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NASA Unveils Vast Archive of Space Images
While not infinite, NASA's new archive of space images is still pretty big.
The prospect of scrolling through NASA's new image and video archive is daunting. Unveiled on Tuesday, it consolidates imagery from more than 60 collections into one searchable library.
We didn't have time to scroll though all 140,000 offerings, so we selected highlights from the "Most Popular" tab, which showcases favorites from launches and spacewalks as well as dazzling views of distant galaxies and our own home planet. Take a look, and if you like them, high-resolution versions are downloadable at the NASA site.
Above: The Earth rises over the moon's horizon in this view captured during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
Ocean of Stars
In this image from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Omega Nebula (M17) resembles the fury of a raging sea. The wavelike patterns of glowing hydrogen gas have been sculpted and illuminated by a torrent of ultraviolet radiation from young stars, which lie outside the picture to the upper left.
The nebula, also known as the Swan Nebula, is a hotbed of newly born stars 5,500 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius.
First American Spacewalk
Astronaut Edward H. White, II, pilot on the Gemini-Titan 4 spaceflight, becomes the first U.S. astronaut to "walk" in space on June 3, 1965. He remained outside the spacecraft for 21 minutes. In his right hand, he carries a propulsion unit that allowed him to control his movements. He was attached to the spacecraft by a 25-foot umbilical line.
White's accomplishment came several months after Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov performed the first spacewalk.
A supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument on June 23, 2013.
Supermoons occur when a full moon is at its closest point to Earth during its orbit of our planet. They can be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon, according to NASA.
Month in Space Pictures: February 2017
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