#RealGravity: NASA photos of living and working in space

To celebrate awards night, NASA is posting photos from living and working in space that look like they're pulled straight out of the Oscar-nominated Gravity.

Dear NASA,

I love that you're running #RealGravity of actual photographs from working and living in space on Oscars night.


For those who don't obsessively stalk space agency social media feeds, this is what you've been missing:

First up is this stunning picture where the bright sun greets the International Space Station in this Nov. 22, 2009 scene from the Russian section of the orbital outpost.

This unique photographic angle, features the International Space Station's Cupola and crew activity inside it, other hardware belonging to the station, city lights on Earth and airglow. It was captured by one of the Expedition 28 crew members. The major urban area on the coast is Brisbane, Australia. The station was passing over an area southwest of Canberra.


Astronaut Bruce McCandless II, is seen further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut has ever been on Feb. 12, 1984. This space first was made possible by the Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU, a nitrogen jet propelled backpack. After a series of test maneuvers inside and above Space Shuttle Challenger's payload bay, McCandless went "free-flying" to a distance of 320 feet away from the Orbiter. This stunning orbital panorama view shows McCandless out there amongst the black and blue of Earth and space.


The Hubble Space Telescope is seen in a picture snapped by a Servicing Mission 4 crewmember just after the Space Shuttle Atlantis captured Hubble with its robotic arm on May 13, 2009, beginning the mission to upgrade and repair the telescope.

Hubble is a national asset and an invaluable international scientific resource that has revolutionized modern astronomy. To achieve its full potential, the telescope will continue to conduct extensive, integrated scientific observations, including follow-up work on its many discoveries. Although the telescope has numerous redundant parts and safemode systems, such a complex spacecraft could not be designed with sufficient backups to handle every contingency during a mission lasting more than 24 years. Orbital servicing
was the key to keeping Hubble in operating condition to this very day.


All images credit NASA, with captions from their Facebook feed. Follow along on their Facebook feed or on Twitter using the hashtag #RealGravity. (Or you can peek ahead at the full photoset on Flickr).

For more real-life Gravity, check out NASA's real-life preparations for any potential anomaly, no matter how remote, this compilation of the 10- best spacewalk photos, this interview with ESA astronaut Tim Peake about spacewalk and orbital debris, or this interview with astronaut Michael Massimino on the plot of Gravity.


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