The ten best images of Earth from space

0

1. The featured image above was taken on Feb. 1, 2014 by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

2. The first ever image of Earth from space was taken in 1946 “from an altitude of 65 miles by a 35-millimeter motion picture camera riding on a V-2 missile launched from the White Sands Missile Range.

Image credit: White Sands Missile Range/Applied Physics Laboratory

Image credit: White Sands Missile Range/Applied Physics Laboratory

3. While orbiting Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took this image of Earth and its moon on July 19, 2013.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

4. Carl Sagan’s famous description of Earth as a “pale blue dot” references Voyager 1’s image of Earth taken in 1990.

Earth as seen from about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles, 40 astronomical units)

Earth as seen from about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles, 40 astronomical units)

 5. Here’s a wide-angled camera view of Earth taken by Cassini on Sept. 15, 2006.

Image credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

Image credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

6. This image was taken during Apollo 17’s lunar mission. The astronaut pictured is Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 lunar module pilot.

Image credit: NASA Johnson Space Center (NASA-JSC)

Image credit: NASA Johnson Space Center (NASA-JSC)

7. This is the first ever image taken of Earth from a non-lunar planet.

Taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on March 8, 2004.

Taken by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on March 8, 2004.

8. This is a great image depicting the distance of the Moon from Earth taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft on Aug. 26, 2011

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

9. This is a stunning image capturing Saturn and its rings and the Earth and Moon in a single frame.

Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on July 19, 2013

Taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on July 19, 2013

10. This is the first ever image of the Earth and Moon in a single frame taken by Voyager 1 on Sept. 18, 1977, at a distance of 7.25 million miles from Earth.

Image credit: NASA
Image credit: NASA

About Author

Kristian strives to enlighten and entertain readers. In addition to his teaching and editorial responsibilities, he is working on a science-fiction novel that promises not to include exoskeleton suits and anemic aliens floating in mysterious vats of green-tinted goop.

Comments are closed.