I am as excited as a child at her birthday party: the Insight Mars Lander touches down today!
Finally NASA* is releasing decent astrophotography images gratis to the public, as it should have been doing all along. In the twentieth century, for most of my adult life, NASA hoarded space images and restricted the public’s access to those images to a pay-per-image basis. I wanted so much to see those images, but I could not, would not pay for them. Taxpayer money had already paid for all of NASA’s activities and the images should have been made freely available to the public from the very beginning of space exploration. I was so frustrated, for so long, with the small, grainy images that haughty NASA would occasionally to give out.
Finally, everyone can see the beauty of the objects in space.
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“The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA in 1958 with a distinctly civilian, rather than military, orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science...” Wikkipedia.com
Caption: Mars by NASA circa 2018
Caption: NASA InSight Mars lander took this photo on the surface of Mars
using a camera mounted on its robotic arm, 11-27-18.