“In the words of Carl Sagan, “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.” But to us, it’s everything. The place where we live, love, work and play. The place where we are born and where we die. From space, Earth is big, blue and beautiful; fragile and inspiring. It’s the only planet we’ve ever been to, and the only home we’ve ever known.
This is the latest image in our Beautiful Earth gallery, called “Color explosion.” Captured by the Landsat-8 satellite, the image shows the view over Western Australia on May 12, 2013. The image shows rich sediment and nutrient patterns in a tropical estuary area and complex patterns and conditions in vegetated areas.
The image is enhanced and involved masking, separately enhancing and then reassembling water and land portions of the image. The water patterns are the result of an RGB display of Landsat-8’s red, blue, and ultra-blue bands. Land is shown using short-wavelength-infrared,
near-infrared and green.
You can download this image and other images of beautiful Earth here: http://1.usa.gov/UKXPvg”