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A beautiful view of the Himalayas from the International Space Station.


Oblique view of the Himalayas, looking south from over the Tibetan Plateau.

At first glance, one might think that the image looks like a picture taken from an airplane, until you remember that the summits of Makalu [left (8,462 meters; 27,765 feet)] and Everest [right (8,850 meters; 29,035 feet)] are at the heights typically flown by commercial aircraft. The full mosaic covers over 130 kilometers (80 miles) of the Himalayan front, and could never be seen this way from an airplane.

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  1. Wow,, this image is so clear. Now you begin to understand how they can take pictures of car number plates with satelites!

  2. Neat! When I flew to AZ, I was amazed that the mountains we flew over really looked like they did on the map. It was totally bizarre to see them from above.

  3. *nod* first time i flew like that i was stunned that it actually looked like the relief maps i’d seen…i expected to see dotted lines dividing territory! :)

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