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Phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Tasmania
NASA's SeaWiFS satellite photographed this massive phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Tasmania in November 2000.
Earth:

Earth, our home planet, is the only planet in our solar system known to harbor life - life that is incredibly diverse. All of the things we need to survive are provided under a thin layer of atmosphere that separates us from the uninhabitable void of space. Earth is made up of complex, interactive systems that are often unpredictable. Air, water, land, and life - including humans - combine forces to create a constantly changing world that we are striving to understand.

Viewing Earth from the unique perspective of space provides the opportunity to see Earth as a whole. Scientists around the world have discovered many things about our planet by working together and sharing their findings.

Some facts are well known. For instance, Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the fifth largest in the solar system. Earth's diameter is just a few hundred kilometers larger than that of Venus. The four seasons are a result of Earth's axis of rotation being tilted more than 23 degrees.

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Just the Facts
Distance from the Sun: 
149,597,890 km
Equatorial Radius: 
6,378.14 km
Volume: 
1,083,200,000,000 km3
Mass: 
5,973,700,000,000,000,000,000,
000 kg
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