And Earth-observing satellites are not the only tools to do this. Over the past 70 years there has been a stunning assortment of images of our home planet taken from space. The ISS, whose first component was launched into low Earth orbit in 1998, is the largest artificial body in orbit, and it often becomes visible with the naked eye from Earth. On Earth Day, we will share some of NASA's most stunning images of Earth from space to inspire you. One of the pictures shows an aerial view of Britain illuminated by its lights - the cities becoming glowing clusters against the dark night sky.

Stunning satellite pictures of the Earth from Space show the UK all lit up, a packed Glastonbury and Arizona's great aviation graveyard. Meanwhile, some of … By Mark Duell for MailOnline. We'll check Instagram, Twitter and our NASA Earth Facebook event page to find your images and select photos from around the world to showcase later in videos and composite images. At the same time, Soviet Zond spacecraft were capturing similarly dramatic images. Live streaming views from the NASA High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) cameras on the International Space Station (ISS).

Pictures of Earth by Planetary Spacecraft. Their photography is not just a perk of being an astronaut; they are often used to supplement satellite imagery and provide a different perspective. With some blockbuster space missions under way, 2019 saw some amazing images beamed back to Earth from around the Solar System. These two Hubble Space Telescope images of comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), taken on April 20 (left) and April 23, 2020, provide the sharpest views yet of the breakup of the solid nucleus of the comet. Astronauts are also viewing Earth from space and taking pictures. Lunar Orbiter sent back the first photo of Earth over the Moon, but it was the Apollo program that produced the first widely publicized views of Earth as a colorful marble floating in black space, images that revolutionized public perception of our fragile planet.

From aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Christina Koch photographed the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft ascending into space after its launch from Kazakhstan on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.