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NASA has taken another step to ramp up the space program, this time reaching mobile users via the application Instagram. Check out this IGer’s pic of the day!



The stratospheric rise of NASA’s Instagram

NASA posted this snap of astronaut James H. Newman on November 20, 1998, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the International Space Station.NASA posted this snap of astronaut James H. Newman on November 20, 1998, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the International Space Station.

Out-of-this-world photos from Nasa’s Instagram

(CNN) — 350,000 followers agree: no one does selfies quite like NASA.

It’s the year of the “selfie” and the year that social media-transmitted self portraits were taken to new heights, with the arrival of U.S. space agency NASA on Instagram.

In less than three months, the space agency has accumulated over 350,000 followers and given them an incredible insight into the day-to-day lives of astronauts and Nasa’s work unraveling the mysteries of the universe.

NASA launched the account on September 6 — promising to take its fans on “an out-of-this-world journey through images of Earth and beyond” — and soon spawned a slew of viral trends.

The account’s first post highlighted the launch of the agency’s LADEE research robot. But the spacecraft’s lift-off threw up some unexpected results in the form of an ill-fated photobomber, soon to be known as #nasafrog.

New photographs from NASA’s satelites and spacecraft have spread across the internet, too — a fresh view of Saturn making headlines — in addition to candid scenes aboard the International Space Station.

Three months in, the account is going strong, picking up hundred more followers each day. And that’s as good an excuse as any to have another gawk at 15 of the most awe-inspiring, incredible and moving NASA Instagram photos so far.

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NASA to Launch Android Smartphone Powered Nano-Satellites

NASA will shortly send up two cube-shaped nano-satellites into space that weigh approximately two pounds apiece. The pair will each be powered by an Android Smartphone

Samsung’s Nexus S (PhoneSat 2.0) will power one of the nano-satellites while the other will be powered by an HTC’s Nexus One (PhoneSat 1.0). NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology program will oversee the project named PhoneSat.

PhoneSat 1.0 will be using the Nexus 1.0 Smartphone, batteries, a watchdog circuit, and a radio beacon to record its position in space as well as take photos. Phonesat 2.0 will have GPS receiver and solar panels.

The cost for the nano-satellites will be very reasonable with PhoneSat 1.0 costing about $3500 while PhoneSat 2.0 will cost a little more with its extra equipment.

Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket will be used to launch the two nano-satellites by the end the year. The launch will cost NASA about $50,000.