LADEE ready for launch: The small car-sized LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky
The moon as seen from NASA's space station: The Instagram account has already attracted more than 60,000 followers to its page
The lunar farside as never seen before, courtesy LRO's LROC Wide Angle Camera, was the second image posted on NASA's Instagram account
'Golden Oldie': This 1969 pic taken from Apollo 11 which shows the Earth rising over the limb of the moon
A true-color image of Io, one of the moons of Jupiter, taken by the Galileo spacecraft. The dark spot just left of the center is the erupting volcano Prometheus. The whitish plains on either side of it are coated with volcanically deposited sulfur dioxide frost, whereas the yellower regions contain a higher proportion of sulfur. Photo: NASA
Black Canyon Painted-Wall, CO, USA. Painted Wall on the north side of the Black Canyon. It is the tallest sheer cliff in Colorado at 2,250 feet (690 m). Lighter-colored pegmatite dikes are clearly visible. Click on this image and the next to images to fully appreciate, up-close, the beauty of Nature.
STS120 Launch - The US Space Shuttle Discovery had its maiden flight on August 30, 1984. Its final mission was almost twenty-seven years later. Discovery spent a total of almost a year in space. It helped assemble the International Space Station, and it flew the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. It was de-commissioned on March 9, 2011. Now on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Photo: NASA; edit: John O'Neill
Tourists from an Alaska cruise ship view a Blue-Iceberg up close. Blue-iceberg was discovered during scientific expedition to the coast of Alaska, 2010. Do click on this image and the next two images for a muck closer viewing of this colorful Iceberg.
Blue plaque for Captain James Cook located on the wall at 326 The Highway in Shadwell, England. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.
The Three Voyages of James Cook -- The routes of Captain James Cook's voyages. The first voyage (1768 – 71) is shown in red, second voyage (1772 – 75) in green, and third voyage (1776 – 79) in blue. The route of Cook's crew following his death is shown as a dashed blue line. Captain James Cook (7 November 1728 – 14 February 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy.
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon: Buzz Aldrin was the second person to walk on the Moon on July 20,1969. Kennedy's goal of putting Man on the Moon was accomplished with the Apollo 11 mission when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their Lunar Module (LM) on the Moon on July 20, 1969 and walked on its surface while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the command spacecraft, and all three landed safely on Earth on July 24.
Apollo Insigna: Apollo Program, a United States human-spaceflight- effort carried out by NASA, that landed the first humans on Earth's Moon in 1969 through 1972, was planned during the Presidency of Eisenhower as a follow-on to Project Mercury which put the first Americans in space. Apollo Program really began after President John F. Kennedy set a national goal of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" by the end of the 1960s in a May 25, 1961 address to Congress.
Apollo 17 mission, 11 December 1972. Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, commander, makes a short checkout of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) during early part of first Apollo 17 Extravehicular Activity at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. Photograph was taken by Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot. The hill in the right background is the east end of South Massif. Source: NASA