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A new chapter in space flight began this week in 1950 July with the launch of the first rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida: the Bumper V-2. Shown above, the Bumper V-2 was an ambitious two-stage rocket program that topped a V-2 missile base with a WAC Corporal rocket. The upper stage was able to reach then-record altitudes of almost 400 kilometers, higher than even Space Shuttles once flew. Launched under the direction of the General Electric Company, the Bumper V-2 was used primarily for testing rocket systems and for research on the upper atmosphere. Bumper V-2 rockets carried small payloads that allowed them to measure attributes including air temperature and cosmic ray impacts. Seven years later, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I and Sputnik II, the first satellites into Earth orbit. In response in 1958, the US created NASA. Follow APOD on: Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter #space #photography #nasa #universe #galaxy #nightsky #spacefacts #stars

And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.” . . . . : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nightphotography #photography #night #sky #photooftheday #photo #longexposure #travel #streetphotography #nature #art #photographer #ig #christmas #landscape #moon #lights #picoftheday #instagood #nightsky #city #canon #light #beautiful #street #bnw #naturephotography #love #landscapephotography #bhfyp

The MilkyWay and Andromeda shining brightly between the mountains of North La Palma. I found this spot on my last night before flying home. Getting there was a bit of an adventure. Most of the B roads are dodgy but to get to this spot you had to drive through a single dirt track tunnel that looked like it had been carved out with a pick axe, luckily I didn’t come head to head with any other traffic. #longshutter #longexposure #nightsky #nightpics #milkyway #andromeda #galaxy #nightadventures #nightphotography #explore #driving #lapalma #mountains #witns

👩‍🚀🎇Our nearest large neighbor galaxy is the Andromeda galaxy. (Credit: Bill Schoening, Vanessa Harvey/REU program/NOAO/AURA/NSF)👏😍🙋‍♀️👉follow me for more 👉@beyondzzzsky #astronomer #astrophysics #space #cosmos #science #universe #Stars #planets #constellations #hubble #telescope #galaxy #kocmoc #astronomy #spacelove #telescope #solarsystem #nightsky #galaxies #moon_of_the_day #qanon #spaceshuttle #nichtphotography_exclusive #outerspace #Saturn #Spacecraft #spaceshuttle #redplanet

Icy world Charon is 1,200 kilometers across. That makes Plutos largest moon only about 1/10th the size of planet Earth but a whopping 1/2 the diameter of Pluto itself. Charon is seen in unprecedented detail in this image from New Horizons. The image was captured late July 13 during the spacecrafts flight through the Plutonian system from a range of less than 500,000 kilometers. For reference, the distance separating Earth and Moon is less than 400,000 kilometers. Charonian terrain, described as surprising, youthful, and varied, includes a 1,000 kilometer swath of cliffs and troughs stretching below center, a 7 to 9 kilometer deep canyon cutting the curve of the upper right edge, and an enigmatic dark north polar region unofficially dubbed Mordor. #space #photography #nasa #universe #galaxy #nightsky #spacefacts #stars

Sometimes most imperfect pictures turns out to be more interesting.. — ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ ✨✨✨#astronomyforme #astronomy #nightphotography #nightsky #dslr #dslrphotography #nightnight #nightlife #constellations #find #comment #star #orion #orionsbelt #taurus #taurusmemes

A 50 mile \(80 kilometer\) trip across Pluto would cover the distance indicated by the scale bar in this startling image. The close-up of the icy worlds rugged equatorial terrain was captured when the New Horizons spacecraft was about 47,800 miles \(77,000 kilometers\) from the surface, 1.5 hours before its closest approach. Rising to an estimated 11,000 feet \(3,500 meters\) the mountains are likely composed of water ice. Suggesting surprising geological activity, they are also likely young with an estimated age of 100 million years or so based on the apparent absence of craters. The region pictured is near the base of Plutos broad, bright, heart-shaped feature. #space #photography #nasa #universe #galaxy #nightsky #spacefacts #stars

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