Nebraska April 26, 2016
These 16 Views Of Nebraska From Space Show The State From A Whole New Perspective
There’s nothing like a drastically different perspective to get you to see things in a new way – figuratively and literally. These images of Nebraska were all taken from space; they show us the land we know and love so well, but from a perspective we hardly ever see.
1. The Sandhills look like scaly reptile skin from this distance.
2. South-Central Nebraska on September 8, 2014, before harvest time...
The path of brown is crops that were damaged in a hail storm.
3. ...And after harvest on October 26, 2014.
Those bright green spots are winter wheat, beets, and potatoes.
4. The Hastings area looks so barren from this height.
5. Holdrege and the surrounding areas are covered in a blanket of snow.
6. A scary-looking weather system is rolling in over Lewis and Clark Lake.
7. Features that dominate this image are the Platte River, Union Pacific Railroad tracks, I-80, and shadows cast by clouds.
8. Five rivers, one lake, and two reservoirs are pictured here all at once.
9. Farmland is shown here surrounding the Platte River.
10. Lake McConaughy and the Sandhills are pictured in an astronaut photograph snapped on September 5, 2007.
11. Omaha from space. Our biggest city looks so tiny - but so crammed full of man-made objects - from all the way up there.
12. In contrast, the panhandle looks peaceful and natural, with only natural landmarks visible.
13. This picture was taken by the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia in March 1994. There is still snow on the ground and no crops can be seen growing yet.
14. Another image of the Sand Hills again shows the distinctive land patterns of the dunes. Tons of small lakes are nestled in the dunes, and some of them can be seen as white spots here due to snow on top of their frozen surfaces.
15. Yet another Sand Hills image - maybe the unusual topography is a favorite among astronauts. This one was taken in October 1984. The Niobrara and Snake Rivers can also be seen.
16. This false-color image was taken in August 1989 on a mission of which the purpose has never been released to the public. The image centers on Scottsbluff and Gering, with Chimney Rock looking like a teeny-tiny little speck.
These are pretty unique images; most of us have never seen Nebraska from this perspective before. Which of these was your favorite?