7/25/2015

Canola Flower Fields

Luoping County, China

24°53′06″N 104°18′29″E

 

Canola flower fields cover the landscape of Luoping County, China. The crop is grown for the production of oil, which is extracted by slightly heating and then crushing the flower seeds. Canola oil is primarily used for cooking purposes and as a source of biodiesel.



 

7/24/2015

Altocumulus clouds

Yolöten, Turkmenistan

37°18′N 62°21′E

 

Altocumulus clouds - characterized by their patchy dispersal and elevation above 6,500 feet - pass over Yolöten, Turkmenistan. The town is located on the Murgab River and has a population of 37,000.


 

7/23/2015

Lacets de Montvernier

Montvernier, France

45.317959295°, 6.338567070°

 

Stage 18 of the Tour De France concluded today with the eighteen sweeping, hair-pin turns of the Lacets de Montvernier in Montvernier, France. The spectacular climb is 3.4 kilometers long and contains a switchback turn every 150 meters. Romain Bardet, competing in his home country, won the stage in just under five hours and four minutes while Chris Froome retains a lead of 3:10 with only three stages remaining before the finish in Paris.


 

7/22/2015

Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

-22.986915080°, -43.205067421°

 

Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is frequently recognized as one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Stretching over two miles, the sand is divided into segments by lifeguard towers known as postos.


 

This morning I want to share this incredible image that was released yesterday by NASA. For the first time ever, we can see an Overview of the entire sunlit side of the Earth from one million miles away. By combining three separate photographs taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite, NASA was able to create this stunning image.

I am hopeful that this satellite’s ability to capture images and data of our planet will continue to inspire and inform us with perspectives we could have never before considered.


 

7/20/2015

Launch Pad 39A

Merritt Island, Florida, USA

28.607922683°, -80.603835567°

 

Today marks the 46th anniversary of the moon landing by NASA's Apollo 11. A Saturn V rocket launched the mission from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, USA on July 16th, 1969. That specific site is scene here. After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit on July 19. The next day, at 10:56 p.m., Neil Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the Lunar Module onto the moon’s surface and famously remarked “that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”


  7/19/2015 Olive Tree Plantations  Córdoba, Spain 37.263212022°, -4.552271206°   Olive tree plantations covers the hills of Córdoba, Spain. Approximately 90% of all harvested olives are turned in to oil, while the 10% are eaten as table olives.

 

7/19/2015

Olive Tree Plantations

 Córdoba, Spain

37.263212022°, -4.552271206°

 

Olive tree plantations covers the hills of Córdoba, Spain. Approximately 90% of all harvested olives are turned in to oil, while the 10% are eaten as table olives.


 

7/18/2015

The Pentagon

Arlington County, Virginia, USA

38°52′15.56″N 77°3′21.46″W

 

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia, USA. The building has five sides, five floors above ground, and five ring corridors on each floor that have a combined length of 17.5 miles.


 

7/17/2015

Uluru / Ayers Rock

Northern Territory, Australia

25°20′42″S 131°02′10″E

 

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone formation in the Northern Territory of Australia. The monolith - towering 1141 feet high with an expanse of 2.2 x 1.2 miles - is a sacred site to the Aboriginal people of the area who first settled there 10,000 years ago. While the first Australian tourists arrived at Uluru in 1936, annual visitor numbers rose to over 400,000 by the year 2000. Increased tourism at the site provides regional and national economic benefits, but also creates an ongoing challenge to balance conservation, cultural values, and visitor needs.


 

7/16/2015

Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery

Madrid, Spain

40°25′10″N 3°38′26″W

 

Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery in Madrid, Spain is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. The number of gravesites - estimated at five million - is greater than the population of Madrid itself.