Earth From Space
Smithsonian National Air and Space MuseumBook - 2004
Three hundred spectacular views of Earth taken by the latest generation of satellites.
For orbiting satellites, no place on Earth is isolated. The Himalayas are as easy to photograph as Manhattan. While satellite images are important for science and technical needs, they can also be appreciated for their astonishing beauty.
Earth From Space shows how satellite imaging -- also called remote sensing -- works and showcases some of the most extraordinary photographs ever published.
In the mid-1990s a new generation of satellites began to orbit the Earth. More powerful and accurate than ever, they can record the effects of human and natural forces, and how the planet is changing through time can be clearly seen.
The book also dispels popular misconceptions like those used in Hollywood movies for dramatic effect such as exaggerated surveillance capabilities of orbiting satellites. However, what the satellites do see is nothing short of spectacular.
Earth From Space presents stunning color photographs of:Coastal ports and major world cities Military installations such as the Russian Pacific submarine fleet Rebuilding lower Manhattan and the Pentagon after 9/11 Landscapes of wars including Iraq and Iran Rain forests, wetlands, coral reefs, rivers and mountains Effects of deforestation and desertification
Earth From Space covers subjects ranging from aeronautics to history to ecology with unforgettable illustrations - an expansive big picture view of the world.