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Earth, observed

The Earth Observatory is a website run by NASA's Earth Observing System Project Science Office (EOSPSO). Bringing together imagery from many different satellites and astronaut missions, the website publishes fantastic images with highly detailed descriptions, feature articles and more. Gathered here are some standout photographs from the collections in the Earth Observatory over the past several years. For more images and information, please visit the Earth Observatory site itself. (23 photos total)

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of a dust storm as it swirled over China in April of 2001. A strong temperate cyclone spun counter-clockwise over China, pushing a wall of dust as it moved. The deep tan dust is not only thick enough to completely hide much of the land surface below, but it almost forms its own topography, with ridges of dust rising up below the clouds. The spiral arms of white cloud are approximately 200km wide. (NASA/Jesse Allen, Robert Simmon/MODIS science team)
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556 comments so far...

22 reminds me of pacman...

Posted by JC January 14, 09 01:42 PM


Posted by Lasse January 14, 09 01:47 PM




Posted by KEVIN Z January 14, 09 01:53 PM

#9 looks like small ice droplets on the edge of a creek, and I swear that #14 is a microscopic view of salt crystals.

Posted by J. Todd Leffar January 14, 09 01:54 PM

Love it !!

Posted by peter January 14, 09 01:55 PM

Beautiful earth!

Posted by Philipp January 14, 09 01:56 PM

Beautiful set of photographs. I love any of the sets to do with nature or animals - it's like planet earth in photographs! #2 is awesome.

Posted by Roy January 14, 09 01:58 PM

WOW! These interesting pictures blow my mind!

Posted by Janet Young January 14, 09 02:01 PM

Wow...lovely pictures!

Posted by Snay January 14, 09 02:01 PM

Really mind blowing images!
these pics gives me mixed feelings about how beautiful our earth is, at the same time how small we human creatures are on this earth!

well, lets ensure that earth, our only home, remains as beautiful as it is right now!

Posted by prashant January 14, 09 02:02 PM

America's contribution to all this loveliness: the Vegas burbs. Awesome.

Posted by M. January 14, 09 02:03 PM


Is it possible to get links to the original images in higher quality?

Posted by daaku January 14, 09 02:04 PM

Beautiful pictures!! Love #14.

How can people live in such boring, clusters of houses? (#22)

Posted by CoreyL January 14, 09 02:05 PM

My eyes hurt.

Posted by Jon Kovac January 14, 09 02:06 PM

Awesome, thank you!

Posted by Markus January 14, 09 02:06 PM

I like #12 of the sand sea. I wonder what the worlds largest water desert is?

Posted by Instant Oatmeal January 14, 09 02:09 PM

22 looks like a terrible place to live.

Posted by Hild January 14, 09 02:20 PM
Posted by Photon January 14, 09 02:38 PM

WOW...#14 also blows me away it looks so "fake". i have a new appreciation for the guys that did the sets for the Godzilla movies. :-)

Posted by double_G January 14, 09 02:38 PM

Amazing. Great. Thanks a lot.
You run the best photo blog ever. :)

Posted by Ivo January 14, 09 02:46 PM

"Earth seen from above" type of pictures is always a delicacy for the eye, in my opinion. I'd never get bored of those.

#22 looks just like some Sim City game.

Posted by Magzime January 14, 09 02:46 PM

awesome! earth is realy great : )

Posted by Bartek January 14, 09 03:07 PM


Posted by Francois January 14, 09 03:14 PM

Really nice pictures, I especially like number 22.

Posted by Joe Kirk January 14, 09 03:22 PM


Posted by TheBaltimoreBabe at Blogspot January 14, 09 03:30 PM

#23 is gorgeous! River of gold.
This blog is amazing!

Posted by Penni January 14, 09 03:56 PM

I live in's a great place to live. A lot of the housing is like that. They are big complexes and developments. They look really squished in that picture...but the streets are very spacious. Most people just stay on the Strip...but if you venture off the Strip, you will enjoy the big city that is Vegas...HUGE!!

Posted by Sandy January 14, 09 04:04 PM


Posted by Anonymous January 14, 09 04:16 PM

Surely 14 is fake?

Posted by Shaum Michaela January 14, 09 04:20 PM


Posted by Nick Sushkevich January 14, 09 04:37 PM

Feel obliged to give a comment here at last...
I'm a geography teacher from Germany and so many of these pictures inspire me and therefore my work at school! Keep up the excellent work, I love your images and since I'm a hobby-photographer, I appreciate the art aspect as well!

Posted by dendron January 14, 09 04:43 PM


Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.

Posted by Yaz January 14, 09 04:58 PM

The Mount St. Helens photo is amazing.

Posted by NurseExec January 14, 09 05:06 PM

Funny, because if we "saved" the earth millenia ago we would not have such images as this today. Let's just let nature take it's course, and let the amazing changes happen.

Posted by Curtis January 14, 09 05:30 PM

@daakuk - link from the text above (so easy to miss the text intro)

Posted by Rafael January 14, 09 05:39 PM


Posted by G H A S S A N January 14, 09 05:51 PM

You're surely asking, aren't you not?

Posted by Huh January 14, 09 06:24 PM

@29 - Shaum Michaela
You can have a better idea of the scale here :
(bottom right)

Posted by Philippe G January 14, 09 06:34 PM

For #22 It looks like a real-life SimCity game! You see areas for apartments, single family homes, schools, some industry, etc.!

Posted by Mark VPol January 14, 09 06:47 PM

Im sure 14 IS REAL but just thinking of it as real so completely mind blowing to how detailed these satellite pictures are. AMAZING

Posted by Matt January 14, 09 07:00 PM

I am amazed. Especially with #19. If I didn't know any better, that looks almost like the moon.

Posted by awedatGod'screation January 14, 09 07:02 PM

22 recalls the old Sim City games

Posted by ryan January 14, 09 07:16 PM


#3 is the one that really caught my eye. Kodak should make that into a 1000 piece puzzle. :-)

Posted by Julia January 14, 09 07:32 PM

Once again, amazing pictures.

The Big Picture is quickly turning into my favourite photo blog on the net.

Posted by Anonymous January 14, 09 07:39 PM

#12 looks like the wedding cake icer went mad. Beautiful pictures!

Posted by Floridora January 14, 09 08:17 PM

I was 30 miles south of Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 1980 when it blew. If I had been on the north side, the same distance, I would not be here today. What an awesome experience it was.

My photo on that day:

Posted by Eric January 14, 09 09:02 PM

@ "M"

There had to be one of them. Seriously, you are aware that "Americas contribution" is also st helens, and countless other beautiful places. Amazing you had to bring your hate here.

And also, most of the world lives in "clusters of houses". Your comment makes no sense at all. Get a new hobby.

Posted by bob January 14, 09 09:26 PM

wow love it...

Posted by kwok wee January 14, 09 10:15 PM

wow! extremely beautiful!

Posted by dy3g0s January 14, 09 11:41 PM

Breathtaking, as always. Without the description for some of these, I would have never been able to place the context of the photos. Scale and content defies expectations.

Posted by yumenoko January 15, 09 12:13 AM

I lived in Las Vegas for years and it feels just like it looks in that picture. "Track houses" are stacked one after another for acres, and while not everyone lives in developments like that, inevitably you'll end up seeing them ad nauseam. Definitely not a place for people with claustrophobia.

Posted by Trey January 15, 09 12:38 AM

#7 reminds me of Hokusai's *The Great Wave*

Posted by Anonymous January 15, 09 02:31 AM

This is definitely the very best photo blog ever!

Posted by atua January 15, 09 02:39 AM

Fabulous photos.

One little nitpick though: the weather patterns in #7 should, by convention, be described as hurricanes, since they're in the Atlantic basin. "Cyclone" is used for those types of storm that form in the Pacific basin.

Posted by Matt January 15, 09 03:05 AM

REALLY GORGEOUS!!! Fantastic as always! Gog job!!

Posted by Oriol (Catalonia) January 15, 09 03:05 AM

Its really amazing. We just can't even expect that the surroundings of earth are so beautiful. By seeing these photos we are really happy and my children also felt interesting.

Posted by sunitha January 15, 09 03:06 AM

I m speachless...... awesome..... i m also very touched by #32 comment ..very well put....

Posted by Rupa January 15, 09 03:45 AM

What a damned mess we've made of this beautiful planet. Thinking we know better because of our dumb intellect. Sigh.

Posted by Urja January 15, 09 04:22 AM

absolutely beautiful and amazing. I really enjoyed the view. Earth is one amazing place.

Posted by steph January 15, 09 04:29 AM

I just love those pictures and I've had some previous as wallpaper on my desktop. I was wondering if it's possible to get even better pictures to use as wallpapers. As I use them now, sometimes they are little vague, just because they're so detailled.


Posted by Paul (the Netherlands) January 15, 09 04:41 AM

Simply beautiful... Earth is such a beautiful place

Posted by Leech January 15, 09 05:14 AM

#23 is amazingly beautiful....its truly a river of gold :)

Posted by Niki January 15, 09 05:51 AM

Amazingly beautiful. Thank you.

Posted by guayec January 15, 09 06:46 AM

We are so lucky to live on this beautiful planet.

Posted by Andy Miller, England January 15, 09 06:51 AM

The astronauts on Apollo 8 said it best when they were the first humans to see the entire earth for the first time from space "And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good."

Posted by McLuhansghost January 15, 09 07:31 AM

bayer :)

Posted by maniek January 15, 09 07:43 AM


Posted by IonBuck January 15, 09 08:13 AM

Amazing (apart from #22) ...Earth is such a beautiful organism. Hope we don't mess it up anymore just to fuel our greed.

Thank you!!

Posted by Andrew January 15, 09 08:17 AM


Posted by LInda January 15, 09 08:35 AM

Sure is beautiful ,reminds me of the human body

Posted by Danny Carvalho January 15, 09 08:57 AM

stunning images... :)

Posted by Louise January 15, 09 09:12 AM

I love this pla-a-a-anet :)
Thank you, bigpicture, absolutely love it.

Posted by Galina January 15, 09 09:17 AM

We are but puny ants, here for a millisecond in the vastness of time. The earth will be fine whether we attempt to "save" it or not. Our puny efforts will be thwarted and we will return to the dust from whence we came.

Posted by Keira January 15, 09 09:20 AM

More great photos from a great blog.

Hey andy! fancy seeing you here

Posted by Andrew Swingler, England January 15, 09 09:27 AM

we must save it !

Posted by Esko Kozlov January 15, 09 09:55 AM

A peaceful place, or so it looks from Space...

A closer look reveals the Human race....

Posted by Chuck Livingston January 15, 09 10:03 AM

Thanks, amazing as always... One question: is there a way you could publish these pictures with a greater resolution? I always set some as my desktop background, but as they are stretched they don't look so great.

