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10 things massive enough to be seen from space

Jan. 17, 2014, 10:44 a.m.
Himalayas from space

Photo: NASA

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The Himalayas

With 14 peaks that are over 26,000 feet tall and over 100 that exceed 20,000 feet, the mountains of the Himalaya Range are undeniably impressive. If you have the strength and endurance to climb one of them, you will undoubtedly witness some amazing views. But it is even more impressive to see these snow-capped giants from space.

In fact, it is their white summits that make these mountains stand out in pictures from space. It's easy to pick out the Himalayas sandwiched between the Tibetan Plateau and the plains of the Indian Subcontinent. According to NASA, this photo was made with a handheld large-format camera from a space shuttle Challenger mission, and provides a southwestern view of the Greater Himalayas. India is in the upper left; Pakistan, at lower right; and China is in the lower left foreground.