Astronaut Norishige Kanai captured from ISS the Sahara Desert. The image shows areas around Niger.

Credit: Norishige Kanai, JAXA, NASA

The Sahara is the largest hot desert and the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic. Its area of 10 million km2 is comparable to the area of China or the United States.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Wikipedia

Reference: Norishige Kanai’s Tweet
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