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A New American Picture by Doug Rickard

#27.144277, Okeechobee, FL. (2008), 2011

"The pictures that I chose don’t really have a strong feeling of spying; the pixilation and the broken elements actually emphasize the subtext and the emotion that I wanted to impart, which was America in a devastated form, almost the inverse of the American dream. The aesthetic that I used heightens that sense."

See more artists inspired by Google’s technology on LightBox.

Popular Congresses and People’s Committees

Photographer Jehad Nga’s project depicts the conflicting values of Libyan culture through gathered images broken down into binary code and disrupted by the rhetoric of Muammar Gaddafi’s doctrine.

See more photos here.

Glimpses of America, American National Exhibition, Moscow World’s Fair

One of 100 photographs that will be launched into space later this year as part of artist Trevor Paglen’s project, The Last Pictures.

Read the story and see more photos here.

A new panorama just released by NASA’s Curiosity rover team shows us a fresh look at the Gale Crater on Mars.

Explore the interactive feature on LightBox.

New technology from Lytro allows you to focus a picture after it’s been shot. Check out more from TIME’s techland here.

We want to know: What are your thoughts on this?

There were a lot of things that launched the environmental movement 40-some years ago — the pea-soup shroud of smog that used to hang over L.A., the sight of Ohio’s Cuyahoga River on fire. But nothing quite matched the power of the pictures beamed back to Earth by the Apollo astronauts on their way to the moon.

We’d been seeing our home planet from low-Earth orbit for a number of years by then. What was always missing were human eyes that got far enough away so that the planet’s entire, 360-degree face fit into frame. Once we had that perspective, we saw our world anew: a tiny, fragile bauble in an infinity of blackness, something manifestly worth taking better care of.

Here on LightBox, images of Earth from above — and the back-story on why we call it “The Blue Marble.” 

Pictured: Earth’s rise photographed by the Apollo 8 crew, 1968.

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