Posted by Carlos Lopes January 15, 09 10:31 AM

Absolutely amazing.

Posted by Maxx January 15, 09 11:14 AM

These images are stunning. Thanks Alan!

Posted by Jamie January 15, 09 11:15 AM
Posted by R Simmon January 15, 09 11:30 AM

aww those are really good pictures

Posted by Anonymous January 15, 09 11:34 AM

#5 looks exactly like a magnification of a Mandlebrot fractal !

Posted by Matt January 15, 09 11:35 AM

@39 - photo #22

Yeah. Sim City - "The Foreclosure edition"

Posted by Watty January 15, 09 12:23 PM

this is soooooooooo cool (kewl)

Posted by j23jsii January 15, 09 12:28 PM

Beautiful pictures yet at the same time hauntingly sad what we are doing to our home planet...

Posted by Entranced January 15, 09 12:47 PM

#19 looks like its from another planet. I never knew they had some many extinct volcano's over there. Cool stuff! Thanks so much. The earth is indeed a wonder of Creation. :-)

Posted by Roger T January 15, 09 12:56 PM

Amazing !!!! Thank you

Posted by Quisp January 15, 09 01:08 PM

Greetings everyone,
I have seen similar pictures with higher resolution but I never tire looking at the diversities of this planets landscapes, absolutely wondrous!!! It’s hard to believe that we mere mortal beings might hold this amazing planet’s future in our hands!!
I see this planet as a living being and I believe we should respect its needs, or in time we will suffer the consequences for sure.

Posted by paul colgan January 15, 09 01:13 PM
Posted by Larry January 15, 09 01:32 PM

Lots of great places to put up new industry. Industrialization makes my heart purr.

Posted by Matthew O January 15, 09 01:38 PM

Majestic fractals.
This has got to be the most beautiful page on the internet.
Thank you.

Posted by bagheera January 15, 09 01:39 PM


Posted by chex mix January 15, 09 01:51 PM

awesome pics!

Posted by Esha January 15, 09 02:02 PM

awesome pics!

Posted by Esha January 15, 09 02:02 PM

these pictures are amazing testaments to the power and creativity of god. this planet is amazingly gorgeous and i wish i could see it all!

Posted by daniel January 15, 09 02:14 PM

No wonder why we must preserve it
Amazing photos again, as usual!

Posted by emre January 15, 09 02:19 PM

Freaking Amazing!

Posted by Anonymous January 15, 09 02:29 PM

Yikes, #22... the definition of "suburban sprawl." Someone should have their planning degree revoked! All that cookie-cutter development, and in a DESERT, no less! What a waste of resources.

The other photos, just breathtaking. A good reminder that when humans are gone (hopefully not for a long, long time!), Earth will continue on, no matter how much we try to "tame" it.

Posted by kate January 15, 09 02:33 PM

Totally freaking amazing! And to think that we take the wonder of this planet so for granted.

Posted by The Saint January 15, 09 02:58 PM

Worship our planet and universe not an imaginary man in the sky. Our existence is truly magical and mysterious. Do not fear the unknown and what you cannot understand.

Posted by Dan January 15, 09 03:08 PM



Posted by jan brunsting January 15, 09 03:25 PM

Incredible images. As a child, I was fascinated by the different perspective I had when my dad took me flying...looking down at a lake I knew, and seeing right to the bottom. Thanks for the link.

Posted by Joe Stahl January 15, 09 03:36 PM

Eric Welch, while your picture of St. Helens was nice, if you had been 30 miles North you would have been in no danger period.


KId Valley resident and St Helens survivor.

Posted by No Drama for yo mama January 15, 09 03:36 PM


@98 - we don't worship an imaginary man in the sky - we worship someone who's bigger than man or the sky. You can't convince me that beauty is a product of chance. That would take more faith than belief in a designer.

Posted by messkat January 15, 09 03:50 PM

tons of great NASA photos and videos at

Posted by Erika Vick January 15, 09 03:53 PM


Posted by Anonymous January 15, 09 04:02 PM

Wonders in varieties!

Posted by Philip January 15, 09 04:10 PM

Did anyone notice in the first picture , God our heavenly Father,has inserted an immage likness of Himself in the cloud above China. Guess from whom,we who believe in HIm, have gotten our sence of humor?

Posted by Rol January 15, 09 04:20 PM

Truly spectacular images! The earth is so beautiful...

Posted by Ariel January 15, 09 04:49 PM

This pictures are awesome It's hard to believe that this is our planet

Posted by Jarek January 15, 09 04:51 PM

You couldn't pay be enough to live in a neighborhood like the one show in Vegas. Stacked houses. No common spaces. No nearby retail or schools. Probably have to drive everywhere. Yuck!

Posted by John January 15, 09 04:53 PM

"America's contribution, Las Vegas."? No, Americas contributions were the satalites, astronauts, space program, imaging, scientists, engineers, inventors, and workers who made these images possible.

Posted by Q January 15, 09 05:14 PM


Posted by JW January 15, 09 05:16 PM

Awesome!!!Thanks God for this beautiful plac that gave us but see how the other destroy it!!
I didn't understand the IRAN PICS completely!!

Posted by Jimmy January 15, 09 05:16 PM

Absolutely stunning...

Posted by Matt January 15, 09 05:35 PM

Did anyone notice in the first picture , God our heavenly Father,has inserted an immage likness of Himself in the cloud above China. Guess from whom,we who believe in HIm, have gotten our sence of humor?
Posted by Rol January 15, 09 04:20 PM
More comments...

are you stupid?

Posted by Rob Zombie January 15, 09 05:57 PM

What a stunning planet we have.

Posted by Teo January 15, 09 06:28 PM

It's funny that even Amsterdam ISLAND produces large clouds of smoke :)

Posted by Matty T January 15, 09 07:06 PM

Yes, Las Vegas area sprawl is terrible, and to think much of it was "master planned." If the plan was to make the most money out of square foot of land, the plan succeeded, quality of life, not so much.

Posted by In Vegas January 15, 09 07:09 PM

Thank you! I always love to visit this blog for the amazing pictures of our great planet. As far as America's contribution as per the dumarses who would say such a thing, you really should visit Utah!!

Posted by Michael J January 15, 09 07:23 PM

Has anybody said that 22 looks like simcity yet?

Posted by anonymous January 15, 09 07:47 PM

Picture 13, is there an explanation to why this Island was producing the wave like cloud formations? All were great, but this one has me interested in what produced those clouds.

Posted by Matt January 15, 09 08:33 PM

Yaz- that song actually originates from my neck of the woods (SF/CA) but I totally agree it far better suits #22

Posted by Claire January 15, 09 08:40 PM

Re: #116, They could have spread all the houses apart and covered more of the desert. Not sure how that would have been any better. Or forbid more than one child per family. Or stop immigration. Or sterilize everybody. What IS the answer?

Posted by d.f. January 15, 09 09:16 PM

If you REALLY knew any better, you'd know that nothing on the Moon actually looks like terrestrial volcanoes...

Posted by Ell Jay January 15, 09 09:25 PM

Amazing pics. gives you a real perspective on how insignificant the human race is when compared to the power and longevity of a planet. To think we could destroy such a creation displays arrogance on a staggering level and totally ignores the natural history of earth.

Posted by Keys January 15, 09 09:48 PM

Check these out

Posted by Niff January 15, 09 10:08 PM

it's very nice. thank you

Posted by moslem January 15, 09 10:25 PM

#17: If Vincent van Gogh painted from space! this is my favorite .

Posted by Ro-Baire January 16, 09 12:17 AM

These are excellent snaps & I appreciate them very much, more so since I get to have a look at some of these scenes whilst in the cockpit. Thanks for the view beyond my scope & elevation.

Posted by Capt. Kiran N Khankhoje January 16, 09 12:50 AM

Awesome.. i love my earth..

Posted by Juzer January 16, 09 02:01 AM

Our planet is realy beautifull. Gorgeous!!!. I won to know why human species can't underestimate the Earth.

Posted by kama January 16, 09 03:51 AM

The power of God !!!

Posted by Ali January 16, 09 03:51 AM

Am I the only one seeing ET the alien on the right of #19? :-)
(The 2 craters are the eyes.)

Posted by George January 16, 09 05:24 AM

Awesome pics.

Posted by alllen January 16, 09 06:27 AM

Fantastic !
I didn't get Nr 9 - looks more like something under water or ice. Can someone enlighten me ?
thx ! Sandra

Posted by sandra dumas January 16, 09 06:43 AM


Posted by ali January 16, 09 07:10 AM

Amazing !

Posted by Elisabeth January 16, 09 07:52 AM

Mandelbrot was right: FRACTALS ARE EVERYWHERE IN NATURE! Patterns can be seen both in the most microscopic molecula and in these large portions of earth.... All of us must start preserving our planet.

Posted by Susanna - Italy January 16, 09 08:37 AM

"54.Fabulous photos.
One little nitpick though: the weather patterns in #7 should, by convention, be described as hurricanes, since they're in the Atlantic basin. "Cyclone" is used for those types of storm that form in the Pacific basin."

Not true. "Cyclone" is a term used world-wide as a "rapid inward circulation of air masses". #7 shows 2 polar lows. They are "cold-core". Hurricanes are "warm-core". Typhoons are the name given to Pacific hurricanes. In the Indian Ocean, the same storms are called cyclones.

Posted by godsafake January 16, 09 08:38 AM

All stunning.

Posted by Ed January 16, 09 08:43 AM

I find the comment about "messing up" the earth for our own purposes to be odd. The earth's beauty is meaningless without humans to see it.

Posted by Anonymous January 16, 09 09:11 AM

No.22 Had no idea Las Vegas was so crowded with houses.Not as glamorous as you would imagine...Posted by Jack, January 16, 10:20AM

Posted by J Holtbsreg January 16, 09 10:22 AM

#22 We didn't needed another reason to hate Las Vegas, but this will do.

Posted by Livy January 16, 09 10:31 AM

All of the postings on this blog are important, but I wish people commented as passionately on the nature and earth postings as they do on the religious or political postings. This is what's important for our existence, and far more inspiring for my self preservation.

Posted by melanie January 16, 09 11:03 AM

Thank you.
Beautiful! Touching!

Posted by Martine January 16, 09 11:07 AM

almost unbelieveable EJ,FL

Posted by earljohnston January 16, 09 11:37 AM

#115 Wins an internet!

Posted by pickles January 16, 09 11:38 AM

Agree with 139. Only an odd person can look at all these beautiful photographs and think only of how we are "ruining" our planet. Hubris. And regarding Vegas, I'd venture to say they could have found a plethora of unflattering images of any large city in the world. These were spectacular and in every case very interesting.

Posted by Swo January 16, 09 11:39 AM

#76 - Awww. You beat me Chuck. Oh well, I guess I'm not surprised. There are lots of Grateful Dead fans out there.
#90 - NO! (chex mix???)

