Astronomy and Space images
- History of Space Exploration
- Solar System Missions
- The Future of Space Exploration
- Featured Image of the Week
- Space Exploration Images
- Astronaut and Cosmonaut Pictures
- Pictures of Astronomers, Scientists and Philosophers
- Deep Space Pictures
- Solar System Images
History of Space Exploration
It has been more than 50 years since the first astronauts left our planet and walked on another world. Here is a look back at some past missions.
Solar System Missions
Before people traveled to space, robotic spacecraft were sent to orbit Earth. Today our planet is surrounded by hundreds of communications and scientific satellites, teaching us about our planet and the cosmos at large.
- The Explorer Missions
- Lunar Orbiter Missions
- The Mariner Missions to Venus and Mars
- The Pioneer Missions
- The Viking Missions
- The Mars Pathfinder Mission
- Mars Curiosity Rover-Mars Science Laboratory
- Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission
The Future of Space Exploration
Humanity has made tremendous progress in space exploration. Where do we go from here? What will the future of space exploration look like?
- The Next Robotic Missions to Space
- The Future of Human Space Flight
- Is NASA Headed in the Right Direction?
- The Constellation Program
- How Will We Return to the Moon?
Featured Image of the Week
Welcome to Space & Astronomy Featured Picture of the Week. Every week, discover fascinating images from astronomy and space.
Space Exploration Images
Space missions are designed to explore the unknown and learn more about the universe around us. Whether it's a manned space mission to the moon, a robot explorer in the solar system or a probe to the galaxy beyond, check out these space exploration mission pictures.
- Project Mercury Pictures Gallery
- Sputnik 1 Pictures Gallery
- The Tragedy of Apollo 1
- The Successful Failure - Apollo 13
- America's First Space Station - Skylab
- STS-1 - First Space Shuttle mission
- Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Pictures Gallery
- MESSENGER Mission to Mercury
- Mission to Pluto - New Horizons
- Stardust Exploring a Comet
Astronaut and Cosmonaut Pictures
View pictures of the brave men and women who have made a success of the U.S. Astronaut Program as well as international astronauts and cosmonauts.
- Dick Scobee Pictures Gallery
- Image Gallery of Mae Jemison - First African-American Woman Astronaut
- Lisa Nowak - Former Astronaut
- Space Suits Pictures Gallery
- Pictures of the First Man on the Moon - Neil Armstrong
Pictures of Astronomers, Scientists and Philosophers
Sir Isaac Newton wrote in a letter to his chief rival Robert Hooke, "If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
Check out these pictures of some of those who have changed the world and our views of the universe.
- Aristotle Pictures Gallery
- Ptolemy - Placing earth at the Center of the Universe
- Mathemetician Pythagoras
- Father of Modern Rocketry - Robert Goddard
- Pictures of Wernher von Braun
Deep Space Pictures
Discover pictures of stars, black holes, quasars, pulsars, and other deep space objects. Learn more about our universe with these deep space and stars pictures. You'll find out more about the constellations as you tour our universe in pictures.
Solar System Images
Discover pictures of our solar system. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, comets and meteors are all subjects of pictures for your education and enjoyment. You'll learn more about our solar system from these pictures.