Earth is truly an amazing place, and mankind has traditionally viewed it through one perspective: the earth’s surface. NASA is changing that with their recent release of thousands of aerials, specifically of Africa’s geography. Africa is one of the largest continents on the planet, full of diverse geography, amazing ecosystems, large cities and vast countryside. Ever wondered what the great pyramids look like from space? Well, now you can see for yourself thanks to NASA releasing a photo that highlights the pyramids sitting next to the bustling city of Cairo.
Not only has NASA released thousands of new images referencing some of the most popular and remote parts of Africa, the database includes a ton of information including recent and historical missions, captions, dates, locations and even camera information used to capture the stunning images. NASA encourages the public to discover our amazing planet by making these images available, offering videos that are easy to download, caption options,l and so much more when sharing your journey.
NASA’s website also released a recent photo of South Africa, taken by the remote controlled Sally Ride EarthKAM aboard the International Space Station. The image looks more like a close up of an iron deposit than an entire region of South Africa. Sally Ride is the only program that offers students direct control of an instrument on a spacecraft. The program allows students to search out their view and learn about the environmental science, geography, and space communications used in today’s space programs.
NASA provides easy access for anyone to view their most recent image uploads, including Africa’s geography. Combined with the program’s commitment to helping students learn more about the earth from a different point of view using remote controlled equipment, NASA continues to drive the industry in education and stunning photos while shedding light on what makes this planet so beautiful.