Earth is incredible. It's a shame that most of us never get to see these things with our own eyes.

Posted by Stephani January 16, 09 01:41 PM

If the lowly third stone from the sun can be made this beautiful, think of the Creator's imagination abilities and design skills.

Posted by St E January 16, 09 01:47 PM

Wow...these are som really awesome pictures!!!! Wow we can just see God gleaming form these photos!

Posted by God Lover January 16, 09 02:01 PM

Thank you to all involved in the photgraphing and the delivering the spectacular shots of our Earth. The wonder never ceases.

Posted by K Gibson January 16, 09 02:02 PM

@122 The point is that population density in the Las Vegas Valley is too high to be sustainable and much of this growth came about in just the past 20 years. The developments are purposely self-isolating (almost all neighborhoods are walled and many are gated) and generally of poor construction quality. Apart from concrete tile roofs, nothing is built to last, just future slums in the making. The spread of concrete and asphalt has created a heat island where during the summers, night time temperatures rarely drop much below daytime levels. Water quality is poor. Transportation is bad. If the USA can't build responsibly, how can we expect other developing nations to do so? Immigration and family size isn't the issue here.

Posted by In Vegas January 16, 09 02:13 PM


Posted by I'm Polish!! January 16, 09 02:18 PM

Great pictures, The best ever.

Posted by Jim January 16, 09 02:22 PM

Beautiful collection of images, as usual.

A typo I noticed:
#2: A word or two seem to be missing from the first sentence. It could be fixed by adding a comma and 'which' after 'satellite': "...seen by the IKONOS satellite, WHICH took this on August 8...."

Posted by Choudoufu January 16, 09 02:33 PM

To #104: I suppose the questioner is thinking of such things as the beauty of the starry heavens. But one should remember that stars every now and again explode and reduce everything in their neighborhood to a vague mist. Beauty, in any case, is subjective and exists only in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by watermelon January 16, 09 02:49 PM

re: the comments concerning man's effect on nature:

In Carl Sagan's THE DRAGONS OF EDEN, Sagan—visually, spatially, temporally—located Man in TIME and in SPACE, in THIS Universe and in THIS Cosmos.

Sagan brought in a one-year earth-calendar as a template and fitted in the “age” of the Universe "accurately" set at 15 billion years.

From the first second of the first day (January 1) of that earth-year calendar, Sagan marked the beginning or birth of the known Universe.

At close to "midnight" of the last day (December 31)... the last hour... the last minute... the last microsecond of the earth-day—one microsecond short of "midnight"—Sagan marked the period that Man has existed, variously, called "the Present"... “Today"... “Now!”

... and you are so self-important that you think what you do results in longlasting effects? Amazing

Posted by JohnJ January 16, 09 02:59 PM

Great photos, odd comments.

Just a gentle reminder that there is no benevolent creator and that the universe will still be beautiful long after humans are extinct. Gladly.

Posted by Thomas M January 16, 09 03:06 PM


Posted by gholamhasan January 16, 09 03:32 PM

America's only contribution is the Vegas sprawl? Funny, I thought Kenai, Alaska and Mt St Helens, Washington were in America, too. Then there's the MODIS satellite and others, and of course, the internet. And I even learned that in American schools.

I guess you find what you're looking for, and if what you're looking for is to hate America, you'll find that.

Posted by Michael Z. Williamson January 16, 09 03:44 PM

#22 - Anyone else see the Sr. 09 under a face? Left hand side of pic 1/2 way down, under what looks like new dirt-work being done.....

Posted by Robert Lefflar January 16, 09 04:22 PM

It's a beautiful art of nature!
And I'm happy that pictures like this...can come down on earth...cause many of us can not go up....and look down to see all that beauty!!:)

Posted by anka January 16, 09 04:40 PM

I don't know how anybody can look at these pictures and think we puny humans can actually destroy any of it. It's beautiful. It was here before us and will be here after us. Let's get rid of our arrogance, shall we?

Case in point: Number 10. It used to be encased in ice thousands of years ago. Humans did not make that ice melt. We are not as powerful as some would like to think.

Posted by Lisa January 16, 09 05:26 PM

It's nice to see something beautiful come out of Iran and China, two countries that have ruined their own people's lives. As for the humanists attacking sin city, I say Viva Las Vegas! You are all just bitter because you either lost your pay checks there or are too poor to gamble. Ha Ha!

Posted by Victor January 16, 09 05:54 PM


Posted by Rachel January 16, 09 06:59 PM

Thes photographs are absolutely amazing. Thankyou who ever forwardered them/

Posted by Cnarlie January 16, 09 07:45 PM

If I didn't know better, I'd call #5 a hoax. It's staggering how similar it is to a fractal. Definitely the most disturbing picture of the bunch.

Posted by Mick January 16, 09 09:54 PM

Unmitigated absurdity...
"I find the comment about "messing up" the earth for our own purposes to be odd. The earth's beauty is meaningless without humans to see it."

Are we the only ones with eyes? Moreover, our eyes don't hold a candle to many species' vision. We are but short-sighted pigs, even as the capitalists of Wall St.

Posted by Aeon10101110 January 16, 09 10:13 PM

After 10+ years in Las Vegas, we are getting out. #22 is typical of many neighborhoods, but not all. There are places like Summerlin that have curved streets and bigger yards (but not too much bigger) plus parks and walking trails that are beautifully landscaped. But, the fact remains that Vegas is desert and heavy with polluting traffic (with crazy drivers) serious water problems, extreme hot summers and poor schools. We are so happy to be going back to the midwest with real lakes and rivers and forests and yes snow and cold (which I'll take over the desert heat.) Except for # 22, this is a awsome portfolio.

Posted by Jack January 16, 09 11:48 PM

It would be cool to see the photo from space combined with a view from the ground. Maybe a look at the clouds from space looking down and a view up at the clouds from the earth.

Posted by Frank Griffin January 17, 09 12:56 AM

Random forces create subjective beauty in the tiny minds of biologicals. In these terms Earth is a very minor god, Sirius is a major god, S. Doradus is a very big god indeed. However, must gods have minds? Beauty will do nicely thank you. Why do astronomical pictures make humans go potty?

Posted by john January 17, 09 01:37 AM

all i can say is WOW the best pic that i can see

Posted by jessica January 17, 09 02:41 AM

Es una belleza poder contemplar estas fotos de la tierra.

Posted by Charly January 17, 09 02:46 AM

Wow, that is completely impressive.

Posted by Lance Winslow January 17, 09 03:18 AM

Stop whining about 'saving the planet'.
What have you done ?
Have you unplugged your dishwasher / clothesdryer ?
Have you stopped buying things made in China - by far
the country responsible for most envoirmental damage ?
If not, get back in your hole.
Everybody wants to change the world;
but nobody wants to change themselves.....

Posted by Angelo Fortisimo January 17, 09 04:56 AM

Shows how great this planet is. And that we have to work on it, to keep it this way.

Posted by Hans January 17, 09 06:06 AM

Really amazing pictures! It's so nice how science and technology has developed that you can actually take photos of these kinds.

Posted by Anonymous January 17, 09 06:11 AM

History in the making I'm proud to be an American. God Bless the Men & Women who make this happen and "God Bless America"

Posted by Dale & Dee Schultz January 17, 09 06:56 AM

Wonderful photos. they were graet. tnx a milion

Posted by Womarji January 17, 09 07:01 AM

very Nice...

Posted by SAfiLO January 17, 09 07:17 AM

"""""I see this planet as a living being and I believe we should respect its needs, or in time we will suffer the consequences for sure."""""


get a life

Posted by Mike Kuyel January 17, 09 07:59 AM

It certainly makes you wonder how so much beauty is never appreciated. But
tradgedy is built up to the maximum. Thanks for wonderful tour of our wondrous

Posted by J. Hewitt January 17, 09 10:34 AM

If pictures such as these don't peak an interest in geology, geography and sociology, then nothing ever will. FANTASTIC!

Posted by Dan Kehoe January 17, 09 12:30 PM

As some one said- this universe will be around for a long time after we go, what a shame we are wrecking a beautiful planet It is truly unique and there will never be its like again. And just for the record- there is no such thing as God or fairies for that matter. Please educate yourselves or you may inadvertently contribute to the wreckage.

Posted by Ann January 17, 09 12:36 PM


Posted by chris January 17, 09 01:13 PM

I loved all the photos!They are so cool!

Posted by Gabriela January 17, 09 01:42 PM


Posted by JEAN of North Carolina January 17, 09 01:52 PM

Why must people dilute the beauty of these images with superstitious, dark-age silliness? It seems that as our capacity to witness our spectacular world, and our pathetic, narrowminded perpectives are in direct proportion. Secularism is the great hope of mankind.

Posted by John January 17, 09 02:41 PM

Blessed Be...Mother Earth

Posted by Jack January 17, 09 03:26 PM

Wow! such beauty. Man couldn't ever create such natural scenes.

Posted by Wendell January 17, 09 04:17 PM

We have come so far to be enlightened. Truely humbling images......Thank you.

Posted by Dan January 17, 09 05:38 PM

And the fool has said in his heart "There is no God"

Posted by Rich January 17, 09 07:08 PM

Truly amazing pictures=thank you!

Posted by PAT & CHRISTOS January 17, 09 07:15 PM

MMMMmm reminds me of chicken and chips yum

Posted by Anonymous January 17, 09 07:21 PM

Thank you for the opportunity to view such stunningly beautiful pictures.

Posted by Sharon January 17, 09 08:27 PM

Sandra, I would guess that the areas that look like water/ice are really salt formations in solid format. Not sure why the blue-white contrast, but, maybe due to depth, texture, etc. My guess.

Posted by Oregon Stan January 17, 09 09:29 PM

Thank You for a special pictoral treat!

Posted by Willia, Birchall January 17, 09 09:31 PM

beautiful images, thanks for sharing.

there's a typo in #13 "The island itself is almost too small see in this image..." i think is should read, The island itself is almost too small to see in this image... the operative word forgotten being "to" in "too small to see"

global warming is a reality and for those of you that think we're not responsible for the desertification of land or the melting of glaciers please study some earth sciences and get a clue.

Posted by inspector gadget January 17, 09 09:33 PM

does anyone else see the face in number 7?

Posted by weelylos January 17, 09 10:45 PM

Too bad there's no such thing as idiots #186, since people like you are the causes of all the destruction in the world. Come judgement day, see ya on the "other" side.

Posted by Summer January 17, 09 11:40 PM

wow! when you are so high in the sky, life itself seems inconsequential. Why then are people fighting each other all over the world, when the earth itself is a speck of dust in the universe!

Posted by Raj January 18, 09 12:30 AM

To Ann #186 Your a idiot

Posted by Rick Jackson January 18, 09 01:23 AM


Posted by 204 January 18, 09 03:47 AM

14 was amazing.

