View of the Alps From Space
Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) took this photograph of the Alps from the International Space Station, and posted it to social media on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. She wrote, “I’m biased, but aren’t the Alps from space spectacular? What a foggy day on the Po plane, though! #Italy”
Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) December 23, 2014
Video: The Alps Timelapse from Space as the Seasons Change
An epic satellite flyover of the Alps, showing a year of seasonal changes.
Using data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, scientists and data visualizers stitched together a full year’s worth of monthly observations of the land surface, coastal oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, photo-like mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet.
These monthly images reveal seasonal changes to the land surface: the green-up and dying-back of vegetation in temperate regions; and advancing and retreating snow cover. The Blue Marble – Next Generation – offers a year’s worth of monthly composites in remarkable detail.
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Video: Space Balloon over the Alps