Photos: How telescopes, space stations & voyaging crafts photographed Earth

  • Telescopes, space stations and voyaging crafts have captured some of the most iconic and unusual shots of the world as we know it, and didn’t know it. From the Pillars of Creation to the Bubble Nebula, another of the Hubble Telescope’s gift of imagery to us, see a selection of images that have taken years, even decades of exploration, image development and science to bring to us back on earth.
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In June 2019, the volcano on Raikoke, part of the uninhabited Kuril Islands between Russia and Japan, erupted without warning spewing dust and ash into the sky. Luckily, the International Space Station was passing over the region, and was able to capture the drama before the ash cloud settled in a few minutes.(Photo courtesy NASA/ ISS; CEO)

In June 2019, the volcano on Raikoke, part of the uninhabited Kuril Islands between Russia and Japan, erupted without warning spewing dust and ash into the sky. Luckily, the International Space Station was passing over the region, and was able to capture the drama before the ash cloud settled in a few minutes.(Photo courtesy NASA/ ISS; CEO)

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This image of Thor’s Helmet, the cloud of gas and dust named for its bulging shape and wings was shot aboard the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton satellite observatory, with optical observations from Cerro Tololo in Chile.(Photo courtesy [JA Toala & M.A. Guerrero (IAA-CSIC), Y-H. Chu (UIUC/ASIAA), RA Gruendl (UIUC), S Mazlin, J Harvey, D Verschatse & R Gilbert (SSRO-South) and ESA])

This image of Thor’s Helmet, the cloud of gas and dust named for its bulging shape and wings was shot aboard the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton satellite observatory, with optical observations from Cerro Tololo in Chile.(Photo courtesy [JA Toala & M.A. Guerrero (IAA-CSIC), Y-H. Chu (UIUC/ASIAA), RA Gruendl (UIUC), S Mazlin, J Harvey, D Verschatse & R Gilbert (SSRO-South) and ESA])

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revisited the famous Pillars of Creation, revealing a sharper and wider view of the structures in this visible-light image. The towering pillars are about 5 light-years tall.(Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revisited the famous Pillars of Creation, revealing a sharper and wider view of the structures in this visible-light image. The towering pillars are about 5 light-years tall.(Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))

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A close-up from afar, the International Space Station captured this shot of Iran’s arid Kavir region in 2014. The marbled region is some 65-km across, featuring rock formations and erosion. The dark path in the centre is a lake, the odd lighter patch next to it is a sand sheet.(Photo courtesy NASA/ ISS; CEO)

A close-up from afar, the International Space Station captured this shot of Iran’s arid Kavir region in 2014. The marbled region is some 65-km across, featuring rock formations and erosion. The dark path in the centre is a lake, the odd lighter patch next to it is a sand sheet.(Photo courtesy NASA/ ISS; CEO)

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Another Hubble gem, this show of the Bubble nebula, 7,100 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia, features a star that is 45 times larger than our sun.(Photo courtesy NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))

Another Hubble gem, this show of the Bubble nebula, 7,100 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia, features a star that is 45 times larger than our sun.(Photo courtesy NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))

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A special satellite was sent out in 1989 to take better measurements of the radiation field, with respect to what we know as Cosmic Background Radiation. This picture of its findings confirmed that the waves were indeed uniform, with only minor wrinkles.(Photo by DMR/NASA)

A special satellite was sent out in 1989 to take better measurements of the radiation field, with respect to what we know as Cosmic Background Radiation. This picture of its findings confirmed that the waves were indeed uniform, with only minor wrinkles.(Photo by DMR/NASA)

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See that white dot? That’s us, Earth, shown from the Cassini spacecraft that flew past Saturn’s icy rings in 2017. Cassini was 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away from Earth when the image was taken.(Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

See that white dot? That’s us, Earth, shown from the Cassini spacecraft that flew past Saturn’s icy rings in 2017. Cassini was 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away from Earth when the image was taken.(Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

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