Orbital View: Vegas Nights

By Nicole Allan

Via NASA's Earth Observatory:

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Astronauts on the International Space Station used hand-held cameras to capture this nighttime view of Las Vegas (a difficult feat given the station's 15,000 mile-per-hour orbit speed). The oasis-in-the-desert feel of the city is reinforced by the dark swath of Mojave Desert that surrounds the illuminated grid. The cluster of white lights in the center of the grid--the Vegas Strip--is rumored to be the brightest spot on Earth. 


This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/12/orbital-view-vegas-nights/67941/