The first television images of Mars were created using pastels. Project engineers were eager to know if their instrumentation was working properly, and didn’t want to wait for the imaging lab. They printed the data out on to small strips of paper and coloured with the appropriate pastel given a certain data range.
Pretty much all of the media produced by NASA is public domain. That means you can do almost anything you want with the wealth of images available at NASA Images. In other news, efforts are being made to recover high-resolution images from the Lunar Orbiter program that was tasked with mapping the lunar surface before the Apollo missions. The ongoing recovery program is based out of an abandoned McDonald’s.
Lost in Space, the story of the Judica-Cordiglia brothers, radio transmissions from space and lost Russian cosmonauts.
Beautiful abstract satellite photos of Earth taken with NASA‘s Landsat 7.
Check out this site for some amazing Hubble telescope pics — the deepest view ever of the universe. They even have crazy ultra high resolution pictures available (60mb jpegs whoo).