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Around the Solar System

With dozens of spacecraft currently orbiting, roving or otherwise and traveling through our solar system, I thought it would be interesting to get a general snapshot in time, using images from NASA and ESA spacecraft near Mercury, Earth, the Moon, Mars, Saturn and a few in-transit to further destinations. Collected here are recent images gathered from around our solar system, at scales ranging from mere centimeters to millions of kilometers. (32 photos total)

On Sept. 8, 2010, a C3-class solar flare erupts from the Sun. Just as a sunspot was turning away from Earth on Sept. 8, the active region erupted, producing a solar flare and a fantastic prominence. The eruption also hurled a bright coronal mass ejection into space. (NASA/SDO)
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374 comments so far...

Photo N°3 is amazing...

Posted by Felipe Fenrisvarg September 15, 10 02:21 PM

Alan, another stunning collection as usual. Keep it up!

Posted by Dave Mosher September 15, 10 02:24 PM

Amazing Images... World is so big and unexplainable

Posted by Anis September 15, 10 02:27 PM


Posted by Murali September 15, 10 02:28 PM

Awesome set of photos! As always...

Posted by Carlos September 15, 10 02:28 PM

Wonderful! I'm living in the Caribbean, so seeing 'Danielle' like that is freaky.
thanks for sharing!

Posted by birdie September 15, 10 02:30 PM

I prefer the photo numer 4 =)

Posted by Génesis September 15, 10 02:33 PM


Posted by baruda September 15, 10 02:35 PM

Ganz Toll!!!!

Posted by Tosscoble September 15, 10 02:36 PM

№10 is perfect!!!!

Posted by Gallia September 15, 10 02:37 PM

cooooooooooool !!!!

Posted by DORAEMON September 15, 10 02:38 PM

N 10 is perfect!!!!!!

Posted by Gallia September 15, 10 02:39 PM

cooooooooooool !!!!

Posted by DORAEMON September 15, 10 02:41 PM


Posted by frebro September 15, 10 02:43 PM

amazing photos. is there a possible way to access these in full resolution? Thanks again. Reminds me of the first post I started to watch this site on. I believe it was Jupiter, that might have been the first entry ever. Been following this photojournal site religously since then. Thanks for everything!

Posted by maltman September 15, 10 02:46 PM

Soon we're going to visit photo 10,
somewhat more up close then the photo :-D

Posted by Bamboomy September 15, 10 02:52 PM

Amazing photos, as always.

Posted by Martín Sánchez September 15, 10 02:52 PM

Awesome images, love #30, reminds me of 50's sci-fi for some reason.

Posted by humanbeing September 15, 10 02:54 PM

Photo #3 states that north is on the bottom... seems like a simple crop and rotate would have fixed that. Also, NASA should probably fly the spacecraft right side up... seems like that would be more aerodynamic.

Posted by Daniel September 15, 10 02:55 PM

# 20 was pretty funny. The surface of Mars is looking weired, covered by bubble shape small stones but below that seems like clay! Awesome pictures!

Posted by Ali September 15, 10 02:58 PM

So beautiful

Posted by Pieter September 15, 10 02:59 PM

Las maravillas del creador!

Posted by Elizabeth September 15, 10 03:06 PM

LOL - Danielle, spacecraft don't care which way is "up" unless they are reentering atmosphere.

Posted by Quantum-z September 15, 10 03:08 PM

Here's some great solar system photo's that have been massaged a bit. I didn't see this exhibition get much publicity when it was originally announced:
Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System

Michael Benson has searched the extensive image archives of NASA and other planetary databases for the most extraordinary images of objects in our Solar System. Through skillful manipulation, he presents what our eyes might see if we could visit these spectacular places ourselves.

Combining art, science, photography, and exploration, Beyond presents a visual tour of these diverse landscapes. It is the first large-scale retrospective look at the legacy of robotic spacecraft over the last 50 years.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Kinetikon Pictures, Inc., The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, Washington.

This exhibition is on view in Gallery 211

Posted by Jojo September 15, 10 03:09 PM

Space is the most mesmerizing thing. I can get lost in the imagery for hours upon hours. If only we could travel to these places!

Posted by Bagel September 15, 10 03:16 PM

# 6 is where i come from! Coool pic!

Posted by Andrea Testa September 15, 10 03:27 PM

There is no God

We are tiny people in a tiny planet. DEAL WITH IT!

Posted by tom September 15, 10 03:41 PM

"NASA should probably fly the spacecraft right side up... seems like that would be more aerodynamic."

Don't you have to have "air" for "aerodynamics" do have an effect.

Posted by Jim September 15, 10 03:47 PM

Astounding pictures!
I live in #6 (Torino) :D

Posted by Zhaknafein September 15, 10 03:54 PM

I've always been fascinated by the plumes of Enceladus, but nothing has made them as real and as breath-taking as the animation in #32.

Thanks for another great set!

Posted by Toad September 15, 10 03:55 PM

Wow. Those images of Saturn and its moons are just stunning.

Posted by Carina September 15, 10 04:23 PM

I love space.

Posted by nathan fisher September 15, 10 04:43 PM

So much beauty !
It gives me a kind of emotion i can't describe. All these landscapes than we will never see, so much hidden beauties out there.
Thanks Big Pic for this magic moment.

Posted by Arno September 15, 10 04:45 PM

I almost cried when I saw some of the mars photos. There's a mark on a rock on mars...and we put it there! go science.

Posted by Jonnathan Molina September 15, 10 04:46 PM

08 - what a wonderful shot! my God!

Posted by Leandro September 15, 10 04:57 PM

Are you sure number 18 wasn't taken at the Mars chocolate factory ?

Posted by Tom Of The Future September 15, 10 05:01 PM

Absolutely fantastic images - I feel privileged to be able to see them.

Posted by Val Dohren September 15, 10 05:09 PM


Posted by vidblain anng September 15, 10 05:09 PM

Awesome pictures.

Posted by Gigi September 15, 10 05:14 PM


Posted by Anonymous September 15, 10 05:21 PM

Can't wait until our kids get to see these things first hand, instead of just pictures.

Posted by Anonymous September 15, 10 05:23 PM

These are the most amazing images...just wow. 11 is my personal favorite...but 1 is pretty stunning as well!

Posted by Diane {Lebanon, PA Senior Photography} September 15, 10 05:36 PM

WOOOW incredible iamges, i was feeling myself flying through our solar system along with these images...truly incredible post.

Posted by Manas September 15, 10 06:14 PM


Posted by Alejandro September 15, 10 06:57 PM

Wow these are just stunning. The variety is outstanding.

Posted by raymond clifford September 15, 10 07:02 PM

When running stories like this, links to the original, full-size images would be both useful and appropriate, given that NASA (and, for that matter, ESA) images are in the public domain. Screen-sized images are great - for people who have the same size screen as the person building the webpage.

Posted by Chris September 15, 10 07:26 PM

@Tom Of The Future
Exactly what I was thinking! Looks like a close up of some chocolate frosting or something.

Posted by JJMcKaskie September 15, 10 07:28 PM

that's what I call landscapes, thanks for these incredible posts

Posted by Felipe September 15, 10 07:35 PM

But #6 is really terrible. I'm an astrophotographer and I live in a place near Turin... :-(
Fortunately montuain skies are stille quite dark.

Posted by Paolo September 15, 10 07:36 PM

no. 19 is amazing

Posted by Pat September 15, 10 07:38 PM

Extraordinary pics.

Posted by Luz E Rivera September 15, 10 07:55 PM

no.18 Martian Chocolate?!

Posted by R.Bass Backer September 15, 10 08:23 PM

Creation NEVER ceases to amaze me!

Posted by Paul September 15, 10 09:49 PM


Posted by tOMÁS eSCALANTE September 15, 10 09:49 PM

photo number4 is awesome

Posted by Anonymous September 15, 10 09:57 PM

Superbly awesome!

Posted by Neeru Das September 15, 10 10:16 PM

Amazing Images...

Posted by Ariana September 15, 10 10:41 PM

Where are the pics of the aliens? We might need them to enforce Tea Party immigration controls!

Posted by JOHN HART September 15, 10 11:17 PM

Fantabulous:) Want to Make a Home @ RHEA;)

Posted by Harsha September 15, 10 11:35 PM

Incredible. The Universe is such an awe inspiring place

Posted by Shreyans September 15, 10 11:51 PM

You made us The Big Picturaddicted. Serotonin provider. Thanks.

Posted by Selcuk Askin September 16, 10 12:26 AM


Posted by Rajni Setia September 16, 10 12:52 AM

Absolutely cool ...

