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