Six Amazing Pictures From Space.

For as long as human beings have walked the earth we have been both fascinated and inspired by space, the planets and the stars. Although we now have a much better scientific understanding of the universe and a lot of its wonders than our ancestors we are still captivated by the beauty and mystery that it holds.

The first photographs taken of deep space quite literally changed our views on it completely but the first photographs taken from space revolutionized our understanding of our place in the cosmos and have given us an astounding amount of information regarding the creation of the universe itself.

The pictures featured in this article are widely considered by many in the photographic, historic and scientific communities to be some of the best that have ever been taken.

The picture below was taken in 1995 by the Hubble Space Telescope and is named “Hubble Deep Field.” At the time it was taken it offered the deepest views of the universe ever seen by combining light gathered over many hours to reveal many thousands of distant galaxies.

The picture below of the crescent planet Neptune and its crescent moon Triton was taken by NASA`s Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989 during its long, no return voyage to the edge of the known universe and beyond. It has been described as having no false color, no artifice, no agenda, calming, mysterious and aesthetically perfect.

The following stunning picture of the Sun was taken by NASA`s SDO spacecraft using its Atmospheric Imaging Assembly. Solar scientist Phillip Chamberlin describes the picture as “absolutely amazing.”

This next picture is one of the most popular to date. Named “Earthrise” it was the first picture of out planet ever to be taken by people orbiting the Moon. It was captured by the Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders in December of 1968.

Finally we have one of the latest images taken by NASA`s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on March 8, 2004 becoming the first image of our planet to be seen from the surface of a planet beyond our Moon.

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