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Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA

The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA
The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. This famous photograph, known as The Blue Marble, was captured by the Apollo 17 astronauts on the same day that they left Earth on a Saturn V

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Orbiter Challenger on launch pad, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, 1980s

Orbiter Challenger on launch pad, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, 1980s. The Space Shuttle Challenger was the second orbiter of NASAs space shuttle programme

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. Creator: William A Anders

Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. Creator: William A Anders
Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the fourth nearside orbit

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: President Kennedy makes his We choose to go to the Moon speech, Rice University, 1962

President Kennedy makes his We choose to go to the Moon speech, Rice University, 1962. US President John F. Kennedy gives his We choose to go to the Moon speech in Houston, Texas

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Skylab in orbit above Earth at the end of its mission, 1974. Creator: NASA

Skylab in orbit above Earth at the end of its mission, 1974. Creator: NASA
Skylab in orbit above Earth at the end of its mission, 1974. The Skylab space station, first launched in May 1973, and was occupied in succession by three teams of three crewmembers

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: U-2 spy plane with fictitious NASA markings, USA, 1960. Creator: NASA

U-2 spy plane with fictitious NASA markings, USA, 1960. Creator: NASA
U-2 spy plane with fictitious NASA markings, USA, 1960. After Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union during a CIA spy flight on May 1, 1960

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Surface of the planet Mercury. Creator: NASA

Surface of the planet Mercury. Creator: NASA
Surface of the planet Mercury

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Neta Snook Southern at Ames Research Center, California, USA, 1980. Creator: NASA

Neta Snook Southern at Ames Research Center, California, USA, 1980. Creator: NASA
Neta Snook Southern at Ames Research Center, California, USA, 1980. American pioneer aviator Neta Snook Southern, age 84, emerges from the Flight Simulator for Advanced Aircraft

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Gemini VI in orbit 160 miles (257 km) above Earth, December 15, 1965

Gemini VI in orbit 160 miles (257 km) above Earth, December 15, 1965. Gemini VI spacecraft seen through the hatch window of Gemini VII during rendezvous and station-keeping manoeuvres

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: President Eisenhower with Hugh Dryden and T. Keith Glennan, August 19, USA, 1958

President Eisenhower with Hugh Dryden and T. Keith Glennan, August 19, USA, 1958. US President Dwight D. Eisenhower (centre) swears in Dr. T

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Seamans, von Braun and President Kennedy at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, 1963

Seamans, von Braun and President Kennedy at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, 1963. Dr. Wernher von Braun (center) explains the Saturn Launch System to President John F. Kennedy

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Ed White performs first U. S. spacewalk, 1965. Creator: James A McDivitt

Ed White performs first U. S. spacewalk, 1965. Creator: James A McDivitt
Ed White performs first U.S. spacewalk, 1965. Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot for the Gemini-Titan 4 space flight, floats in space during Americas first spacewalk

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Uranus from Voyager 2, 25 January 1986. Creator: NASA

Uranus from Voyager 2, 25 January 1986. Creator: NASA
Uranus from Voyager 2, 25 January 1986. Farewell shot of crescent Uranus, taken from 600, 000 miles (965, 000 kilometres) away as the unmanned Voyager 2 spacecraft departs

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Craters on the Moon. Creator: NASA

Craters on the Moon. Creator: NASA
Craters on the Moon

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: The Rover is dwarfed by a giant rock on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972

The Rover is dwarfed by a giant rock on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. US astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt collected samples and drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Astronaut with Lunar Roving Vehicle on the Moon, 1970s. Creator: NASA

Astronaut with Lunar Roving Vehicle on the Moon, 1970s. Creator: NASA
Astronaut with Lunar Roving Vehicle on the Moon, 1970s. The LRV or Moon Buggy was a battery-powered four-wheeled rover used on the Moon in the last three missions of the American Apollo programme in

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Lunar Module Antares on the Moon, Apollo 14 mission, February 1971

