SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Earth Day is just around the corner, so we rounded up some of the most beautiful photos and images of our planet taken from space.

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22nd, 1970, and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

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Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson got the idea after witnessing the damage done by an oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969, the same year that Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Since then we’ve seen a number of stunning photos of our little planet from space. Here are a few of the best:

 

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Apollo 16 Earthrise NASA

The Apollo 16 crew captured this Earthrise with a handheld Hasselblad camera during the second revolution of the moon. (Source: NASA)

apollo11_earthrise

Apollo 11 crews captured this image of Earth. (Source: NASA)

Voyager Earth Image NASA

Voyager crews captured this image of Earth. (Source: NASA)

NASA Earthrise

Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts-Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders-held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft. Said Lovell, “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth.” They ended the broadcast with the crew taking turns reading from the book of Genesis. (Source: NASA)

Himalayas Snow

This photograph was taken from the International Space Station as astronauts flew over the Himalaya range, near the China–India border. It shows one of the main ranges of the Himalayas, where peaks cast strong evening shadows on the snow. (Source: NASA)

 

Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) photographed the giant solar arrays on the International Space Station on Feb. 12, 2015.

Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) photographed the giant solar arrays on the International Space Station on Feb. 12, 2015.

The Malaspina Glacier in Southeastern Alaska.  (Source: NASA)

The Malaspina Glacier in Southeastern Alaska. (Source: NASA)

The "Blue Marble" (Source: NASA)

The “Blue Marble” (Source: NASA)

"Robot Over Horizon" (Source: NASA)

“Robot Over Horizon” (Source: NASA)

The Earth and its moon.  (Source: NASA)

The Earth and its moon. (Source: NASA)