Posted by htiawe January 18, 09 05:02 AM

These are truly amazing. Nature holds such beauty and power, we are unworthy.

Posted by Kathy January 18, 09 07:14 AM

the god comments are quite funny lol

amazing pics, and to thing it all started as clouds of lifeless dust, and will all end up the same way, really puts into perspective how insignificant we are, we really dont matter

Posted by al January 18, 09 07:49 AM

Humbling to say the least. This will keep me quiet awhile.

Posted by Soumitra Roy January 18, 09 08:28 AM

The sun on the amazon river stunning

Posted by Peter January 18, 09 08:40 AM

Oh God...
That is a beauty...


Posted by Knonie January 18, 09 09:19 AM

Wow! does make you think how big the world is out there!

Posted by Peter Mitchell (U.K.) January 18, 09 10:11 AM


Posted by sarah January 18, 09 10:57 AM

Stunning pictures, thanks to everyone involved (not forgetting the person who made the selection!). I wish I could give up work, I'd spend all my time studying earth sciences to understand how these glorious formations arise.

Posted by Alan January 18, 09 12:10 PM

Ya gotta love humans - such inspiring photos but still some see them only as an opportunity to take cheap shots at each other! If two folks look at the same photo and one thinks "Fractals" and the other thinks "God", why can't each one respect the other's interpretation & enjoyment without cheap shots?
One thing that Religions and Secularism seem to a have in common is that they all provide individuals with a 'rationale' to feel superior to their fellow human beings. I guess its a deep inner need in all of us . . .
Regardless - Fantastic photos! On that we all seem to agree. And that's good.

Posted by John January 18, 09 01:02 PM

Had to have a 2nd & 3rd viewing to finally appreciate the beauty of the photos

Posted by Alan Jones January 18, 09 01:41 PM

let's all hope that it stays so perfect....

Posted by Shara Bose January 18, 09 05:27 PM

It's great to see awesome images along with explanations and actual credits for the images. Excellent post!

Posted by Expert January 18, 09 06:20 PM

doen not look real

Posted by Anonymous January 18, 09 07:58 PM

#20 I think you meant LIBERIA not "libya"

Posted by Redheaded wonder January 18, 09 08:17 PM

God must be an art lover--He has nade some beautiful works of art with his mighty palette and brush!

Posted by Janis Hurd January 18, 09 08:40 PM

Keep up the good work,we love the shots

Posted by Anonymous January 18, 09 10:57 PM

Absolutely breathtaking NASA photographs. We live on an almost inconceivably complex planet, and it's gorgeous.

What a pity that people still, in the century we live in now, must invoke mythology in their admiration of pictures such as these.


Posted by indigoandblack January 19, 09 01:17 AM

Whoever said there is no God, what's the point of saying that? If there's no God, then we're all meaningless organic junk. Especially you. Organic junk shouldn't talk. Can't we all agree on that?

Posted by dfp21 January 19, 09 01:46 AM


Posted by Anonymous January 19, 09 02:05 AM

Beautiful : I love my earth

Posted by RogeR Tilleul January 19, 09 04:11 AM

awesome shots..feels gr8 :) Danx a ton!!!

Posted by Devi January 19, 09 05:19 AM

Glory is to God almighty for creating this planet and the entire universe. He does not need a palette and brush, he just says be and it is.

Posted by a believer January 19, 09 05:59 AM

Magnifique ! Merci.++++

Posted by martine31450 January 19, 09 06:20 AM

The power of Magical Elves!

Posted by Derek January 19, 09 10:03 AM

it was amaizzzzzzzzzzzzzzing and thanks to you for the seen of the wonderfull world

Posted by shamnad January 19, 09 10:51 AM

i love my earth

Posted by sravan January 19, 09 11:03 AM

No god, No creator. Just the beauty of nature and natural processes

Posted by Bxz January 19, 09 11:34 AM

Spectacular! Our Lord God is a wonderful Creator, artistic and with order.

Posted by Bette Neuberger January 19, 09 12:05 PM

One cannot help but wonder if the ancients had access to these photos if their developments of rationals about this planet and its environs would not have eliminated all of the superstitious hogwash with which they created their religious beliefs and if said beliefs might not have had a more logical and rational bent. Amazing though is that today supposedly rational, logical thinking humans who do have access to these photos and amazing scientific knowledge still cling to the superstitious hogwash of the ancients.

Posted by Shirley Hodge January 19, 09 12:58 PM

Oh my god this place is beatiful!Too bad that the pollution is going to destroy all of that...ROFLMAO

Posted by Teemu January 19, 09 01:20 PM

thank you for all this valueble information about our amazing earth!
very helpful.


Posted by Nada Alyacoubi January 19, 09 01:25 PM

Awesome, humbling , inspiring....I also like the fact that we can and do use this photography/technology to keep tabs on the Nations or Rogues that have no respect for man or earth.

Posted by Wally Bruneau January 19, 09 01:45 PM

makes you think beyond yourself

Posted by allan January 19, 09 01:57 PM

Absolutely stunning. These are amazingly beautiful shots of our world; it is too bad most people take nature for granted.

Posted by Hi January 19, 09 04:00 PM

Thank you for sharing some amazing photographs along with explanations. What a beautiful tribute to Mother Earth. An enjoyable respite to my day.

Posted by Nancy Ann January 19, 09 04:09 PM

When a man says in his heart that there is no God and then stands before the Lord and still denies Him, I shall wonder from whence God,s grace has been taken?

NASA does a marvelous service in serving mankind with a sundry of wonders!

Posted by Ronald Cowden January 19, 09 04:24 PM

I sit in awe of the beautiful earth -- much diversity, many facets, much to consider in our ecological dreams.

Posted by Ron Jamtgaard January 19, 09 09:51 PM

Looking at these magnificent photographs, I feel as if I am God itself.

Posted by Wayne January 20, 09 12:10 AM

Amazing how people feel compelled to add religion to anything. If I created the images was I "Inspired by God"? I guess I'll suffer in hell for saying that natural beauty is just that - natural. Uhhhhhh...I'm on fire. Not.

Posted by Bobby January 20, 09 01:51 AM

All I can say is 'Sobhan Allah' : it just shows to us the great power of Allah.

Posted by Nisrine January 20, 09 04:50 AM

Picture perfect Las vegas ,Nevada is really stunning , as though, Town planning
had this in mind.
Anon jan,19,2009

Posted by R.vijendra January 20, 09 05:21 AM

Very, very, very, very nice! Thank you for The Big Picture from the Netherlands.

Posted by Piet Bel January 20, 09 12:20 PM

Ah, the classic argument. Is there any forum where secularism and religion don't become the theme? Some of us don't believe in God; some of us do. If you believe in God, that's your right. Must you throw it in the face of everyone you come in contact with? And if you don't believe in God, must you ridicule and attack those who do? Why is it that America can't move beyond this? (And before you patriots shout your indignation, be aware that I am American.) So, I say to the people who don't believe in any higher beings: please allow those who DO to live their lives with their faith. In general, they're not crazy, and they're not stupid. And for those who believe in God, or Allah, or Vishnu, or Buddha, etc.: please go right on believing what you wish. Just accept the fact that some people don't believe what you do, and let them live their lives. We all, both the secularists and the religious, deserve to have our own beliefs without being judged or attacked by others, so long as we don't let our individual beliefs get in the way of someone else's happiness.

Posted by Dennis January 20, 09 12:25 PM

Does anybody know where Bagger Vance is? I heard he was up at Big Sur Helping Bobby Darin, James Dean, Elvis and Janis Jopplin with their golf swing. Look what he did for Junnah. Mother Earth can take care of herself but only Bagger Vance can fix your golf swing!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Roy Johnson January 20, 09 01:03 PM

very cool :D

Posted by geek05@tex-free blogger templates January 20, 09 01:08 PM

Check out this amaizing American flag piece of land in Google Earth.,-111.605301&spn=0.014781,0.054932&z=14

Posted by ib franke January 20, 09 02:23 PM

Muito interessante, parece até que é uma obra de arte de algum artista. Algumas fotos custo a crer que sejam legítimas.

Posted by Bond January 20, 09 02:40 PM

Gods this is beautiful and horrifying. When I lived in Las Vegas it was half the size it is now, and the deserts (Alamagorda, Mojave) were places one could go to get away from the people and the light at night. These days Las Vegas is even more of a huge chancre sore, and one cannot go anywhere in the California deserts without seeing the glow of human lighting.

The building going on in Las Vegas Nevada is utter crap, not fit to live in, impossible to heat, impossible to cool, flimsy, and not designed to hold up to wind and heat. Why the bloody hell are they being built?! It is also insane and idiotic to place a huge city in the desert, where the water supply can be lost at any moment.

Posted by Desertphile January 20, 09 04:39 PM

Earth, in my opinion, is the most beautiful world in our solar system.
Wow. Imagine this beauty multiplied by the possible earth-like worlds in our galaxy....the universe!!!
I agree totally with John January 17, 09 02:41 PM.:
"Secularism is the great hope of mankind"
Jerry T. Searcy

Posted by jerry t. searcy January 20, 09 04:50 PM

Very nice and really a good work getting those pictures...

Posted by Walter F. Cardoso January 20, 09 04:53 PM

Thanks, the world is wonderful and we have just seen Obama as new president

Posted by Paul B. Buch January 20, 09 05:03 PM

HEE HEE! The new plankton in picture #17 the plankton are in the shape of a duck!

Posted by Ribclaw January 20, 09 05:07 PM

It is very fantatick

Posted by Farrier January 20, 09 05:30 PM

The human is great in a little way!

Posted by soboell January 20, 09 06:51 PM

What's with that first comment? The pictures are great and I'm glad that we were able to view them. Nature is the truest work of art. Bless all.

Posted by Linda Bndner January 20, 09 09:21 PM

Ah the hubris of mankind, who can look at these pictures and not know in his heart. that humans are only a passing 'bloom' that has no significant or lasting impact on the planet. We might render it uninhabitable for a time. But dont try to convince me that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. It happens to be the fuel of all carbon based units.

Posted by Ron Schoch January 20, 09 09:52 PM

Earth is a beautyfull Planet. Lets do more to preserve it.
So the next many generations can injoy its wonders and beauty also.
Thank you for this new magnifisent wue.

Posted by Gunnar Madsen January 20, 09 10:40 PM

tkanks; the world is wonderful and beauty oh my god

Posted by azam shirazi January 21, 09 01:20 AM


Posted by Poul Erik Nielsen January 21, 09 05:15 AM

Hard to belive some of them

Posted by Bader January 21, 09 05:27 AM

Fantastisk. Tak for oplevelsen. Hvad går man da ikke glip af i sit liv.
Naturen er forunderlig.

Posted by Fermaten January 21, 09 05:47 AM

Superb images, only possible by the wonder of Satellites.

