Before the days of Powerpoint and Prezi, employees at NASA would have to go about conveying their knowledge in a much more laborious way: chalk, board, and likely tears. It wasn’t all in vain, though; 1961 was the year that the first man–a Russian cosmonaut–entered space, and the United States was scrambling to catch up.
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Part of NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day” series, the photo above blurs the properties of Earth and the celestial Milky Way, as in its presentation it’s difficult to discern which body is doling out the lightning near Greece’s Corfu island. Either way, it’s a stellar shot.
The eagle may have landed, but not without some incredible heart palpitations. As evidenced from the ECG above, Neil Armstrong felt his “small step” with his feet as much as he did with his heart.
As if the Polynesian paradise couldn’t be exotic enough, have a glimpse of it from space.
From NASA: “Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.”
From NASA: Never has collaboration for a common goal looked so cool. With New Zealand in the background, astronaut Robert L. Curbeam Jr. (left) and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Christer Fuglesang, both STS-116 mission specialists, participate in the mission’s first of three planned sessions of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction continues on the International Space Station on December 12, 2006.