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10 things massive enough to be seen from space

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 17, 2014, 10:44 a.m.
Nighttime cities from space, Dubai Palm Island, Pyramids at Giza

Photo: NASA

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A far, far away view

You might have heard the oft-repeated trivia nugget that the Great Wall of China is the only manmade object visible from space. Turns out that isn't exactly true: NASA says the wall generally isn't visible, "at least to the unaided eye in low Earth orbit." Luckily, satellites (and astronauts) are prolific photographers, adding the view from Earth's orbit into the mix. We've gathered a few photos of notable geographic features, phenomena and other things big enough to be visible from space for your earthbound viewing pleasure. (Text: Josh Lew)