Posted by Aurora Borealis September 16, 10 01:24 AM

ek number

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 10 01:27 AM

No 10 ...just amazing

Posted by Oana September 16, 10 01:43 AM

What a feast of extraordinary images! My first exposure to such images. Keep them coming and thanks.

Posted by Terry Krieg September 16, 10 01:49 AM

comment from Daniel,

sound like a catholic medieval comment when Earth was said to be the center of the Universe (I hope you don't believe in that anymore...?). Spacecraft are not stuck to that notion and have to fly upside down to get pictures of other sections of the Universe....

not to mention that aerodynamic is useless in space as already said by a reader. Have you seen most of the spacecraft once deployed? Bricks have better aerodynamic profiles but again since that's irrelevant....

nice shots again Alan, thanks for sharing. Though one remark: why is that Mr Wheelock is credited for some pictures and not all the "artist" crewmembers as in pic 4, 6, 7 etc? They deserve their name to be credited too, no? Not available?

Posted by ben September 16, 10 01:57 AM

Biz uzayın derinliklerinde farkında met resimde vardır . Oğlu insanların Ortak BİR caba içinde . Aliyormusun birkaç çalışmalar hic bitmiş .
O görünlere katkıda tebrik ele geçirilmiştir .
İnanılmaz gerçekten iyi , biz de Eğitim özellikleri etek resimleri gördüğüm şeylerdi .
Ben ülkeye Türkiye'den Yorumu geçmektedir .
BÜTÜN readers.Yorumunuzu buraya yazın Click en iyi dileklerimi göndermek ...

Posted by Davut D. FEN September 16, 10 02:06 AM

biasa aja ah

Posted by aing September 16, 10 02:35 AM

Good way to start the day!

Posted by Xavi Garriga September 16, 10 02:53 AM

What we as people have achomplished is truely amazing. The pictures are astounding and that is an understatement.

Posted by cbentley September 16, 10 03:25 AM

Not only strickingly beautiful, these images are also very original. Even by browsing Nasa's or Esa's websites you don't get to see some of these very often.
Thank you so much for bringing them to us.

Posted by Julien September 16, 10 03:42 AM

Photo number 3 shows a "Little Human" in the universe.

Posted by pololo September 16, 10 04:21 AM

La foto del sur de Italia es realmente preciosa!!!

Posted by Pablo September 16, 10 04:34 AM

Thank you, for the time and effort, you put into such a wonderful showcase of our beautiful solar system,

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 10 06:03 AM

این عکسها عالین
منو دیوانه کردن

Posted by سنتیا September 16, 10 06:14 AM

What is that perfect circular shape on the mars rock in photo #21 ?

Posted by Max September 16, 10 06:19 AM

#3 makes me think...

Posted by Patrick vandenboom September 16, 10 06:23 AM

Oh wow!!!!!
Great to be OUT theeeeeerrrrre!!!!!!!

Posted by Sylvia September 16, 10 06:30 AM

unbeleivable really amazing

Posted by carol charles September 16, 10 06:33 AM

Sensacional, de encher os olhos, cada vez que temos a oportunidade de observar algo dessa magnitudes, percebemos a perfeição do criador.

Posted by A.F.Schuster September 16, 10 07:18 AM

espectacular todas las fotos, pronto algun dia navegaremos el espacio exterior

Posted by carlos brizuela September 16, 10 07:27 AM


Posted by AHMED EZZ September 16, 10 07:28 AM

When you see this kind of things you can only think what small the humane-being is. Many people don´t believe in God, this is respectable, of course, but I wonder how they explain themselves the infinite space and the tiny of our life, tiny inside the no-limit space and inside the never-finish time. The pictures are a great gift to our senses today. Thank you very much. Jose, Seville.

Posted by JOSE September 16, 10 07:40 AM


Posted by james September 16, 10 07:47 AM

These awesome pictures are the excellent illustration of the reality that Space is our Home, and that we intimately connected with Space, depend on it like baby inside mother’s womb depends on its mother.
In our daily life we often forget about this fact. A new medical-biophysical concept highlights our dependence on space influences and explains in details pertinent mechanisms:

Posted by Andriy September 16, 10 08:18 AM

Juste magnifique ! Que notre univers est beau !!!

Posted by Bérénice CORSAND September 16, 10 08:33 AM

The Government continues to hide the fact that there is life on other planets. They forgot one little detail in their scheme, though. If there isn't any life on the other planets, they why do their moons have names? Ha! Caught them!

Posted by skeptical dude September 16, 10 08:36 AM

is left for us now to worship the creator with all our strenght.

Posted by naija September 16, 10 08:52 AM

Es imposible que seamos los únicos seres el el UNIVERSO con la inteligencia suficiente para poder apreciar la belleza de estas imágenes. Felicidades a todos los que hacen posible que los demás podamos disfrutar de ellas.

Posted by fernando September 16, 10 09:02 AM

daniel: what do you mean by "NASA should probably fly the spacecraft right side up... seems like that would be more aerodynamic."??

what is up and down in space?
and "more aerodynamic"?
whaat? in space there is no air. there is no friction flying in vacuum so therefore aerodynamics dont apply...

Posted by rewdboy September 16, 10 09:06 AM

really very nice snaps... some of the less popular but awesome pics of the worlds around us... good job

Posted by soumava saha September 16, 10 09:08 AM

Όπως μας βλέπει ο Θεός......

Posted by Γιάννης September 16, 10 09:21 AM


Posted by cemal karahan September 16, 10 09:38 AM

Awesome pictures. The animated sequence is really something.

Posted by Guillermo September 16, 10 09:48 AM

Impressive, wish there was a picture of a double rainbow.

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 10 09:55 AM

Amazing photo's !! Is the white light in photo 6 the moon, or is
it the moons reflection on
the sea ?

Posted by varun September 16, 10 09:55 AM

@Tom (#27) How can you see the wonders of the universe, and doubt the hand of God?

We are, indeed, tiny people on a tiny planet. One cannot even fathom the breadth of the universe.

Posted by Papa Bear September 16, 10 09:57 AM

always a mystery .. dream..
thanks for the pics! brilliant

Posted by Suresh M September 16, 10 10:06 AM

#7 looks like the work of the Riddler! Time to suit up Batman in an EVA suit!

Posted by Brian Underwood September 16, 10 10:21 AM


Posted by Mike September 16, 10 10:25 AM

One of the best sets to date. Absolutely brilliant.

Posted by Michael S September 16, 10 10:42 AM

It is not necessary to fill gaps in knowledge with a supernatural being. That would be a god of gaps and those gaps are shrinking.

Posted by fluster September 16, 10 10:44 AM

I look at these pictures and think what a creative God we have :-)

Posted by Marni September 16, 10 11:03 AM

Amazing,inspiring and beautiful.I want to choose one of them for my bedroom.Great images.Thank you so so much.

Posted by Dina September 16, 10 11:06 AM

Unas imágenes espectaculares!!! WOW

Posted by Vir September 16, 10 11:06 AM

Really beautiful

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 10 11:13 AM


Posted by Anonymous September 16, 10 11:14 AM

Just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 10 11:15 AM


Posted by t September 16, 10 11:15 AM


Posted by Lx September 16, 10 11:39 AM

awesome. the exploration of space is one of humanity's greatest endeavours.

Posted by drow September 16, 10 11:45 AM

Wonderful capture....

Posted by Nico Ferrari September 16, 10 11:56 AM

98@Tom (#27) If you have such an overwhelming urge to come here to merely renounce any higher power that may or may not exist, then it sounds to me like you are begging to believe in something more. I'm just sayin.

Astounding photos as always BigPic......amazing to see the intricacies in these celestial shots.

P.S. Tom - I'm speaking for myself.......but I am ON this tiny planet....not IN it


Posted by rhythmMAN September 16, 10 12:03 PM

wht to say

Posted by Ezzat September 16, 10 01:17 PM


Posted by Anonymous September 16, 10 01:20 PM

This are great pix! If you look closely you can see a couple aliens. No joke.

Posted by River Dancer September 16, 10 01:25 PM

Lol @ people that think this is "God's" creation...which God are you speaking of? The hundreds of Greek Gods? Perhaps one of the other many thousands of other Gods? or wait...the Catholic 'God' because that is the main God that 'obviously' created everything? Hahaha...don't be so naive people!! It's good to have a faith but realize this is completely natural and 'Gods' are simply a human creation.

Anyway, these are BEAUTIFUL pictures, I so wish I could jump in a spacecraft and see these first hand. It would be even cooler (no pun intended) if we could build some good spacecrafts to land on a lot of the planets and moons that we haven't yet!

Posted by Erik N. September 16, 10 01:48 PM

Daniel, weightlessness means never having to worry about orientation.

