AS07-08-1933 was taken in 1968 from the Apollo 7 spacecraft—the first manned mission in the Apollo program—as it hovered 120 nautical miles above the Gulf of Mexico. Morning sunlight floods the sky and beams of light pour down over the Florida peninsula in the background.
NASA, GRID SPHERE SATELLITE ECHO 1 1958: the inflated balloon satellite prototype. not used, but would've been a passive reflector of microwave signals for communication.
Five hand drawn sketches of Jupiter were used to create this beautifully detailed flat map of the ruling gas giant's turbulent cloud tops. Observing on different dates in November and December of 2011, astronomical artist Fred Burgeot has relied on Jupiter's rotation to cover the planet's complete circumference.
Flat map of Jupiter’s cloud tops
The largest canyon in the Solar System cuts a wide swath across the face of Mars. Named Valles Marineris, the grand canyon extends over 3,000 kilometres long, spans as much as 600 kilometres across, and is as much as 8 kilometres deep. By comparison, Earth's Grand Canyon is 800 kilometres long, 30 kilometres across, and 1.8 kilometres deep. The origin of the Valles Marineris remains unknown, although a leading hypothesis holds that it started as a crack billions of years ago as the planet cooled. The above mosaic was created from over 100 images of Mars taken by Viking Orbiters in the 1970s.