Posted by Brian Robinson January 21, 09 08:14 AM

thanks for taking us to space sitting in our armchair and without paying anything.

Posted by rayapalya krishnamurthy.r January 21, 09 11:24 AM

To Dennis #249

Thats all fine and good for those who dont believe in God.
But as a christian, God wants me to persuade others to accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Will I ram it down your throat? No way. For those of you that dont believe.....or are sceptacle....I understand, I have been there myself. But trust me there is a God, and Jesus still lives, just ask him yourself, and see what he will do for you.

Posted by John January 21, 09 12:30 PM

Here is a picture of Earth, seen through the rings of Saturn. Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website (NASA Archives website)

Posted by Ricardo January 21, 09 02:59 PM

God Does some AWESOME work, dosen't he!!!

Posted by Doug Houchins January 21, 09 05:58 PM

Wow, an amazing confluence of art and science. Thanks to the scientists, engineers, and artists who made these photos available.

Since I cant understnad all that is going on in these photos, I have to asoom that it's ALLMIGHT GOD JEESUS HIMSLEF, am I rite peeple? Tat must be the olny way to expain these imiges.

For the love of SCIENCE, people, just enjoy these images and try not to invoke your deity for 5 second. Judging by the spelling/grammar etc... of most of the "God" comments, I must assume that may of you were just born "slow" and unable to comprehend, thus invoking the magical-cloud-man.

Posted by G. January 21, 09 10:09 PM

Absolutely amazing !

Posted by R.C.Ibach January 22, 09 12:42 AM


Posted by Cosmo January 22, 09 01:09 AM

We're all going to die.
Be thankful that you can see beautiful pictures.
R. E. F.

Posted by Richard E. Fahrendholz January 22, 09 01:25 AM

Its Fabulous .....
We never know that we are part of this beautiful system.... Things around us are so impressive.

Posted by Surendra O January 22, 09 04:31 AM

Satellite View of our planet, too Good.God bless all the scientists .

Posted by Manuel January 22, 09 04:36 AM

extremely beautiful !

Posted by S.Sampang January 22, 09 06:15 AM

Son fotos imperialistas. No me gustan.

Posted by Hugo Chaves. January 22, 09 07:26 AM

You need to write your congressman and tell him/her you want funding for Landsat. The U.S. has led earth remote sensing for decades and we do not have a commitment to continue these kinds of technologies. Our "birds" are old and dying. We need a new generation of satellites to increase the monitoring of large scale environmental processes. Go visit and learn more about Landsat.

Posted by Jimbob January 22, 09 07:29 AM

All awesome images!

Posted by Luke Porter January 22, 09 08:44 AM

The world as you see it is exactly the way that you would expect to find it if there were no gods or supernatural forces of any kind. Richard Dawkins

Posted by Bob Morrison January 22, 09 08:48 AM

Great post. I dl them for my son who teaches biology and enviromental science. I hope his students enjoy them as much as I have.

Posted by proust22 January 22, 09 10:30 AM


Posted by JANE January 22, 09 11:21 AM

beautiful images

Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 12:15 PM

a true coffee-table book of grandiose splender ; if it even could be calculated ; what did it cost ?

Posted by gary B. January 22, 09 01:01 PM

absolutly beautiful big part of my schoolwork project thnx nasa

Posted by laurafern January 22, 09 01:05 PM

Fred has made my day! These photos truly show how orderly and inperceptible God is. The more we see, the more we know there's much more that meets the eye. Fred, thanks once more!

Posted by Idongesit Ime January 22, 09 01:54 PM

Now that you have seen a very small part of this great earth, when are we going to learn to take better care of it.....take a good look at all the glacier pics.......they should be telling the story that many do not believe is happening, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, and find Osama and all his cohorts with them there cameras. Use em to make the world a safer place to live in!

Posted by Peter J Haselman January 22, 09 01:58 PM

Nature is wondrous, but no god had anything to do with it.

Posted by chaslyell January 22, 09 03:45 PM

Completamente una pasada. Mucha gente tendria que observar estas fotos para darse cuenta de todo lo que se puede hacer desaparecer sino se cuida el planeta.
Enhorabuena por las fotos.
Un saludo.

Posted by Gonzalo LLorens January 22, 09 04:29 PM

yo no se escribir en ingles pero se admirar la belleza de la naturaleza cuando mis ojos me la permitem ver, asi mismo tambien se ver que a pesar de ser una creacion del ser humano la construccion de las casas tan bien alineadas y a tan poca altura es una maravilla pero no dejo de destacar la grandeza de las fotos tan hermosas tomadas desde semejante altura hasta consegir unos cuadros dignos de los mejores pintores como Dalí, Van Gogk y asi podriamos enumerar otros muchos mas.

Posted by CRISTOBAL January 22, 09 05:14 PM


Posted by Gene January 22, 09 05:42 PM

To John, comment #270:

That's not just good for the nonreligious, John. That's good for everyone. You wouldn't appreciate another religion coming to you and preaching that you're wrong, so take that into consideration the next time you want to preach to someone who has no religion. My whole point was that people should be left alone to live their own lives. That goes for everyone. People that don't believe in God shouldn't go around ridiculing those who do; people that have faith should just accept that not everyone does. The whole problem is that people refuse to accept that others have differing viewpoints. (And, yes, it seems I'm arguing against your viewpoint, but that's not the case. I'm merely suggesting that you consider both sides of something. EVERYONE should consider both sides.)

Posted by Dennis January 22, 09 06:02 PM

Desde Montcada Spin

Posted by josep January 22, 09 06:18 PM

Gracias por estas magníficas fotografías.Como profesora decirles que es un estupendo material didáctico no sólo a nivel de Geografía sino también medioambiental capaz de concienciar de la belleza de nuestro Planeta y la necesidad de mantenerlo para generaciones futuras.
Con mi poquito inglés les dig: Very, very nice!!!

Posted by Amparo January 22, 09 07:02 PM

One of the most beautiful, most stunning things I have ever seen. Truly breathtaking and magnificent. When you look at these photos, you realize how insignificant we really are.

Posted by Lincoln January 22, 09 07:35 PM

Just Breath taking, I am still in awe.

Posted by Rob Rice January 22, 09 09:47 PM

Wow. Much better to look at these than to do any work.

Posted by Penny G. January 22, 09 10:20 PM

Awesome post.

Posted by MIkhail January 23, 09 03:24 AM

God really gave us something so amazing, wish we looked after it better.

Posted by Charmaine January 23, 09 05:58 AM

these are some amzing pictures. it is much better then doing any work.

Posted by Louis E January 23, 09 06:56 AM

I cannot help but think that appreciation is the result of being able to step back away from something. I teach science and have always been amazed at the similarities of patterns in nature. These photos allow me to view these patterns with an eye of analogy. Thank you to the people who posted these.

Posted by Geoscience January 23, 09 10:33 AM

Magnifique photos qui me donnent encore un peu plus l'envie de protéger notre
planète. Merci de nous faire profiter de cela

Posted by Alenyves January 23, 09 11:27 AM

Again, Thank you so much!

Posted by . Fitzgerald January 23, 09 12:57 PM

I think that you cannot denythe presence of the Hand of God in these awsome pictures. Praise His Handiwork forever!

Posted by Anonymous January 23, 09 02:42 PM

Why are we not able to look at something like these photos without getting all religious about it? Stop ramming it down our throats. Enjoy what you believe but keep it to yourself, we REALLY do not want to know, and if we ever do, guess what, we will ask you about it. Until then bask in the wonder of satellite photos.

Posted by Bobby Davro January 23, 09 03:06 PM

These are nice, after each picture I saw, I said the same thing..."what's this?". i LOVED THE TEXT NARRATIVE ALSO, it was almost like poetry.

Posted by Kim January 23, 09 04:10 PM

absolutely beautiful... God's land.

Posted by jester January 23, 09 05:02 PM

photos fantastiques, extraordinaireqs

Posted by auge January 23, 09 08:00 PM

its ours...lets pledge to proptect it....keep it ours beautiful as ever..

Posted by sriparna January 23, 09 08:08 PM

What magnificant pictures of this beautiful earth. A huge THANK YOU to whomever took the time and energy to put this display together and make it available to all the peoples of this earth.

These pictures were made availabe to us by taxpayers, scientist, etc, but in my humble opinion the places pictured were created by a force much greater than man, science, or an inadvertant act of nature. That force by whatever name you want to use, i.e., GOD, ALLAH, JEHOVAH, MOTHER NATURE, etc. created all you see on earth and elsewhere in the heavens. That is my humble opinion and you are welcome to believe or not as you see fit. My making this comment in no way makes my opinion correct and you wrong but, as guaranteed by our Constituion and our GOD given rights, it is my right to so state my opinion. In no way does my expressing my opinion denigerate your opinion, so get over feeling put upon because of it.

Posted by Shari Grimes January 23, 09 08:29 PM

This not about a president or you and me, I see God's works, shared with Love.

Posted by David B Meek January 24, 09 12:59 AM

absolutely stunning ! the earth is fantastic

Posted by TPAIN January 24, 09 09:42 AM

Absolutely beautifull. What a fantastic planet.
One of the side perks of being an astronaught, is to look down and see these beautifull sights. a once in a lifetime experience.

Posted by Dan O'brien January 24, 09 11:04 AM

I am not going to argue about if God exists or not. That is your belief.

I just wish all the people who say they believe in God and the admire the beautiful planet he has given them would fight to protect what he created. Quit aligning yourself on the side of polluting businesses that ruin his creation.

There is not such thing as clean coal and we must stop buring things to aquire energy.

Posted by Dean January 24, 09 12:50 PM

Its an an amazing show of beauty. Thank you Nasa for sharing. I am impressed!!!!

Posted by Mira January 24, 09 12:54 PM

Breathtaking! Thanks!

Posted by Jim Roach January 24, 09 02:19 PM

It is amazing what Creator has made and continues to make happen. We as humans try to destroy.

Posted by Irma Hutton January 24, 09 03:56 PM

WOW, Fantastic. I just love that kind of pictures. 1000 thanks.

Posted by Teresa Jensen January 24, 09 04:22 PM

owsome.........thats the power of human being.......

Posted by g.naresh January 25, 09 01:00 AM

Most of the pictures look like from a unhospitable planet , this place was created for us to live in, it is truly a sophisticated and unique planet , just to think that we can live here is absolutely incredible, . the air we breath. the water we drink and the nurishments that keep us alive and all the other millions of factors that allowed to reside in this lovely planet of ours its beyond words , let ´s take good care of it.

Posted by Julian Useche January 25, 09 01:52 AM


Posted by JEN January 25, 09 02:53 AM

nice alot of pictures but nice my gram sent this to me and i wrote back that it is the coolest thing EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am sending this to whoever i can send this

Posted by destine lapointe January 25, 09 08:40 AM

Beautiful pictures. Congratulations. Thanks a lot from Spain.

