At first glance, these vivid images look like abstract paintings. But look again and you’ll realize that they are actually photographs of earth from space. The satellites used to take these photographs break up the image into ‘spectral bands’, which separate the light (both visible and invisible) into different wavelengths, resulting in these surreal images. [...]
The Landsat 5 was the longest-operating Earth observing satellite that orbited our planet over 150,000 times during its 29 years in space. During those 29 years, it captured over 2.5 million images of Earth. Here are some of the beautiful images that the satellite captured during its mission in space.
Taking advantage of the phenomenon know as geosynchronous orbit, artist Trevor Paglen worked with anthropologists, scientists and other artists to construct a photographic disk device that he sent into Earth’s orbit to take trillions of photos over a 15 year period. That’s how I understand it, anyways. The installation is called The Last Pictures and [...]