The colors of the agricultural fields surrounding Paris are striking in the springtime, even when viewed from a 400 km orbital altitude. Astronauts on board the International Space Station photographed Paris using a digital camera and downlinked the image to the ground.
This photograph of Paris is the latest to be included in a collection of the best photographs of cities taken by astronauts. This “Cities from Space” collection represents a unique view of cities around the world as they appear from orbit. A new feature has recently been added that allows zooming and panning to interactively view geometrically corrected photos. This feature is available for a related, more detailed photograph of Paris taken at the same time by the Space Station Alpha crewmembers.
This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.