Posted by jose Roda January 25, 09 10:08 AM

Very beautiful pictures, it was amazing. Thanks

Posted by Freddy January 25, 09 11:11 AM

Absolutely breathtaking!!!
I am in awe of our beautiful and magnificent plant....and who wouldn't be?
Let's all work to preserve and protect it, before it becomes too late.
My sincere thanks to those who made those photographs possible.

Posted by Daniel, TLV January 25, 09 11:43 AM

Too bad we did not keep the world
Not long remain so beautiful

Posted by kadmony January 25, 09 12:02 PM


Posted by K January 25, 09 02:14 PM

The world is a natural work of art, CREATED by none other than our MAKER that continually evolves with time. One has to wonder what early explorers would have thought of these masterpieces from space. Their scope was so small of the world and the universe they would find it hard to even conceive or believe I'm sure. Returning to today's world would be more than a 'SHOCK' to inhabitants of 100 years ago much less early explorers. Space exploration is still in it's infancy, so what it holds for future generations remains unlimited to the imagination.

Posted by Sue January 25, 09 03:40 PM

Amazing pics, and no, there is no need for a god, thank you very much. We got enough good scientists to tell us how things were probably created, no mambo-jambo and fairy tales. If you need to worship something, worship nature, worship knowlege, worship science books.
By the way, if there was a god like they tell us in the books, it/he/she should be taken out and shot for cruility and bad temper. luckily for believers, god does not exist so they can use it's name for anything, as they always did.

Posted by Benny January 25, 09 05:03 PM

hope this earth will exist in a few years as beautiful as it is now.
thank god for this beauty.

Posted by laleena January 25, 09 05:06 PM

Breathtaking, beautiful, humbling and fragile. With heavy emphasis on the "fragile". Regardless of personal beliefs, the fact remains that this globe needs to be taken care of, it has been plundered for far too long, and it is indispensable.

Posted by Carrie January 25, 09 06:07 PM

Spectacularly awesome. Was a thrill to see from "above."

Posted by shirley January 25, 09 07:29 PM

Det var en oplevelse at se jorden fra den position,1000 tak

Posted by Knud Martin Hall January 26, 09 05:05 AM


Posted by Lynda January 26, 09 03:06 PM

In the beginning, God (JEHOVAH) created the heavens and the earth. (Genisis 1:1) Please analyze those ten words and appreciate the world you are priviledge to live in. (Axis 23.5 deg. this is no accident)

Posted by Bass Player January 26, 09 03:22 PM

These views should jar us into realizing what mankind is doing to the earth. Granted, there is alot that is going on with the earth, that we can't control, but what we can do, let us begin before it is too late! These are the most fascinating pictures I've ever seen. Thanks to the party who shared them with us.

Posted by Betty B January 26, 09 03:40 PM


Posted by Joreatha January 26, 09 04:51 PM

Dear Lord, please let everyone viewing these awesome pictures be reminded of you for you spoke the word and it came into being. Who of us can say that we spoke into the "nothingness" and created something from it? For anything to move, it must have a mover. Our spirits are moved to a feeling of awe and wonder at your creation, and we praise and glorify your wonderous deeds. With this technology, we are more able to see the beauty you have created and appreciate the earthly home you have provided us until we reach our heavenly home. Thank you, Lord!

Posted by Jeanne January 26, 09 09:55 PM

makes me realise how miniscule i am in this wonderous world...n yet how it exists just for me!!!!11111
breath taking pics
thanx for the insight into our magical land.

Posted by gita January 26, 09 09:58 PM


Posted by marshall January 27, 09 02:03 AM

When you look at these pictures how can you give credit to the theory of evolution.
The one true god Jehovah created the universe and these pictures help me to
believe more and more each minute. Jehovah God is awesome!!!

Posted by Marcia Bradley January 27, 09 02:13 AM

Even more amazing is the person who equated this beauty with Obama...forget those who equate it to God which at least makes some sense. But Obama? Seriously, get a life.

Posted by Cathee January 27, 09 09:34 AM

these pics r r truly magnificent and mesmerizing.our mother earth is really a gr8 place 2 live in.we shld preserve this jewel frm the devils like global warming.lets take a pledge.

Posted by sonaskhi January 27, 09 11:58 AM

Det er nogle utrolige billeder. Sikke farver......
Lad os håbe at vores oldebørn vil kunne se moder jord, på samme
vis om mange år.

Posted by Jan grønbech January 27, 09 03:37 PM

Have you heard the hymn "How Great Thou Art...??? It goes well with these amazing pictures...!

Posted by Nestor January 27, 09 06:02 PM

Gods many wonders Of a speck in the Sky

Posted by s. powers January 27, 09 09:36 PM

Stop getting angry at eachother. You will all be dead in 100years but the Earth won't be. Take time to step back once and a while, praise whoever you want, and now enjoy the rare and beautiful perspective of Earth disclosed to us by NASA.

Posted by J January 28, 09 04:52 AM

Absolut smukt. Så er vores lille andedam, jo ikke meget, i forhold til vores hele jord. Tænk at opleve hele verden, så smukt. Sussie

Posted by Sussie Krapel January 28, 09 05:21 AM

I would have loved to be the guy with the camera doing these images ;-)

Posted by Claus Petersen January 28, 09 09:14 AM

Thanks for being able to "fly" with you, dear photographer :-) NICE

Posted by Tom Sonntag January 28, 09 05:03 PM

Of course EVERY second house in Vegas has a pool...>:-( i want pool now.

Posted by Rivers January 29, 09 12:00 AM

What a great display of the impossible...
How could one believe all this is evolution, look at Las Vegas alone...
Evolution must have began after Creation...


Posted by alankberg January 29, 09 10:30 AM

Makes us look pretty insignificant in the big scheme of things................

Posted by Beth January 29, 09 04:21 PM

I just love the fact that you yanks are way back in the past with your god delusion. It was fine pre-1800s but come on people, there's no bearded man in the sky...just satellites. And the gun slinging fundamentalist Christians amongst you (the majority from what I see) have enraged the fundamentalist nut jobs on the other side of the world. You deserve each other.

Posted by Jojoba January 29, 09 11:30 PM

black sea is the best!!

Posted by itzibizti January 30, 09 06:34 AM

very very very nice

Posted by halism January 30, 09 06:51 AM

Unbelievable these pictures should help put us humans in a proper perspective as to you the grand plan of the universe. Truly unbelievable. Beautiful. Awesome.

Posted by Hap Byers January 30, 09 02:31 PM

Nice pictures, but I needed size indication on the pictures.

Posted by Klaus Rasmussen February 1, 09 08:09 AM

bunch of creatards. complexity doesn't come from greater complexity, things have evolved. take infinities and chaos into consideration on a multiuniversal scale and you will find the idea of a god laughable. stop reverting to this human-based concept of a 'father-figure' creator, the rest of us are embarrased for you. just enjoy the view and keep you childish brainwashed concepts to yourself, thanks.

Posted by Johnald February 1, 09 12:17 PM

Think of all the components that are required for our spaceships and cameras. Think of all the sciences involved, math, chemistry, computers.Consider how many of these achievements were realized by scientists who only had an a priori hunch or intuition.Consider that all the elements needed to build the spaceships and components are found here, ON OUR WONDERFULLY RICH PLANET, enhanced by our scientists and mathmaticians. And of course, our wealth. This is a recent development.Consider that our planet provides us with nutritous food and medicines, wool, cotton ...all accident? evolution? I say Phooey. To paraphrase Shakespeare, What a work of God is Man.

Posted by Jane February 2, 09 09:27 PM

I am amazed at the beauty in photos . . . What an outstanding universe we live in . . . It is a privilege to help preserve and care for the portion we occupy.

Posted by L. Stump February 2, 09 11:55 PM

Never Seen Anything Like That And It Is Truly Amazing. Wonderful!

Posted by Sandra February 3, 09 07:09 PM

Gripping.... It is humbling to see the vastness of Earth and all it's splendor. It is amazing at how tiny we truely are. Earth is a beautiful place, it saddens me to know that some people think it ugly and rotten when really it is a delicious, ripe fruit... =)

Posted by Star Jamal February 3, 09 08:49 PM

"When you look at these pictures how can you give credit to the theory of evolution."

Easily. You realize that at some point in history, all of this was completely different (which is proven). Of course, that is easy to dismiss when you have comfortable fairy-tales about creation all around you. They require far less mental effort.

Posted by yerpo February 4, 09 03:35 AM

Absolutely Beautiful. Seems a lot of people are concerned or confused about whether there is a God or not. When Star Wars came to be, the phrase "let the force be with you" I found, was a cool way to say goodbye to people. Then in ballet, it was always "find your center" that was where you will find your power, that "source" that was with everyone. The best one I thought was "the intelligence behind all form". I used that last phrase for a long time because I thought it made me seem intelligent. One day, after many years of searching, listening and wondering; I realized all these phrases were what everyone called GOD!

Posted by Marsha February 4, 09 03:26 PM

#22 "Pedestrians? What are those" That Vegas picture, though stunning, is enough to make the urban planner in me sick to my stomach. What an absolute travesty. All of the pictures are fantastic and fascinating.

The astounding number of people who think these pictures "prove" God and dismiss evolution terrify me. To the people who say live and let live, remember that these creationists have a vote and with it a direct influence on government and government policies, including your human rights and your child's education.

Posted by Andy Smith February 4, 09 11:47 PM

i can"t found i want to found

Posted by mea February 5, 09 05:18 AM

"The heavens and earth declare the glory of GOD." Awesome photographs!! Seeing these pictures remind me of how great GOD is and how small I am. I am thankful that I can be a witness to the grandure of the heavens and to the beauty of our beautiful earthly home.

Posted by Pamela February 5, 09 03:07 PM

"The heavens and earth declare the glory of GOD." Awesome photographs!! Seeing these pictures reminds me of how great GOD is and how small I am. I am thankful that I can be a witness to the grandure of the heavens and to the beauty of our earthly home.

Posted by Pamela February 5, 09 03:11 PM

Yes Yes, Only the one Almighty God could have made these wonders.
After viewing these pictures an evolutionist is just a Godless Being.
I used to ask God: "If you are so Almighty let me see you and I'll never question you again". When I least expected it, One night I was reading in my bedroom,not the Bible either, and suddenly the entire feeling and lighting in the room changed. I ask my wife; "Do you feel that?" She was reading a novel
I remained silent knowing it was just for me. A warmth and unimaginable safeness swallowed me up. There was no doubt. For the first time in my life I felt the, unmistakable presence of God. That forever ended any doubt I'd had.

Posted by Gary Culver February 6, 09 07:35 AM

These images can make one wonder how insignificant humans are in realm of universe, but just think of how much damage we incur….