Beautiful shots here!

Posted by Rick September 16, 10 01:56 PM

Daniel, these are very obviously planets and one moon and a couple rocks in an aquarium or something and definitely NOT DINOSAURS!

Pixies are 2 gr8!!!

Posted by Tracy in Montreal September 16, 10 02:35 PM

Awesome pictures, really

Posted by Roberto September 16, 10 02:48 PM


Posted by pwo September 16, 10 03:07 PM

Thank you Big Picture for these wonderful photos that all can see!

God created all these that we see! It's too awesome and too vast for our limited knowledge to understand and comprehend that some would prefer to say there is no God. Even astronauts were so awed at the sight of earth that they started reading from the book of Genesis. I work in the field of science and yet our knowledge based on science is constantly changing. Our knowledge is limited to what we know right now. These discoveries prove to us that we have yet to know the vastness of all things He created-even that of our very own bodies. If you aren't awed and do not ask yourself "How can these all be?" then stop and examine yourself. Your reasoning and what you know for the lack of facts and evidence could be wrong-even the theories that you believe. Theories remain until they are disproven.

As Scriptures say "His thoughts are above our thoughts and His ways above our ways for He is in the heavens above". And who are we to know it all? And yet some are very arrogant, claiming to be intelligent, full of pride, saying there is no God. How do you know? I know for sure, even if I am a man of science, that He does exist for I cannot comprehend what He has created. It's all complete and right in front of us-from the biggest to the smallest, to the light and darkness, from the heavenlies to the deep for us to enjoy and use. And yet man is arrogant denying His existence.

Posted by Science Man September 16, 10 03:30 PM

@118-Such naive comments and"human creation" thoughts in these words. Lots of "good spacecraft" in Titusville or check the website for some D-I-Y.

Posted by Science Man September 16, 10 03:44 PM


Posted by WALTER KETTER JR. September 16, 10 04:34 PM


Posted by Kel September 16, 10 04:40 PM

Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, [and] hangeth the earth upon nothing.

Profound commentary on the nature of the physical world, considering it was written a few thousand years ago. Either way, the pictures are incredible. Thank you.

Posted by Matt September 16, 10 04:52 PM

que pequeños somos ....QUE MARAVILLA DE IMAGENES

Posted by juan nieto martinez September 16, 10 05:15 PM

LOL @ 123. Contradict your own posts much?

The Big Picture - amazing! Thank you for yet another amazing submission.

Posted by My_Own_Man September 16, 10 05:16 PM


Posted by Mindy September 16, 10 05:35 PM

Absolutly Brilliant! great work ! looks realy awsome

Posted by Ikke September 16, 10 06:05 PM

when we are with God and all His glory, these pics will seem trifling.

Posted by dd bum September 16, 10 06:11 PM

Awesome! (in the true meaning of the word)

Posted by GregP September 16, 10 06:12 PM

Our world is so beautiful and majestic.

Posted by Sony September 16, 10 06:24 PM

absolutely amazing and perfectly on time. dont u feel that there's smoething about space in this time?

the jupiter attack is the name of my band that im launching in december 2010, south africa.
so excited to have these occurences taking place around the same time, and for it to be a passionate topic for a lot of people.
please contact me if there any cool developments or pieces of relevant information concerning this path.
blessing and honour

Posted by gus warden September 16, 10 06:26 PM

Humans capture the beauty of every f-ing thing in this solar system with HD cameras! I'm so proud to see this. Let's boldly go beyond, where no man... you know the rest. Absolutely wonderful pictures.

Posted by 2D12DV13 September 16, 10 07:14 PM

4,11,28,29 Wow

Posted by Keith September 16, 10 07:30 PM

Anyone who claims divine basis for these photos is delusional. Enjoy the void. Great pics though. GO SCIENCE.

Posted by Disillusion Ed September 16, 10 07:30 PM


Posted by DA September 16, 10 07:35 PM

amazing pictures!what more the subject!...i personally like picture #3. the earth is so little yet it has the perfect "address". it is at an ideal distance from the sun, a factor vital for life to thrive. Astronomers studied “the ratio of the Earth’s radius and distance from the Sun.” They concluded that human life would not exist “were this ratio slightly different from what it is observed to be.” is it a product of a very fortunate "coincidences"?

Posted by machika September 16, 10 09:19 PM


Posted by gborges September 16, 10 10:30 PM

What is that vertical line in No.1 left side?

Posted by Jason Wu September 16, 10 10:55 PM


Posted by fancy September 16, 10 11:09 PM

For all the 'never have seen such pictures' people, here's a site with many, many more. 'Astronomy Picture of the Day' at

I find this site a wonderful antidote to daily news of human stupidity here on Earth. The universe ignores us, and just goes on being beautiful and awesome, no matter how much some humans try to pretend otherwise.

Posted by TerraHertz September 16, 10 11:30 PM

its really amazing

Posted by vishali September 16, 10 11:55 PM


Yeah thats right mate, God did all this.

Posted by Jack September 17, 10 12:51 AM

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftmanship. Day after day they continue to speak: night after night they make Him known. Psalm 19

Posted by Elizabeth Harling September 17, 10 02:50 AM

And we are in a just little wet rock... let´s save it...

Posted by Leonardo Souza September 17, 10 03:50 AM

And one will say there is no God, What I do know is, that one would have to have their head baried in the sand to not believe it. All the pictures were just wonderful, being able to see something like this with your own eyes there would be no words to describe it, just God that's all.

Posted by sheila dickson September 17, 10 04:11 AM

It is a shame this and other dreams are not what keeps the human race occupied. It is sad we let greed and power lord over our better nature for we will never gain what we can truly become. Will we always be nothing more then the selfish prideful wretches we have been programed to think are? Are we that lost and beaten? What matters most to you? What connects you to this mother earth or what cuts you off from it? Stop and think very hard on this...when we let corporations of greed and power KILL this world, WHERE ARE YOU GONNA GO TO LIVE?

Posted by Dan Lowe September 17, 10 05:07 AM

No Venus?

Posted by RPS September 17, 10 06:24 AM

we are small !

Posted by Thoms September 17, 10 06:32 AM

beautiful set of pictures !!!

Posted by subcorpus September 17, 10 07:44 AM

Good work.

All those complaining about size. Put a sock in it. Get some new equipment.

Posted by Chris of Canberra, Australia September 17, 10 07:46 AM

Fascinating!!! I particularly enjoyed the views of the city's lit up, and the texture of the Asteroids, and Moons, and Mars oh my!!!

Posted by shaboomboom September 17, 10 08:51 AM

rewdboy - pretty certain daniel was just joking.

Posted by Neil September 17, 10 08:57 AM

@Science Man: this is YOUR personal opinion. It should be polite, anyway, to remember that old adage about religion: "Treat religion like your private parts. It's ok to have them, it's ok to be proud of them, but please don't flutter them in public and don't try to shove them in other people's throats!"

Posted by ekky September 17, 10 09:16 AM

If God create all this, God is gonna kill us.
... We only have to wait to sun "petrol tank" ; is emptying!+

Posted by Piter Grillo September 17, 10 09:19 AM

you made my day!

Posted by charlie September 17, 10 09:34 AM

They’re all outstanding and put me in awe, of course; but some are downright scary, in addition to being outstanding and sublime (psychoanalysis, anyone?):

 #4 looks like a sword straight out of Star Wars;
 #5 and #6 prove once and for all that earth is indeed h-e-l-l;
 #10 looks like two mysterious leopard-like animals darting toward their preys
 #12 through #18 and #31 are just nightmarish; they look like what I “saw” while I was under anesthesia years ago during a surgery (or it might have been as I was coming out of the anesthesia)
 All the Opportunity photoshots make the outer world very real; almost palpable. #19 and #20 are my favorite of the bunch.
 #24 through #30 look like pieces of art. I love them
 There is something about #25 that I like; I can’t figure out what it is!

Posted by Luciennepierre September 17, 10 09:34 AM

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You visit him? And those who know Your Name will put their trust in You, for You Lord have not forsaken those who seek You!" Amazing pictures, thank you so much :)

Posted by Justin September 17, 10 09:47 AM

and indeed: good question from Jason @142:
What is that vertical line in No.1 left side?
Who knows ?

Posted by Andriy September 17, 10 10:02 AM


Posted by krishnan September 17, 10 10:16 AM

lay bhari

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 10 10:20 AM

Thank you!!!

Posted by helen September 17, 10 10:43 AM

What a truly incredible universe. A privilege to be part of it and part of the community of people from around the world commenting on it.Thank you for the site and the photos.

