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The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

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"We catch a glimpse of a huge swirl of clouds out the window over the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or the boot of Italy jutting down into the Mediterranean, or the brilliant blue coral reefs of the Caribbean strutting their beauty before the stars. And...we experienced those uniquely human qualities: awe, curiosity, wonder, joy, amazement." (Russell L. Schweickart, Apollo Astronaut ("The Home Planet")






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What is the Gateway to Astronaut Photography?

The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth.

Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken photographs of the Earth. Our database tracks the locations, supporting data, and digital images for these photographs. We process images coming down from the International Space Station on a daily basis and add them to the 1,889,240 views of the Earth already made accessible on our website.

These images include 1,408,097 from the International Space Station. These numbers were determined 10/1/2014.

There were 29,692,018 web hits & 11,637,729 database photo image downloads in September 2014.

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