Science Photos That Made History

March 23, 2022

By Raza Mehdi

Perfect Earthrise

Taken by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders during the first manned voyage to the lunar orbit, this image symbolised hope and inspired environmentalism.

Image source: NASA

The Real Moonwalk

This iconic photo, taken on July 20, 1969, features Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin as the first person ever to walk on the surface of the moon.

Image source: NASA

Bravery or Trickery?

This picture of inventor Nikola Tesla in his lab, casually reading while bolts of electricity sear through the air, is actually a fake. Tesla himself admitted in 1899 that it was created using 'trick photography'.

Deep Dive Into Space

Called Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, this image has over 5000 galaxies, with some that date back up to 13.2 billion years!

Image source: NASA

Untethered  Adventure

NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II features in this iconic photo of the US space program—a tiny human set against the backdrop of black space and blue Earth.

Image source: NASA

Pale Blue Dot

This picture was taken by the Voyager 1 Space Probe in 1990 at a distance of 3.7 billion miles away. Can you spot the pale blue dot that is Earth?

Image source: NASA

Atomic Proportions

The world’s first hydrogen bomb test was code-named Ivy Mike. This shot was taken from a distance of 80 km from its detonation site.

Image source: US Department of Energy

Einstein Energy

On Einstein's 72nd birthday, a photographer asked him to smile for the camera. The maverick scientist stuck out his tongue instead, thus creating the ultimate Einstein shot!