Friday, November 6, 2009

Beauty: An Island As Seen From Space

Islands are some of the most beautiful, peaceful, violent, desolate and unique places on Earth. While experiencing a tropical island from its sandy beaches, or a volcanic island from its towering peaks is wonderful, experiencing them from above can be inspiring as well. We’ve collected images taken by astronauts and satellites from space of some of the most interesting islands on the planet.
Atafu Atoll, Tokelau, Pacific Ocean
Around 500 people live on Atafu Atoll, mostly in a village that can be seen on the corner in the left of the image above. Atafu is just five miles wide and is the smallest of three atolls in the
Tokelau Islands, a New Zealand territory. Atafu is made up of coral reefs that surrounded the flanks of a volcano that has since become inactive and submerged. Like many tropical atolls, Atafu is very low lying and vulnerable to sea-level rise. This photograph was taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station in January.


  1. Hey,
    Congrats with your license, it's such a great feeling when it's out of your way (forever!)
    Have you decided on a car yet?


  2. hehe hey Juz,

    such a huge relief hey - actually busy trying to decide what car to get at the moment, am about to post something on the cars I'm considering, stay tuned :)