Dear Commons Community,
The United States has dozens of Earth-observing environmental satellites for scientific research and applied, operational purposes. NASA has compiled seventy five images taken from these satellites into a free e-book available at its website. This book, entitled Earth as Art, features images from the Terra, Landsat 5, Landsat 7, Earth Observing-1 (EO-1), and Aqua satellites. The satellites’ sensors can measure light outside of the visible range, so the images in the book are not necessarily ones visible to the naked eye. This book celebrates Earth’s aesthetic beauty in the patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere. The beauty of Earth is clear, and the artistry ranges from the surreal to the sublime.
Earth as Art—enjoy!