When planet Earth looks like art

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The Independent Online

NASA has a wonderful collection of photographs of planet Earth taken by satellites circling the atmosphere.

The beguiling pictures are not of the familiar watery globe which usually represents our world.

They are instead vast landscapes, deserts, oceans and mountain ranges snapped from so far away that they resemble artistic daubings and not familiar landmarks

We've collected a few of the most interesting and beautiful images from their huge online gallery collection.

Click here or on the image to view our favourites

For more information and pictures visit earthasart.gsfc.nasa.gov