For decades astronomers have continued exploration to space to learn about it’s infinite wonders. While space travel isn’t readily available to everyone (yet), astronomers and NASA have provided Earthlings with incredible photographs of ongoing space discovery and striking celestial structures captured over decades of space travel. These are a few of our favorites…
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Gas Pillars in the Eagle Nebula
About 7,000 light years from Earth, this Hubble Space Telescope image shows the dark pillars of dense molecular hydrogen and dust in the Eagle Nebula (M16).
Voyager 1 Image of the Planet Jupiter
This view of Jupiter obtained from Voyager 1 on February 25th, 1979. The photo features Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, believed to be a giant storm system several times the size of the Earth, which has survived for at least the past 200 years.
The Andromeda Galaxy
The nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way, this neighboring galaxy is also called Messier 31. This photo was selected as the Astronomy Picture of the Day, May 10th, 2009.
Spacewalk During Shuttle Mission STS-69 (1995)
Against the backdrop of Earth, astronaut James S. Voss stands on a mobile restraint attached to Space Shuttle Endeavour. You can see the reflection of the shuttle nose in his visor. In his right hand is a camera, which he used to take snapshots during the spacewalk.
Earth Rise From the Moon
This photo depicts the Earth from the Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite. NASA’s Apollo program has achieved the only manned missions to the Moon to date starting with Apollo 11, which landed on the Moon in 1969.
The Orion Nebula
This diffuse nebula in the Milky Way, south of the Orion’s Belt constellation is one of the brightest nebulae. At times the Orion Nebula is visible to the naked eye in the night sky.
Whole Earth – Blue Marble 2000
The Blue Marble 2000 photograph is one of the most detailed images of Earth ever taken. It was done in 2000 to update the original Blue Marble images taken by Apollo astronauts.