What Does Our Planet Look Like From the Space

Undoubtedly, there is never a lack of tentative and intrepid exploration on the world, the Earth and even out of our planet. The science of astrobiology also attempts to answer some of the big questions that have long engaged the imagination of the space. As a main agency of being responsible for the space program and aerospace research, NASA has never stopped their step and worked hard to piece together the story of the evolution of the universe.

On Instagram, NASA offers thousands of pictures taken from the space to 21.8 million followers day by day, showing some of the most impressive views of our planet. Images are conceived with a NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) and mixes three photographs united to create a unique high quality picture.

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1. New full-hemisphere views of Earth at night!

This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night. The clouds and sun glint - added here for aesthetic effect - are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products.

2. "Good night Earth from Space Station - headed back your way tomorrow!"

3. "Europe at night is one of the most spectacular views. Here we were travelling along the Adriatic towards the Middle East."

4. Sliver of Saturn: Although only a sliver of Saturn's sunlit face is visible in this view, the mighty gas giant planet still dominates the view.

The image was taken in green light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 18, 2017. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 630,000 miles (1 million kilometers) from Saturn. Image scale is 38 miles (61 kilometers) per pixel.

5. The view at night recently has been simply magnificent: few clouds, intense aurora.

The dancing lights of the aurora provide stunning views, but also capture the imagination of scientists who study incoming energy and particles from the sun.

6. File under desktop wallpapers: the blue gradients of a sunrise.

7. Morning over the Atlantic...

8. "Looking down at Earth's features, I often forget that looking sideways is equally impressive!" Wrote by astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

9. Fiery South Atlantic Sunset!

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station photographed a sunset that looks like a vast sheet of flame. With Earth's surface already in darkness, the setting sun, the cloud masses, and the sideways viewing angle make a powerful image of the kind that astronauts use to commemorate their flights. Thin layers of lighter and darker blues reveal the many layers of the atmosphere. The lowest layer-the orange-brown line with clouds and dust and smoke-is known to scientists as the troposphere, the layer of weather as we experience it. It is the smoke and particles of dust in the atmosphere that give the strong red color to sunsets.

Astronauts see the atmosphere like this roughly every 90 minutes, as they view sixteen sunrises and sixteen sunsets every day. Astronauts often comment on how thin and fragile Earth's atmosphere seems.

10. A view of the coasts of Senegal and Gambia, with the peninsula of Dakar very visible on the bottom left. The people living around the Saloum delta are under threat by rising sea levels. Climate change again...

11. The coasts of Syria. To think that such a beautiful landscape is the scene of so many atrocities.

12. Cities' shapes.

13. In the right lighting clouds can really show their three dimensions. Better to fly above than below!

14. Europe at night is one of the most spectacular views. Here astronauts were traveling along the Adriatic towards the Middle East.

15. Auroras was dancing over northern USA and Canada.

16. Nagoya at night shows an interesting different lighting color downtown. Note the blackness around Nagoya castle and its park.

17. Night on Earth.

18. 75% of the Earth’s surface are made of water. It is the main feature of our planet.





(Images from NASA and astronaut Thomas Pesquet)





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