Ever since humans raised their eyes to the sky for the first time, they have felt an unmatched fascination with space. In recent years, thanks to great advances in space exploration, we are now able to see our planet from perspectives never before imagined.
For example, from the International Space Station (ISS), about 400 kilometers from the surface, astronauts can contemplate our planet in all its splendor. From there, the Earth looks like a large blue ball surrounded by a thin layer of atmosphere. Oceans, continents and cities can be seen with the naked eye.
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From the Moon, about 380,000 kilometers from Earth, the view is even more impressive: the planet appears as a bright blue disk, surrounded by a black halo. The continents and oceans are distinguished as dark shadows, covered by large white spots: clouds.
From the International Space Station (ISS), about 400 kilometers from the surface, astronauts can contemplate our planet in all its splendor. (Photo: Twitter/@astro_josh)
However, when we zoom out, the Earth begins to look like a small blue dot. From Mars, about 55 million kilometers away, it looks like a bright spot in the sky. And from Saturn, about 1.3 billion kilometers away, it is just an insignificant blue dot.
These unique images allow us to appreciate the beauty and fragility of our planet. They are a reminder that the Earth is our home, and that we must take care of it.
This is what the Earth looks like from space
This is what the Earth looks like from the International Space Station (Photo: NASA)