Stunning Satellite Photos of Earth From Outer Space

Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar

Not many people get to travel to outer space, but here, we can at least see what it looks like from amazing aerial perspectives. Landsat 5, a satellite that observed our planet for more than 29 years in space, will soon be ending it's mission. Originally set to orbit Earth for three years, the satellite lived well beyond its intended means. But, a recently broken gyroscope has declared the end of the machine's time in space.

It orbited Earth more than 150,000 times, capturing more than 2.5 million images of our world's terrain. In honor of the mission's end, here are a collection of Landsat 5's best images of our planet. Landsat 7, which has been orbiting Earth since 1999, will remain overhead and Landsat 8 will be launched into space in February 2013.

Mount Elgon, Uganda-Kenya Border

Belcher Islands, Canada

Wabash and Ohio Rivers

Painted Desert, Arizona

Dhofar Region, Oman

Erg Iguidi, Algeria

Rhodes, Greece

New England

Lake Eyre, Australia

Okavango River, Botswana

Landsat website
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