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Infographic: Earth's Atmosphere Top to Bottom

Earth's Atmosphere Top to Bottom
(Image credit: Karl Tate, Live Science Infographic Artist)

The air you breathe is precious, and the farther from Earth's surface you go, the less there is. But Earth's atmosphere extends farther into space than you might realize, affecting the orbits of spacecraft more than 200 miles high. OurAmazingPlanet looks at what's in the atmosphere, from way out there, to up where the clouds hang out, to right down here [See Also: Earth from the Tallest Mountain to the Deepest Ocean Trench].

(infographic by Telescopes for Beginners)

Karl Tate
Karl has been Purch's infographics specialist across all editorial properties since 2010.  Before joining Purch, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University.