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20 Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)


Living on earth it’s really difficult to gauge the scale of earth, a continent, a county or even space. Only when one gets reaches space does one realize the true magnificence of earth and the impact humankind has made on it. Here are 20 Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station). Not all but most of them have been photographed by astronauts themselves aboard ISS.

 

20. Kakinada

20-Kakinada-Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)

Photographer: Astronaut, Chris Hadfield

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Chris Hadfield twitted from International Space Station on January 15, 2013;

“Wildlife sanctuary on the Bay of Bengal, Kakinada, India. River silt makes a rich delta” with this picture

This is in fact a snapshot of Coringa Wildlife sanctuary located 18 km from the port city Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.


 

19. Kanpur

19-Kanpur-Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)

Photographer: Astronaut, Paolo Nespoli

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This photo was taken on March 23, 2011 by Italian Astronaut Paolo Angelo Nespoli aboard International Space Station on Expedition 26/27 (launched by European Space Agency). This photo is enhanced and processed. Ganga cuts its way through the city of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Kanpur is also the largest industrial city in the state.


 

18. Mumbai

18-Mumbai 2-Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)

Photographer: Expedition 14 Crew Member

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Mumbai, India is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 14 crewmember on the International Space Station. Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is a so-called mega city, with over 21 million people living in the greater Mumbai metropolitan region. Mega cities like Tokyo, New York, Sao Paulo, and Mumbai are also known as conurbations — large contiguous areas of urban land cover formed from the growth and merging together of previously separate and distinct urban centers. The Mumbai conurbation includes several municipal entities including Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, and Ulhasnagar.


 

17. Palk Strait

17-Palk Straight-Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)

Photographer: Astronaut, Soichi Noguchi

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This picture was taken by Soichi Noguchi, Japanese Astronaut aboard International Space Station on Expedition 22/23. According to Ramayan this was built by Ram and his Vanar Sena to get to (Sri) Lanka to kill Ravan. Now India is in dilemma whether to preserve or destroy it for shipping purposes.


 

16. Saser Muztagh

16-Saser Muztagh-Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)

Photographer: Astronaut, Yuri Malenchenko

Nasa’s website said that Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko’s snap from the International Space Station, 230 miles above Earth, showed Everest lightly dusted with snow, but this later turned out to be Saser Muztagh (in the middle), in the Karakoram Range of the Kashmir region of India. The view is in midafternoon light looking northeastward.



 

15. Southern India

15-Southern India-Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)

Photographer: Astronaut, Soichi Noguchi

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This picture was taken by Soichi Noguchi, Japanese Astronaut aboard International Space Station on Expedition 22/23. This image clearly shows the clouds rising after hitting the Western Ghats that brings most of the rainfall on the west coast of India.


 

14. Tajmahal

14-Taj Mahal-Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)

Photographer: Astronaut, Soichi Noguchi

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This picture was taken by Soichi Noguchi, Japanese Astronaut aboard International Space Station on Expedition 22/23. The white square in the middle houses the Taj and courtyards flanking it, and the gardens in front.


13. Bisalpur Reservoir

13-Bisalpur Reservoir-Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)

Photographer: Astronaut, Chris Hadfield

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Chris Hadfield twitted from International Space Station on January 06 2013;

India, through a hole in the clouds. I’m not sure where – does anyone recognize the exact location?” with this picture.

This is in fact Bisalpur Reservoir in the Tonk District of Rajasthan.


 

12. Lake Sambhar

12-Lake Sambhar-Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)

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This photo was taken on November 24, 2004 by International Space Station crew member. Lake Sambhar, India’s largest salt lake, sits west of Jaipur (Rajasthan, NW India). On the eastern end, the lake is divided by a 5-km long dam made of stone. East of the dam are salt evaporation ponds where salt has been farmed for a thousand years.


 

11. Crepuscular Rays Near India

11-Crepuscular Rays Near India-Magnificent Images of India From Space (International Space Station)

Photographer: Expedition 29 Crew Member

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Crepuscular rays near India are featured in this image was photographed by an Expedition 29 crew member on the International Space Station. Atmospheric scientists refer to this phenomenon as “crepuscular rays”, referring to the typical observation times of either sunrise or sunset. Shadowed areas bounding the rays are formed by obstructions in the solar (or lunar) illumination pathway such as clouds or mountain tops; however this alone is not sufficient to create the phenomenon. The sun was setting to the west on the Indian subcontinent at the time the image was taken, and cumulonimbus cloud towers provide the shadowing obstructions. The rays are being projected onto a layer of haze below the cloud towers. The image clearly illustrates the true parallel nature of the crepuscular rays.

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6 comments

  1. Fabulous ,i am truly happy you shared these pics.The ones of Palk Strait &mumbai ocean were lovely,the former clearly shows the remnants of an old bridge–at least that is what i gathered.

  2. I enjoyed this post

  3. Stunningly spectacular. Seems so different from the maps we see everyday.

  4. All these look awesome. I bet some of them are colour corrected.

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