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Catalog of Earth Images from Space

This is a catalog of global pictures of Earth taken from various non-orbital space missions, usually from distances as far as the Moon or greater. All the pictures were resized to the same resolution (1080x1080 pixels) and only slightly contrast adjustment were applied to some. Below each image is the corresponding date and mission. The colors are a result of the particular processing procedure performed by scientists and engineers on each mission. This collection of images is helping us to fine tune the atmospheric effects for our Visible Paleo-Earth imagery. You can click on each image for a higher resolution version.

    The latest low orbit cloudless true-color satellite compositions are available from NASA Visible Earth: Blue Marble (2004) and JAXA (2003). High resolution (uncorrected and not necessarily true-color) are always available from Google Earth. Global real-time images are available from various geostationary satellites like GOES. The best source for real-time global images is NEODAAS. Check for other sources in this article and vTerrainMeteosat-9 and Electro-L are the only two satellite today able to take real-time full-globe color pictures of Earth (not necessarily true-color). All the others satellites take most of the images in infrared and combine their data with previous color images to create artificial color versions.

Earth_1968_09_18_Zond5 
Earth_1969_08_11a_Zond7
 
Earth_1969_08_11b_Zond7
 
Earth_1972_12_07_Apollo17
 
Earth_1973_11_03_Mariner10
 
Earth_1990_12_11a_Galileo
 
Earth_1990_12_11b_Galileo
 
Earth_1990_12_11c_Galileo
 
Earth_1990_12_11d_Galileo
 
Earth_1994_02_11_Clementine
 
Earth_2004_05_18_Hayabusa
 
Earth_2005_03_07_Rosetta
 
Earth_2005_08_02_Messenger
 
Earth_2007_11_07_Kaguya
 
Earth_2007_11_17_RosettaOsiris
 
Earth_2008_10_29_Chandrayaan-1
 
Earth_2009_03_25_Chandrayaan-1
 

Credits: NASA, JPL, GSFC, MSSS, ISAS, JHUAPL, ISRO, JAXA, NHK, MIIGAIK, and others.

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