Topic: Space

NASA
The Backstory

The First Earthrise

45 years ago this month, a photo from space forever changed how human beings saw the cosmos.

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Antoine de Ras—EPA
Closeup

The Best Pictures of the Week, August 6 – August 12

This week: President Obama meets with the families of the 30 Americans that died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Riots in England, Woodstock, Israeli “tent city” protests continue, the world stock market crash, and giant radiation bursts in space.

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NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Out There

Mission to Saturn: Beauty from the Final Frontier

More than 13 years ago, the Cassini satellite punched through the Earth’s lower atmosphere on its way to Saturn, transmitting images millions of miles away. Filmmakers Chris Abbas created a short film of the spacecraft’s amazing images.

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ESA/NASA
Photo Essay

Our Beautiful Planet: Images from Space by an Astronaut Photographer

LightBox presents a beautiful collection of photos of the Earth taken during European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s Soyuz mission to the International Space Station.

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Rykoff Collection
Photo Essay

First Man in Space: Vintage Soviet Propaganda Glorifying Yuri Gagarin

Excerpts from a collection of postcards commemorating the Soviet cosmonaut’s historic journey into outer space fifty years ago.

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NASA
Out There

Mercury Poses for Its Closeup

When astronomers try to explain why everyone should be as excited as they are about a bit of space news, they tend to reach for superlatives: This is the hottest/ coldest/ biggest/ smallest/ oldest/ most mysterious/ most powerful thing we’ve […]

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