Posted by pat September 17, 10 10:47 AM

Realment molt i molt interesant!!!
Es guapiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissim
Queden tantes coses impresionants per veure?

Posted by EMI September 17, 10 10:53 AM

Breathtaking,amazing,cant find any words.

Posted by Leif Cantanius September 17, 10 10:57 AM

immagini eccezionali, meravigliose che mostrano anche
come si distrugge un territorio (Italia Meridionale)

Posted by antonio September 17, 10 11:02 AM

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.

Posted by Carl Sagan September 17, 10 11:36 AM

So Beautiful images!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Juan Carlos Vicente Méndez September 17, 10 11:38 AM

extraordinaire ............................................................:D

Posted by The_punisher September 17, 10 12:07 PM

All the photos are awesome and makes me aware that our planet EARTH is the most beautiful in all creation. Let's take care of this planet.

Posted by Gloria Mitchell September 17, 10 12:21 PM

Carl Sagan FTW!!!

BTW 28 is an extremely aesthetically well done picture. work of art.

and to all you out there, where some see God, others see the lack of God.
Get over it and do your own thing.

Posted by Evan Labby September 17, 10 01:13 PM

@Max #77

It's in the description under the photograph. It's a mark left by the rover's grinder tool

Posted by John September 17, 10 01:43 PM

Bellícimo, el universo lo mejor de la creación.

Posted by Esther September 17, 10 01:56 PM

As a clay artist, these photos are light years beyond my imagination and a humbling inspiration to my work.

Posted by Dixie Noble September 17, 10 02:17 PM

great you all see what god can do...................... really wonderful.

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 10 03:29 PM

realle cool!!!!

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 10 04:23 PM

Very Awesome. I am too interested in this. Please keep up the good work for all of us!

Posted by Ashley September 17, 10 04:32 PM


Posted by Ivan September 17, 10 04:34 PM

Truly remarkable images. The subjects are the work of the Master. The images, stunning! Art at it's finest.

Posted by Rick DeYoung September 17, 10 04:42 PM

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands." - Psalm 19:1

Posted by Emily September 17, 10 05:00 PM

After reading the many comments posted there's not much more to say. What comes to mind right now are two verses from Psalm 33: 8 & 9 which says, "Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him! For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded and it stood firm."

Posted by Gerry Falvo September 17, 10 05:09 PM

Me gustarìa ver la exprsiòn de un antepasado no muy lejano. Qué Dios invocarìa?

Posted by juanma September 17, 10 05:13 PM

Mind=Blown. Thanks and keep'em coming.

Posted by AK September 17, 10 05:22 PM


Posted by JULIA September 17, 10 05:44 PM

To those arguing about religion... I think you're missing the point of the article.

Posted by Ed September 17, 10 06:12 PM

Dios... pero qué dios... ¿la Unicornio Rosa Invisible?
No ha sido ningún dios el que ha puesto las cámaras en el espacio. La tecnología sí.
Los dioses son la mejor disculpa para hacer las guerras aquí en la Tierra. Seguid creyendo y cerrando los ojos. Seguid justificando sin querer las guerras humanas.

Posted by Hermes September 17, 10 06:17 PM

Don't make it any more than what we have. Wonderful pictures of the Cosmos No answers, more questions but the lonely beauty begs for life. There is no doubt now that we continue to see the solar systems throughout the local galaxy. What an exciting time...we are close to contacting another intelligent life. .

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 10 08:59 PM

I wish some notion of the scales had been given, at least in the caption (happened only once).

Posted by Joe Fineman September 17, 10 09:20 PM

Stunning photos, a testimonial to human exploration, knowledge and intelligence. The exquisite beauty of the cosmos stands on it's own and should not be cheapened by invoking it's creation by a mythical god.

Posted by Max Kline September 17, 10 11:35 PM

Brilliant! NASA V5!!

Posted by kuzuolo September 18, 10 01:15 AM

this is amazing

Posted by Arti Patel September 18, 10 01:34 AM

ROCK MY LITTLE WORLD ! these images have awakened a new dimension in my consciousness...and this is only a small fraction of the universe ! Thankyou so much ...and more please.

Posted by Matt September 18, 10 02:13 AM

esto es realmente fascinante

Posted by imelda September 18, 10 02:46 AM

Psalm 19 says it all - what an awesome God we have

Posted by Len Sloan September 18, 10 04:55 AM

@varun: In #6 you see the moon reflecting in the Mediterranean Sea. In the upper left you see the island of Corse and up center is Sardinia. The bright areas in the center are the snow-covered Maritime Alps.

Posted by Jochen September 18, 10 05:02 AM

بسیار زیباست .

Posted by احسان September 18, 10 06:19 AM

Just unbelievable ....!

Posted by Abhishek September 18, 10 06:22 AM

Finally a science set! It's been too long, I tell ya.

And why do the religious nuts drool all over the science and nature photography?

God, as he exists in your minds, sat by and watched thalidomide fed to thousands of expectant mothers, too.

Were you people praising god's glory when the last photo set from Bhopal was posted?

Posted by cgauthier September 18, 10 06:43 AM

Stunning....I am in awe.

Posted by Robin Burgert September 18, 10 09:45 AM

Fantastic while doesn't have an je

Posted by albert September 18, 10 10:06 AM

I want more...

Posted by gzavi September 18, 10 10:10 AM

This is most amazing pic i ever seen i like that.

Posted by zakir September 18, 10 11:17 AM

I have never seen such a thing. Great job.. Really..

Posted by RavS September 18, 10 11:29 AM

I love to learn

Posted by Dave Cantwell September 18, 10 11:59 AM

this is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo tight

Posted by Ramary-Ann September 18, 10 12:04 PM

The Big Picture - Around the Solar System. Unbelievable! I agree with the writers of comments numbered 123 and 150 inparticular.

Posted by Phatak GN September 18, 10 01:00 PM

Ancient caveman cowers in his cave during a thunderstorm and proclaims, "This is surely proof that the sky-god exists and is angry with us"

Modern man looks at amazing photographs of the universe and proclaims, "This is surely proof that God exists, and we should all bow down in fear"

Seems not much has changed during the last 20,000 years. (for some at least)

Posted by EDS September 18, 10 02:02 PM

este super tare
ceva deosebit si magnific in acelas timp

Posted by Anonymous September 18, 10 02:17 PM

I love the photos. i readily admit i don't know the answer to the questions re the universe's origins or final[?] evolution or ending. [or meaning]!
It is interesting though that the same human need for certainty and inner security and being "one who knows" manifests in those so sure re the question of "God's" existence or lack thereof. The believers and the unbelievers are both certain? Thanks for your ideas either way.
So what is the final and real truth?
i have no idea. Love the photos though...

Posted by orva schrock September 18, 10 02:41 PM

Fantastic images, and yet true. Thanks!

Posted by Bertil Martensson September 18, 10 03:24 PM

Genial. Me encanta el espacio y todo lo que en él se encuentra. Un saludo.

Posted by COMUNERO September 18, 10 04:54 PM

we are small and insignificant, and yet we warred each other, from western vs islam, to atheist vs religious. why can we just get along and enjoy the beauty of the universe?

kudo's to Cassini, Mars Reconaissance, Spirit Opportunity, Messenger, and I where's that Pluto space probe?

Posted by Rizky September 18, 10 05:11 PM

Imagine that, looking at a microscopic image of a rock on Mars... on Mars! Go all that distance, the millions of kilometres to capture the tiniest section of a single rock - somewhere we will never in our lifetimes set foot. Thats inspired. And to think that its still sitting out there, right now, as we all go about our daily business here. Absolutely amazing.
Thanks for the post! Go space.

Posted by Alex Bowler September 18, 10 06:04 PM

Give us a hint of how small we humans are and how big the Universe is.

Posted by Torsten Bodekull September 18, 10 06:38 PM

Unknown truth of nature

Posted by RAJ Y. NAGAVI September 19, 10 02:28 AM


Posted by IBNU KHOERI September 19, 10 02:32 AM

God or not, machika, and fortunate ratios or not, all that proves is that we are the "lucky" ones that live in the lucky universe. All the "folks", perhaps, that might have lived in the unlucky universes - those with the presumably "unfavorable ratios" - simply don't exist. Not necessarily an argument for any kind of "design" - just an observation really that we are the survivors of a very long chain of fortunate events - the lucky ones. Read Taleb's "Black Swan" to understand uncertainty and all the rest a bit more, perhaps.

Posted by Frank Pearson September 19, 10 02:53 AM

These fantastic pictures are of solid objects, taken by scientists.What's God got to do with it. ? In this vast cosmos, tell me where "God" is hiding away.
I suspect that he just a figment of some ancient imaginations, frozen in time.

