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Ever Wondered How India Looks From Space? These 21 Stunning Photos Let You Find Out!

A selection of amazing pictures that allow you to get a sense of what it looks like to peer out of a satellite and see India from space.

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When Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asked Rakesh Sharma (India’s first astronaut) how their country looked from space, he famously replied, “Saare jahan se achcha.”

In addition to doing scientific work on space stations, astronauts also take a lot of photographs. In fact, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have a treasure trove of satellite imagery that scientists have been using for over a decade to follow changes on Earth’s surface. Periodically, these incredible pictures of our planet are made available for public viewing.

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In the recent years, many high resolution images of India from space have also been released by NASA, ISRO, International Space Station (ISS) and individual astronauts.

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Here is a selection of 21 amazing pictures that allow you to get a sense of what it looks like to peer out of a satellite and see our country.

1. The Himalayas

A hand-held large format camera’s frame from the STS41-G/space shuttle Challenger mission.

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2. India-Pakistan border.

Photographed by an astronaut from International Space Station. The orange line are the floodlights Indian government erected in 2003 along the Indo-Pak border to prevent smuggling and arms trafficking.

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3. Palk Strait

Photographed by Soichi Noguchi, Japanese Astronaut aboard International Space Station on Expedition 22/23.

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4. Lake Sambhar

The Lake Sambar was photographed from space by a crew member aboard International Space Station on November 24, 2004.

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5. Taj Mahal

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.

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6. The Hooghly River Delta

Taken by Terra, a satellite operated by NASA since December 1999.

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7. The Thar Desert

Taken by Terra, a satellite operated by NASA since December 1999.

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8. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

Taken by Terra, a satellite operated by NASA since December 1999.

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9. Sunderbans, West Bengal/Bangladesh

This image by NASA was created by merging Landsat 7 satellite observations from November 24, 1999, and November 17 and 26, 2000.

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10. Delhi

Photographed by European astronaut Thomas Pesquet from International Space Station

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11. Kolkata

This photo was taken on May 15, 2011 by Italian Astronaut, Paolo Angelo Nespoli aboard International Space Station on Expedition 26/27 (launched by European Space Agency).

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12. Bengaluru

Photographed by an astronaut from International Space Station

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13. Chennai

Photographed by NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts from the International Space Station

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14. Mumbai

Photographed from space by a crew member of Expedition 14 on board International Space station.

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15. Ahmedabad

Photographed by NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts from the International Space Station

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16. Kanpur

This is a snapshot of Kanpur taken by Italian astronaut Paolo Angelo Nespol on Expedition 26/27 (launched by European Space Agency)

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17. Kakinada

This picture of Andhra Pradesh’s Coringa wildlife sanctuary (the second largest surviving mangrove forests in India) was clicked by Chris Hadfield. He tweeted it from ISS on January 15, 2013.

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18. Southeast India coastline, with Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad

Photographed by NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts from the International Space Station

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19. Bisalpur reservoir, Rajasthan

Chris Hadfield tweeted this pic from International Space Station on January 06 2013; “India, through a hole in the clouds.” The Bisalpur reservoir is on the Banas river in Tonk district, Rajasthan.

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20. Saser Muztagh, Kashmir

Photographed by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko from the International Space Station. Saser Muztagh (in the middle) lies in the Karakoram Range of the Kashmir region of India.

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21. The Arabian Sea

Chris Hadfield tweeted this pic from International Space Station on January 18, 2013, with the line “Huge swirls in the sea off of Mumbai”.

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Written by Sanchari Pal

A lover of all things creative and happy, Sanchari is a biotech engineer who fell in love with writing and decided to make it her profession. She is also a die-hard foodie, a pet-crazy human, a passionate history buff and an ardent lover of books. When she is not busy at The Better India, she can usually be found reading, laughing at silly cat videos and binge-watching TV seasons.