Images of Earth From Above

Yesterday was Earth Day, a time set aside to increase awareness of the natural environment and the impact of our collective actions. In honor of Earth Day, gathered here is a collection of scenes of our home planet from above, from vantage points we don't see in everyday life. These scenes help show the Earth as a larger system and demonstrate the extent to which human activity has affected it.

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  • Library of Congress

    Go Fly a Kite

    In recognition of the warmer weather in the northern hemisphere, this is an invitation to take some time, go outside, and set a kite aloft.

  • Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP / Getty

    Photos of the Deadly Wildfires in Portugal

    Over the weekend, wildfires in central Portugal killed at least 63 people and injured 135 others.

  • Armend Nimani / AFP / Getty

    Photos of the Week: 6/10–6/16

    Cosplay in Australia, the brutal Calcio Storico Fiorentino in Florence, a hyperrealistic animatronic baby in Spain, a terrible tower fire in England, and much more

  • Matjaz Krivic / Getty

    Beauty and Color: Scenes From Ethiopia

    Ethiopia is home to more than 100 million people and is composed of wildly varying landscapes and an incredible diversity of ethnic and religious groups.

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