Wired has a beautiful article highlighting the views of US National Parks as seen from space. The views are simply breathtaking. I think a lot of people in the US forget our National Park system features some truly majestic and amazing places on the Earth. Looking at them from space gives a whole new appreciation of their wonder, if you ask me. Furthermore, it highlights how critical remote sensing is to our modern existence. Having this type of data available isn’t just beautiful, it’s important for understanding how our land changes over time.
Each entry features a little background on the park and a couple of views from various sources. The vast majority of the data comes from NASA’s Earth Observatory site. There are a number of GeoEye images and one from the University of Maryland’s Global Land Cover Facility as well.