"WELCOME ASTRONAUTS" — A ticker tape parade down Broadway for astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young, seated with Vice President Hubert Humphrey. New York City, March 29, 1965.

(Library of Congress)

September 18, 1985 — Teachers Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan get hands-on experience with an Arriflex film camera after a training session on space photography. McAuliffe would later perish along with 6 other crew members in the Challenger disaster in January 1986. (NASA)

September 18, 1985 — Teachers Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan get hands-on experience with an Arriflex film camera after a training session on space photography. McAuliffe would later perish along with 6 other crew members in the Challenger disaster in January 1986. (NASA)

Behold the wonder of galaxy M51. X-rays from Chandra are purple, infrared data from Spitzer are red, and the optical data are red, green, and blue. (Chandra X-ray Observatory)

Behold the wonder of galaxy M51. X-rays from Chandra are purple, infrared data from Spitzer are red, and the optical data are red, green, and blue. (Chandra X-ray Observatory)

Teddy Roosevelt in Khartoum, Sudan, late 1890s.
(Harvard Library)

Teddy Roosevelt in Khartoum, Sudan, late 1890s.

(Harvard Library)

kokujinkun:

humanoidhistory:

Just now, as I looked up at the evening Moon, I remarked to my mother how much I’ve fallen in love with that “cold-hearted orb that rules the night" since I swung this blog in the direction of outer space. That’s when I thought, hey, let’s do a Saturday night Moon set! And here we are with lunar images from the Apollo 10 mission, May 1969. (NASA)

I love the mystery of the moon. It really is a weird mofo.

Oh, Moon. You a weird mofo, yo.

Temple of Venus by Domenico Cunego (1727-1794)
(Harvard Library)

Temple of Venus by Domenico Cunego (1727-1794)

(Harvard Library)

The Aurora Australis (southern lights) observed from the International Space Station on September 18, 2013. (NASA)

Observing a solar eclipse through a telescope, courtesy of the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Texas.

Observing a solar eclipse through a telescope, courtesy of the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Texas.

September 18, 2006 — The Soyuz TMA-9 blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying a new crew to the International Space Station. (NASA)

September 18, 2006 — The Soyuz TMA-9 blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying a new crew to the International Space Station. (NASA)

Prices from 100 years ago today, featured in an advert in the September 18, 1914 edition of the El Paso Herald.

Prices from 100 years ago today, featured in an advert in the September 18, 1914 edition of the El Paso Herald.

In a newspaper from 100 years ago today, a photo of Scottish troops in action during World War I. From the September 18, 1914 edition of the El Paso Herald. If Scotland’s independence referendum doesn’t go well, perhaps we’ll see more images like this?

In a newspaper from 100 years ago today, a photo of Scottish troops in action during World War I. From the September 18, 1914 edition of the El Paso Herald. If Scotland’s independence referendum doesn’t go well, perhaps we’ll see more images like this?

Saturn and the moon Rhea in anaglyph form, produced by Marco Faccin.
(NASA)

Saturn and the moon Rhea in anaglyph form, produced by Marco Faccin.

(NASA)

Elvis Costello plays a benefit for striking seamen, May 14, 1988. (via)

Elvis Costello plays a benefit for striking seamen, May 14, 1988. (via)