NASA Joins Instagram, Kicks Things Off With Apollo 11, LADEE And Hubble Photos

By Josh Lieberman on September 9, 2013 5:16 PM EDT

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NASA has joined Instagram to coincide with the launch of the LADEE probe. Above, a shot of the moon from the International Space Station. (Photo: Instagram: NASA)

Coinciding with the launch of the LADEE moon probe, NASA has joined the social photo-sharing service Instagram. The space agency started things off on Instagram on September 6 by posting, appropriately enough, an image taken from 1969's Apollo 11 mission, the first instance of humans landing on the moon.

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"Over the stark, scarred surface of the moon, the Earth floats in the void of space, a watery jewel swathed in ribbons of clouds," declares the NASA Instagram photo's florid caption.

"We're constantly looking to expand our social media portfolio to include tools that will best tell NASA's story of exploration and discovery," said NASA Press Secretary Lauren Worley said in a statement. "Instagram has a passionate following of users who are hungry for new and exciting photos. We believe we have some of the most engaging images on and off the planet -- and we can't wait to engage with Instagrammers."

NASA has posted images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope and the LADEE launch, among others. With just 11 posts so far, the NASA Instagram account has amassed almost 100,000 followers, making them far more popular than you. Joining Instagram makes a certain amount of sense for NASA, as the space agency's Curiosity Rover has already mastered the art of the selfie

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