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NSF research impacts nearly every field of science and engineering. NSF's influence reaches from the ends of the Earth to the depths of the oceans and to space and beyond. Our Multimedia Gallery has some of the most stunning images from NSF’s research legacy. Explore some of our most beautiful gallery images below to download for your next virtual meeting.

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A bumblebee foraging on blueberry flowers.
A bumblebee foraging on blueberry flowers.

Credit: Winfree Lab

Underside of artificially selected blue buckeye butterfly wing scales showing their iridescent lamina

Credit: Rachel Thayer

Researchers at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have found evidence that a neutron star is hiding deep inside the remains of supernova 1987A, shown here in an artist's representation.

Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF, B. Saxton

The sparkling metallic colors of birds like this Mariqua sunbird.

Credit: Microscopy image by Rosalyn Price-Waldman and Klara Nordén, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

"Kuen's Surface: A Meditation on Euclid, Lobachevsky and Quantum Fields," by Dick Palais, University of California, Irvine, and digital artist Luc Benard. In this illustration, a sheet of paper shows sketches of one of these surfaces, called Kuen's surface, and the expression, called a soliton, which describes it.

Credit: ©Luc Benard, University of California, Irvine

Green Bank Telescope in the summer.

Credit: NSF/GBO 20; photo by Jill Malusky

Butterflyfish school
Butterflyfish school near Acroporid corals at Lord Howe Island, Australia.

Credit: F. Joseph Pollock, Penn State University

Sunset at Palmer Station, Anvers Island

Credit: Kelly Jaques

Glaciers converge on northeast Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. The ice rivers are revealing insights into what caused Earth’s Little Ice Age more than seven centuries ago.

Credit: Gifford H. Miller, INSTAAR, University of Colorado Boulder

Blanco 4 meter telescope with Milky Way

Credit: Dr. Andreas Papadopoulos, AHPC, European University Cyprus

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2022 Science Happens Here Campaign.

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2022 Science Happens Here Campaign.

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