Around The Earth And Solar System

Let me invite you to a journey around the Earth and across our solar system with astonishing shots and photographs made by space agencies and programs crew during the 60 years space observation history. You will be able to recognize well known elements as well as discover new worlds. The most of the photographs are in high resolution and very useful as wallpapers and backgrounds so be free to click on the image for the full size and download what You find interesting. Enjoy and share it with the world!

Moon, Milky Way, and ALMA Telescope Credit: ESO/S. Guisard

This amazing panorama depicts the site of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, in the Chilean Andes. When ALMA is complete, it will have 54 of the 12-meter-diameter dishes shown. Above the array, the arc of the Milky Way glistens while the moon bathes the scene in an eerie light. ESO Photo Ambassador Stéphane Guisard took the shot, released April 23, 2012. Click the picture to see a larger version of the astounding image.

Expedition 31 Soyuz Launch. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz TMA-04M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 carrying Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin to the International Space Station.

Expedition 31 Rocket Seen Through Camera Viewfinder. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz rocket is seen in the monitor of a video camera moments before Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin arrive to board the rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Padalka, Revin, and Acaba is scheduled for 9:01 a.m. local time on Tuesday, May 15.

Shadow’s on the Moon’s Tycho Crater

Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

Sunrise shadows on the moon’s Tycho crater, as seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on June 10, 2011. NASA released the photo on June 30.

AEHF-2 Satellite Ready to Launch. Credit: United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle stands ready to launch the Air Force’s AEHF-2 satellite at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The South China Sea. Credit: ESA/NASA

Thursday, May 10, 2012: ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers took this photo of the Philippine archipelago while aboard the International Space Station. The spacecraft which brought him to the station, a Soyuz TMA-03M, docks to the station at the left of this photo.

Jupiter and Io, by New Horizons. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University

Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Goddard Space Flight CenterThis montage of New Horizons images shows Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io, and were taken during the spacecraft’s Jupiter flyby in early 2007

The Earth Below. Credit: NASA

This unusual image, photographed through the Cupola on the International Space Station by one of the Expedition 30 crew members, is centered over Turkey

Baumgartner Before Jump. Credit: Jay Nemeth/Red Bull Content Pool

Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria seen before his jump at the first manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico on March 15, 2012.

Saturn’s ‘Blue Moon’ in All Its Glory. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSIA

False-color view of Saturn’s moon Rhea captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on March 2, 2010. This image shows the side of the moon that always faces the planet. Ultraviolet, green and infrared images were combined into a single picture that isolates and maps regional color differences. This “color map” was then superimposed over a clear-filter image that preserves the relative brightness across the body

Southeastern United States Seen from Space. Credit: NASA

Southeastern USA at night is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 30 crew member on the International Space Station. The brightly lit metropolitan areas of Atlanta, GA (center) and Jacksonville, FL (lower right) appear largest in the image with numerous other urban areas forming an interconnected network of light across the region. Image released Jan. 29, 2012

Astronaut’s Amazing View from Space. Credit: NASA

A remarkable nighttime panorama taken from the International Space Station captured a dazzling cobweb of city lights as the orbiting complex flew roughly 240 miles (386 kilometers) overhead.

West Rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU

A portion of the west rim of Endeavour crater sweeps southward in this color view from NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. This crater — with a diameter of about 14 miles (22 kilometers) — is more than 25 times wider than any that Opportunity has previously approached during the rover’s 8 years on Mars.

Opportunity Rover Studies Martian Rock Tisdale 2. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its front hazard-avoidance camera to take this picture showing the rover’s arm extended toward a light-toned rock, “Tisdale 2,” during the 2,695th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars (Aug. 23, 2011)


NASA’s NPP Launch from Afar. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA’s NPP climate and weather satellite roars into space on Oct. 28, 2011

Mars Globe. Credit: NSSDC NASA

Global mosaic of Mars. Visible in the center of this mosaic is the largest known chasm in the solar system, Valles Marineris. Reproduced from Volume 14 of the Mars Digital Image Model (MDIM)

A Tectonic Feast. Credit: The Cassini spacecraft

The Cassini spacecraft has been studying Saturn and its moons since it entered orbit in 2004. These 15 snapshots were some of its most popular as Cassini began an extended mission that now stretches to 2017. This image, taken on Oct. 5, 2008, is a stunning mosaic of the geologically active Enceladus after a Cassini flyby

Dark Skies. Credit: ESO/S. Guisard

Despite the Perseid meteor shower being more visible in the northern hemisphere, due to the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle’s orbit, the shower was also spotted from the exceptionally dark skies over ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.


NASA’s Morpheus Lander Technology Test. Credit: NASA/Kris Kehe

The entrails of NASA’s Morpheus Lander, which is a test of new technologies designed to take humans back to the moon or on to Mars.

Reaching for the Stars. Credit: NASA

Astronaut James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot, during the Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) on August 1, 1971, at the Hadley-Apennine landing site

The Apollo Command/Service Module. Credits: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Over the moon’s surface during the Apollo 11 mission, 20th July 1969.

The lunar module Eagle. Credits: NASA

With a half-earth in the background, the lunar module “Eagle,” carrying Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, approached the Apollo command module manned by Michael Collins after Messrs. Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon

Yuri Gagarin. Credits:

On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space, launched into orbit on the Vostok 3KA-3 spacecraft (Vostok 1)

Earth – view from the moon. Credits: NASA

An image of the earth rise was taken during a lunar orbit by the Apollo 11 mission crew in July 1969.

If you’ve ever wondered what it must feel like to fly around the Earth at 28,000 kilometers per hour, then wonder no more.

Created by James Drake, it’s a compilation of 600 publicly available images, strung together to make an incredible time lapse animation. The actual motion of the International Space Station would appear much slower than this, but still. The clarity, color, dynamism, and sheer jaw-dropping wonder of this is spectacular to behold.

A Seen On: SPACE.COM and NASA 

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2 responses

  1. galaxybureau


    May 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

  2. Awesome!

    May 18, 2012 at 1:00 am

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