Exploring the Universe

Space pictures featuring a collection of astrophotographers, space artists, major observatories and space organisations.

Vostock 1 Launch

Vostok 1 was launched from Kazakhstan on 12th April 1961, this was the first human spaceflight in history. Manned by Yuri Gagarin, he became the first man in space. The flight lasted 1 hour and 48 minutes from lift-off to touch-down, and made one orbit of Earth.

Magellan Mission to Venus

The Magellan spacecraft was launched 4 May 1989 to map the surface of Venus. The probe was one of NASA's most successful interplanetary missions providing radar images of a superior quality.

New Horizons Spacecraft

Nine years and five billion kilometres later, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft arrived at the dwarf planet Pluto. Horizons closest approach on 14th July 2015 produced the first ever close-up study of this distant world.

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