Posted on: March 16 2012

Friday Photo: Parks … from Space!

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Many of us go to national parks to gaze at the beautiful, clear skies. Thanks to satellite technology, we can now admire our parks from the sky’s perspective, looking back.

This striking image of Bear Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, was taken by GeoEye, a satellite imaging company that photographs millions of square miles of the earth for search engine mapping software such as Google Maps. NASA’s Earth Observatory has taken a similar image by GeoEye and identified various geographic components of the striking glacier at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=7097. Wired magazine also did a recent feature on the most beautiful parks from space, with more superb satellite images from Crater Lake, Death Valley, Shenandoah, and many others.

-Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications

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