Posted by jackibus September 19, 10 07:42 AM

wonderful pics.
please no more excerpts from the bible, they ruin view.
just enjoy the photos.

Posted by ceg September 19, 10 08:40 AM

AWESOME! I'll tell my 3 sisters about it

Posted by cool guy 8 September 19, 10 09:10 AM

Thanks, wonderful pictures...:))))

Posted by Anonymous September 19, 10 09:55 AM

@202, cgauthier, well said sir.

I won't bother going to check because I know it's fruitless, but I can guarantee that picture sets of Pakistan floods et. al. did not elicit the same "oh lordy look at what the big man with the beard did!" responses.

Where, indeed, was your god then? Where was he when a million people became homeless? Was he crafting these bits of rock, making them look all pretty like so we could see these pictures? I'd rather he was spending his time more wisely, just between you and I.

Posted by John Noble September 19, 10 10:50 AM

OK, there may be something like The Force from Star Wars, there may be some forms of intelligence far beyond our understanding... but this notion of one god-creator is just silly! You even call it "him"! Gods, that's so absurd! Does it have genitalia or what?! It seems to me that whole cosmos is living thing. I don't see any reason or need to simplify all the complexity of this fact by proposing some all-knowing all-capable entity. Living systems are not created.

Posted by clump September 19, 10 12:28 PM

es verdaderamente increible la infinitud de nuestro universo y tan perfecto que no existe en nuestra imaginacion la palabra adecuada para definirlo con toda exactitud y podran pasar generaciones sobre generaciones sin poder terminar de conocerlo y seguir maravillandose de el y sus fenomenos

Posted by victor garcia September 19, 10 01:23 PM

#19 really impresses upon me the fact that we're actually doing stuff on Mars--exploring it close up. Science has advanced a mind-blowing amount in the past hundred years. It's quite sad that people disparage it for not having solved all the world's ills, despite the fact that it's made more progress toward doing so than anything else ever has or ever will.

I sometimes feel space exploration isn't worth the cost--we could be funding medical or energy research, but really...that's what it is. Pure research continues to lay the foundations for everything we achieve.

Posted by Luca Masters September 19, 10 04:50 PM

yes! keep on going with this images,i use them as desktop background.

Posted by john September 19, 10 04:59 PM

Outstanding photos!

If these aren't conclusive proof that the gods Odin, Thor and Zeus exist I don't know what would be.

Posted by Andrew Cooper September 19, 10 05:20 PM

Amaaaazing, it makes one feel soo litle. How imense, what incredible lights and textures. What magnitude.....

Posted by von Flora Oppenheim September 19, 10 06:34 PM

According to Stephen Hawking no God was required to create the Universe. Could he be right?

Posted by air September 19, 10 07:02 PM

Its called Omniscience---Omnipotence---Omnipresence----Totally beyond human comprehension---AS IT SHOULD BE

Posted by Anonymous September 19, 10 09:42 PM

¡Absolutamente maravilloso!

Posted by oscar September 20, 10 04:47 AM

Definitely it’s a most amazing move by NASA. Go science .. KUDOS to all the kickass effort by the Crew!! Keep it uP.

Posted by Mohammad Mokarib September 20, 10 06:06 AM

scituusang d'angann

Posted by Fabri September 20, 10 06:47 AM

This is what science has discovered so's just a glimpse of a grand heaven. God is unfathomable!

Posted by Oliver September 20, 10 08:10 AM

There is no god. A god that had created such universe would not waste its time with human beings.

Posted by Renato September 20, 10 08:38 AM

Fully agree with 202 !!!

Posted by Baudry September 20, 10 09:59 AM

fasinating..................mind blowing

Posted by tejaswini September 20, 10 10:19 AM
242. one of those things that happen from time to time.........

Posted by ruben celis-rivera September 20, 10 12:24 PM

Really I love it

Posted by PREM KUMAR September 20, 10 12:37 PM

Simply stunning!

@142: the vertical line on #1 is, I think, a filament. It's basically a solar prominence seen from above, so it's seen against the backdrop of the Sun rather than against the blackness of space. The big thing sticking out of the Sun at top right is a prominence. It's all the same basic process -- magnetic field lines rise up out of the Sun, and carry solar material (plasma) with them. This material, being conductive, generates its own magnetic field, so it's all ferociously complex as this all interacts. But it's also quite beautiful.

Filaments/prominences can unleash coronal mass ejections if they get stretched enough, in which huge amounts of plasma is hurled violently into space. The Earth-facing ones can dump lots of charged particles into our atmosphere, which is what produces aurora -- and screws around with sensitive, unshielded electronics.

Posted by Calli Arcale September 20, 10 12:39 PM

It sure would be nice NOT to have a comment section at the bottom of these awesome pics, I'm sick of reading god-crap. Keep your immaginary friends to yourselves.

Posted by Sean September 20, 10 12:54 PM


Posted by Emiliana Vasques September 20, 10 03:49 PM

One wonders: What is man's place in an infinite Universe?

Posted by Mister Griswold September 20, 10 04:24 PM


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Posted by JD September 20, 10 07:14 PM

Shiela Dickson, you say that these images prove that god is real. I say that they prove that Zeus and all the other Greek Gods and Goddesses are real. Prove me wrong if you can! I mean, surely you have actual scientific evidence that proves that Zeus is not real, right?

Posted by AdamEnsign September 20, 10 09:00 PM

If for once these fantastic pictures give you a reason for saving this earth and everything that grows on and in it, they have accomplished that purpose
When you look at a tree or see a puddle on the ground after a rain.
And wonder why all the rest of the universe is nothing but dust and stone.
More war and greed of nations will see to it that we end up in the same position..
Take care and be proud of what we have been given. It won't last if we keep up the destruction of our world.

Posted by Efron September 20, 10 10:21 PM


Posted by Kyle September 20, 10 10:53 PM

My many thanks to the men and women who have gone on before us and who have contributed part of them selves to provide us with a smidgen of knowledge of the universe we live in.

Posted by William L Roberts September 21, 10 05:11 AM


Posted by lovely missy September 21, 10 10:24 AM

Awesome...a great selection of images from the many exploration missions currently investigating our family of planets! (I especially love that last animation of Enceladus!!!) The universe is an amazing place and we are just beginning to reveal its mystery and beauty.

(Also check out some of these and lots more images on my ongoing astronomy blog

Posted by J. Major September 21, 10 10:54 AM

@245 "It sure would be nice NOT to have a comment section at the bottom of these awesome pics"

Where then, might I ask, would you post your retarded comments? I'm just sayin'.

Posted by rhythmMAN September 21, 10 12:25 PM

Awesome photos!

Posted by Sam September 21, 10 04:07 PM

We on earth (and earth) are barely a speck in the overall scheme of things - time the public servants and pollies realised this - how insignificant this makes them!!!

Posted by herby September 21, 10 05:22 PM

God makes two lights: "the greater light [the sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon] to rule the night."

But the moon is not a light, but only reflects light from the sun. And why, if God made the moon to "rule the night", does it spend half of its time moving through the daytime sky? 1:16

Posted by Dave Taylor September 21, 10 09:29 PM

Well,... looking at the picture made by NASA MESSENGER it is hardly possible not to come to a conclusion that we, the inhabitants of our Planet attatch much too much importance to our existance. Another thought is, that the Universe must really be an endless emptiness,. A BIG AND DARK, VAST AND HOSTILE NOTHING, if no object was in the way to take this stunning picture from such a distance...

Posted by Rici September 22, 10 01:47 AM

we are soooooooooooo small, so insignificant!

Posted by jerry September 22, 10 01:47 AM

Mankind, the Earth and even the Sun are all as "significant" as individual particles on a 10-mile sand beach. Why can people not keep whatever religious beliefs they may have to themselves? Who can say that MY religion ONLY has got it all right, when all the others claim the same? Logically, they cannot all be right.... Based on our own insignificance in the universal scheme of things, may be it is time we stop fighting over beliefs that nobody can prove? Homo Sapiens..... Are we really the THINKING species on this planet? When I see these pictures, I am more than impressed and I say yes, we are thinking. When I consider how stupidly we behave and what nonsense we fight about, I say no, we do not think at all!
Get real and enjoy life and all the wonders of the world. Nobody knows what follows....

Posted by Knut Garshol September 22, 10 03:04 AM

A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there
Which, seek through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere
Let others delight mid new pleasures to roam 
But give me, oh, give me, the pleasures of home

Be it ever so humble….there's no place like home

A condensed version of --
Home, sweet home
by John Howard Payne

Posted by Ralph September 22, 10 03:09 AM

Who could have thought that the icy and lonely space hide such wonderful poetry?

