From year to year, the moon never seems to change. Craters and other formations appear to be permanent now, but the moon didn’t always look like this. Thanks to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have a better look at some of the moon’s history.
Wired has assembled a terrific gallery of highlights from The Project Gemini Online Digital Archive, which was recently released by NASA and Arizona State University. The archive features high-resolution digital scans from the original Gemini flight films.
Click through to see the most detailed video of a shuttle launch ever assembled:
Imaging experts funded by the Space Shuttle Program and located at NASA’s Ames Research Center prepared this image using fusion software to combine six simultaneously captured images they took of the STS-134 launch on May 16, 2011. Each image was taken at a different exposure setting, then composited to balance the brightness of the rocket engine output with the regular daylight levels at which the orbiter can be seen. The processing software digitally removes pure black or pure white pixels from one image and replaces them with the most detailed pixel option from the five other images. This technique can help visualize debris falling during a launch or support research involving intense light sources like rocket engines, plasma experiments and hypersonic vehicle engines.
In one of the most detailed astronomical images ever produced, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured an unprecedented look at the Orion Nebula. … This extensive study took 105 Hubble orbits to complete. All imaging instruments aboard the telescope were used simultaneously to study Orion.
Hell’s Kitchen might get a whole lot cooler. This is the new building being proposed to house the recently retired space shuttle Enterprise in the once shady New York neighborhood by the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.
A powerful electrical storm created an eerie tapestry of light in the skies, at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, near Complex 39A in the hours preceding the launch of STS-8.