These Photos of Mt. Shasta from Space are Stunning

Astronauts from NASA’s Earth Observatory have been snapping incredible photos of what the earth’s most beautiful sites look like from space. In their most recent profiling of Mount Shasta, they released some stunning images of the mountain from multiple viewpoints.



On the Earth observatory website, they first posted an image that shows Mount Shasta rising above the fog of the Klamath Mountains. Looking from the west towards the Great Basin Desert, you can see just how big the mountain is compared to other local geographical locations:

That photo was take on August 21, 2017, with a Nikon D4 digital camera using a 380 millimeter lens. Here is what their website had to say about the image:

In the first image, fog fills the valleys of the Klamath Mountains while Mt. Shasta stands above the clouds. Beyond the mountain lies the northeasternmost extent of California, where the Great Basin Desert meets the Cascade Range.





The next photo is a close-up look at the snowy summit of the mountain, showing the northern side of the mountain at the bottom and the southern side at the top:

That photo was taken on on April 1, 2018, with a Nikon D5 digital camera using an 1150 millimeter lens.



Astronauts have been shooting photos of Mount Shasta for a while now, as it can be clearly seen from space with the right camera equipment. Like this photo of an almost bare Mount Shasta in 2012:

It’s so interesting to see our beloved Mount Shasta from space as it gives a whole new perspective on the mountain. Typically, this is what we see:

The road to Mt. Shasta

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I guess that’s a pretty good view too…

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2 Comments

  1. The first photo that isn’t fog, it’s fire smoke. If you see the orientation of the mountain compared to black butte cinder cone, you see this is an afternoon shot. Also it was said the shot was taken late August 2017. There were several large wildfires near the Oregon border at that time. These fire also made intel wet smoky up by coos bay.

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