2014, Oct 30 You Are Here by Chris Hadfield

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In You Are Here – Around the World in 92 Minutes, astronaut Chris Hadfield creates a surprisingly intimate and compelling visual essay about the planet we live on, choosing from the thousands of photos he took from the International Space Station. Chris Hadfield’s new book shows us our home—our city, country, continent, our whole planet­—from a unique perspective. Millions followed Chris’ Twitter feed from the ISS, most caught the beauty but missed the meaning. Curated from images never before shared, Chris’ big picture reveals why our planet looks the way it does and why we live where we do. Chris sees more in these images, not just because he’s spent months in space, but because his in-depth knowledge of geology, geography and meteorology allows him to read mysteries the photos reveal.

You Are Here represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour— surprising, playful, thought-provoking and visually delightful—is punctuated with fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity, too. You Are Here opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence and wit of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of humanity.

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Photos and Captions by Chris Hadfield/NASA

PHOTO GUIDE [TOP] Detroit, Michigan (right), and Windsor, Ontario (left), two countries, one river. [ST] While the line drawn between Tijuana (left) and San Diego (right) may have been drawn arbitrarily, it is not imaginary. [ST] A twist of cloud near Arica, Chile. North of the equator, the spiral would turn counter-clockwise. [MIDDLE] Much of the densely built-up waterfront around San Francisco sits on landfill, often a blend of rubble and sediment dragged up from the bay. [ST] The Richat Structure in Mauritania, also known as the Eye of the Sahara, is a landmark for astronauts. [BOTTOM] Salt from evaporation ponds at the Great Salt Lake, Utah, attracts pastel-colored algae, brine shrimp, birds… and this one land-sculpted lone wolf. [ST] The majesty of the Himalayas. [ST] The bright lights of Cairo announce the opening of the north-flowing Nile’s delta, with Jerusalem answering to the northeast.