Gain a little perspective with NASA images

Gazing into the vastness of space can really help you gain some perspective. A gallery of 30 NASA images brings it to your desktop.

In October 2010, I published a photo gallery here on TechRepublic of images I found on the various NASA websites. The images range from planets to galaxies and everything in between. The purpose of the photo gallery is to provide a source for free, public domain Windows desktop wallpaper.

Space-themed background and desktop wallpaper have always been my favorite category. For me, at least, the vastness of space and the insignificance of our little corner of it, has been a good source of perspective and introspection. Both are something I need to regain from time to time as the day-to-day frustrations and complications build and overwhelm my more natural state of mind. Serenity now!

I am currently working on the 2011 Geek Gift Guide, and the benefits of a view of deep space has been very helpful. So, I thought I'd reprise the gallery for everyone's benefit. Perhaps a little perspective and introspection is exactly what you need going into the holiday season. I mean, after all, Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away.

Check out: NASA images: Desktop wallpaper from outer space

NOTE: The original publication of this Space Desktop Wallpaper Gallery drew several questions that I want to clear up. Click the View Full Size link on the gallery page to get the highest resolution version — that will give you the best image to use as wallpaper. And, no, there will be no zipped download of the images — we are presenting this as a photo gallery. Finally, this is just a sample of the images available on the various NASA websites. If you don't see an image you like, feel free to go to NASA and pick one out for youself.

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.