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Posted on 4/25/2009 08:35:00 PM

Photos of the Earth Taken From Space

The 22nd of April, is Earth Day - a day designed to raise awareness of global environmental issues. We just celebrate it the other day. To mark it, here are images of the Earth taken from space.

This is the first view of the south polar ice cap, taken by the crew of Apollo 17 on December 7, 1972
Global view of Earth at night, compiled from over 400 satellite images

Earthrise over the moon taken on Christmas Eve 1968 by the crew of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon

A plume of ash from the Cleveland Volcano in Alaska. Expedition 13 astronaut Jeff Williams contacted the Alaska Volcano Observatory to report the activity. He took this photograph from the International Space Station

One of a series of photos made following the terrorist attacks on September 11 2001, showing a plume of smoke rising from the Manhattan skyline. This image was made by the International Space Station's Expedition 3 crew

A close-up of the 9/11 image, taken from the International Space Station

The Great Wall of China and Inner Mongolia photographed by Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao on the International Space Station. Contrary to popular opinion, the wall isn't visible from the moon

The Rub' al Khali, the Empty Quarter, one of the largest sand deserts in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula

The south end of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas shimmering in turquoise waters in this 2002 photo from the International Space Station

Mt. Everest and nearby Mt. Makalu in this oblique photograph of the Tibetan Plateau taken from the International Space Station in 2004
First television picture from Space April 1, 1960

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