Korea’s Kompsat-2 satellite captured this image over the sand seas of the Namib Desert on 7 January 2012. The ESA supports Kompsat as a Third Party Mission (meaning it uses its ground infrastructure to acquire and distribute data).
I'm not sure which NASA site is no longer available, but NASA's Image of the Day site is up, thank you. The photos are often artistic, but most are informative. (The link for NASA was pretty weak publishing, dpreview should not just republish, but do a bit of fact checking.)
And is there a link to the ESA stills site?
Maybe nothing new in these photos as someone said, but many of us love seeing them and glad dpreview showed us these.
As an interesting aside, it is very well possible (though not easy to check to be sure) that the sensor used to make these from-space images is made by the same company that designed the current Leica M sensor, as they do a lot of work for the space industry, including ESA.
The first photo (of the full-Earth) was taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts way back in 1972. Nothing to do with ESA.
I must be a bit wierd but a lot of these make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Its like looking at diseases under a microscope.
Mega impressive unless your name is Basalite.
wow, just wow. simply beautiful.
Most of these photos are from this fantastic film:
a 90 min. Film, better than every Universum, you could do a screenshot every few minutes and send it to a foto challange.
It's about the beginning of the world and the changes human beeings have been made .....
Who cares? We're all busy discussing the dual pixel AF from Canon, don't bother us with artsy-fartsy pictures with no bokeh!
In Australia we no longer use Ayer's Rock as the name we by which call this amazing object. It is called Uluru.
Actually it's officially called Uluru / Ayers Rock...........
The order of the dual names Ayers Rock / Uluru was officially reversed to "Uluru / Ayers Rock" on 6 November 2002 following a request from the Regional Tourism Association in Alice Springs
I still call that rock mass Ayers Rock, and I live just down the road from where it's located. Well about 2,000 km south in fact, but down the road a bit, just the same. Uluru is what the local aborigines call it along with all the trendies. I'm afraid I'm old school. Must admit though, that it's a BIG rock.
Countless wars have been fought on land and sea visible in that image, yet we are one species, on one world, in one very large universe. Images such as these show that far better than words can say. Yet we continue to war in the name of power, wealth and ideology. One fragile world. Will we ever figure that out.
Take care of the planet, as we only have this to live. Beautiful pictures indeed.
no camera specs? :)
I think it's an Iphone
Incredible photos, thanks for sharing them DPR. I find them beautiful as compositions and as art, while also spiritually enriching, reminding us we're a very small part of something far larger than ourselves, no matter one's belief system.
Please make similar posts a regular feature of your news, perhaps a monthly entry.
There s a cat on 10 :P
Beautiful planet we live on!
Looks so alien! Very pretty :)
Thanks for sharing DPR. These are breathtaking.
Nothing really new in those pictures.
Really? Do you have some of your own to share?
Comments like these make me think of the anecdote about the American soldier posted in some deserted area of some foreign country who was asked whether he thought satellites were important for him to do his job. He replied 'satellites? Hell no, all he needs is this little device which tells him where he is...
I like your humor! Yes, earth is old.
What is the age limit to become an astronaut? I have to see it on my own!!!
So beautiful, I agree. Down here on the ground, though, it sometimes seems to have become a considerable challenge to find plastic-wrapper-free wide-angle subjects! Let's work hard to keep this a hospitable, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing planet - we have only this one ...
It isn't just the ground. In a landscape image posted on DPReview recently I counted 13 contrails, making up the bulk of the cloud cover in the scene. Contrails are one contributing factor to a phenomenon referred to as 'global dimming', a decline in the amount of light reaching the surface. This is not just bad for photographers.
Breathtaking! ... and useful to reconsider big egos
Beautiful. It would be wonderful to live there.
I do live here. It's very nice.
There's no place like earth....try to live here someday and you won't be sorry.
And if you have a camera, it's really cool.
Ladies and gentlemen, let's welcome ryanshoots, the man from Mars! :D