Out of this world: Nasa reveals its best photos of the year

Joe GampContributor, Yahoo News UK
Yahoo News UK

Nasa has revealed the winners of a competition to find the best images taken by its 70-strong team of professional photographers.

The Nasa Photographer of the Year competition highlights some of the breathtaking images taken by its staff during 2019.

Stunning pictures capture scientists, astronauts and staff conducting their work across ten field centres across the US.

The contest was split into four categories: “Places”, “Documentation”, “People” and “Portraits”.

After judging hundreds of entries, the winning and runner up snaps were whittled down to just under 10.

Locations include the Goddard Space Centre in Maryland, Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia and the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo by: Harlen Capen/NASA
Winner, 'People' category: Technicians are pictured working together to install equipment on the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel
Photo by: Harlen Capen/NASA
Photo by: Jordan Salkin/NASA
Winner, 'Portrait' category The inventor of the tomography system, Tim Bencic, poses inside his brainchild - a system for studying icing on aircraft.
Photo by: Jordan Salkin/NASA
Photo by: Chris Gunn/NASA
Winner, 'Places' category: A lone person stands facing the wall of HEPA filters in the Goddard Space Flight Center
Photo by: Chris Gunn/NASA
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Photo by: Chris Gunn/NASA
Winner, 'Documentation' category: The Webb telescope's optical element is prepared for integration onto the spacecraft element
Photo by: Chris Gunn/NASA
Photo by: Robert Markowitz/NASA
Runner up: Astronaut Reid Wiseman takes in his surroundings as he is about to be lowered into the pool-like Neutral Buoyancy Lab
Photo by: Robert Markowitz/NASA
Photo by: Tony Gray/NASA
Runner-up: The Launch Complex 46 at the Kennedy Space Center during preparations for testing of the Orion spacecraft's launch abort system
Photo by: Tony Gray/NASA
Photo by: Bill Ingalls/NASA
Runner up: NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson takes a moment's rest while dressed in her spacesuit before going under water in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab at NASA's Johnson Space Center
Photo by: Bill Ingalls/NASA
Photo by: Chris Gunn/NASA
Runner up: Technicians and engineers inspect the support structure holding one of the James web space telescope mirrors in place
Photo by: Chris Gunn/NASA
Photo by: Josh Valcarcel/NASA
Runner up: NASA astronaut Mike Fincke is pictured being readied by suit technicians ahead of an official portrait in his 'Boeing Blue' spacesuit
Photo by: Josh Valcarcel/NASA

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