This very long exposure shot of the Earth was captured by astronaut Don Pettit, who spent time aboard the International Space Station during Expeditions 30 and 31. Numerous images of 30 second exposure were captured and stacked together to create this image, which presents a 15 minute exposure.
India’s first mission to Mars, the Mars Orbiter (Mangalyaan) crossed the distance of the moon’s orbit this morning, making it the farthest object sent into space by India. A few days ago, the spacecraft looked back, and sent a postcard back home. This is the first image of Earth taken by the Mars Color Camera (MCC) aboard the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft. The image was taken on November 19, from an altitude of 67975 kilometers.
These fantastic views of what appears to be a wonderland have been captured by European Space Agency (ESA). Coming across as some very stunning views, these images present a satellites-eye-view of our planet.
Had our Earth been one giant living organism, it would breathe, probably something like once a year to maintain its behemoth size. If you would allow for changes in seasons and corresponding change in vegetation and appearance a view, you might find something like a breathing planet, like these images show. The image was created by John Nelson of IDV Solutions. He downloaded cloud free satellite images of the planet for every month, and let them loose in a gif animation that we see here, and in which it appears our beloved planet does breathe.
Humans have often looked into the sky and seen Saturn, but never have we known what our Earth would look from the vantage point of that planet. Well, now we do. As usual, it’s the pale blue dot in the sky. Saturn is 900 million miles from Earth, and the Cassini spacecraft has been hanging out with the beautiful ringed planet for a while now.
Earth Cake is a delicious lesson in Geography. All basic layers of the Earth are represented from the core, right to the crust. All layers have different colors to differentiate, and the top layer itself is quite beautifully finished. The hemisphere earth cake was made by Rhiannon of Baking Adventures.
About a year ago, redditor thefrek made an unofficial flag for Earth. He recently reappeared with more flags for the entire solar system, for the future Martian revolution, and for the Solar Federation that might happen into the future. A fun sci-fi story could be constructed around these flags. They are available for purchase here.
These images captured by satellite Landsat 5 show the Earth in all its glory and awesomeness. Landsat 5 has been in orbit for 29 years, and has orbitted the Earth more than 150,000 times and sent nearly 2.5 million images. Looking at these images, we can be sure there is no artist even half as good as mother nature.
You think the traffic in your city is bad? Well compare it with the traffic around the globe. This animation shows the road, air and sea traffic throughout the world. Tough to beat that.
This is one of those images that are rarely seen, and are a total treat for the eyes. Earthshine is when reflected light from the Earth illuminates the moon’s night, much like what moonlight does for us. This image was taken on March 20 from Esfahan, Iran.