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NASA is celebrating Earth Day today (April 22) by sharing some really incredible photos of Earth from satellites, aircraft and deep-space missions.
Space.com has picked 10 of our favorite views from NASA's Earth Day gallery and featured them here. For even more amazing NASA photos of Earth, you can find NASA's entire collection of Earth Day photos here.
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You can also share your own Earth Day Photos with NASA for a chance to have them featured in NASA videos and social media posts.
While NASA is most known for its space missions, the agency also dedicates its time and resources to studying planet Earth. Operation IceBridge monitors polar ice by flying research aircraft over the Arctic and the Antarctic. This image was taken from the NASA P-3 airborne laboratory on Nov. 27, 2013, as the aircraft flew by Mount Feather, part of the Transantarctic Mountains that run from east to west across Antarctica.
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Looming high above a layer of fluffy, popcorn-like clouds over Africa is a large cumulonimbus cloud, which looks like an enormous shelf of water vapor. This image was captured by an Expedition 16 crewmember of the International Space Station. Due to its shape, this type of cloud formation is often referred to as an "anvil cloud."
An aerial photo captured during NASA's Operation IceBridge on Nov. 5, 2014 shows the distribution of ice in the Bellingshausen Sea, located on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. "The block of ice on the right side of the image is older, thicker, and was once attached to the Antarctic Ice Sheet," NASA officials said in a statement. "By the time this image was acquired, however, the ice had broken away to form an iceberg."
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NASA's Terra satellite captured these squiggly features glistening across the desert of Rub' al Khali on Dec. 5, 2005. This...
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