Death Valley National Park (background/logo fill image)
At 282 feet below sea level, Death Valley, California, is one of the hottest, driest places on the planet. On average, the area sees only about 1.96 inches of rain a year, and summer temperatures routinely soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
[Image and caption courtesy of USGS National Center for EROS and NASA Landsat Project Science Office / Image credit: NASA]
Image taken 6/11/2000 and 7/20/2000



Blue Marble (center image)
Inspired by Apollo-era pictures of our planet as seen from space, NASA assembles imagery from a variety of Earth-observing satellites into a computer-generated composite. The agency calls this continuing project “Blue Marble Next Generation.”
[Image and caption courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory]
Composite images taken from 1994 to 2004