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Christoast
2009-Apr-11, 05:23 PM
Please feel free to add what images you think apply.

WMAP (http://www.phys.ncku.edu.tw/~astrolab/mirrors/apod/image/0302/sky_wmap_big.jpg)
First Picture From the Surface of Mars (http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/gallery/First_Mars-browse.jpg)
Earthrise (http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/gallery/apollo08_earthrise.jpg)
Apollo Footprint (http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/Images/StarChild/space_level2/apollo11_footprint_big.gif)
The Sun Behind Saturn (http://www.daviddarling.info/images/Saturn_backlit.jpg)
Pillars of Creation (http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~keeton/342/Pillars-of-Creation_sm.jpg)
Sunset on Mars (http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/mars_sunset.jpg) - Especially influential for me

speedfreek
2009-Apr-11, 05:41 PM
The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_142.html)

novaderrik
2009-Apr-11, 05:58 PM
for "most influential" to the general public, it would probably be either the footprint on the moon or the earthrise.
for flat out coolest, it would be the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.

Rhaedas
2009-Apr-11, 06:53 PM
An influential picture as far as the first direct evidence of volcanism other than Earth, serendipitously discovered while reviewing Voyager images.

Io Plume (http://geology.rockbandit.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/io-1979-plume.jpg)

ravens_cry
2009-Apr-11, 07:08 PM
While The Sun Behind Saturn is visually impressive, it is the closeup that is more important, AKA Pale Blue Dot (http://img408.imageshack.us/my.php?image=palebluedot.jpg).

AndrewJ
2009-Apr-11, 07:34 PM
My personal top five:

1) Clementine photo of Mars, Mercury and Saturn behind Earth-lit Moon (shows Ecliptic).

2) Distant galaxies gravitationally lensed by Abel Cluster (shows GR).

3) Bullet Cluster (illustration of Dark Matter)

4) Any Deep Field photo (shows profusion of galaxies)

5) Infrared photo looking into Milky Way (shows central bulge)

KaiYeves
2009-Apr-11, 08:26 PM
Pale Blue Dot, both the Voyager and Cassini versions.

TampaDude
2009-Apr-12, 01:43 AM
4) Any Deep Field photo (shows profusion of galaxies)


+1 I find those kind of pictures very humbling. They really show the unconquerable vastness of the cosmos...distances the human mind struggles to grasp.

AndrewJ
2009-Apr-22, 10:27 PM
Surprised no one has mentioned Armstrong in Aldrin's vizor or even Gagarin in his CCCP helmet.

Mike Holland
2009-Apr-23, 07:42 AM
Another vote for the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The most mind-blowing picture I have ever seen.

geonuc
2009-Apr-23, 11:04 AM
I'd go with Earthrise as the most influential. Hubble Ultra Deep Field has much more of a 'wow' factor, though.

AndrewJ
2009-Apr-23, 05:59 PM
All you Deep Field fans might be interested to know that allposters sells inexpensive posters of it. I have one hanging in my toilet. It is a good conversation starter when people come round. People often ask what all the stars are and you can tell them that they're virtually all young galxies.

They have also got a poster of a good composite image of the Triangulum Galaxy which is somewhat uncommon.