NASA's still got it. While it might not be front and center in the news these days—with the passing of the shuttle program and after the landing of the Mars Rover—the space agency continues in its long tradition of producing exceptional photos. Think about it: Some of the most indelible images of the 20th century were captured by the federal agency. And as imaging technology advances, so do the quality of the images. Take this shot of the Earth from Saturn posted below. The gas giant's rings are rendered in full, clear detail, and the Earth is visible as a tiny blue dot. Think of all it took to set up this photo. The Cassini spacecraft that took the shot was launched in 1997 and first reached Saturn in 2005. Saturn is about 898 million miles away from us. This is the third-ever photo of the Earth taken from the outer solar system. What makes this photo even better is that NASA staff went outside on July 19 to smile and wave to the Cassini camera, and a few donned hula-hoops to mimic the rings. That's NASA—completely sublime, completely nerdy.
Below, find some more recent photos from the space agency.