Lunar Module Antares on the Moon, Apollo 14 mission, February 1971
Lunar Module Antares at the Fra Mauro crater landing site on the Moon, Apollo 14 mission, February 1971. Apollo 14 was the third manned mission in NASAs Apollo programme to land on the Moon

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Simulation showing the separation of the component parts of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, 1969

Simulation showing the separation of the component parts of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, 1969. Illustration of the removal of the Command Module

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Command and supply capsule, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA

Command and supply capsule, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA
Command and supply capsule, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Apollo 17 was the last Apollo Moon landing mission

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Crawler moving Space Shuttle to launch complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, USA, 1980s

Crawler moving Space Shuttle to launch complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, USA, 1980s
Crawler moving Space Shuttle to launch complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, 1980s. Crawler-transporters, formally known as the Missile Crawler Transporter Facilities

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Lunar Module approaching landing site on the Moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969. Creator: NASA

Lunar Module approaching landing site on the Moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969. Creator: NASA
Lunar Module approaching landing site on the Moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969. The Apollo 11 Lunar Module, code named Eagle, with US astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin on board

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Space Shuttle Enterprise landing at Stansted, Essex, United Kingdom, 5 June 1983

Space Shuttle Enterprise landing at Stansted, Essex, United Kingdom, 5 June 1983. The US space shuttle Enterprise and its carrier aircraft, a Boeing 747

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Artists concept of Command Module re-entry in 5000°heat. Creator: NASA

Artists concept of Command Module re-entry in 5000°heat. Creator: NASA
Artists concept of Command Module re-entry in 5000° heat. The Apollo Command/Service Module was used for the Apollo program which landed astronauts on the Moon between 1969 and 1972

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Two-image mosaic of Saturns Rings, seen from Voyager 1 spacecraft, 1980. Creator: NASA

Two-image mosaic of Saturns Rings, seen from Voyager 1 spacecraft, 1980. Creator: NASA
Two-image mosaic of Saturns Rings, seen from Voyager 1 spacecraft, 1980. Computer-assembled two-image mosaic of Saturns rings

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Solar eruption, 10 June 10 1973. Creator: NASA

Solar eruption, 10 June 10 1973. Creator: NASA
Solar eruption, 10 June 10 1973. Spectroheliogram obtained by Skylab 2. Solar flares are giant explosions on the Sun that send energy, light and high speed particles into space

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Space Shuttle - spacewalk, 1980s. Creator: NASA

Space Shuttle - spacewalk, 1980s. Creator: NASA
Space Shuttle - spacewalk, 1980s. EVA - Extra Vehicular Activity - from the Orbiter space shuttle. The Space Shuttle program, (official name, Space Transportation System or STS)

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: The Moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969. Creator: NASA

The Moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969. Creator: NASA
The Moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969. The Full Moon seen from the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Visible features include the Mare Crisium, and the Mare Tranquilitatis (Sea of Tranquillity)

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Dione, one of Saturns moons. Creator: NASA

Dione, one of Saturns moons. Creator: NASA
Dione, one of Saturns moons. View of Dione, showing impact craters

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Close-up view of a crater on the surface of the Moon. Creator: NASA

Close-up view of a crater on the surface of the Moon. Creator: NASA
Close-up view of a crater on the surface of the Moon

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Walt Disney and Dr. Wernher von Braun, USA, 1954. Creator: NASA

Walt Disney and Dr. Wernher von Braun, USA, 1954. Creator: NASA
Walt Disney and Dr. Wernher von Braun, USA, 1954. Dr. Werhner von Braun, then Chief, Guided Missile Development Operation Division at Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) in Redstone Arsenal

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Buzz Aldrin deploys solar wind collector on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969

Buzz Aldrin deploys solar wind collector on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969. The Apollo 11 Lunar Module, code named Eagle

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Buzz Aldrin stands next to the American flag on the surface of the Moon, July 1969

Buzz Aldrin stands next to the American flag on the surface of the Moon, July 1969
Buzz Aldrin stands next to the American flag on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969. US astronaut Edwin E " Buzz" Aldrin, Jr

