Two weeks ago NASA released an e-Book titles Earth as Art and is available for free here. Most of the time, the stuff NASA publish are for scientific interpretation but not this time as the images are intended for viewing enjoyment. Every image has a description of the place it is taken and some background info about that place. In this post a selection of the beauty of the earth, be sure to download the book yourself if you like what you see!
In 1960, the United States put its first Earth-observing environmental satellite into orbit around the planet. Over the decades, these satellites have provided invaluable information, and the vantage point of space has provided new perspectives on Earth. This book celebrates Earth’s aesthetic beauty in the patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere. The book features 75 stunning images of Earth from the Terra, Landsat 5, Landsat 7, EO-1, and Aqua satellites. Sensors on these satellites can measure light outside of the visible range, so the images show more than what is visible to the naked eye. The images are intended for viewing enjoyment rather than scientific interpretation. The beauty of Earth is clear, and the artistry ranges from the surreal to the sublime.