In 1960 the United States put its first Earth-observing satellite into orbit around the planet. Over the half of century satellites made thousands of photos of our beautiful planet. Most breathtaking ones were exhibited in museums and art galleries all over the globe.
Now you can see them for yourself. NASA has just released “Earth as Art” - a wonderful, and free, 158-page ebook in pdf format. Images include snow-capped mountain peaks in the Himalayas, Arizona’s Painted Desert, the Mississippi River Delta spreading into the Gulf of Mexico, a Saharan dune sea in Algeria, and Byrd Glacier in Antarctica. [download free ebook]
The book is accompanied by a free iPad app that allows users to zoom into the book’s 75 satellite images and access additional information on selected features and the satellites used. [download free iPad app]
The free book and iPad app celebrate Earth’s aesthetic beauty in the patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere.
As Jean-Félix Picard said:
We must look to the heavens for the measure of the earth.