A year ago, Landsat 8 rocketed into space. Since then it’s been beaming back data to Earth for NASA scientists to interpret — like these beautiful patchwork picture of the US.
The Landsat satellites have been watching Earth uninterruptedly for a record 40 years. During that time they have acquired millions of amazing images of our home world, available for everyone in the planet. These are the five most beautiful ones, according to NASA.