“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”
Neil Armstrong, first human to walk on the moon, Apollo 11 mission
Few of us have had the experience of looking back at our home planet from space, but nearly all of us—in some way—can relate to the feeling Armstrong describes in the quote above. The cosmos has held a power over humankind from the days of Galileo to present day missions to mars and beyond. Here at National Geographic, we have embarked on a yearlong journey exploring the past, present, and future of space exploration. Starstruck celebrates all things space, from the latest news and research to those innately human feelings of wonder and awe we experience with space.
How do you capture the cosmos with your camera? Maybe it’s the milky way shimmering above a mountain range. Perhaps it’s the joy and wonder on your child’s face when they get to pretend to be an astronaut. Or, a Lego explorer charting an unknown land. I know that the Your Shot community will bring creativity, beauty and the unexpected to this assignment. I can’t wait to see what you capture!
Photo Editor, National Geographic
Thank you for your contributions!
Now that you’ve had a chance to be inspired by your fellow community members, I’d like to open up this assignment to a 4th submission—can’t wait to see what you all submit!
Editor's Update #01
Thank you for all of the incredible submissions so far! I love seeing what has captured your attention and left you “starstruck”. While I have loved seeing beautiful full moon images, starscapes above lovely mountain ranges, star-trails, and auroras glowing in the sky, it has been the more unexpected views that have been really captured my attention. Seeing the night sky through a skylight or the full moon through Christmas lights made me stop and pause, as did abstract soap bubbles and marbles posing as faraway planets or clouds drifting in the sky night. I love seeing things in a creative and new way. I am also really enjoying the submissions around space culture! There have been some great captures so far of crowds enjoying an eclipse, children pretending to be astronauts and stargazers taking in the night sky. I can’t wait to see what else you all submit in the last week of this assignment! I’m looking for the unexpected, the abstract, the creative interpretation, and of course, the other-worldly beautiful.
Just a reminder to not over-process or over-enhance your images. I’m seeing some submissions where the color looks a bit too pumped up, or the scene, a bit unnatural. If you’re unsure, double check the guidelines on this.