Beautiful Pictures of Earth from Space

The Earth is a beautiful, dynamic “blue marble” and satellites like NOAA’s GOES-13 captures images of it multiple times a day. Here we’ve collected a few beautiful pictures of Earth from space, photos that most of us can only dream about taking. But with continued interest in NASA and privately funded programs, advances in space exploration and travel could make that dream a possibility someday.

All images are courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the largest organization of combined scientists, engineers, and technologists who focus on studying the Earth, sun, solar system, and universe. They have an incredible collection of photos and other visuals of Earth, space, and more in their online galleries.

Earth Images

Blue Marble – Astronaut photograph 1972, Blue Marble 2002, Aqua Marble 2005, Blue Marble 2012, White Marble 2012, Black Marble 2012
Earth: Blue Marble - Astronaut photograph 1972, Blue Marble 2002, Aqua Marble 2005, Blue Marble 2012, White Marble 2012, Black Marble 2012

The Blue Marble from Apollo 17 – December 7, 1972; This picture was taken as the crew of Apollo 17 was traveling to the moon.
The Blue Marble from Apollo 17

Blue Marble 2002 – a collection of satellite based observations; Most of the information in this image came from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, a single remote-sensing device tasked with observing a variety of oceanic, terrestrial, and atmospheric features of the Earth. It flies over 700km above the Earth onboard the Terra satellite.
Earth Blue Marble 2002

Blue Marble 2002
Earth Blue Marble - 2002

Blue Marble 2002 – Sydney, Australia
Earth - 2002 Blue Marble - Sydney, Australia

Blue Marble 2007 – East
Earth - NASA Blue Marble 2007 East

Blue Marble 2007 – West
Earth - NASA Blue Marble 2007 West

NASA GOES-13 Full Disk view of Earth – December 17, 2010
NASA GOES-13 Full Disk view of Earth December 17, 2010

GOES-13 Gets a Full Disk Look at Weather in the Americas – October 25, 2011; This interesting image was created when Hurricane Rina was in the Caribbean and powerful frontal systems were all across North and South America.
GOES-13 Gets a Full Disk Look at Weather in the Americas

Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth – Blue Marble 2012; Taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Earth-observing satellite Suomi NPP.
Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth - Blue Marble 2012

Blue Marble 2012 – Eastern Hemisphere; Image captured by the Suomi NPP satellite during 6 separate orbits on January 23, 2012.
Earth's Eastern Hemisphere - Blue Marble 2012

Black Marble – Asia and Australia; Image information was acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012.
Black Marble - Asia and Australia

White Marble 2012 – Arctic View; It took fifteen orbits by the Suomi NPP satellite to capture this beautiful photo of Earth showing the Arctic, Europe, and Asia.
Earth - Blue Marble 2012 - 'White Marble' Arctic View

Typhoon Haiyan approaching the Philippines – November 7, 2013
Typhoon Haiyan from space

Earthrise; A spectacular view of Earth from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), captured while orbiting the moon. Mark Robinson, principal investigator for the LRO Camera, talks about the unique perspective when seeing the Earth from the moon. “From the Earth, the daily moonrise and moonset are always inspiring moments,” Robinson says, “However, lunar astronauts will see something very different: viewed from the lunar surface, the Earth never rises or sets. Since the moon is tidally locked, Earth is always in the same spot above the horizon, varying only a small amount with the slight wobble of the moon. The Earth may not move across the ‘sky’, but the view is not static.”
Earthrise Image