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Incredible photos of Earth from the European Space Agency

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:01 GMT

Image of earth from space

There's no better view of the earth than the one you get from space. The European Space Agency's mission is to 'find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe', and as such, every year it produces thousands of high-resolution images of earth from orbit. In this slideshow we've picked a selection of the most stunning images from the ESA's website.

The ESA's website (which, unlike NASA's US government-funded site, is still online) will be hosting the latest of the agency's 'ESA Live' broadcasts from space tomorrow, October 11th at 10:00 CEST. 

Images of earth from space: Iranian salt desert 

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

Images of earth from space: Sahara desert

Sand and rocky terrain in portion of Sahara desert located in western Algeria, captured by Ikonos-2 satellite. 

Images of earth from space: Snow in Scandinavia

Clouds and snow over Norway and Denmark, captured by Envisat satellite.

Images of earth from space: Mississippi River Delta

Landsat image of the Mississippi River flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. From the ESA: "In this false-colour image, land vegetation appears pink, while the sediment in the surrounding waters are bright blue and green."

Images of earth from space: Pine Island Glacier

West Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier as captured by Envisat satellite. 

Images of earth from space: Amazonian river

Image from Envisat satellite Juruá River in western Brazil.

Images of earth from space: Raystown Lake

Radar image from Envisat satellite shows man-made Raystown Lake at the center of the frame.

Images of earth from space: Ayers Rock

Uluru/Ayers Rock pictured from above by Kompsat-2 satellite.

Images of earth from space: Virunga Mountains

Radar image from Envisat showing an active chain of volcanic mountains, stretching across Uganda's border with Rwanda.

Images of earth from space: Namib desert, Africa

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).