In advance of tonight’s 86th Annual Academy Awards, NASA toasts Gravity?which has been nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture?with an amazing 31 picture gallery of real-life images from space.
The album was uploaded this weekend to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Flickr page, which consistently provides some of the most awe-inspiring images you will ever see.
Below you will find a selection of the Sifter’s personal favorites. You can see the entire album on Flickr
1. Free Flying
Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II, is seen further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut has ever been. This space first was made possible by the Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU, a nitrogen jet propelled backpack. After a series of test maneuvers inside and above Challenger’s payload bay, McCandless went “free-flying” to a distance of 320 feet away from…
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