Amazing photos of countries from space

These satellite images provide the ultimate view of some of the world's most interesting places.

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The view from above

Everyone seeks out panoramic views, whether from the top of a skyscraper, an airplane window or a mountain peak. A satellite orbiting Earth provides the ultimate scenic overlook, from which whole countries are visible in a single frame. Though most of us won't get to see this type of view firsthand, photographs have been taken from orbit since before the first human stepped onto the moon.

These 11 photos highlight their nations' unique features and allow viewers to glimpse a kind of living geography that two-dimensional maps just can't provide. Check out the world's most interesting countries as seen from space.  

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