Check out these pictures of the globe thanks to NASA

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To celebrate Earth Day today, the world’s biggest space institution is asking you to share your pictures of our beautiful planet.

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NASA has released some incredible new pictures of the Earth from space - just in time for Earth Day.

The annual April 22 event supports environmental protection and action against climate change.

This year, NASA is marking Earth Day with #PictureEarth, inviting people across the globe to send in pictures of the environment around them.

That includes the agency itself - they've shared some snaps of Earth from the International Space Station.

From nighttime lights, to deserts, to ice caps - the agency has even managed to capture a shot of Europe's most active volcano.

 NASA takes pictures from satellite and airborne instruments every day as a form of knowledge production.

Scientists use data from images and they help build a more complete picture of the planet.

Later this week, NASA is set to launch a new satellite addition to the International Space Station - which NASA says will help with important global issues such as changing freshwater availability, food security and human health.


Until then, if you're feeling a little down about the slow demise of the environment as we know it - or you're just looking to be a part of the Earth Day movement - you can send in photos on April 22 using the hashtag #PictureEarth.

Here are some of the pictures people have shared.

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