Astronaut Charles Duke visited the moon in 1972 as part of the Apollo 16 mission. He left behind a picture of himself, with his wife and two sons. He took a picture of it before he left. The photograph remains on the moon’s surface.
The Moon, 1972. Astronaut Dave Scott, commander for the Apollo 15 mission, moonwalks through the Hadley Delta. (NASA)
Close and Closer
shades: Surface of Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 22nd August 2007.
Around 75°S 250°E, Aonia Terra. For scale, the crater, Lau, that covers the top of the image is 106km across. Hans-Emil Lau (1879-1918) was an astronomer, whose work included a survey of the colour of starlight.
Composite of images taken in red, blue, and green light. The colours probably aren’t balanced correctly to produce a “true colour” image, but the relative colour is probably informative - the dark dust trapped in the craters is bluer than the surrounding terrain, if not actually quite so blue.
Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.
Slopes of a Crater in Terra Cimmeria (Mars), photo by Nasa
Matthew Stevenson - Lontano
"The learned doctors of the Great Vehicle teach us that the essential characteristic of the universe is its emptiness." - Jorge Borges
"Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."
A four-hour exposure photograph of the 1998 Leonids meteor shower taken at the Modra Observatory in Slovakia.