Ten of the Most Popular Images From NASA’s Stunning Photo Archive

Most of the 140,000 entries look like something generated by a crack special effects team, but no -- it's all just the universe being the universe. NASA's newly unveiled photo archive is a collection of some of the most amazing images captured during the space program's history.

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This is just one of the 140,000 spectacular images in NASA's new photo archive.
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This image shows a view of the moon in the foreground with Earth on the distant horizon. This image was taken during the Apollo 11 Mission.
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This image was captured by NASA's GOES satellites, which orbit the equatorial plane of Earth at the same speed as the planet's rotation. That means they can hover over the same spot, providing forecasters with a great look at the atmospheric triggers that produce severe weather.
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The glowing circular mass above Jupiter in this picture from the Hubble Telescope is produced by auroras. The largest planet in the solar system is well known for its colorful storms and the Great Red Spot, seen here in the lower right of the photo.
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NASA’s Galileo spacecraft captured this view of the Earth and moon.
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This is brilliant blue Neptune. It's taken through green and orange filters on NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft at 4.4 million miles away. You can see the Great Dark Spot and a bright smudge.
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There's a lot going on here, but basically -- that's a blazar, a black-hole powered galaxy as shown by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The blast of white light shooting from the center represents matter that fell toward the black holeat the galaxy's center being blasted out at nearly the speed of light.
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That's astronaut John Young, commander of the Apollo 16 lunar land mission, jumping for joy on the moon surface and saluting the United States flag. Astronaut Charles M. Duke Jr., lunar module pilot, took the picture.
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This image shows the moon and Earth illuminated by the sun. The image was captured by the DISCOVR spacecraft's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera and telescope.
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This is one of the most detailed images of the Earth ever created. It's a montage from photographs taken by the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on board the new Suomi NPP satellite. The composite was created from images taken during four orbits of the robotic satellite.
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You can almost feel the heat exploding off the sun in this image developed from three telescopes. The photo shows material on the sun's surface, which sizzles at millions of degrees. The blue-white flashes are the most high energy spots.
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