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. Photo Source
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.
Photo Source 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. Photo Source 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. Photo Source 3. Palk Strait Photographed by Soichi Noguchi, Japanese Astronaut aboard International Space Station on Expedition 22/23. Photo Source 4. Lake Sambhar The Lake Sambar was photographed from space by a crew member aboard International Space Station on November 24, 2004. Photo Source 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. Photo Source 6. The Hooghly River Delta Taken by Terra, a satellite operated by NASA since December 1999. Photo Source 7. The Thar Desert Taken by Terra, a satellite operated by NASA since December 1999. Photo Source 8. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam Taken by Terra, a satellite operated by NASA since December 1999. Photo Source 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. Photo Source You May Like: These 30 Intriguing Pictures Are Some of the Rarest Photographs Ever Captured in India 10. Delhi Photographed by European astronaut Thomas Pesquet from International Space Station Photo Source 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). Photo Source 12. Bengaluru Photographed by an astronaut from International Space Station Photo Source 13. Chennai Photographed by NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts from the International Space Station Photo Source 14. Mumbai Photographed from space by a crew member of Expedition 14 on board International Space station. Photo Source 15. Ahmedabad Photographed by NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts from the International Space Station Photo Source 16. Kanpur This is a snapshot of Kanpur taken by Italian astronaut Paolo Angelo Nespol on Expedition 26/27 (launched by European Space Agency) Photo Source 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. Photo Source 18. Southeast India coastline, with Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad Photographed by NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts from the International Space Station Photo Source 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. Photo Source 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. Photo Source 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”. Photo Source 30 States, 30 Stunning Photos: These Award-Winning Images Show Why India’s Beauty Lies In Its Diversity Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!