NASA Joins Instagram, Posts Vintage Moon Pics
Behold! There finally exists an Instagram account that doesn’t contain images of Starbucks or obnoxious selfies!
Nasa has joined the world of Instagram – and had attracted 17,000 followers within nine hours of posting up its first picture. Making its debut on the social media photo sharing site, the agency posted an image from 1969 of the Earth as seen from the Moon.
Of course, NASA is no stranger to social media. The agency’s Instagram profile complements NASA’s strong social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Flickr, Foursquare, Reddit and other sites. NASA’s strategy with social media: engaging and inspiring the public with unique content.
An image of the Earth, peeking above the alien horizon of the moon, is extraordinary in any context, but seems especially so amid the very ordinary stuff of Instagram.
Speaking about NASA boldly joining Instagram, Lauren Worley, NASA press secretary, 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.” Worley also said Instragam fits the space agency’s “story of exploration and discovery.”
Along with the new official NASA account, the agency’s Goddard Spaceflight Center and Ames Research Center also have profiles on Instagram.