Many professional photographers will tell you that the key to getting great shots is all in the vantage point, as this satellite photography proves.
The shots released by NASA show how varied the Earth's surface can be in its both natural and man made beauty. Each of the shots covers a 185 km berth. Since the satellites are designed to capture images in a variety of environmental conditions, some of the shots are taken with infrared technology, resulting in some beautiful patterns and color combinations.
This satellite photography comes from all over the world, including places like Baghdad, Japan, the deserts of Las Vegas, the urban sprawl of Houston, the deep blue coasts Myanmar and the unique landscape of Quebec.
Even from orbit, the Earth truly is a beautiful place. It's a good thing we have amazing satellite photography to give some perspective on our planet.