These are not pictures of Himalayas from Space.

A computer generated image is shared in social media claiming that it was taken from space.

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The Himalayas from space! 🏔

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Explanation

Some pictures are virally shared in social media claiming to be taken from space and/or the International Space Station (ISS) showing the Himalayas. Space or the outer space is generally defined as the area above 100 kilometres from the sea level which is generally denoted using the Kármán line. International Space Station is orbiting the earth at an altitude of around 400 kilometres from the sea level. From the early 2000s, the International Space Station continuously had enabled the presence of humans in space. It orbits 16 times around the earth in a day with each orbit taking around 90 minutes. Now, several posts are shared in social media claiming to be photos of Himalayas taken from the International Space Station. See here, here and here.

https://twitter.com/Physdashastro/status/1639063428932202496

What’s the truth?

A reverse image search of these two images revealed that the images were not taken from space or the International Space Station (ISS). But these were computer generated by a designer Christoph Hormann. These images can be accessed from his website here and here.

The pictures are even sold as stock photos which can be purchased here.

World renowned Discovery Channel too shared these two pictures in one of their tweets last year. (Archive Link)

The Himalayas has been photographed from the International Space Station which is uploaded in the NASA website. Below are some of the images from NASA’s webstite. Link here, here, here, here and here.

NASA had posted an image in its Instagram page which was taken from the International Space Station showing the Himalayas. The image has received over a million likes. Link here.

Mark T. Vande Hei is a retired US Army Colonel and a NASA astronaut. He tweeted out an image taken from the ISS showing the Himalayas.

Conclusion

The virally shared images in social media are not taken from International Space Station (ISS). The images were computer generated by a graphic designer.

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Ramasamy Jayaprakash

Ramasamy works as a Senior Sub-Editor at YouTurn and writes articles in Tamil and English. He also makes videos for YouTurn's Tamil & English YouTube channels.
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