To infinity and beyond!

(8/26/15) The Twin Jet Nebula, or PN M2-9, is a striking example of a bipolar planetary nebula. Bipolar planetary nebulae are formed when the central object is not a single star, but a binary system. Via Hubble Space Telescope. [NASA]

Last month I wrote about the Library of Congress’s Digital Collections where anyone can browse and download any images from the collection for free. Now there is another great online asset that one can find some great and/or historic images.

(8/20/01) This image of the International Space Station (ISS) was photographed by one of the crew members of the STS-105 mission from the Shuttle Orbiter Discovery after separating from the ISS. [NASA]

The NASA Image and Video Library has made available the thousands of pictures, artist renderings and videos for anyone to look and and download all for free and all royalty-free.

(3/15/09) A nearly full Moon sets as the space shuttle Discovery sits atop Launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Wednesday, March 11, 2009. [NASA/Bill Ingalls]

If you’re into astronomy, space flight or history this is for you.
There are historical photos of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. From rockets sitting on the launch pad to lifting off from the Earth to orbiting the planet, there are pictures of spacecraft from every era of spaceflight, photographed from every conceivable angle.

(4/19/13) Astronomers used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the iconic Horsehead Nebula in a new, infrared light to mark the 23rd anniversary of the famous observatory’s launch aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. Looking like an apparition rising from whitecaps of interstellar foam, the iconic Horsehead Nebula has graced astronomy books ever since its discovery more than a century ago. [NASA]

There are images of our solar system and beyond. The Hubble Space Telescope is perhaps the most famous telescope in the world and there are images of stars, nebulae and galaxies taken by it in the catalog. But there are images from other telescopes as well, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Solar Dynamics Observatory to name just a couple. Often there are images of celestial bodies that are a combination of several of the telescopes.

(1/31/18) This self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle on Vera Rubin Ridge. Directly behind the rover is the start of a clay-rich slope scientists are eager to begin exploring. In the coming week, Curiosity will begin to climb this slope. [NASA]

There are also pictures from the different probes and crafts we’ve sent out to explore the universe. Photos of the distant worlds and moons of our solar system taken by the Voyager spacecrafts. Detailed photographs of the Martian surface have been sent back by the Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers as well as the Viking lander.

(11/19/69) Astronaut Alan L. Bean holds a Special Environmental Sample Container filled with lunar soil collected during the extravehicular activity (EVA) in which astronauts Charles Conrad Jr., commander, and Bean, lunar module pilot, participated. Conrad, who took this picture, is reflected in Bean’s helmet visor. [NASA]

From training to spaceflight, there are photos of the astronauts as well. Some areas pedestrian as them a speaking engagements but there are others, such as spacewalks, that are truly awe-inspiring.

(6/28/95) The Space Shuttle Atlantis orbits Earth at a point above Uzbekistan and the southern Aral Sea, as photographed by one of the Mir-18 crew members aboard Russia’s Mir Space Station. The image was photographed prior to rendezvous and docking of the two spacecraft. [NASA]

The images taken by the astronauts and satellites that are incredible. There’s a saying in photograph that the best photos come from knowing where to stand, meaning you need to have the best vantage point. No telephoto lens or high flying drone can even come close to getting the angle at which pictures from the International Space Station or high flying satellite can be photographed from.

So if you’re a science/space buff take a look a the NASA Image and Video Library because this site is out of this world!

(7/20/6) Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon near a leg of the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. The astronauts’ bootprints are clearly visible in the foreground. [NASA]

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