Pluto

A synthetic perspective view of Pluto, based on the latest high-resolution images to be downlinked from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, shows what you would see if you were approximately 1,100 miles (1,800 km) above Pluto’s equatorial area, looking toward the bright, smooth, expanse of icy plains informally called Sputnik Planum, in this image taken July 14, 2015 and released September 10, 2015. The images were taken as New Horizons flew past Pluto from a distance of 50,000 miles (80,000 km).

NASA / Reuters

via The Atlantic’s InFocus

Timelapse of Earth from the ISS

This video edited by Dmitry Pisanko compiles times lapses shot from the International Space Station.

There is also a collection of high resolution gifs from this video on Imgur that loop details of the 4K footage.

The ISS is impressive to behold, and the images of Earth taken from it are truly captivating. Seeing the world from this perspective is very eye-opening. The world is big and we take up such a very small part of it. 

I want to go to space, but, when I asked my wife if she’d go with me she said — with no hesitation — “Nope, nope, nope.” It seems increasingly possible that space travel is something I’ll be able to experience in my lifetime. My kids will likely find it to be commonplace.

NASA captures photos of the Moon passing in front of the Earth

NASA recently published an amazing set of images from the far side of the moon. The photos show the moon passing in front of the sunlit surface of the earth.

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This animation features actual satellite images of the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) and telescope, and the Earth – one million miles away. Credits: NASA/NOAA

Black marble

The Americas light up in this composite image made by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite. NASA reports the image was made over nine days in April and 13 days in October. According to NASA, 312 orbits were required to get a clear shot of each parcel of the Earth’s surface. Additionally, the image shows Superstorm Sandy making landfall over New Jersey on Oct. 29.

(via The Week in Pictures: Nov. 29 – Dec. 6- slideshow – slide – 1 – NBCNews.com)

Mars Panorama: Curiosity rover on Martian solar day 2

Mars Panorama: Curiosity rover on Martian solar day 2

Mars Panorama: Curiosity rover on Martian solar day 2

Mars Panorama: Curiosity rover on Martian solar day 2