Posted by Shreekumar K September 22, 10 11:48 AM

Oh, how beautiful...and to think my Father and Creator made this and still loves all of us more. Our God is so beautiful...and so merciful. His grace is incredible.

I see His fingerprints in these beautiful photos...:)

Posted by Laura September 22, 10 02:02 PM

Very Beautiful

Posted by peter Högström September 22, 10 05:19 PM

wow breath taking! Its amazing how God holds everything in place...beautiful

Posted by Anonymous September 22, 10 07:16 PM

we are looking upon the universe through a peep hole. we think we have it fiq'd out but were just the creation. who can explain absolute nothingness, but it is a creation that only the creator can explain. he created time and does not live in it like we do. our time is squandered on electric devices to make us feel important, but to who? or what ourselves? life is a vapor. we destroy the body were givin with bad habits all our days. blaming god all the while for everything .... no we dont have crap fiq'd out. we wont either. keep looking through the peep hole. he might give you a climpse of his plan. with one eye wide open. but the time will come when we pass, and see with two.

Posted by Todd Miller September 22, 10 08:49 PM

Amazing pictures from nature. Ridiculous to mention religion. I don't see any sign of gods in any of these pictures from the heavens.

Posted by John September 22, 10 11:58 PM

Wonderful pictures. Space is truly vast and lonely but also beautiful.

If you do believe in God I guess it all has a purpose and there is a place on earth for you and also after your earthly life, a plan.

If you dont believe in God i guess youre just a mere slump and less significant then one of the rocks on the moon, since you will be here for alot shorter time then that rock. No afterlife for you, just darkness. Better take care of the short speck of a life you have, for without an eternal soul that is surely all you have.

Maybe you MAKE that choice.

Whatever you belive in lets work togheter to make this planet a good place too live in and take care of her.

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Posted by Harvey September 23, 10 09:58 AM

What awsome photos!! Thanks

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Posted by Anonymous September 23, 10 11:02 AM

For those of us who grew up in the 1950's and depended on illustrations by Chesley Bonestell, it is wonderful how reality has exceeded imagination.

Posted by ggnelson September 23, 10 02:48 PM

All heaven declare the beauty of the LORD!!!

Posted by Janet September 23, 10 03:39 PM

Gr-r-r-eat fotos!!

Posted by UFG September 23, 10 04:27 PM

Amazing and wonderful pictures. My grandson will be inspired by them!

Posted by Mimi in Brenham, Texas September 23, 10 08:59 PM

Los astrónomos mencionan la existencia de millones de Sistemas Solares en nuestra Galaxia La Vía Láctea y también la existencia de millones de galaxias en el Cosmos Infinito. El Planeta Tierra en el que vivimos, es apenas un polvo en el Cosmos. Tenemos que estudiar la Re- encarnación para ir comprendiendo poco a poco la vida en la Tierra y después en otros planetas. Los estudios deben de ser libres de cualquier religión.

Posted by Jaime September 23, 10 09:40 PM

Every one has some sort a belief system as expressed in the comments posted. If these wonderful images tell us, the inhabitants of this planet Earth anything, we should be learning to respect one another as a human family, not criticizing what ever response these bring to each beholder's minds and hearts. If a comment offends you, then just don't read it.
If you choose to believe or not to believe in something...that is your personal choice. Why belittle what someone comments just because we feel our view is "right" and the others isn't? If it makes you feel superior in your views over someone else, than YOU have missed the point of these awesome images and your universe ends at the tip of your nose. Its time to get along people! Enough of this critical negative banter that only ends up in cyber oblivion anyway.Just enjoy these incredible views and TRY to respect others for a change....

Posted by Michael "Diz" Dziak September 23, 10 11:44 PM

And still, we know so little, understand even less.

Posted by Ozzie Alfonso September 23, 10 11:59 PM

Shut up w the stupid god comments..... seriously. Ur bible/torah/korans nonsense is created by human minds only........ faint and distant compared to the minds that created and deployed the machines that brought you the only real proof of science...... and these pictures prove it...... and disprove your books.

Posted by Jake September 24, 10 12:52 AM

ya thats so cool but i need a article and one picture

Posted by Anonymous September 24, 10 07:57 AM

wow.. its tooo goooodddd........

Posted by Anonymous September 24, 10 08:52 AM

This is an awesome presentation. To me, these photos are deeply spiritual, prayers, chants, meditations.. There's so little we are aware of in our day to day habits. All too often, we forget that we are both part of a vibrant wonderful crazy/violent and yet beautiful world as well as citizens of the heavens; we have so much energy and potential for good. It is my prayer that one day we would study war and agression no more.

Posted by Mariah in New York September 24, 10 10:46 AM

I'm speechless!!! Beautiful Pics! We are a part of something greater and an astounding universe!!

Posted by Smaran September 24, 10 11:39 AM

Amazing and wonderful pictures!! Thanks!!

Posted by Vladimir Plachy Czech Republic September 24, 10 10:03 PM

it is beatiful。

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Posted by bk September 25, 10 06:53 AM

Beauty is everywhere. This whole universe clearly has the power to amaze, to move, to bring joy and wonder. Seems a shame that some need to fog the lens with superstition, but if that gets you through the day...

Posted by ant 'meeware' miller September 25, 10 09:08 AM

You missed the Big Blue Marble, taken from the moon by a Human, not a machine. Let's go back!

Posted by Jack September 25, 10 12:33 PM

I love a lot of the pictures. It feels strange to stare at 3 and imagine we are living in that tiny place and our civilization exists for a tiny fraction of time compared to the vastness of the universe. I also like 7 because I have never seen an aurora yet those shapes and colour spread remind me a bit of some 2d computer graphics effects called plasma (and iircw auroras are based on plasma matter, lol).

As for the existence of god or not, I wouldn't like to step into this discussion. I also would avoid considering anyone stupid if he does or does not believe in god. Everyone is allowed to believe what he wants. I would only briefly mention my own opinion concerning one idea written here, that "when someone looks at the vastness and the beauty of the universe, one is myopic to deny there is a supreme creator behind it".

Well, the same way as most people (and me) are astonished by these pictures, their vastness and beauty, I also find myself amazed by how some very simple rules about natural selection if the are applied for a very large amount of time they can produce alone things that resemble life or very beautiful patterns and geometric formations, or results that would trick you to believe some intelligence is behind what you get. I am talking about experiments with genetic algorithms for various applications, there are some very interesting examples in youtube or maybe scientific publications I am not familiar with, definitely not so amazing as here but amazing for the short time they run, it's a very interesting field though I would like to get into as I am already a programmer in other fields. That way I believe something so amazing could just be explained with some kind of cosmic evolution, also the fact that the earth has these so strict condition for life that makes us wonder if it's coincidence, there are so many billion earth "candidates" out there that didn't fulfilled these condition and so life never evolved into conscious intelligence being to wonder about it (see anthropocentric argument). Ok,. maybe I should stop here and write these things in a blog instead..

p.s. The only other debate that still bothers me and I am still perplexed about is the nature of consciousness (whether we are pure bodies or there is a separate soul) and I am curious about arguments from both sides.

Posted by Michael Kargas September 25, 10 01:53 PM


Posted by Anonymous September 26, 10 03:06 AM

These are amazing photo's and clearly show, the question is, which direction will the self named species go next, and how many of the fellow creatures will follow, or more to the point be intelligent enough to follow.
With the environment behaving as it is lately, is the planet getting just a bit sick of, what it believes to be a bacteria upsetting,
( mankind ) the normal rotation and natural atmospheric conditions keeping it stable.

Posted by Gary Haley September 26, 10 03:13 AM

Bigger than web can do.....
Pictured is visualization

Posted by likit chareerat September 26, 10 04:15 AM

yes indeed these pictures realises us what is our existence comparing to the vast universe. God is great, his work, his art , his science everything is great.
And being his son all the arts and Scienses have a glimpse in human being too.

Posted by Anshul Agarwal September 26, 10 09:24 AM


Don't blame the Creator of worlds for mankind's self inflicted evils. If humanity chooses to go its own rebellious way, then we all must suffer the myriad fallout consequences.

Belief in a Creator nutty? How about explaining a law-governed, energy materialized, force-woven Universe of awesome beauty, astonishing complexity and order, and manifesting incalculable power coming forth instantaneously--not from a Hand of Intelligent Creation of Purpose, but-- by sudden expansion from a mindless, meaningless infinitesimal "primordial atom", or some like point of something--coming from nothing and expanding out into nothing in a flash?

