View Full Version : Most influential Space Images

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

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

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.

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)

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).

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)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.