Part of a historic archive of space images, including Soviet photos of the surface of Venus, hand-assembled mosaics of Jupiter’s moons, and an incredibly detailed map of the Moon, has been published online by UCL (University College London).
Many of these pictures have never been published online before; others only in poor quality scans.
UCL has a large archive of historical space photos from NASA and other agencies. Before the internet became a major tool for sharing scientific data, NASA shipped hard copies of its photos, and UCL was one of only seven institutions outside of the United States to receive them. The university’s planetary science archives have been further enriched over the years thanks to the research interests of its astronomers.
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