miércoles, 16 de octubre de 2013

Observing the Earth: Incredible Satellite Photos of Earth from the European Space Agency

Though I don’t have a homepage set, the first page in my daily rounds is always the Astronomy Picture of the Day (site currently down), a website launched by NASA and the Michigan Technological University way back in 1995, a nearly continous publication run of 18 years. Unfortunately due some minor, uhm, budget cuts in the U.S. government, all NASA websites are currently down due to a crushing 97% cut in workforce, including the humble Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Luckily there’s at least one space agency still publishing photos of space (and space from Earth), the European Space Agency. The ESA has an incredible Observing the Earth archive that’s updated every week and each satelitte image is usually accompanied by a brief essay to explain a bit about what you’re looking at. Collected here are some of my favorite images from the last few years taken with too many different satellites to mention, and you can search photos back through 2005 here. (via Devid Sketchbook)

Namib Desert / October 5, 2013

Ganges’ dazzling delta / July 31, 2009

Scandinavian snows / February 1, 2013

Mississippi River Delta / May 25, 2012

Clearwater Lakes, Canada / May 17, 2013

Peruvian landscape / July 4, 2013

Plentiful plankton / September 14, 2009

Swirling cloud art in the Atlantic Ocean / June 11, 2010

Agricultural crops in Aragon and Catalonia / November 26, 2010

Credits: Colossal
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