Posted by J. Rene' September 26, 10 04:01 PM

It is convenient for our peace of mind to attribute a creator to things humans connot comprehend or explain.
Things evolve and so does the universe. Genesi gives a forcast for the future but is the concept of human thought.
No one will know exactly what the future holds for the human race but the Earth has survived several calamities in its time and will probably survive many more. The pictures are awsome and show the potential power in the universe.
WHO controls it is the great mystery.

Posted by Mahtin Chan September 27, 10 01:18 AM

Im stoned sitting at my dorm procrastinating on homework for a bit and all i gotta say is these pictures are fkn epic! We are def not alone
To infinity and beyond!

Posted by Daniel September 27, 10 03:14 AM

It should make us realise we are but a spec of sand compared with the vastness of the universe.

Posted by MAIRE NI RIADA September 27, 10 10:21 AM

Into the void... What god has to do with all this?

Posted by Zole September 28, 10 10:28 AM

Bet they can't find the Apollo Lunar Module..because its not there!

Posted by Fake September 28, 10 11:50 AM

there has to be another form of life out there!
mind blowing!

Posted by michele September 28, 10 07:03 PM

The panoramic view of planets and the wonder it projects, to me nothing but the evidence that God does exist. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). In the beginning was the word and the Word with God and the Word God. He was from the beginning with God and without Him nothing was made (John 1:1-3). The word "Beginning" proves that our universe exists billion of years back which the scientists has proven. Thus, God before time begun has made all this things unlike the "Big bang theory" which remains in question to this day. Jesus is the incarnate Word. John said, "And the word was made flesh, and we behold His glory. the only begotten of the Father, full grace and truth (John 1:14). His coming is for our redemtion (Titus 3:3-6).

Posted by Nonoy P. Lupas September 29, 10 01:02 AM

How great is our God....

Posted by Estelle Thomas September 29, 10 06:28 AM

обалденные фотографии!первая самая лучшая!

Posted by Anonymous September 29, 10 08:48 AM

It´s amazing!!!! how small we are, we are talking about 143 million miles outer space away, wooooww........................

Posted by Carlos Mario Ramirez September 30, 10 08:23 AM

Having read most of the comments I feel better about myself knowing that I am not the only one feeling as I do. Wonderful pictures that enhance our knowledge.

Posted by Henry McCourt September 30, 10 01:03 PM

Stunning, awesome and some truly breathtaking photos!

Posted by Steve September 30, 10 02:54 PM

Very Good Picture and give me much more knowledge about Solar.
Thank you very much.
Mr.San Tin.
Myanmar (Burma)

Posted by Mr. San Tin October 1, 10 12:19 AM

Very Great!

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Posted by lee October 1, 10 11:34 PM

It shows how magnificent our Creator is. There is God who created all these things. All glory belongs to Him alone.

Posted by Jonah October 2, 10 12:30 AM

'm sooooo speachless... Allahu Akbar !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ayshah October 2, 10 09:27 AM

Great pictures! The #12, 13 pictures of the moon , the pits appear as though they extend under the surface laterally for quite a long way.They give the impression of a sub surface beneth the main surface.

Posted by bruce hargreaves October 2, 10 09:56 AM

Amazing ! we truly need to come across something as beautiful and overwhelming as this to remind us of how tiny and fragile we are in this universe. I am amazed by someone who sees this and DOESN'T believe in God or at least reflect upon their own existence and life! Don't you see the perfect system that has been created, the extremely strict conditions required to provide a suitable environment for humans to live ? Coincidence?? What was there before all this ? Before the big bang ? where did all this come from ? I'll tell you why you don't see God in any of those pictures, because you have spent your life observing the world with a blind heart !

Posted by Muhannad October 4, 10 01:55 PM


beautiful pictures.

Posted by Dicky October 4, 10 06:53 PM

WOW,Great pictures,thanks.

Posted by Bruce MacDonald October 4, 10 08:57 PM

weooow that was superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! keep it up...

Posted by jestin October 5, 10 02:09 AM

Beautiful! i wish i could live up to the time mankind will know everything about solar system in detail! What a magnificent world that is...

Posted by Leo October 5, 10 06:44 AM

es increible!!! lo grande y hermoso que es el universo!!!! muy buenas imagenes!!!! me encantan!

Posted by Pablo October 5, 10 04:58 PM

omg i love this pictures so much they really caught my eye when i saw them. when i saw most of the pictures my jaw dropped by how good of the quality the pictures are and what they found. :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Posted by Mira Moonlight October 6, 10 01:20 PM

달 에 구덩이 ?
운석의 구덩이인가 ?

Posted by 김남하 October 6, 10 04:18 PM

awesme ...........!!!

Posted by nishant October 7, 10 12:26 PM

nice!five stars :)

Posted by jonte October 8, 10 11:08 AM

That's Awesome! (Univers)

Posted by Leopold Mercy October 9, 10 10:48 AM

Our wonderful father Jehovah God, as he is rightfully named created a beautiful universe for himself and all of his creations to enjoy, his reigning King Jesus Christ and all his millions of angelic sons. Man without the knowledge and wisdom that he alone have given us have been able to peer into his physical universe in awe. Psalms 115:16 says "As regards the heavens, to Jehovah the heavens belong, But the earth he has given to the sons of men." The Bible affirms that there is a purpose behind the wonders that we observe in the universe around us. Another psalm states: “He has founded the earth upon its established places; it will not be made to totter to time indefinite, or forever.” (Psalm 104:5) If the universe and our beautiful planet are designed and produced by a Creator, surely it is not too much to believe that he also has the ability to maintain these. This means that you can confidently look forward to the fulfillment of the wonderful promise: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” (Psalm 37:29) To be sure, God “did not create [the earth] simply for nothing” but “formed it even to be inhabited” forever by appreciative humans who acknowledge his doings.—Isaiah 45:18.

Posted by Rick Elliott October 9, 10 10:49 PM

The people who keep on mentioning god, I'm sure you also believe in the tooth fairy and santa claus. This is science, all these planets are here because of scientific conditions, not some superior being.

Posted by Santa October 11, 10 07:02 AM

Dear Santa,

Please answer these questions and maybe I will believe in you:
1. Why is there something rather than nothing?
2. If the Cassini space craft had to be designed by intelligent beings, why
did the planets it is photographing not have to be designed by a
superior being?
3. If the Cassini project had to have information to organize it, where did
the information come from to organize the solar system that it is
4. How can there can be intelligent design without an intelligent designer?

The tooth fairy could not answer my questions, so I don't believe in her.
Please don't disappoint me Santa.

Posted by Stephen E. October 12, 10 03:46 PM

amazing photo! pls supply me more.

Posted by Anonymous October 12, 10 10:07 PM

yaar dis is totly awesome to gud i like all sistem's

Posted by rahil October 13, 10 03:09 AM

Algo verdaderamente impresionate, y nos creemos los unicos.......!

Posted by victoria charlo October 14, 10 11:36 AM

These pictures are so amazing. I'm speechless! It makes me even more appreciative of the beautiful planet we call home when I see those lifeless and cold planets, and the vastness of space. It also reminds me that as small as we all are in the grand scheme, each of us is still part of the whole. And to all of you who object to the comments regarding God, geez, stop getting your panties in a knot and let it go! Just appreciate the pictures and let other people express their own opinions without a sarcastic reply! To each their own -a little tolerance and respect goes a long way.....

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Posted by Anonymous October 15, 10 07:04 AM

estas imagenes no necesitan que las interpreten hablan por si solas.
dejen de hacer comentarios tan ridiculos abstengasen.

Posted by peter October 15, 10 02:44 PM


Posted by MUHAMMAD ADIL KAMRAN October 16, 10 05:12 AM

Stop arguing with the atheist. One day we all will know if God exist or not and by that time it will be all late for you. It is better to believe in something then nothing at all. It is better to be humble then be arrogant and pretend like you know everything which we all know that you don't. The pictures just show how short our life is and remind as to do everything we can in this short amount of life we got.

Posted by PraseGod October 19, 10 08:31 AM

i am very much happy and privilaged to see the inspiring colours around us, thanks for being the window of our eyes.....heartful

Posted by Aju Rajendran October 20, 10 09:51 AM

Awe inspiring
All requiring answers that only God know

Posted by Dennis Harley October 20, 10 05:57 PM

this is almost too much, thnx a million

Posted by tom October 21, 10 08:30 AM

Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing, and so is some of the intolerance shown toward other's beliefs.............

Posted by Meg October 21, 10 12:46 PM

More, more, more...

Posted by Regina October 26, 10 06:15 AM

Absolutely beautiful.

