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This image from Apollo 17, and others like it, captured whole hemispheres of water, land and weather. This photo was the first view of the south polar ice cap. Almost the entire coastline of Africa is visible, along with the Arabian Peninsula.
Topics: What -- Apollo 17, What -- Polar, What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthday/gall_whole_earth.html
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The first photo of Earth from a weather satellite, taken by the TIROS-1 satellite on April 1, 1960. Early photographs provided new information on cloud systems, including spiral formations associated with large storms, immediately proving their value to meteorologists.
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- TIROS 1
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthday/gall_tiros.html
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The Lena River, some 2,800 miles long, is the easternmost of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean and is one of the largest rivers in the world. The Lena Delta Wildlife Reserve, a protected wilderness area, provides an important refuge and breeding ground for many species of Siberian wildlife, and is also an important fish spawning site. Image Credit: NASA
Topic: Where -- Arctic Ocean
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthday/lena_delta.html
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This picture of the Earth and Moon in a single frame was taken by the Galileo spacecraft from about 3.9 million miles away. Antarctica is visible through clouds (bottom). The Moon's far side is seen; the shadowy indentation in the dawn terminator is the south pole Aitken Basin, one of the largest and oldest lunar impact features.
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- Galileo, What -- Dawn
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthday/gall_earth_moon.html
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This view of Australia's Lake Eyre was taken by the space shuttle in 1990. The lake covers about 3,600 square miles and is the lowest point in Australia at about 50 feet below sea level. It also is an ephemeral salt lake that receives less than 5 inches of annual average precipitation. Records indicate that the lake has only been completely filled with water three times in the 20th century--in 1950, 1974 and 1984. Part of the Shuttle cargo bay is visible along the right edge of the image. Image...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Australia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthday/lake_eyre.html
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Viewed from space, the most striking feature of our planet is the water. In both liquid and frozen form, it covers 75% of the Earth’s surface. It fills the sky with clouds. Water is practically everywhere on Earth, from inside the planet's rocky crust to inside the cells of the human body. This detailed, photo-like view of Earth is based largely on observations from MODIS, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, on NASA's Terra satellite. It is one of many images of our watery...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1925.html
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On March 7, 1947, not long after the end of World War II and years before Sputnik ushered in the space age, a group of soldiers and scientists in the New Mexico desert saw something new and wonderful in these grainy black-and-white-photos -- the first pictures of Earth as seen from altitude greater than 100 miles in space. Just the year before in 1946, scientists like John T. Mengel, a NASA pioneer who later oversaw the Vanguard Program, began experimenting with captured German V-2 rockets....
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Explorer, Where -- New Mexico
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1298.html
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West Antarctica's massive Pine Island Glacier is seen out the window of NASA's DC-8 research aircraft as it flies at an altitude of 1,500 feet, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. This was the seventh science flight of NASA's Operation Ice Bridge, an airborne Earth science mission to study Antarctic ice sheets, sea ice and ice shelves. The glacier is one of the primary targets of the mission because of the rapid rate at which it is losing ice to the sea. Image Credit: NASA/Jane Peterson
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Pine Island Glacier, Where -- Antarctica
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthday/pine_island_glacier.html
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Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts--Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders--held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft. Said Lovell, "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth." They ended the...
Topics: Who -- Frank Borman, Who -- Jim Lovell, Who -- William Anders, What -- Moon, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1249.html
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Like rivers of liquid water, glaciers flow downhill, with tributaries joining to form larger rivers. But where water rushes, ice crawls. As a result, glaciers gather dust and dirt, and bear long-lasting evidence of past movements. Alaska's Susitna Glacier revealed some of its long, grinding journey when the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead on Aug. 27, 2009. This satellite image combines infrared, red and green...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1924.html
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One of the fascinating aspects of viewing Earth at night is how well the lights show the distribution of people. In this view of Egypt, the population is shown to be almost completely concentrated along the Nile Valley, just a small percentage of the country’s land area. The Nile River and its delta look like a brilliant, long-stemmed flower in this photograph of the southeastern Mediterranean Sea, as seen from the International Space Station. The Cairo metropolitan area forms a particularly...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1923.html
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour's robotic arm hovers over Earth's horizon, backdropped by a starburst from the Sun. This photo was taken during the STS-77 shuttle mission in 1996.
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Sun, What -- STS-77
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthday/gall_shuttle_arm.html
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Most ISS images are nadir, in which the center point of the image is directly beneath the lens of the camera, but this one is not. This highly oblique image of northwestern African captures the curvature of the Earth and shows its atmosphere. The Earth's atmosphere is composed of 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen and 1 percent other constituents, and it shields us from nearly all harmful radiation coming from the sun and other stars. It also protects us from meteors, most of which burn up...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Sun
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1207.html
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The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual maximum on Sept. 12, 2008, stretching over 27 million square kilometers, or 10.5 million square miles. The area is calculated using data from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument on NASA's Aura satellite. This is considered a "moderately large" ozone hole, according to NASA atmospheric scientist, Paul Newman. And while this year«És ozone hole is the fifth largest on record, the amount of ozone depleting substances have decreased about 3.8% from...
Topics: What -- Ozone Monitoring Instrument, What -- Aura
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthday/gall_ozone.html
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The Tien Shan mountain range is one of the largest continuous mountain ranges in the world, extending approximately 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers) roughly east-west across Central Asia. This image taken by the Expedition 27 crew aboard the International Space Station provides a view of the central Tien Shan, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of where the borders of China, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan meet. The uplift of the Tien Shan, which means celestial mountains in Chinese, like the...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1908.html
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The terrain for the scientific work conducted by ICESCAPE scientists on July 4, 2010, was Arctic sea ice and melt ponds in the Chukchi Sea. The five-week field mission was dedicated to sampling the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the ocean and sea ice. Impacts of Climate change on the Eco-Systems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment, or ICESCPE Mission, is a multi-year NASA shipborne project. The bulk of the research will take place in the Beaufort and Chukchi...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1921.html
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The relatively placid view from the International Space Station belied the potent forces at work in Hurricane Earl as it hovered northeast of Puerto Rico on Aug. 30, 2010. With maximum sustained winds of 135 miles (215 kilometers) per hour, the storm was classified as a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale as it passed north of the Virgin Islands. In this photograph captured with a digital SLR camera by NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock, Earl had a distinct eye that spanned about 17...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1922.html
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Tassili n’Ajjer National Park, a part of the Sahara Desert, has a bone-dry climate with scant rainfall, yet does not blend in with Saharan dunes. Instead, the rocky plateau rises above the surrounding sand seas. Rich in geologic and human history, Tassili n’Ajjer is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, and covers 27,800 square miles (72,000 square kilometers) in southeastern Algeria. This image from 2000 was made from multiple...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1906.html
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On March 29, 2011, Operation IceBridge flew between deep canyons and over glaciers along the northwest coast of Greenland. IceBridge, now in its third year, makes annual campaigns in the Arctic and Antarctic where science flights monitor glaciers, ice sheets and sea ice. Image Credit: NASA/Michael Studinger
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1917.html
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NASA's mission has always been to explore, to discover and to understand the world in which we live from the unique vantage point of space, and to share our newly gained perspectives with the public. That spirit of sharing remains true today as NASA operates 18 of the most advanced Earth-observing satellites ever built, helping scientists make some of the most detailed observations ever made of our world. Image Credit: NASA
Topics: What -- Spirit, What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1067.html
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This composite image, which has become a popular poster, shows a global view of Earth at night, compiled from over 400 satellite images. NASA researchers have used these images of nighttime lights to study weather around urban areas.
Topic: What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthday/gall_earth_night.html