LIFE's best-ever science photos
2012-08-09 07:31:03 GMT2012-08-09 15:31:03(Beijing Time)
A long exposure view of a Sikorsky S-51 helicopter on the ground at Anacostia Naval Air Station in Washington, DC in 1949. The striking "Slinky shape" is produced by light reflecting on the rotor blades and leaving a trail in the night sky. (Photo/Getty Images)
This unnerving 1951 Andreas Feininger photograph shows the skull of a common owl, with its prominent circular bone casing that helps protect the bird's eye -- proportionately much larger than the eyes of humans and most other creatures. (Photo/Getty Images)
Like pale sea anemones, plaster casts of the hands of NASA astronauts -- made so that their space suits can be custom-fit for each individual -- seem to wave at nothing in Houston, Texas, in 1968. (Photo/Getty Images)
Fritz Goro (once again) captures inventor Allyn Hazard as he tests his "moon suit mock-up" in a lava crater in the Mojave Desert for the April 27, 1962 issue of LIFE. Among the suit's selling points: it carried its own oxygen and even its own food. (Photo/Getty Images)
"Scientists have discovered a startlingly ingenious way to transmit images around corners and a whole new American industry is being born." So LIFE wrote in its October 17, 1960 issue, discussing an innovation called "fiber optics." Here, LIFE's Fritz Goro celebrates the breakthrough as Dr. Walter P. Siegmund, an optics specialist scientist, demonstrates. (Photo/Getty Images)
LIFE presents the most wonderful and, in some cases, the most thoroughly bizarre science and technology photos ever to appear in the magazine.