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.