Astronaut Norishige Kanai captured from ISS beautiful Earth on the Earth Day, April 22. Clouds show various forms and are stereoscopic. While imbroglio of international affairs has been expanding, this kind of earth overview can change people’s mind.
This week starts with the North Pole. NOAA’s NOAA-20 satellite captured the North Pole and northern hemisphere which was shared on the Earth Day (4/22) for the first time.
NOAA-20 circles the Earth from pole to pole and crosses the equator about 14 times daily, providing full global coverage twice a day. Unlike Antarctica, the North Pole is located over the sea ice as there is no continent. The local scenery on the ground is as follows.
The Alps with the Mont Blanc, the highest peak (4,810m) in Europe, are the most extensive mountain range system, stretching 1,200km across 8 countries. The mountains were formed over tens of millions of years as the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided. At the western end of the Alps lies Lake Annecy (Lac d’Annecy), known as “Europe’s cleanest lake”. It is a popular tourist destination known for its swimming and water sports.
The local scenery on the ground of Lake Annecy is as follows.