NASA Instagram Has Two Images And It’s Already The Best Instagram Out There

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Owen Poindexter
NASA joined Instagram. It has put up two images, and it is already the best Instagram account out there. How many people you follow have been to the moon?

I am not on Instagram, so what I'm about to say is a tad presumptuous: the best Instagram feed is from a branch of government which has uploaded two pictures, and one of them is from 1969. But seriously, can anyone you follow top this?

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Earth from the Moon. Nasa.gov

NASA announced its arrival on Instagram, the internet’s premier dedicated photo-sharing platform by declaring today “Moon Day,” and sending out two gorgeous pictures of Earth’s satellite. This top one is from 1969, and it belongs in some sort of photography hall of fame. Both the surface level look at the lunar landscape and the distant view of the home of every single human (except 6, at the time of writing) are breathtaking. The Earth appears to be peaking at you from behind the Moon, like the two of you are eyeing each other from across the galactic dance floor.

There is something very poignant about seeing Earth from this distance. Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell described that feeling this way:

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter million miles out and say ‘Look at that you son of a bitch.’”

In addition to the distant Earth, there’s also the close-up of the Moon, something equally unique to us. The second NASA photo on Instagram is an excellent composite photo of the dark side of the moon (and yes, NASA hashtagged #pinkfloyd).

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The dark side of the moon. Nasa.gov.

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