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Incredible photos of Earth from the European Space Agency

By dpreview staff on Oct 11, 2013 at 16:01 GMT
Images of earth from space: Iranian salt desert 
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Images of earth from space: Iranian salt desert 

Curving sand of Iran's Dasht-e Kavir salt desert, captured by the Ikonos-2 satellite.

Via: My Modern Met, Source: ESA

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Total comments: 34
MtnBikerCalif
By MtnBikerCalif (5 months ago)

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.)

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/

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.

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Tom_A
By Tom_A (6 months ago)

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.

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australopithecus
By australopithecus (6 months ago)

The first photo (of the full-Earth) was taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts way back in 1972. Nothing to do with ESA.

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Zdman
By Zdman (6 months ago)

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.

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Paul_B Midlands UK
By Paul_B Midlands UK (6 months ago)

Mega impressive unless your name is Basalite.

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wansai
By wansai (6 months ago)

wow, just wow. simply beautiful.

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Thomas Traub
By Thomas Traub (6 months ago)

Most of these photos are from this fantastic film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU

a 90 min. Film, better than every Universum, you could do a screenshot every few minutes and send it to a foto challange.

Fantastic!

It's about the beginning of the world and the changes human beeings have been made .....

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (6 months ago)

Who cares? We're all busy discussing the dual pixel AF from Canon, don't bother us with artsy-fartsy pictures with no bokeh!

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bossa
By bossa (6 months ago)

In Australia we no longer use Ayer's Rock as the name we by which call this amazing object. It is called Uluru.

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AnselRichardson
By AnselRichardson (6 months ago)

lol

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FRANCISQUAN
By FRANCISQUAN (6 months ago)

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

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ozgoldman
By ozgoldman (6 months ago)

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.

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Roger Engelken
By Roger Engelken (6 months ago)

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.

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Digitall
By Digitall (6 months ago)

Take care of the planet, as we only have this to live. Beautiful pictures indeed.

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Ken Rocket
By Ken Rocket (6 months ago)

no camera specs? :)

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Digitall
By Digitall (6 months ago)

I think it's an Iphone

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sderdiarian
By sderdiarian (6 months ago)

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.

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Xentinus
By Xentinus (6 months ago)

There s a cat on 10 :P

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InTheMist
By InTheMist (6 months ago)

Beautiful planet we live on!

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sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (6 months ago)

Looks so alien! Very pretty :)

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aftab
By aftab (6 months ago)

Thanks for sharing DPR. These are breathtaking.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (6 months ago)

Nothing really new in those pictures.

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Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (6 months ago)

Really? Do you have some of your own to share?

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Dames01
By Dames01 (6 months ago)

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...

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Eleson
By Eleson (6 months ago)

I like your humor!
Yes, earth is old.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (6 months ago)

What is the age limit to become an astronaut? I have to see it on my own!!!

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Madaboutpix
By Madaboutpix (6 months ago)

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 ...

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BartyLobethal
By BartyLobethal (6 months ago)

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.

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Stergios57
By Stergios57 (6 months ago)

Breathtaking! ... and useful to reconsider big egos

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ryanshoots
By ryanshoots (6 months ago)

Beautiful. It would be wonderful to live there.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (6 months ago)

I do live here. It's very nice.

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guamy
By guamy (6 months ago)

There's no place like earth....try to live here someday and you won't be sorry.

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luigibozi
By luigibozi (6 months ago)

And if you have a camera, it's really cool.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (6 months ago)

Ladies and gentlemen, let's welcome ryanshoots, the man from Mars! :D

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