Abstract Art? Nope, It’s The World Cup Countries From Space!
The Sarychev Volcano in Japan erupting in 2009. Credit: NASA/JSC/Image Science and Analysis Laboratory
And we have kickoff! As the fever of the 2014 FIFA World Cup takes over the world, NASA has shared images of all of the participating countries from space. And it shows that no matter what team you’re cheering for, our entire Earth is a darn beautiful place.
We’ve posted some of our favorite art-like shots below, and as a bonus, we’ve added a video and Twitter picture of astronauts playing soccer/football on the International Space Station a few days ago.
To collect the complete set of country pictures, head over to NASA’s Flickr album. And best of luck to all the teams!
Iran’s Dasht-e Kevir, or Great Salt Desert. It is the largest desert in Iran. Picure taken by Landsat 7. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Sao Simao Reservoir in Brazil. Picture taken by an Expedition 16 crew member on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/ISS
The Parana River in Argentina. Picture taken from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
At left, Australia at night. At right, the Cupola on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/ISS
South Korea photographed from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory