Earth As Seen from the NASA Juno Probe Before Orbital "Slingshot"

Jupiter Pictures - From the NASA Juno Probe

It is possible to download the image data from the NASA Juno Probe, which as of Sept. 6, 2016, is in orbit around the planet Jupiter.  I pulled down a few of the more dramatic images, and tweaked the gamma and contrast to make the fractal violence of the Jovian atmosphere a bit more evident.  There is also a magnificant flyby picture of Earth (above), taken when the probe did its gravity "slingshot" around Earth.

Polar view of Jovian Atmospheric Turbulence

Detail of Fractal Storms in Atmosphere of Jupiter

Research Platform on the ISS, terminator in background.

Fractal Cloud Formation, as seen from the ISS.

HDEV Pictures from ISS - International Space Station

The HDEV Experiment - "High Definition Earth Viewing" - gives everyone the ability to monitor video feeds from the ISS.  The images transmitted are interesting, and show the range of planetary environments evident on Earth.  The images of cloud formation provide an interesting example of dynamic fractal geometry, an emergent process that shows how extreme complexity can arise from random systems driven by simple rulesets.

The HDEV feeds are available from a number of sources, and allow real-time external views of Earth, from various camera locations on the ISS.   These pictures provide accurate, unfiltered images of what our small home in the dark void of space actually looks like.  This "high ground" view of our planet is perhaps the primary mission of the ISS.  These images allow us to change our perspective.  This change in viewpoint assists in the transition of the human species from a superstitious and ignorant group of chattering savages, to an intelligent and skeptical space-faring civilization.  We must dump all our religions and foolish superstitions into the dustbin of history, and embrace a science-driven future that takes us all forward.

Coast of West Africa, Western Sahara, with ISS Solar Array

Self-Similar Fractal Clouds in South Atlantic, July 2, 2016

Self-Similar Ice Crystals on Car Window, Feb. 20, 2010. Another Example of Emergent Fractal Formations. (Image by Mark Langdon, GEMESYS Ltd.)

Grota Valles Canal on Mars, Showing Evidence of Water Erosion (NASA Photo)

Linear Cloud Front in South Atlantic from ISS, July 4, 2016

Mandelbrot Set, Generated on Oct. 21, 2013 on my HP P/C, Showing Fractal Boundary.

More Elaborate Generated Fractal Image, Using Lyapunov Exponents - Created June 25, 2003 by Mark Langdon.

Fractal Star Formation - Cygnus-X Complex as Imaged by Hubble Telescope, 2010. (NASA Photo)

Cloud Formations and Soyuz Modules from ISS, Dec. 29, 2015

Dateline 2027: "First Martian Expedition Encounters Another Ship in Martian Orbit!" (This image was created with MandelBulb version 1.9.1, image-rendering software, October 2016)

West Coast of Africa - January 10, 2017, from ISS HDEV (High Definition Earth Viewing) Experiment.