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I am looking for an open public endpoint to retrieve WMS map tiles from, for use with leaflet maps

For clarity, I am not looking to set up a tile server or for tile server software.

It looks like the NASA service is now closed

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Do you need tiles or WMS - they are different things. Your link states the NASA tile service remains online. – geographika Nov 5 '11 at 11:27
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If you only need WMS here you'll find the OpenGeo WMS server:

and many others here:

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