More than just a magazine which shows pictures of topless tribal women, National Geographic is actually a great resource for amazing photography. You’ve probably seen some of their stunning underwater shots on the wall of your dentist’s office, but this week they’ve announced their picks for the best space pictures of 2011.
Contained in their full gallery are some truly stunning examples of pictures taken in outer space. This one is my favorite, the Space Shuttle Endeavor captured on the final shuttle mission to be launched by NASA as it docks with the international space station:
Some of the photos don’t even look like they’re taken in space. This for instance looks like some sort of jellyfish, but is actually a picture taken of the Tycho supernova remnant.
Check out the full gallery of 2011’s Best Space Pictures over at Nat Geo