Celebrate Earth Day With Impressive NASA Photos of Our Planet's Surface

Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 2:16PM
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Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 2:16PM
Celebrate Earth Day With Impressive NASA Photos of Our Planet's Surface
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NASA is mostly known for their work in space, but they do plenty of work on our home planet as well as issues like climate change  continue to threaten it.

And since it's Earth Day, NASA has more than enough material on the Earth to celebrate. Which is why they've set up an Earth Day Image Gallery, full of photos taken from satellites or even farther in space, all showing off different points on the Earth or even the entire Earth itself.

Many of these photos were taken from the International Space Station while it was passing overhead, although a couple shots were taken by space probes. You can see some of these photos below, with the full list in NASA's official gallery:

Lake Powell and Grand Staircase-Escalante - NASA


Space Station Flight Over Venice - ESA/NASA


Oceanic Nonlinear Internal Solitary Waves From the Lombok Strait - Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

 
Rocky Mountains From Orbit - ESA/NASA


New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night - NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

And lastly, here's a much more distant picture showing the Earth and Moon together, giving a better idea of how small our planet really is. This was taken by the Osiris-REx probe while it was heading out to the Bennu asteroid.

From the Earth, Moon and Beyond - NASA/OSIRIS-REx team and the University of Arizona

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