event ever recorded. After scientists predicted that Comet Shoemaker-Levy would break up and collide with Jupiter, all eyes — including the Hubble Space Telescope — turned to watch the impacts, which appeared as dark spots in the Hubble images.
The new study says that moons orbiting a gas giant planet greater than 8 Jupiter masses could help astronomers detect a rogue planet. The Voyager 1 image left was released on Nov. The moon Pandora is to the left exterior of the ring and the moon Prometheus is to the right interior of the ring.
This artist's concept shows plasma flows around NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it gets close to entering interstellar space. The orange arrow shows the direction of the solar wind. This narrow-angle color image of the Earth s a part of the first ever "portrait" of the solar system taken by Voyager 1. The spacecraft acquired a total of 60 frames for a mosaic of the solar system from a distance of more than 4 billion miles from Earth and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic. In , the Very Long Baseline Array got the reverse-angle shot — this radio telescope image showing the signal of the spacecraft as a similar point of light.
This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago.
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The environment inside our solar bubble is dominated by the plasma exhausted by our sun, known as the solar wind. The interstellar plasma is shown with an orange glow similar to the color seen in visible-light images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope that show stars in the Orion nebula traveling through interstellar space. NASA held a news conference Sept. Ed Stone holds a Voyager spacecraft model. This artist's concept puts solar system distances in perspective.
The scale bar is in astronomical units, with each set distance beyond 1 AU representing 10 times the previous distance. One AU is the distance from the sun to the Earth, which is about 93 million miles or million kilometers. Neptune, the most distant planet from the sun, is about 30 AU. Scientists believe it entered interstellar space, or the space between stars, on Aug. This artist's concept shows the outer layers of our solar bubble, or heliosphere, and nearby interstellar space.
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NASA's Voyager 1 is currently exploring a region of interstellar space, which is the space between stars that still feels charged particle and magnetic field influences from the heliosphere. The magnetic field lines yellow arcs appear to lie in the same general direction as the magnetic field lines emanating from our sun.
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