It’s not rocket science—but then again, it sort of is. Adam Volland, a technical writer at NASA—you know, the people who put Americans into space—was peering at satellite images over a wildfire in Canada when he noticed it: A little letter V. The next logical step? Finding the other 25 letters of the alphabet from images of the Earth, of course.
The photos Volland curated cover a range of places across the Earth, from Kyrgyzstan to the United States, and feature everything from clouds to phytoplankton blooms.
The ABCs of NASA
Letter A (lower-case, cursive). An astronaut captured this photograph of Utah’s Green River doubling back on itself—a feature known as Bowknot Bend—from the International Space Station. (NASA)