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11 beautiful examples of art inspired by science

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Jan. 15, 2015, 3:11 p.m.
NASA Landsat image

Photo: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/USGS

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Earth as art

The Earth looks pretty darn cool from way, way up in the sky. Technically, NASA's Landsat series of Earth observation satellites are critical for understanding scientific issues related to land use and natural resources. But really, they take some pretty remarkable images of mountains, valleys, islands and just general patterns in the forests and grasslands. Showing off this natural artistic sensibility, the U.S. Geological Survey created a series of "Earth as Art" images that are absolutely gorgeous. (And if you're a fan, don't miss NASA's global maps, which are mesmerizing.)