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Earth from Space: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Three hundred spectacular views of Earth taken by the latest generation of satellites.

For orbiting satellites, no place on Earth is isolated. The Himalayas are as easy to photograph as Manhattan. While satellite images are important for science and technical needs, they can also be appreciated for their astonishing beauty.

Earth From Space shows how satellite imaging -- also called remote sensing -- works and showcases some of the most extraordinary photographs ever published.

In the mid-1990s a new generation of satellites began to orbit the Earth. More powerful and accurate than ever, they can record the effects of human and natural forces, and how the planet is changing through time can be clearly seen.

The book also dispels popular misconceptions like those used in Hollywood movies for dramatic effect such as exaggerated surveillance capabilities of orbiting satellites. However, what the satellites do see is nothing short of spectacular.

Earth From Space presents stunning color photographs of:

Coastal ports and major world cities Military installations such as the Russian Pacific submarine fleet Rebuilding lower Manhattan and the Pentagon after 9/11 Landscapes of wars including Iraq and Iran Rain forests, wetlands, coral reefs, rivers and mountains Effects of deforestation and desertification Earth From Space covers subjects ranging from aeronautics to history to ecology with unforgettable illustrations - an expansive big picture view of the world.

272 pages, Hardcover

First published October 2, 2004

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February 18, 2010
This is a beautiful and fascinating book. There are satellite images of everything from glacial movement, to sandstorms, to city pictures of places like Venice and Washington, D.C. The captions and text that accompany the images provide a wealth of knowledge about what the reader is looking at. I feel like I learned so much about geography, cartography, meteorology, and even commerce from this book.
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July 2, 2016
this book is awesome. it talks about the feayures of the earth in a scientific way. the pictures are in full color and are well done. if you are a sience buff you will lie this book.
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