It’s striking to recall that the space age began before I was born — or even more so, that it was just 65 years from the Wright Bros. first flight to the moon landing. And it was in 1960 that the United States put its first Earth-observing environmental satellite into orbit around the planet.
Over the decades, NASA says, “these satellites have provided invaluable information, and the vantage point of space has provided new perspectives on Earth.”
Now a new free e-book “celebrates Earth’s aesthetic beauty in the patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere.” Earth as Art features 75 images from the five satellites, with sensors that measure light outside of the visible range, “so the images show more than what is visible to the naked eye. The images are intended for viewing enjoyment rather than scientific interpretation. The beauty of Earth is clear, and the artistry ranges from the surreal to the sublime,” NASA says.
The iPad version also features time-lapse satellite images of locations on Earth undergoing significant change over decades, linking to NASA’s Earth Observatory website, Apple adds.