A brief survey of NASA's space imaging technology

Billy Steele
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Billy Steele
February 14th, 2015
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A brief survey of NASA's space imaging technology

Visitors to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, will soon have a chance to see those items Neil Armstrong kept from the Apollo 11 moon landing. This week's news about Armstrong's memorabilia got us thinking: What are some the other notable bits of tech NASA used to document space exploration? Well, the full list is a bit daunting, as the agency has been hard at work for decades. However, we've compiled a collection of the highlights, from the first US spacecraft to transmit close-up photographs of the moon's surface to X-ray telescopes used to capture cosmic explosions. We even tossed in a selfie for good measure.

Gallery: A brief survey of NASA's imaging tech | 12 Photos

  • 1964: Ranger 7
  • 1969: Apollo 11
  • 1972: Landsat
  • 1983: Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS)
  • 1990: Hubble Space Telescope
  • 1997: Cassini
  • 1999: Chandra X-ray Observatory
  • 2003: Opportunity Mars Rover
  • 2003: Spitzer Space Telescope
  • 2006: New Horizons
  • 2009: Kepler
  • 2011: Curiosity Mars Rover
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