Posted by Angel February 6, 09 11:21 AM

These pictures surely give one an idea of what the earths surface realy looks like.

Posted by Edward C. Swift February 6, 09 08:02 PM

A absolutely amazing array of pictures thanks to whoever put them together.

I can only be disapointed that people are so nieve to believe in a fictional book written to comfort people afraid of dying to credit its creation to an etherial being, that is non existant. Millions of years of nature created these landscapes, appricate and look after nature more than you beliefs in your booky wook, to ensure these scenes continue to be as breath taking, as religion wont.

Posted by Adam February 7, 09 09:37 AM

who cares!! If there is a G-d we'll find out later. If G-d gives you comfort, meaning and joy, great! If not Great! Just dig the beauty of our planet and the amazing minds that have created the opportunity to view it...Wow!

Posted by Janet R February 8, 09 01:40 PM

Fabulous pictures! For me, the glacier picture was the most telling. Keep it up

Posted by Virginia Estes February 8, 09 08:24 PM

Did this almighty "god" make all of those subdivisions, also?

Posted by Why? February 10, 09 01:04 PM

Did this almighty "god" make all of those subdivisions, also?

Posted by Why? February 10, 09 01:04 PM

Looking at this makes my wanna paint abstract with oil paint on a canvas.
Looking at those pictures almost staring makes it surreal- Look at this again as if it was a 2d. My god- the colours are amazing.

Posted by polerx February 10, 09 04:12 PM

those pictures where so amazing

Posted by Anonymous February 11, 09 12:31 PM

Contrary to some atheists belief that they see no God in all these magnificent scenery, I see God's handy work all over in each and every one of these breath taking beautiful views! I just don't understand how would all this happen in such articulate orders if there's no God's hand in it!

Posted by Yoko Chang February 13, 09 06:23 PM

Truly interesting pictures and along with the pictures from the Hubble and the cameras on Mars and the deep space probes makes me realise how insignificant we are and at the same time how smart some of us are.

Everything is a form of energy. Entropy will eventually reduce it all to a big flat nothing. If you want to call that God so be it. Who cares!
Better to do good and enjoy your brief nanosecond of existence - it's all you get.

Posted by deejay February 13, 09 08:07 PM

Wonderful images

Posted by feiroz February 15, 09 10:48 AM

What a wonderful world. Thanks, Edd

Posted by Edd Barnes February 15, 09 07:20 PM

I like them very much.

Posted by akya karahan February 16, 09 02:06 PM

These are some unusual photos, Some are relativly easy to figure out what they are, but others are works of art. Thankyou for sharring these unique views.

Posted by Walt Sears February 17, 09 01:14 PM

super bueno

Posted by diego hernandez torrealba February 17, 09 02:19 PM

lindo ,lindo ,nunca ví fotos tão bonitas,tenho acompanhado os voos da estação espacial, via tv.nasa,mandem mais fotos, do BRAZIL, pois é um país muito bonito principalmente da amazonia.

Posted by josé augusto /flávio augusto ( BRAZIL) February 18, 09 06:35 AM



The most noisy country in the World.

Posted by Goren Yoav February 18, 09 10:05 AM

When one considers that our universe has no end and one sees the beauty all around us how can anyone believe there is no God?

Posted by Brian R. Woodcock February 18, 09 05:19 PM

When one considers that our universe has no end and one sees the beauty all around us how can anyone believe there is no God?

Posted by Brian R. Woodcock February 18, 09 05:21 PM

The diversity on our planet is truly amazing. What also is amazing is that there are people that have the arrogant audacity to presume they have, in their millisecond of existence on this planet, the ability determine the existance of God. Remember, opinion has nothing to do with the truth. Good luck, nuf said.

Posted by anserman February 19, 09 11:46 PM

WTF? Im not putting my beliefs on anyone but if the big bang theory is correct and the world was created in an explosion then how did people or dinosaurs or even bugs get on it ? there must have been someone there to start the world right?

- Denarah
13 from wi

Posted by Denarah February 20, 09 03:44 PM

What a treat, bestowed upon us, by Mother Nature and some of our most talented, technical comrades. Each, deserves our awe, our thanks and our respect.

Posted by Charles L. Butler February 22, 09 02:49 AM

A wonderful collection of pictures showing us how lucky we are to have EVOLVED alongside this particular bit of coagulated space dust. It depresses me imeasurably to read the uneducated, uninformed, unthinking, unquestioning theist garbage that is appearing within these comments. As more enlightened contributors have said (above) "enjoy the ride" and look after what we've got here. This is as good as it gets. Life is a one-way trip. Don't spoil it for our children. Sadly, I suspect that we already have!

Posted by Christopher Lee February 24, 09 04:33 AM

amazing oicssssssssss

Posted by nick berry February 25, 09 02:36 PM

So you can only believe in science if you do not believe in God...sounds narrow minded to me. Also for those of you who are angry (it appears it is the atheists), why are you so angry that some people see the beauty on God in these pictures? How does their believe effect you? It is ok if you just believe in the science (sad and lonely for you) but certainly ok and your choice.

Posted by Sunny February 26, 09 11:47 PM

Stupefying humans everywhere! oh humbleness

Posted by npm February 27, 09 04:12 PM

Our tiny world is such a beautiful place and so full of wonder and amazement.

Thank you for posting these pictures.

Posted by James March 1, 09 04:01 PM

Tsk, tsk, tsk, to all the angry evolutionist who just hate to hear others speak of the handiwork of God. You are all so right... believing that we came from a rock that exploded out in the universe somewhere makes so much MORE sense.

Posted by Debarak March 1, 09 10:04 PM

These pictures are absolutely amazing. I would love to see these pictures in real life from space!! Maybe someday I will get the chance...... That would be AWESOME!!!!!

Posted by Kimberly L. Nicholls March 2, 09 12:20 AM

God made the havens and the earth! HE DID CREAT IT! There is no such thing as a Big Bang! Some dumb, stupid guy woke up one day and thought of the most stupid idea that the earth was from an explosion! Well... he is an idiot. And plus... evolution is the most stupid thing that is to be thought of ! What a moran to think we came from the sea or from a monkey... what a dork. pPics are awesome though! :)

Posted by Anonymous March 2, 09 11:17 AM

I am glad that Barack Obama has created such a beautiful world for me to live in. All hail the holy one!

Posted by Anonymous March 2, 09 12:09 PM


Posted by Madhava Gadamsetty March 5, 09 04:25 AM

I wanna get down on the ground and look up when the next lot of photos are taken
look out for me
Jah is great

Posted by alan March 5, 09 08:03 AM

You have to climb a mountain to see the valley. Now science has lifted us higher to view our home, this lonely planet, held in its orbit by a star, our sun. Wow!! Thank you, scientists,engineers, mathematicians and ordinary folks who put it all together.

Posted by Peter A. Boldt March 5, 09 02:22 PM


Posted by BARBIE March 6, 09 11:05 PM

i love the earth it has lots of species and cultures and countrys to go and see

everyone is different towards eachotherand eachother we are all differnt even dogs and familys and everyone is i cant stop saying that well nice tallking to you i just love sunny places onthe earth

Posted by ellie bridge March 7, 09 12:21 PM


Posted by BHARATH March 9, 09 07:50 AM

kewl!!!!!!!!! =)


Posted by 123 March 10, 09 07:49 PM

It's realy beautiful, but although bizar, but as we all know, Gods intention was by creating Homo Sapiens to develop His Work. So I and I hope many others would like to see pictures of Gods Creation cultivated and even modifyed by the hard work of men and women.

Posted by Prof. Dov - Hayim Landau March 11, 09 01:10 PM

All I can say is WOW. What a beautiful planet God made in Genesis 1:1. Evrything about it is unique. It is our duty to protect it.

Posted by Betty Nance, Fort Worth, Texas March 12, 09 11:02 AM

Brilliant photographs.... A never seen our earth in such a lovely view

Posted by Jeet March 14, 09 03:45 AM

Isn't God a magnificent artist?

Posted by Chuck B March 14, 09 10:47 PM

all this things has reminded me something..... i don't know know.... but it just fascinate me..excite me...thrilled me....awe me.. i believe in GOD. and i believe that he is the one responsible for all of this creations.. we human have our limitation this is true..
but think! think.............the is answer is GOD...and i tell you i was an atheist before but not now.

Posted by roderick maniego March 15, 09 06:26 AM

The beauty of the Earth is mind blowing! It's hard to believe all of the negativity that brews below. I'm proud to be an Earthling!

Posted by Margaret March 15, 09 10:14 PM

I needed that foe Science and Social Studies Class, thank you so much, and i got 100 as my grade for the pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Amber Johsnon March 15, 09 10:45 PM


Posted by marilyn Johnson March 19, 09 09:53 PM

How fortunate we are, why question, or argue, why not simply enjoy and absorb the beauty of this gift... earth. By the previous comments, I see only how far we have yet to go.

Posted by Eve Ryan March 20, 09 03:07 AM

Realy a very beautyful view of our blue earth. Can i have some views.

Posted by Abhai Nath March 21, 09 11:44 AM

Beautiful! Makes a nice folder of Desktop images! :)

Posted by Pres March 23, 09 09:31 AM

I see the only angry ones is the athiests. Why angry? We believe what we want. If it was someone else writing about what they believe, (muslim, buddists, etc.), you would not have a problem. Seems to me the only beliefs that get degrated and pushed around are the God fearing& Christ believing folks. You have your ideas and beliefs. Your choice. Your eternity. OUR God has been around alot longer than other so called Gods or man. I thank whomever took these pics. But I do not praise them nor do I say all things are made by accident or by man. If anything man destroys and does not build up. As for science they can not make something out of nothing. But MY GOD CAN! Obama made nothing. Hes a liar like the rest. So don't hold your breathe for miracles from him. He sure didn't make my life and all that is in it. My God is an awesome God and you will find out one day soon. Hope you find Him before its too late. You can't do all the wrong you do and ignore God. It will come back to you. There are no excuses for all this hating just for what we believe in. And no, I don't own nor carry a gun. Quite opposite. Thank you...

Posted by molliew38 March 24, 09 01:50 AM

Very beautiful pics!

Posted by Filipo Mór March 25, 09 08:39 AM

What breathtaking images!

Yawn, must we always devolve into pointless debates about religion?
"the only angry ones is the Athiests?"

I would be thrilled if God would drop us a comment here, perhaps to clear up his/her nature, his/her future intentions for the planet we see here, and to let us know whether televangelists, tithes, and offering plates are a good investment for sincere people's hard earned money!

Please God, I pray sincerely for you to post a reply!

