Space, the final frontier, with this pictorial journey we will boldly go where only lucky astronauts and the immense reach of a camera lens have gone before. We will gaze in wonder at some stellar sights, feeling very small in comparison to the vast expanse of space and very proud to be part of a race that has reached out from their humble position to the outer limits of the galaxy.
(1) Lift off
A magisterial space rocket lifts off from planet Earth on its mission to outer space.
(2) Another powerful launch
The Columbia Space Shuttle heads for space with all its cylinders blazing.
A beautiful shot of our planet Earth in all her glory.
(4) Antarctic Peninsula
A vertiginous view of the Antarctic Peninsula seen from outer space.
(5) A Long Fall from Space
Autumnal colours surround Lake Superior snapped from space.
(6) Up and Over Down Under
Fires photographed from way above North-Eastern Australia.
(7) High Shot of Low Pressure
Low pressure builds and swirls over the Great Lakes of America.
(8) A Cloud Street Map
Cloud streets and a hurricane billow and blow off the West Coast of America
(9) Nature’s Magic Captured from on High
The wondrous green and red aurora caused by charged particles from a solar wind clashing with oxygen.
(10) A Glorious Sight To Behold
A time-lapse shot of the aurora from the giddy heights of the International Space Station
(11) A Turbulent Typhoon Approaches
A super shot of Typhoon Roke heading for Japan taken from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre.
(12) The Forecast: Clouds, Clouds and Clouds
Cloud vortices curl and curve above Heard Island in the Indian Ocean.
(13) UARS Prior to Re-entry
NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) orbits the Earth before it plummeted down into the Pacific Ocean on 24 September 2011.
(14) A Full Moon
A lovely lunar video capturing the pockmarked surface of our shadowy satellite.
(15) A Closer Look at the Lunar Surface
A wonderful video of a lunar landscape flyover.
(16) Solar Power
An immense solar flare roars from the surface of the sun in this stunning image of the centre of our solar system.
(17) Blaze and Flare
The temperature of the Sun’s surface is around 6000 Celsius. In this photo, a fiery flare from it leaps into space.
(18) The Shine of a Sun Spot
The awesome might of the solar surface and a stunning sun spot.
(19) A Solar Eclipse from Space
A chiaroscuro eclipse is even more stunning when seen from space.
(20) Look upon Mercury
A beautiful shot of Mercury’s moon-like surface, craggy and scorched by the Sun.
(21) Beautiful Venus
The rocky surface of the red-hot planet Venus
(22) Mighty Mars
Favourite of science fiction writers, Mars is just as incredible in reality.
(23) Ringed Saturn
A mesmerising sight, Saturn and its majestic rings.
(24) The Giant Jupiter
The biggest of the gas giants and largest planet in our solar system.
(25) A Look at Europa
One of Jupiter’s moons, Europa has ice and water on its surface, which has led to speculation about whether it can or does sustain life.
(26) Distant Uranus
Another gas giant, Uranus was the first planet found by telescope.
(27) Far Off Neptune
Initially Neptune’s existence was predicted by mathematics, before telescopes became powerful enough to view him.
(28) Pluto Out In the Cold
Images of the icy dwarf planet from the Hubble Space Telescope.
(29) An Image of Andromeda
A stunningly detailed photograph of the Andromeda Galaxy, approximately 2.5 light years away.
(30) A spiralling Galaxy of Stars
A magnificent spiralling disc of stars in the far off galaxy NGC 2841, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
(31) Jets from a Black Hole
Incredible imagery of a black hole as it spews jets into the cosmos.
(32) Turbulent Centre of a Black Hole
The mysterious centre of a black hole as it emits bright light. The route to another dimension?
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