DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Earth. Artwork of the Earth seen from space. It is centred on North America. Earth is the third planet from the Sun, and it is thought to be the only planet in the solar system that supports life. It has an atmosphere of nitrogen and oxygen, and clouds (white) of water vapour. Oceans of water (blue) form ice (white, upper centre) at the poles. The land cover varies from green vegetation to barren brown deserts. The bright band of the Milky Way runs behind Earth in the background.
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