A mosaic of Nasa satellite images gives the most detailed true-colour image of the Earth ever created

For decades, man has gazed up at the stars and marvelled at the wonders of the universe.  But, as this amazing selection of images shows, there are many mind-blowing sights to behold from the other direction.

Pictures taken by astronauts and Nasa satellites give a fascinating bird’s-eye view of Earth’s natural wonders – including hurricanes, volcanoes and other powerful weather formations – from space.


This vibrant image of the Great Barrier Reef shows colonies of coral off the coast as seen from above

The first – a sensational ‘blue marble’ image of our planet – is the most detailed true-colour image of our planet ever created.

The mosaic was stitched together from a series of satellite images, in particular from a single Nasa remote sensing device called the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer.

 A cloud of smoke climbs through the atmosphere from the Manam Volcano


 This image shows how dust from the Sahara desert blew all the way over the British Isles

Aboard the Terra satellite 700km over the Earth, MORIS focuses on a range of the Earth’s terrestrial, oceanic and atmospheric features.

In the vibrant image of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, colonies of coral clearly stand out from the ocean.


 Photographs taken from the International Space Station capture hurricanes carrying fierce winds at speeds of up to 150mph over Jamaica, above, and the Gulf of Mexico


Travelling north to Papa New Guinea, the Advanced Land Imager on Nasa’s Earth Observing-1 satellite picks up a cloud of smoke billowing up through the atmosphere from the Manam Volcano.
Two photograph taken by astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavour capture a pair of hurricanes carrying fierce winds over Jamaica and the Gulf of Mexico at speeds of up to 150mph.


 The Amazon and Negro rivers of South America during seasonal flooding in June 2004

An apparently familiar image of the British Isles highlights the fantastic strength of the Earth’s winds.

Ireland is flanked by an intriguing white mist, which is composed of dust that has travelled all the way from the Sahara desert along with air pollution.
The final picture, which looks like a road junction, is actually a bird’s-eye view of the Amazon and Negro rivers during seasonal flooding in June 2004.

Via Daily Mail