Posted by Ed March 25, 09 02:39 PM

In my 82 yrs. I have witnessed much beauty on the north American contenant, and your pictures from space show me there is so much more to see and do. I'm so thankful that we have people with the ability to acquire the pictures that we can see the wonders that technolegy has made available for all to enjoy. Keep up this type of educating the people of the world. Thank you. Cy, from Las Vegas, NV

Posted by Anonymous March 26, 09 09:02 PM

Just goes to show you... Big Brother is watching you.

Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 04:15 AM

I don't understand why the evolutionists get so upset because Christians believe in a Creator God. Do they feel threatened by our beliefs? If so, why?
A true Christian respects your choice to not believe, why don't you respect our choice to believe? Can't we disagree without being disagreeable?

I'd rather live my life believing there is a God, then die to find there is not,
than to live as though there is not a God, and die to discover there really is.

Posted by DeepThinker March 29, 09 11:41 AM

"Who discovers the World discovers a carcass. Of him is the world not worthy." Jesus Christ (Gospel of St. Thomas)

Posted by Arthur Robey March 30, 09 09:24 AM

The pictures are incredible. What interests me, however, are the comments. Does anyone see a "meanness" and an "arrogance" in the comments of those who don't believe in God? Reading these makes me glad to know I am on the side of the believers.

Posted by Ed Douglass April 1, 09 12:11 AM

He said " When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain --- and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot --- and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time? Luke,13 54 -56 Thanks for sharing it gives one pause for reflection.

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Posted by AQEEL April 4, 09 04:58 PM

This was one of the most beautiful displays of photography I have ever seen

Posted by Anonymous April 8, 09 05:27 PM

There cant be one almighty regulating all this and much more in universe!! one panel of gods is minimum required that too with periodic rests and long leaves!!!This is what occurs to a humble soul like me!! not seen any ads of leave vacancy!!

Posted by shridhar April 18, 09 01:04 AM

psychodelic drugs are nothing compare to these observing!
-psychodelic satellite

Posted by Alien April 19, 09 12:25 PM

What is is it about the God fanatics that they don't feel complete unless they have forced others who don't believe to read their fervent declarations about their faith?

Given that there is not one shred of provable evidence for the existence of God, why do they so fervently cling to an unprovable belief system? Is it simply that they need an external locus of control, rather than take responsibility for their actions and accept that one's existence ends forever with death?

Posted by Xiansheng April 20, 09 05:01 AM

Breathtaking images! where would we be without the technology to view our beautiful earth from above.

Posted by Sheila Taylor April 21, 09 10:52 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 23, 09 03:25 PM


Posted by Anonymous April 23, 09 03:52 PM

it is amazing what mother nature has created through billions of years,
lets preserve it for generations to come to enjoy .thank you for the images you have brought us ,they need to be shown on a greater scale for all to see ,maybe we will all realise what a treasure we have.

Posted by Terence Craig Cuthbert April 24, 09 01:38 AM

what do these pictures involve with seasons?

Posted by Jonathan Wilson April 26, 09 08:02 PM

what a super pictures!its really so nice...

Posted by jothi April 27, 09 04:30 AM

Oh here we go again, someone posts images of the world on the Internet and it (of course) descends into another evolution vs. creation mud slinging contest.

Creationalists: you are entitled to your opinions and beliefs, but to those of you who insist on using these blogs as platforms to preach to the rest of us please do us all a favour crawl back into the cave in which you came from, your fairy tale bible brainwashed rants are ridiculous and annoying. Hopefully mankind will move on one day!

Oh and of course my regards to Mr Darwin on his bicentennial year, I'm sure he would have loved these images as much as the rest of us, they are truly spectacular.

Posted by Roger Peaple April 30, 09 06:31 AM

nice picture. i never saw one picture like this before.

Posted by nicholas wang May 1, 09 09:34 AM

haha i totally forgot the pics when reading the dialogue. each side has valid points. its interesting to here
but i think we all want peace so why can't we just let things be. lets not try to convert each other just believe wut you want and then everyone can move on
and i mean that for both sides.
don't u agree?

Posted by traveler May 1, 09 11:49 AM

Amen...molliew38! God is great. Let us thank him for this day, these pictures and everlasting eternity through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted by Michelle Wright May 4, 09 04:06 PM

Brahma made a wonderful job of creating the world. How could anyone think otherwise?

Posted by Jayarat May 6, 09 09:58 AM

ohhhhhhhhhhh my GOD
it's beautiful
it's sooooooooooooooo beautiful

Posted by mobinmnm May 10, 09 01:54 AM

Wow! Truely Awesome! Thank you for creating and sharing these photos.

All the bickering and name calling is sad to see, and it reminds me of a favorite piece of wisdom...from some "fairytale" book ;)

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
(Php 4:8 ESV)
Peace and Love everyone =)

Posted by Christophe May 11, 09 12:26 PM

Os céus e a terra declaram a Glória de Deus ^^'

Posted by Carlos Eduardo May 23, 09 12:49 PM

The Creation does not ban the idea of Evoultion. They can coexist peacefully. Creation only states that all came at the from a Mind. Evolution has been partially observed, documented and fits inside of our cause-effect nature-of-thought; so it kind of says to u that all works that way. Where does a idea of a God interfere with Evolution, and more extensively science in general? Nowhere.

God is not a bearded, giant man. It's simply a Mind. Can you imagine the shape of intelligence? No. God is just spirit. And by spirit, don't think in a ghost or something esoteric. It is thought. Nature cannot communicate a message by itself. See the code of DNA. We can transmit information, yes; the DNA also. It gives commands. Even the most atheist scientist can confirm DNA uses a language. All in all, if we humans transmit information, it implies that the DNA has been made by an Intelligence. It could have been a man, yes. Then this superman would be everyone's god. But can you see him? No, we can only figure out that he was very very intelligent, we can only contemplate his mind through the tangible. Only an intelligence. So it comes back to the same.

This is not about religion or not religion. It's about the existance of God. Everyone, yes everyone of us have, just by one nanosecond for the less, been intrigued by the complexity if our World. Yes we evolved, there was a Big Bang. How come if this great progress and power of humanity is your god? Then there will always be one. I'm Christian and have come to the conclusion that negating God is impossible. Why we always debate about God in posts like this? Well as far as we are rational, it's impossible not to.

Posted by Alberto May 25, 09 05:43 PM

plant in house

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Posted by Emma May 28, 09 10:27 PM

Ha Ha, yes, these atheitsts do seem to be getting very hostile! I didn't notice in any of these comments anyone trying to convert anyone to God! it just goes to show how touchy they are! ...I used to be one of them but got fed up of living a shallow, unsatisfying, sad life and was open to the possiblity that maybe God was real. Thank-fully we have a God who not only created an unbelievably beautiful planet for us to live in but also loves us so much that He cannot resist communicating with ANYONE who dares to hope that He is out there and is prepared to ask Him to reveal Himself! I challenge you atheists reading this to try it!......

Posted by it......JUST THINK......WHAT IF WE CRAZY CHRISTIANS ARE RIGHT?....and if we're not, you haven't lost June 13, 09 07:06 PM

What a wonderfull world

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Posted by JJ July 19, 09 10:51 PM

The pictures were amazing and I do believe that God has created this wonderful world because it shows His handy work all throughout it ,but I am not here to push it on other people. Enjoy the beauty and the wonder of this world.

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I am fascinated by the photos of agriculture and housing. The sprawl of Las Vegas is so very inorganic compared to natural formations, and even human-run agriculture. Notice the lack of green or open space in the Vegas photo. Notice also the "collector roads" that make it next to impossible to walk anywhere. You must drive through a sea of houses to get a gallon of milk. Strange humans.

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Beautiful reminders that that each one of us has a responsibility to preserve, protect and cherish the Earth. Why post bickering points of view, simply accept it for what it is ... putting it into words changes it. Thank all of you for this view of the planet. posted by cw in Nashville

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I will never understand the whole evolution vs. creation debate.

Why can't it be both? Why can't evolution be the master design that God set in place to harmonize plant and animal life with the natural growth of the living universe?

Why chastise someone for believing in the big bang? The universe had to start somehow and humans will always strive to understand that beginning. Maybe what God did can most easily be understood as a big bang.

If God created the universe then God created science. 'Nuff Said!

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Life sucks, cool pictures tho, no such thing as heaven or hell , we just
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It's spectacular, but tell me,please tell me, WHY can't we find the bad guys in Afghanistan, and other country's with that kind of technology!!! And save the rest of our beloved soldier's, AMEN!!

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Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. - H. G. Wells

Posted by Anonymous November 29, 09 09:36 PM

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Posted by shobanaravi December 16, 09 12:34 AM

Beautiful, complex fractal images. I'm definitely going to be rendering a few of these as very large oil paintings.

And to those of you who can't shut up arguing about your beliefs for more than five seconds - SHUT UP!!

Posted by Ian Saxby January 9, 10 01:13 AM

The pictures were awsome.I just want to thank you.

Posted by Anonymous January 18, 10 06:45 PM

The wonder of God's creation. And I agree...those who adhere to the evolutionary belief usually confront any true scientific evidence contrary to their belief system with anger and profanity.

Xiansheng, I respecfully submit that it's exactly the opposite. I had evolution forced on me the entire time I was in school. There is no evidence for it, and under the least bit of scientific scrutiny it falls apart. That rational educated persons will believe that an inert gas in a vacuum will somehow magically transform itself into a fusion generator burning in perfect equilibrium, and do it billions of times over. And we spend billions of dollars to try and duplicate it here on earth and can't, is rediculous.

I look forward to seeing Darwin and his followers explain to God in the judgement that he doesn't really exist. What a sad day when they realize how their stubborness and hard heartedness has caused them to lose out on eternal life in paradise, and a Love beyond their comprehension.

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The pictures are here to enjoy the beauty, leave all other beliefs out. JUST ENJOY.

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We, small and insignificant in this place we call Earth. Thank you for these beautiful images. Whatever comes next, I am ready, having seen the beauty that is displayed here.

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We, small and insignificant in this place we call Earth. Thank you for these beautiful images. Whatever comes next, I am ready, having seen the beauty that is displayed here.

Posted by deabad April 14, 10 03:27 AM

Wonderful images. Thank you.

Interesting that the only posters that want to force their beliefs on anyone, are the ones that don't believe in God. Professing one's beliefs does not force you to go along. If you don't want to read it, then don't. If you don't want to believe there's a God, then don't. Get over yourselves. Free speech is for everyone. Including those that believe in God.

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This reminds of Arthur Koestler's 'oceanic sense' in that it instills the most profound feeling of humbleness within.

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mind boggling photographs.

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Posted by prabhu December 10, 10 04:44 AM

To #204
...and you need to go back and take some grammar lessons. I guess your God deserted you in English class. But given all the destruction, disease, pestilence, hatred, and bigotry in the world today, he seems to do that a lot, doesn't he?

Accept the pictures for what they are and leave your religeous diatribes firmly tucked into your bible.

Posted by Bart March 20, 11 10:18 AM

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