Tech Check: Beautiful views of planet earth free via NASA’s new iPad app


by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 3 at 2:40 PM

HOUSTON – At first glance, without reading the captions, you'd probably think they were paintings. But they're not.

NASA calls its new iPad app “a stunning array of images of our home planet, taken by Earth-observing science satellites.

The app, called “Earth as Art,” features 75 amazing views from space. The same photos are also featured in a new NASA hardcover book of the same title.

In a press release Friday, NASA said the book, “celebrates the aesthetic beauty of Earth in the patterns, shapes, colors and textures of the land, oceans, ice and atmosphere. Images include snow-capped mountain peaks in the Himalayas, Arizona’s Painted Desert, the Mississippi River Delta spreading into the Gulf of Mexico, a Saharan dune sea in Algeria, and Byrd Glacier in Antarctica.”

The images were taken by the Landsat 5 and 7, Terra, Aqua, and Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellites, according to NASA.

The iPad version of “Earth as Art” allows users to zoom into the images and access additional information on where they were taken.

On the web:
App ->
Book -> 
PDF ->

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