NASA has launched its first official profile on the photo sharing website, and vows to take its fans on “an out-of-this-world journey through images of Earth and beyond”.
Already a seasoned user of Twitter, with around 4.8 million followers, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration agency timed its first foray into the world of selfies and retro light filters to coincide with a launch of a more traditional nature – a mission to the moon.
Also lifting off on Friday night, the LADEE robotic probe (pronounced LA-dee) will seek to answer a question which has bugged lunar scientists ever since the Apollo landings: does moon dust levitate?
Before it can perform tests on the makeup of our natural satellite’s surface and atmosphere, LADEE will be taking a leisurely three-times-round-the-world trip for about a month until it gets close enough to drop into lunar orbit.
In the meantime, those following NASA online will hope for plenty more spectacular images like these