OK, it's official. Your selfies have been outdone and shown up until the end of time. You may as well pack it in and close your Instagram account, as you'll never have a photo as cool as this -- the first photo published to NASA's new official Instagram channel.
The new account joins the space agency's other two Instagram accounts: NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center (where you can find this even more amazing selfie), created in May 2011, and NASA Ames Research Center, created in June 2012.
NASA kicked off the new Instagram account with pictures of its latest probe, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). LADEE launched on September 6 at 11:27 p.m. ET from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., and is due to arrive in the moon's orbit around October 6.
After positioning itself in orbit around the moon, the probe will spend 40-60 days testing its solar array and equipment before entering 100 days of scientific observation.
LADEE will be examining the moon's atmosphere. It's a tiny one, to be sure, but it is there, and LADEE will collect information about its makeup, as well as the dust and particles that fill it. Once the probe's 100 days are up, NASA will crash it into the moon's surface.
New NASA images will be made available on Instagram as they come in. NASA's full list of social-media accounts -- and it's a huge one, across Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Ustream, Foursquare, and Slideshare -- can be found here.
(Source: Crave Australia)