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The black and blue marble: 10 whole Earth views from space

The black and blue marble: 10 whole Earth views from space

It’s been called one of the most famous and widely distributed images in human history. The “blue marble,” a 1972 color photograph of the Earth from the Apollo 17 spacecraft, has also been credited with expanding environmental awareness around the globe and highlighting the vulnerability of our home planet. In the four decades since the […]

Mapping the green on the blue planet

Mapping the green on the blue planet

Scientists have released new high-resolution maps that illustrate the lushness of vegetation, or lack thereof, around the globe. Researchers at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) used satellite data from April 2012 to April 2013 to create maps like the ones below (click to enlarge). “The darkest green areas are the lushest […]

Google Timelapse animates Earth’s changing landscape

Google Timelapse animates Earth’s changing landscape

Google has just released an interesting tool for tracking environmental changes through satellite imagery. Timelapse shows changes to the Earth’s surface over nearly three decades, from 1984 to 2012. Each frame in these animations is a year of imagery from the Landsat satellite program. Google has put together some pre-made views and below I’ve pasted […]

Satellite animation of Las Vegas sprawl

Satellite animation of Las Vegas sprawl

Until the housing bust, Las Vegas was one of America’s fastest growing cities and NASA’s Landsat satellites have been recording the area’s growth for decades. This video shows the city’s expansion from 1972 to 2010. The dark red areas are open space, mostly golf courses and parks.