"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")
The Art of Science: Astronaut Photography from the International Space Station by William Stefanov
18 October 2005. (HTML format)
Astronaut photography of Earth has transformed our perspective on the home planet and our place in the universe. Left in the public domain for the benefit of all humankind, it has appeared throughout the world in print, advertising, and multimedia applications.
At our core is NASA's mission to "understand and protect our home planet." We track the publications that have relied on astronaut photography that help to meet this objective--publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, popular science venues, and educational outlets. As scientists, we are most proud of the hundreds of scientific articles that use astronaut photographs of Earth as a source of information about the planet.