Canada is a big country, you may have noticed. To capture the true breadth and majesty of it all, it helps to have a long lens and a point-of-view that’s out of this world.
For as long as people have been sending satellites above the atmosphere and travelling to space, we’ve been capturing amazing imagery of Canada from above. To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, we’ve compiled some of our favourite shots from space:
Did You Know?
In the 1960’s, astronauts who ventured into space and to the moon took Hasselblad cameras and shot on 70mm film. Finding them a little cumbersome to use at times, NASA began working with Nikon cameras, and have continued to do so to this day.
Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield became famous for capturing photos of Earth during his time on the International Space Station. If you haven’t seen it (or haven’t seen it in a while) the Canadian Space Agency released a video of Commander Hadfield discussing photography from the ISS back in 2013.
Want to see more photos of Earth? Check out:
- The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
- Nasa’s Image Library
- The Canadian Space Agency’s Image Gallery