outer space

Post image for 25 Years of Photographing NASA’s Abandoned Launch Sites

Photographer Roland Miller has spent 25 years gaining access to abandoned NASA sites across the United States, capturing their history and strange imagery before they disappear.

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Post image for Lunar Mountains and Divine Spheres: 1,000 Years of Illustrating Outer Space

In a new book called Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, published this month by Abrams, Michael Benson examines over a thousand years of mapping the great beyond.

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Books

The Sacrificial Glory of the Soviet Space Dogs

by Allison Meier on September 17, 2014

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As companions in our centuries of wandering and settling, dogs have given their loyalty blindly, in both good and bad, as sacrifices to animal testing, as scouts to survivors on battlefields, as guardians to sleep by the door at night.

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Post image for NASA Unveils the Strange Suit Designed for Its Mars Explorers

If NASA astronauts land on Mars, they might not look very human at all.

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Photo Essays

Meet the Afronauts

by Jillian Steinhauer on March 25, 2014

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In the 1960s, while the United States and the Soviet Union were playing out their battle of who would make it to the moon first and so dominate the galactic skies, a former high school teacher in Zambia decided his country needed a space program.

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Post image for The Celestographs: August Strindberg’s Alchemical Shots of the Night Sky

In the 1890s, Swedish playwright August Strindberg photographed the night sky without a camera or even a lens. These “Celestographs,” as he called them, were both a folly and an innovative work of experimental art.

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Post image for The History of Space Travel in 10 Objects

As our shuttles have gone into retirement and we look to the future of what space travel will mean for human exploration, there are plenty of artifacts left behind with which to examine the successes and failures of our journeying into beyond our atmosphere.

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Post image for New eBook Turns Space into a Tonal Universe for the Visually Impaired

A new eBook is aiming to make that starscape engaging for everyone, including the visually impaired.

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Post image for A Lost Constellation: The Great Printing Press in the Sky

While searching for Orion or the Great Dipper, it’s easy to forget that these constellations are just the arbitrary imaginations of astronomers drawing with stars. While Ptolemy referred to mythology for the classic constellations, later stargazers turned to their own visual culture. Up in the heavens, one 19th century astronomer even saw a printing press.

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Post image for 3D Photographs of Life on Mars, Taken by Robots

Now more than ever, it’s fascinating to look at the images we have from the Red Planet, and it just so happens that NASA has a whole collection in 3D.

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