Snapshots from space history

UCL is the only UK host of a NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility (RPIF). On top of this, it has a long tradition in astronomy, geology and planetary science.

This website showcases a small selection of the historic space pictures in the RPIF, many of them never published online before, others only ever in low resolution.


Walter Goodacre's incredibly detailed 1910 map of the Moon

Lunar Orbiter Thumb

The first photo taken of the Earth, from the Moon, in 1966


Original prints of images and data from the Viking 1 and Mariner 9 probes which travelled to Mars in the 1970s

Jupiter thumb

The original handmade mosaic images of Io and Ganymede, made by Voyager 1 in 1979

venera 14 thumb

Images from and of the surface of Venus, captured by the Soviet Union in 1982


Artist's impression of the Mariner 10 probe, which visited Mercury in 1974

This website has been launched as part of the Festival of the Planets and the European Planetary Science Congress 2013. A selection of images from the Regional Planetary Image Facility will be on show to the public during the public exhibition at the European Planetary Science Congress, on 10 and 12 September 2013. The demonstration will take place in the marquee in the main quadrangle at  University College London (Gower Street, WC1E 6BT), from 2pm-4pm.

All pictures on this site can be reproduced freely - for guidance, see our usage guidelines.

Contact: Oli Usher, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Faculty Office, 020 7679 7964 or

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