It would take several lifetimes to explore the Earth to the fullest, but some of us can’t help but be curious about what lies beyond our terrestrial borders, too. It may not yet be possible to book a trip into space (although there are some space tourism opportunities currently in the works), but it doesn’t hurt to dream about the final frontier. Get a load of these stunning pics taken out in the vast and wondrous universe. A small fleet of photographing telescopes on various satellites, spacecraft and rovers have been deployed these last few decades, snapping astounding images that eclipse just about any selfie you could take on this planet. Click through these trips that are out of this world and be wowed.
1. Cat’s Eye Nebula
You might need to save up a lot of frequent flyer points to see the Cat’s Eye nebula, a swirling cloud of gas and dust in the Draco constellation. Otherwise known as NGC 6543, the color-enhanced high-resolution image by the Hubble Space Telescope shows complex knots, jets, bubbles and arcs. This mesmerizing photo seems to stare right back at you.