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Buzz Aldrin near the leg of the Lunar Module on the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969

Buzz Aldrin near the leg of the Lunar Module on the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969. The Apollo 11 Lunar Module, code named Eagle, with US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on board

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Colour composite of Jupiter and four moons. Creator: NASA

Colour composite of Jupiter and four moons. Creator: NASA
Colour composite of Jupiter and four moons. There are 79 known moons of the Planet Jupiter

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Jupiter mission: Ganymede from 1. 2 million kilometres. Creator: NASA

Jupiter mission: Ganymede from 1. 2 million kilometres. Creator: NASA
Jupiter mission: Ganymede from 1.2 million kilometres. Ganymede, (Jupiter III), is one of the moons of the planet Jupiter. It is the largest and most massive moon of Jupiter, and in the Solar System

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia on Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier, 1980s. Creator: NASA

Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia on Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier, 1980s. Creator: NASA
Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia on Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier, 1980s. The Columbia Orbiter operated between 1981 and 2003

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Lunar Module from above, c1970. Creator: NASA

Lunar Module from above, c1970. Creator: NASA
Lunar Module from above, c1970. The Lunar Module was the lander portion of the Apollo spacecraft, used for landing on the Moon. The first launch was in 1968, and the last in 1972

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: The Taurus-Littrow landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA

The Taurus-Littrow landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA
The Taurus-Littrow landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. US astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt collected samples and drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle on the Moon

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Space Shuttle Orbiter in flight, 1980s. Creator: NASA

Space Shuttle Orbiter in flight, 1980s. Creator: NASA
Space Shuttle Orbiter in flight, 1980s. The Space Shuttle program, (official name, Space Transportation System or STS), was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the National

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Space Shuttle on launch pad, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, 1980s

Space Shuttle on launch pad, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, 1980s. The Space Shuttle program, (official name, Space Transportation System or STS)

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Saturnian System from Voyager 1, c1980s. Creator: NASA

Saturnian System from Voyager 1, c1980s. Creator: NASA
Saturnian System from Voyager 1, c1980s. The Voyager 1 space probe was launched by NASA on 5 September 1977, 16 days after its twin, Voyager 2

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Space Shuttle Columbia on launch pad, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, March 1982

Space Shuttle Columbia on launch pad, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, March 1982
Space Shuttle Columbia on launch pad, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, March 1982. STS-3 Launch Vehicle loading tests for crygenic liquid oxygen and propellants etc

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Lunar landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA

Lunar landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA
Lunar landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. US astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt collected samples and drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle at the Taurus-Littrow Landing Site

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Earth rising above the Moon, seen from Apollo 15, July-August 1971. Creator: NASA

Earth rising above the Moon, seen from Apollo 15, July-August 1971. Creator: NASA
Earth rising above the Moon, seen from Apollo 15, July-August 1971. The crescent Earth rises above the lunar horizon, taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar orbit during the final lunar landing

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Model of the torus colony, c1970s. Creator: NASA

Model of the torus colony, c1970s. Creator: NASA
Model of the torus colony, c1970s. Proposed NASA design of the Stanford torus colony, a space habitat capable of housing 10, 000 to 140, 000 permanent residents

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: John Young on the lunar surface, 1972. Creator: Charles Duke

John Young on the lunar surface, 1972. Creator: Charles Duke
John Young on the lunar surface, 1972. Astronaut John W. Young, commander of the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission, jumps up from the lunar surface as he salutes the U.S

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Gemini 10 splashdown, 1966. Creator: NASA

Gemini 10 splashdown, 1966. Creator: NASA
Gemini 10 splashdown, 1966. The Command Module of the Gemini 10 spacecraft splashes down into the sea after re-entry

Background imageSpace Exploration Collection: Apollo 11 Recovery Area, 1969. Creator: NASA

Apollo 11 Recovery Area, 1969. Creator: NASA
Apollo 11 Recovery Area, 1969. Pararescueman Lt. Clancy Hatleberg closes the Apollo 11 spacecraft hatch as astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, Jr



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