"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 1,762,237
views of the Earth already made accessible on our website.
These images include 1,281,099
from the International Space Station.
These numbers were determined 3/1/2014.
There were 7,765,988 web hits &
15,905,727 database photo image downloads in February 2014.