Photos of historic flights and events from NASA

What a great way to end the week.

NASA has moved about 180 images on to its new Commons page. They’re arranged in three photo sets, including “Building NASA,” “Launch/Takeoff,” and “NASA Center Namesakes.” NASA has also displayed many of its historic photos on the Internet Archive.

Some of the gems are re-produced here. All photos, titles, and captions are courtesy of NASA. Hover the cursor on the image for the title, click on the image to visit the specific photo page with its titles, captions, and history.

First space shuttle STS-1 LaunchGemini-Titan 11 LaunchXB-70A #1 liftoff with TB-58A chase aircraftSR-71B - Mach 3 Trainer in Flight at SunsetApollo 11 Launched Via Saturn V RocketSolar-powered Gossamer Penguin in flight

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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