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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: in black-and-white, on television.

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.

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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. 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.

Fullscreen 3. A rose made of galaxies. The distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal interactions with the smaller of the two. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one. Fullscreen 4. Extreme star cluster bursts into life in new Hubble image. The star-forming region NGC - seen here in the latest Hubble Space Telescope image - contains one of the most impressive massive young star clusters in the Milky Way. Bathed in gas and dust the cluster formed in a huge rush of star formation thought to have occurred around a million years ago.

The hot blue stars at the core are responsible for carving out a huge cavity in the gas seen to the right of the star cluster in NGC 's centre.

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Fullscreen 5. The Bubble Nebula. Fullscreen 6. Antennae Galaxies reloaded. Fullscreen 7. Rising like a giant seahorse from turbulent waves of dust and gas is the Horsehead Nebula, otherwise known as Barnard Fullscreen 8. Magnetic monster NGC It provides amazing detail and resolution of the fragile filamentary structures, which show up as a reddish lacy structure surrounding the central bright galaxy NGC These filaments are cool despite being surrounded by gas that is around 55 million degrees Celsius hot.

They are suspended in a magnetic field which maintains their structure and demonstrates how energy from the central black hole is transferred to the surrounding gas. By observing the filamentary structure, astronomers were, for Fullscreen 9. Hubble sees galaxies galore. This view of nearly 10, galaxies is the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos.

The space telescope "Hubble" captures the most beautiful images of the Universe

Called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, this galaxy-studded view represents a "deep" core sample of the universe, cutting across billions of light-years. The snapshot includes galaxies of various ages, sizes, shapes, and colours. The smallest, reddest galaxies, about , may be among the most distant known, existing when the universe was just million years old. The nearest galaxies - the larger, brighter, well-defined spirals and ellipticals - thrived about 1 billion Fullscreen Hubble mosaic of the majestic Sombrero Galaxy.

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The galaxy's hallmark is a brilliant white, bulbous core encircled by the thick dust lanes comprising the spiral structure of the galaxy. As seen from Earth, the galaxy is tilted nearly edge-on. We view it from just six degrees north of its equatorial plane. This brilliant galaxy was named the Sombrero because of its resemblance to the broad rim and high-topped Mexican hat. Latest Saturn Portrait. New stars shed light on the past.

This image depicts bright blue newly formed stars that are blowing a cavity in the centre of a fascinating star-forming region known as N The high energy radiation blazing out from the hot young stars in N90 is eroding the outer portions of the nebula from the inside, as the diffuse outer reaches of the nebula prevent the energetic outflows from streaming away from the cluster directly.

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Because N90 is located far from the central body of the Small Magellanic Cloud, numerous background galaxies in this picture can be seen, delivering a grand backdrop for the stellar newcomers. The dust Most detailed image of the Crab Nebula.

This Hubble image gives the most detailed view of the entire Crab Nebula ever. The Crab is among the most interesting and well studied objects in astronomy. Hubble's 28th birthday picture: The Lagoon Nebula. The whole nebula, about light-years away, is an incredible 55 light-years wide and 20 light-years tall.

This image shows only a small part of this turbulent star-formation region, about four light-years across. This stunning nebula was first catalogued in by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Hodierna, who sought to record nebulous objects in the night sky so they would not be mistaken for comets. Spirals and supernovae.

This stunning image from Hubble shows the majestic galaxy NGC , found nestled within the constellation of Cetus The Whale million light-years from Earth. In this image, we see NGC face-on, with its beautifully symmetrical swirling arms and bright central bulge creating a scene akin to a sparkling Catherine wheel firework. This shape leads NGC to be classified as a barred spiral galaxy — just like our home, the Milky Way. Bars are found in Butterfly emerges from stellar demise in planetary nebula NGC This celestial object looks like a delicate butterfly.

But it is far from serene. What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to nearly 20 degrees Celsius.

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  • The gas is tearing across space at more than kilometres per hour — fast enough to travel from Earth to the Moon in 24 minutes! A dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun is at the centre of this fury. It has ejected its envelope of gases and is now unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation that is making the Hubble's sharpest view of the Orion Nebula.

    This dramatic image offers a peek inside a cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. More than 3, stars of various sizes appear in this image. Some of them have never been seen in visible light. These stars reside in a dramatic dust-and-gas landscape of plateaus, mountains, and valleys that are reminiscent of the Grand Canyon. The Orion Nebula is a picture book of star formation, from Young stars sculpt gas with powerful outflows.

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    This Hubble Space Telescope view shows one of the most dynamic and intricately detailed star-forming regions in space, located , light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud SMC , a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. At the centre of the region is a brilliant star cluster called NGC A dramatic structure of arched, ragged filaments with a distinct ridge surrounds the cluster. A torrent of radiation from the hot stars in the cluster NGC , at the centre of this Hubble image, eats into denser areas around it, creating a fantasy sculpture of dust and gas. The Eagle has risen: stellar spire in the Eagle Nebula.

    Appearing like a winged fairy-tale creature poised on a pedestal, this object is actually a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. The soaring tower is 9. Stars in the Eagle Nebula are born in clouds of cold hydrogen gas that reside in chaotic neighbourhoods, where energy from young stars sculpts fantasy-like landscapes in the gas. The tower may be a giant incubator for those newborn stars. A torrent of ultraviolet light Out of this whirl: The Whirlpool Galaxy M51 and companion galaxy. The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 NGC appear like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space.