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Category: Earth: From Space

NASA’s Vantage Point Over Earth

This cool animation shows us many of NASA’s fleet of Earth-observing spacecraft’s, that measure aspects of the environment that touch the lives of every person around the world. They study everything from the air we breathe, to rain and snow that provide water for agriculture and communities, to natural disasters such as droughts and floods, …

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Nikon in Space: Time-lapse view of the world

Nikon’s history in Space began with the Nikon Photomic FTN, a modified Nikon F camera that was used aboard the Apollo 15 in 1971 and Nikon cameras have been aboard every manned space flight since. This film, edited by SmugMug Films, is a compiled time-lapse video using thousands of still images. The bright flashes are …

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Lights of Human Activity Shine in NASA’s Image of Earth at Night

NASA has released an updated composite picture of how the Earth looks at night. Now, it is never night at the same time across the globe, but if it would be, this is how it would look. This nighttime look at our home planet, dubbed the Black Marble, provides researchers with a unique perspective of …

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ESA: Earth from Space | Rome

Rome and its surroundings are pictured in this image from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite, captured on 17 January 2016. The Tiber River snakes down from the north, and is surrounded by agricultural fields in the upper right before entering the city. It then makes its way west, entering into the Mediterranean Sea at the town …

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NASA: Jeff’s Earth | A Hi-Def Video of Earth From Space

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams captured this ultra high definition video of our pale blue dot from orbit in the International Space Station. Jeff describes his experience on the ISS and the view of Earth from space, as simply stunning.  

ESA: Earth from Space: Switzerland

Multiple scans from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite have been stitched together to create this complete image of Switzerland. The southern part of the country is dominated by the Alps, some of which are snow-capped. One of the more obvious features in the lower central part of the image is the curved x-shape of the Aletsch …

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ESA: Earth from Space: Wolfe Creek

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the northern part of Western Australia to the Wolfe Creek Crater National Park. The area pictured is close to the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, the country’s second-largest, and presents a landscape of desert plains and grasslands.  

ESA: Earth from Space: Japan

Sentinel-3A captured part of Japan on 12 May in this false-colour image. Sitting on a volcanic zone in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan is prone to earthquakes – like the one felt earlier this week. In 2011 the Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused widespread damage and claimed over 15 000 lives. In this …

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ESA: Earth from Space: Gibson Desert

The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the Gibson Desert in Western Australia in this false-colour image. Covering an area of over 150 000 sq km, the desert sports gravel terrains covered by desert grasses, as well as red sandy plains and dunefields. A drought in the 1980s forced the indigenous Pintupi people to the central-eastern …

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ESA: Earth from Space: Virunga mountains

This Sentinel-1 radar composite image features the Virunga Mountains in East Africa: a chain of volcanoes stretching across Rwanda’s northern border with Uganda and east into the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While most are dormant, two of the eight volcanoes are active, with the most recent eruptions in 2006 and 2010.  

ESA: Earth from Space: Shanghai

The Chinese city of Shanghai is pictured in this Sentinel-2A image from 16 December 2015. As well as the country’s most populous city – with over 24 million people – this global financial centre is also the site of the world’s busiest container ports owing to its strategic location on the Yangtze River Delta.  

ESA: Earth from Space: Vatnajökull

The Landsat-8 satellite takes us over Iceland’s southeastern coast and the Vatnajökull glacier in this false-colour image from 6 September 2014. Glaciers cover 11% of Iceland’s landscape, the largest being the Vatnajökull – known as the Vatna Glacier in English – which at 8000 sq km is also the largest in Europe. Up to a …

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JAXA: Rise of Earth and Venus Viewed From Japanese Kaguya Spacecraft

Despite the lens flare, this video from Kaguya’s HDTV camera in November 2007 reveals a lovely Earthrise, followed by the rise of a star-like Venus. This video has been sped up to twice its original pace. The Earth sets in the glare of the sun in this rarely-seen video from the Kaguya lunar orbiter in …

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ESA: Earth from Space | Shanghai

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. The Chinese city of Shanghai is featured in the 200th edition. The Chinese city of Shanghai is pictured in this Sentinel-2A image from 16 December 2015. As well as the country’s most populous city – with over 24 million people – …

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ESA: Earth from Space: Alakol Lake

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In the one hundred ninety-ninth edition, explore Kazakhstan’s Alakol Lake. Alakol Lake is a salt lake and receives water periodically from several streams flowing from the Tarbagatai Mountains.  

NASA: Ultra High Definition (4K) View of Planet Earth

NASA monitors Earth’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. The International Space Station hosts a variety of payloads and experiments supporting climate research, weather predictions, hurricane monitoring, pollution tracking, disaster response and more.  

ESA: Flying over the English Channel

A nighttime timelapse flying west to east over the English Channel towards Northern Europe and Russia.  

ESA: Earth from Space: Earth from Space: Berlin celebration

. The one hundred fifty-eighth edition features a Sentinel-2A image of Berlin in Germany.  

ESA: Earth from Space: Athens in colour

The one hundred fifty-seventh edition features a Sentinel-2 satellite image of Athens and surroundings, in Greece. This evening a special event is being held in Athens, as part of the activities for the European Researcher’s night. This is why we have included Greek subtitles for this edition of Earth from Space.  

ESA: Earth from Space: Roof of the world

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In the eighteenth edition we look at an Envisat image of frozen lakes, dotting the Tibetan Plateau in Central Asia.  

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