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The inactive Mir diamond mine yawns in eastern Siberia. The 1,722-foot-deep pit is the second-largest excavated hole on the planet.

Mighty and Ominous Satellite Images of the Human Condition

The Daily Overview presents refugee camps, environmental horror, Florida housing projects, and fields of lovely Dutch tulips.

Evaporation ponds at a potash mine in Moab, Utah, are dyed blue to quicken the evaporation of salts used in fertilizer.

Mighty and Ominous Satellite Images of the Human Condition

The Daily Overview presents refugee camps, environmental horror, Florida housing projects, and fields of lovely Dutch tulips.

The mighty Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Seville, Spain, focuses 2,650 mirrors to generate green electricity.

Mighty and Ominous Satellite Images of the Human Condition

The Daily Overview presents refugee camps, environmental horror, Florida housing projects, and fields of lovely Dutch tulips.

Olive trees dot the land on plantations in Córdoba, Spain.

Mighty and Ominous Satellite Images of the Human Condition

The Daily Overview presents refugee camps, environmental horror, Florida housing projects, and fields of lovely Dutch tulips.

Dreamy swirls and loops seen on satellite represent a cyanobacteria bloom in the Baltic Sea. Cyanobacteria were the first organisms to develop photosynthesis, a talent they acquired some 2.4 billion years ago, scientists have said. The waste product of this process — oxygen — altered Earth's atmosphere drastically, paving the way for complex life. Cyanobacteria also made plants possible.

Psychedelic Swirls Show Algae Bloom from Space

The Baltic Sea looks impossibly loopy in a new satellite image showing a swirling cyanobacteria bloom.

NASA U.S. Astronaut Terry Virts captured this photo of Ireland, the UK and Scandinavia on a moonlit night under an amazing and ever-changing aurora. Photo: Twitter/@AstroTerry

View from above: 14 spellbinding photos of Ireland from space

Forget drones. Some of the most spectacular aerial photographs of Ireland have been taken from space, and here are the very best.

Six amazing sights that look even better from the International Space Station

Six amazing sights that look even better from the ISS

Six amazing sights that look even better from the International Space Station

The Big Picture: Los Angeles' light pollution, as seen from space

The Big Picture: Los Angeles' light pollution, as seen from space

What you see above is a stunning image of California (and surrounding areas), captured from space by astronaut Scott Kelly. But what quickly stands out is Los Angeles, with its bright lights shining through and morphing into one massive, glowing spot. As Quartz points out, this shows the city's massive light pollution problem -- which, in the past, has been subject to countless research pieces and even a Kickstarter book/video series. City of Angels? More like City of Lights.

So You Think You Love Earth? Wait Until You See It in VR

So You Think You Love Earth? Wait Until You See It in VR

The Overview Institute wants to use virtual reality to get more people to embrace our pale blue dot.

NASA releases a year-long look at the sunlit face of the Earth

NASA releases a year-long look at the sunlit face of the Earth

The DSCOVR satellite gave us a rare glimpse of the sunlit face of the Earth in 2015. Now that it's been orbiting the planet for over a year, its EPIC camera has finally captured enough images for a year-long time-lapse video of our home. In the past, you had to be an astronaut to get a look at the side of the Earth that's lit up by the sun. DSCOVR changed that when it started orbiting the planet from a million miles away and taking photos of its view every two hours. The satellite is…

See our planet from the moon's point of view

NASA Releases New High-Res Earthrise Image

See our planet from the moon's point of view

Saving Lives From Space

How NASA Data Can Save Lives From Space

How the space agency's unlikely partnership with USAID is helping combat poverty on the ground.

From space, satellites can see Earth breathe. A new NASA visualization shows 20 years of continuous observations of plant life on land and at the  ocean’s surface, from September 1997 to September 2017. On land, vegetation appears on a scale from brown (low vegetation) to dark green (lots  of vegetation); at the ocean surface, phytoplankton are indicated on a scale from purple (low) to yellow (high

The changing colors of our living planet

NASA satellites can see our living Earth breathe.

Spikes in carbon emissions detected with NASA satellite. Data from a circling NASA satellite shows spikes in carbon emissions worldwide, particularly in winter, along with new insights into the rising levels of pollutants that drive global warming, researchers said Thursday.

Spikes in carbon emissions detected with NASA satellite

Data from a circling NASA satellite shows spikes in carbon emissions worldwide, particularly in winter, along with new insights into the rising levels of pollutants that drive global warming, researchers said Thursday.

Earth from Space: New 'Blue Marble' Photo Is Jaw-Dropping

Earth from Space: New 'Blue Marble' Photo Is Jaw-Dropping

The so-called full disk image shows North America and South America and the surrounding oceans with swirling white clouds overhead.

Aurora

Aurora