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Window to Earth

NASA takes lots of pictures from space. Some are taken with cameras on the International Space Station. Some are taken from satellites. Many pictures were taken by astronauts on the space shuttle.

The pictures do not show lines or words like on a map drawing. See what Earth looks like from space.

The Big Island of Hawaii

Island of Hawaii, USA

An island is a piece of land surrounded by water. Volcanoes created the Hawaiian Islands.


The Great Barrier Reef, Australia, as viewed from the space station

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The reef forms a green ribbon around the coast of Australia. Tiny sea animals build coral reefs. When they die, they leave their skeletons behind. Over time, the skeletons form reefs.


Icebergs that have broken from a glacier float in the water

Patagonia Glacier, Argentina

Glaciers are rivers of ice that move very slowly. They can take a year to move as far as a person can walk in a few minutes. When a piece of a glacier breaks off and floats in the water, it is called an iceberg.

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A volcano sends out a cloud of ash

Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea

A volcano is a vent or a hole in Earth's crust where magma, gases and rocks are pushed out. Magma is melted rock from deep inside Earth.


Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

Crater Lake was made thousands of years ago when part of a volcano caved in. The hole that was left filled with water to make a lake.


View from space of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean Sea and a part of the Atlantic Ocean

Strait of Gibraltar

A strait is a narrow body of water that connects two larger bodies of water. The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea.

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A sand desert sits between two high mountain ranges

Taklimakan Desert, China

A desert is a place that gets very little rainfall. Deserts can be hot or cold.


Brown and green islands make the shape of a giant V turned on its side

Cape Verde Archipelago

An archipelago is a group or chain of islands grouped together in a sea or ocean. These islands are off the coast of Africa.


Five large lakes surrounded by green areas

The Great Lakes, USA and Canada

A lake is a large body of water surrounded by land on all sides. The Great Lakes are the largest group of fresh water lakes on the planet.

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Mist rises as water tumbles over the falls

Niagara Falls, USA and Canada

A waterfall is a place in a river where water drops suddenly down to lower ground. Niagara Falls is one of the world's largest waterfalls.


Six moon-shaped islands connected to five fish-shaped islands

Man-made Islands, Durrat Al Bahrain

Sand dug from the bottom of the Persian Gulf has been sprayed from ships until islands formed. These islands are shaped like fish and crescent moons.


The central Mediterranean Sea including Italy, Greece and the Balkans

Peninsula of Italy

A peninsula is a body of land that is surrounded by water on three sides.

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View from the space station of Upheaval Dome in Utah

Upheaval Dome, Utah, USA

Upheaval Dome was made when a meteor hit Earth a long time ago. It is found in the Canyonlands National Park of southern Utah.


Cape Cod juts out into the Atlantic

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

A cape is a pointed piece of land that sticks out into a sea, ocean, lake or river.


Nardò Ring racetrack in Italy

Nardò Ring, Italy

The Nardò Ring is a racecar test track. The track is so big that it can be seen from space.

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Page Last Updated: December 16th, 2013
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