Index / Photography

Exobiotanica: Azuma Makoto Sends Flowers to Space

For his art piece “Exobiotanica,” Azuma Makoto traveled to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to launch a white pine bonsai tree and a floral bouquet into the stratosphere. Makoto’s team collaborated with California-based JP Aerospace, a volunteer organization that calls itself “America’s OTHER Space Program.” Makoto and JP Aerospace used helium balloons for the launch. […]

Mars for Everyone: The HiRise Imaging Project

For ages, our stereotypical image of Mars has been a red desert: both the ancient Egyptian and Indian names, for example, refer to the planet’s red coloring, which stems from a extremely thin veneer of surface dust. An ongoing project of NASA and the University of Arizona, The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRise) reveals […]

Faces of Space: Archival NASA Portraits

Our collective visual memory of the NASA space program has been collaged largely from several decades of official portraits, PR photo ops, and breathtaking vistas of the Earth and the heavens.  The surface narrative told by these images has heavily focused on depicting the collective heroism responsible for humankind’s greatest achievement. This curated selection of […]

Vincent Fournier: Space Project

For his Space Project series, French photographer Vincent Fournier explores the hidden technological worlds of space exploration across the globe, unveiling uncanny moments in places like the French Guiana Space Centre, a Norwegian radar array, the cosmonaut training center in Star City, Russia, and the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Fournier’s photographs traverse the […]

Eye in the Sky: Live Stream of Planet Earth

On April 18th, 2014, a new experiment called the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) was installed in the International Space Station, after being delivered by the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. HDEV consists of four commercial HD video cameras that provide uninterrupted streaming footage of planet Earth viewed from stationary orbit. This real-time eye in the sky […]

The Voyager Golden Record: Postcards From Planet Earth

A message in a bottle. The first cosmic mixtape. A letter from home that may never reach its destination. Compiled for NASA by a Cornell University committee led by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan in 1977, copies of the Golden Record are currently carried aboard both Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft as they plunge […]

Cassini Orbiter: Rings of Saturn

In 2013, NASA’s unmanned Cassini orbiter probe sent back to Earth some of the most precise images of the planet Saturn and its rings ever taken, so precise that they achieved a distinctly abstract quality. Captured with a scientific eye, the Cassini images convey a minimalist sensibility, like National Geographic photos art-directed by Peter Saville. […]

Red Bull in Space

On 14 October, 2012, The Red Bull Stratos mission shot Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner into the upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere for the sake of a ten-minute freefall “from the edge of space,” an unprecedented stunt live-streamed across the mediasphere. Baumgartner set new altitude records for manned balloon flight, highest parachute jump, and greatest […]

NASAgram: Space Goes Social

The cosmos is a busy place: thanks to the public-relations efforts of NASA’s social media department we can participate in NASA’s efforts to explore, utilize and colonize space more than ever before, encountering otherworldly images of space in feeds more known for selfies, dinner pics, and photo bombs. At the same time, the NASA Instagram […]