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Satellite as artiste

Posted by Christopher Shea  July 22, 2008 07:44 AM

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Could it be that NASA rivals MOMA as a repository of modern art -- at least certain kinds? The website environmentalgraffiti.com made that case this month by republishing 30 of the most striking images taken by the U.S. satellite Landsat 7.

The images were originally culled by NASA staff members from a data set of some 400,000, for an exhibit in 2000 at the Library of Congress. Environmental Graffiti didn't just give its readers a second look at the chosen few. It also added some value, providing versions that could be downloaded and used as computer wallpaper.

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Kalahari Desert, Namibia
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Two more pictures after the jump.
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Guinea-Bissau
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Ocean sands, Bahamas
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