Posted by Alex October 26, 10 10:10 AM

I find rather intolerant the comments by people who believe in god. I do not. Let unbelievers express freely as you do.

Posted by malone October 26, 10 06:28 PM


Posted by Anonymous October 27, 10 08:03 AM

las imagenes, además de hermosas, nos hacen recordar que no somos nada en el universo

Posted by esteban November 2, 10 11:49 AM

being an 'old' AIR FORCE photo tech...1968-77, i am just amazed at how far imaging has come... thanks to the men and ladies who did all this great work... these are all 'KEEPERS'

Posted by RON RUTLEDGE November 3, 10 09:23 AM

for that ignorant... sorry, girl who said that those who dont belive in god are condemmed to nothingness, you are complete wrong your a follower of a greedy and corrupted church whose rituals and beleives are just modifications of acient religion (that means that it is not real just the modification of what you call a "pagan religions") . i, personally, think we all live in complete uncertainty so if all the people start talking about their "beleives" everyone will be against each other (even the ones in the same religion) so come on, chill and realize that in diversity is were you find knowledge and true wisdom, so at least try to think by your self and reach your own conclusion so when the time comes you are able to take a intelligent possition and give solid argumets based in what you hace thinked and not in a blind "faith."

Posted by just one more November 9, 10 11:19 AM

you did a sonderful job of showing us God's handiwork.

Posted by ralph allen kern November 11, 10 02:42 AM

what is the hirican it looks like icecream

Posted by themal November 11, 10 08:22 PM

What amazing pictures provided by NASA and other centres . I thank to all of them for providing enormous knowledge.

Posted by pradeep k gupta November 19, 10 03:51 AM

I am longing in my heart to say something that will help those of you who are lost and misguided about God's wonderful creation.
I know, however, that if you don't believe God's own word, the Bible, then you surely will not listen to any comments from me.
I am completely awe struck by His creation, completely heartbroken for those who don't know him.

Posted by Bonnie Vaden November 29, 10 04:25 PM

i like pictures very much.

Posted by soethihahlaing December 2, 10 09:34 AM

i like picture very much.

Posted by soethihahlaing December 2, 10 09:47 AM

God AS I KNOW HIM .I DO believe .BY

Posted by travis smith December 6, 10 06:48 PM

great pictures

Posted by shruti December 9, 10 05:17 AM

God would be so amazed if he sees these pics coz he has nothing to do with all this. And for small brains its so easy to believe that some one else did it and shut off. The big brains always look for answers and those are the guys who gave us all these pics. So lets be thankful to them at least than praising some one we have never seeing.

Posted by Priyantha December 17, 10 06:22 AM

awesome, more pgoto, euy

Posted by Monang December 19, 10 03:08 AM

Do we have enough scientists who can resolve the mystery of universe?
I am a bit of pessimistic about it. Nearly all these disoveries are done by either Europeans and Americans. As rapid demographic change is taking place in Europe and US, I don't think future of science and technology is good. New emmigrants from countries who have complete apathy towards science are threat to the future of Astronomy and science.

Posted by tejas December 21, 10 10:03 AM

@tejas: I think your view is distorted. Most of the modern discoveries may have been made by either Europeans and Americans, but if you look back in history, there are many other cultures that have made discoveries that have helped shape modern astronomy and mathematics to what it is today. I think many will consider your comment to be racist and prejudiced. That being said, I think these images that have been captured are simply great!

Posted by Gyrad January 4, 11 11:00 PM

there is no god

Posted by Anonymous February 6, 11 03:15 PM

my dream is to become an astronaut but it is not possible because of some problem.This site giving me a chance to become a astronaut at list in my HEART.

Posted by Swapnil Harbade (Nagpur-INDIA) February 20, 11 02:42 AM

a boy and his teacher argued over creation versus science. I believe in a combination of the 2. But as the story goes, the boy believed in god and the teacher did not. The boy always got bad grades in his class. For the final project of the year the boy made a model of the solar system. He came to class early. He placed his project on the teachers desk and sat in his seat. As his classmates began filing into the classroom their attention was focused on the creation that begat them atop the desk at the front of the room. Finally, the teacher entered. He was amazed at the quality of workmanship and the time and effort that must have been afforded to create such a marvel. He looked and looked but could not find a name on this masterpiece. He then announced to his students that this working model of the solar system deserved an A and asked that the student who made it stand and take note of their accomplishment. The boy remains stationary in his seat. He did not stand. Nor did he speak a word. In fact, no one did. Finally, the teacher exclaimed annoyingly, as he pounded a fist on his desk, "by god, this model didn't put itself here." At which the boy replied, I've been telling you that all year. And he finally earned his A.

Posted by Caesarsaladd March 3, 11 01:11 AM

very beautiful and amazing
awesome pics

Posted by AMAN VATS March 3, 11 03:54 PM

God is so amazing ...Genisis 1 explained how god created it all. It makes think of how much more Heaven is gonna look like if he created something that beautiful here. We do not deserve all that he has given us.But he still loves us. I love you Jesus you are my God and my friend.

Posted by Star March 6, 11 01:34 AM

.very beautifull

Posted by Anonymous March 8, 11 04:44 PM

I have just gone through all those comments. It is interesting to see the futile arguments in-between Atheist brothers and Believers in God. Of course both of you have freedom to argue and counter argue. An atheist can never deny 100% the existence of God. Because, behind this beautiful creation, there must be an agent. I don´t care how you call him: Alla, God, or Brahma or just Intelligence (for atheist) etc…
Believing in God does not take away anything from you; rather it would add more meaning to your life. You can put forward hundreds of arguments to question the authority of religion. But we should not forget that the so called Religions are not created by any god, rather they are god experiences of the faithful. We are limited beings, so do religions. But God is superior to everything. Many times people simply deny the existence of God, because they don´t want to belong to church, or they are afraid that believing in God will take away the fun in life. But that may not be enough to deny the existence of God. We have to admire many scientist but may scientist were good believers in God.

Posted by Thomas gino March 19, 11 03:06 PM

nice pics

Posted by terrance March 30, 11 04:43 PM

If you want to understand god, look at the microuniverse. It's way weird. God is just a phreaky kind of dude.

I've seen better pics of the UNIVERSE. But I find the compillation of photos nicely done. Good work!

Posted by Lord April 14, 11 04:21 PM

I would love to see a aerial view of the lunar lander and American flag still on the moon's surface. You know, to dispel the myths.

Posted by welistration April 20, 11 05:47 PM

Our God is an AWESOME GOD, these views of our solar system just take your breath away. Thank GOD for Jupiter....absorbing asteroids that could hit our earth without that GIANT planets gravity! WOW

Posted by Kathy April 28, 11 11:06 PM

Strange how humans have to invent legends, superstitions, and religion when their primitive brains cannot comprehend the marvels of science or nature. Let us not forget that religious dogma and religious power mongers forced Galileo to renounce his scientific discoveries a mere 500 years ago.
The greater the ignorance; the louder the dogma.

Posted by Maurice Giraudier May 1, 11 09:53 PM

@373,Yes,sometimes i too have wondered why someone would be put to trial for discovering something and why the chuch would ever discourage Truth seekers from exploring the mysteries of the Universe.Galileo brought forth the Heliocentric model,according to which the sun is at the centre of the universe,whereas the Church believed that the sun revolved around the earth.likewise,the religious theory of evolution by Church was that the earth is about 4000 yrs old and that the earth and the heavens were created as such and there are no variations in lifeforms.....
But this was during the ancient times ,then people were ignorant and held onto superstitions.i believe now the world has changed, many of the religious leaders encourage scientific endeavours.
Anyway,as a Muslim,my interest in science has only been enhanced bcos of religion.God tells us in the Holy Book to explore the mysteries of universe,only then can we find Him.
u'd be knowing that the view of Galileo has again been proved wrong.The sun is not stationary even though the planets are moving around it.Quoting from Quran"And the sun runs its course into a resting place,That is the Decree of the Almighty,All-Knowing.",a recent discovery by scientists,modern astronomy confirms that the solar system is indeed moving in space at a rate of 12 miles per second towards a point situated in the constellation of Hercules ( alpha lyrae ) whose exact location has been precisely calculated,astronomers have even give it a name, the solar apex.
about evolution"And your Lord creates what He wills and chooses(selects)....."(Quran)
only when we know about the creation of the Universe and the Earth,can we know about Our Creator,bcos He cannot be seen except through Signs which He has left in the heavens and the earth for those with eyes to see.
"Indeed in the Creation of the Heavens and the Earth and the alternation of Day and Night are there Signs for Those endued with Wisdom"(Quran),

science has been eenhan ce

Posted by a theist scientist May 5, 11 05:43 AM
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