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.
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).