An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS), in space, took an impressive photograph of Mexico that has gone viral.
According to NASA, with a short focus camera he was able to capture almost the entire territory of Mexico in a single shot.
This is NASA’s Twitter post:
An astronaut aboard the @Space_Station He photographed Mexico almost completely: the image shows the mountain ranges and the long coasts of the country. You can also see some of its volcanoes and you can distinguish the different climatic zones. https://t.co/O3BnrDDyWb pic.twitter.com/LeZKv5RU53
– NASA in Spanish (@NASA_es) May 8, 2020
What can be seen in the image?
- Most of the mountain ranges.
- The coastal areas of Mexico.
- Various active volcanoes.
These are some examples and are indicated in the image: Popocatépetl, Colima and Pico de Orizaba.
- The different climatic zones.
On the south coast facing the Gulf of Mexico, the climate is tropical and humid. The forests and coastal plains appear with a slight shade of green. Inland, clouds normally form around mountains, and it is common for them to envelop high volcanic peaks.
The lighter-hued brown terrain inland is primarily the desert that stretches north across the U.S.-Mexico border.
When was the image taken?
This photograph was captured on March 23, 2020, using a Nikon D5 digital camera with a 16-millimeter lens and provided by the EEI Crew Crew Earth Observation Facility and the Earth Sciences and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center.
Who captured this image from space?
The image was taken by an Expedition 62 crew member.
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This article is a compilation of material previously published by the NASA Earth Observatory.