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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 alsofeatured 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 wherethey were taken.

On the web:
App -> http://www.nasa.gov/apps
Book ->http://bookstore.gpo.gov
PDF-> http://1.usa.gov/YfSYJo

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