The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) official Instagram handle is both transfixing as well as educative.
From speaking about galaxies far away to showing wonders of the Blue Planet, the NASA frequently uploads unbelievable images and clips that leave people amazed. For instance, this image put out by space agency that looks like an artwork.
“The world’s largest salt flat. Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is a salt flat that for most of the year is a large expanse of white salt crust as large as 4,000 square miles (10,000 sq km). During rainy season, water can fill part of the salt flat and give it an incredible mirror-like appearance. However, in 2022 the watery mirror grew larger and lingered longer than it had for several years, which is probably related in to the La Niña event. Strong La Niñas during the rainy season are related to positive rainfall anomalies in the southern Altiplano,” NASA wrote.
In the next couple of lines, the space agency also added, “This is a natural-colored image acquired on January 31 by the Operational Landsat Imager on Landsat 8. Note the discoloration of the water and the salt flat, which could be due to a combination of runoff, volcanic sediments, and microbes or algae thriving in the water.”
The image was posted a day ago. Since being uploaded, the picture has swiftly gone viral. As a matter of fact, untill now, the image has collected over 4 lakh likes and the numbers are only going up. The post has led many to post various kinds of comments.
“I love that colour,” wrote an Instagram user. “How far away was this photo taken?” asked another. To which, the space agency replied, “Landsat 8 orbits Earth at an altitude of 438 miles (705 km).” A third commented “Wow.” The same word was used by others to showcase their reactions too. A few also used heart or fire emoticons to showcase their reactions.
What are your thoughts on the post shared by NASA.