NASA Releases Free Earth Ebook
Posted on February 28, 2019
NASA has released a book called Earth. Earth is available free in its ebook formats, which include mobi (for Kindle readers), epub and PDF versions. A hardcover version is available for $53 from the U.S. Government Publishing Office.Earth contains stunning images captured by Earth-observing satellites that feature lava fields, icy landscapes, swirling white clouds, deep blue oceans and more. There are 69 images in total in the book.
awrence Friedl, program director for the Applied Sciences Program in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Earth Science Division in Washington, says in the announcement, "The spectacular images in this book remind us of the majestic beauty of our world. We hope these images inspire everyone to explore, understand, and appreciate the planet we call home."
Here is an excerpt from the foreword by Michael Carlowicz:
From its origins, NASA has studied our planet in novel ways, using ingenious tools to study physical processes at work—from beneath the crust to the edge of the atmosphere. We look at it in macrocosm and microcosm, from the flow of one mountain stream to the flow of jet streams. Most of all, we look at Earth as a system, examining the cycles and processes—the water cycle, the carbon cycle, ocean circulation, the movement of heat—that interact and influence each other in a complex, dynamic dance across seasons and decades.You can download the ebook here from nasa.gov.
For all of the dynamism and detail we can observe from orbit, sometimes it is worth stepping back and simply admiring Earth. It is a beautiful, awe-inspiring place, and it is the only world most of us will ever know.