ASTER (or Advanced Spaceborne Thermal and Reflection Radiometer) is a super cool piece of equipment that has allowed American and Japanese scientists and engineers to take some badass photos.
I’ve sorted through the geology section already, and now, I bring you the top 17 photos (according to hits as of mid-May 2016) of Earth. Even though I disagree with most of the list in terms of ranking, I’ve no real argument when it comes to overall awsome-ness:
#17. Great Wall of China
#16. The Channel Tunnel
#15. Global Digital Elevation Model
#14. Richat Structure, Ouadane, Mauritania
#13. Great Blue Hole, Belize
I almost put this one in my geology post, but didn’t think it was as good as others I found.
#12. Alluvial Fan, China
#11. Angkor Wat
#10. Source of the Nile River
#9. Berlin, Germany
#8. Delhi, India
#7. Oresund Bridge
#6. Isle of Jersey
#5. Manaus, Brazil
This one would have been my top out of the 17, but we’re honoring the will of the people here. Moving on – the top 4 are certainly something….
#4. Machu Picchu, Peru
#3. Paris, France
#2. Venice, Italy
#1. Hugli River Delta, India
Like I said, I would have picked #5 if I were ranking these photos myself… but perhaps there are some science-y reasons they rank in their current order.
How would you rank these awesome shots?
Source: NASA / METI