Explore Windows on Earth to discover your home from a new and spectacular point of view! Astronauts take hundreds of photos each day for science research, public outreach, and personal enjoyment. Windows on Earth maintains a huge, frequently-updated archive of these amazing images. The photos show large-scale phenomena such as hurricanes and volcanic eruptions, and inspire awe and curiosity about our fascinating planet.
Several free tools are available to enrich your interaction with these images. Our friends at the Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning feature an Image of the Week with a detailed description and relevant classroom activities. A Windows on Earth Educator Guide and a Mystery Images from Space game are available online.
Also check out the web-based version of the Windows on Earth software that the astronauts use on the International Space Station. The software simulates the current view out of almost any window on the ISS. It helps astronauts identify Earth locations and photography targets quickly.