NASA Instagram: The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is headed toward the moon after launching on a #Minataur V rocket Friday night from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia

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Photography: NASA got Instagram and then the internet exploded in excitement

Never mind photographs of your dinner, kitten, or the sunset you saw last night, NASA have taken things to a whole other level with their Instagram account, which was launched this week and already boasts a stonking 113,000 followers. And it’s all down to the fact that the people at NASA see more incredible sights on a day-to-day basis than us normal people are likely to see in a lifetime.

What’s that? Your granola looked really photogenic this morning? Here’s a picture of the Earth as seen from a satellite while you were eating it. You cat’s fallen asleep in the kitchen sink again? How about a shot of a Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer launching to head to the moon to rain on your parade. It’s okay, though, there’s no need to compete; NASA’s applaudable social media team are promising that their Instagram profile “will take its fans on an out-of-this-world journey through images of Earth and beyond” and they’re already delivering on all fronts. I’m in.


NASA Instagram: This image shows an evening view gantry at Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., on Sept. 4, 2013


NASA Instagram: NASA’s black-hole-hunter spacecraft, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has “bagged” its first 10 supermassive black holes


NASA Instagram: The image shows Earth today, September 7, 2013, as seen by the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) satellite


NASA InstagraM: This image taken July 20, 1969 from Apollo 11 shows the Earth rising over the limb of the moon much as the Harvest Moon does from our planetary perspective


NASA Instagram: Hubble Catches a Spiral in the Air Pump Lying more than 110 million light-years away from Earth


NASA Instagram: The lunar farside as never seen before, courtesy LRO’s LROC Wide Angle Camera


NASA Instagram: The moon as seen from the space station at 11:27pm