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Summer Olympics Cities Seen From Space (Gallery)

Paris, France

NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

This image of Paris was acquired on July 23, 2000 by ASTER, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer. Paris hosted the 1924 Summer Olympics for the VIII Olympiad. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Helsinki, Finland

NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of sea-ice in the Gulf of Finland on January 10, 2003. Helsinki hosted the 1952 Summer Olympics for the XV Olympiad. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, United States

NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team

This image of Los Angeles was acquired mid-morning on Aug. 30 by the backward (northward)-viewing camera of the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite. Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Summer Olympics for the XXIII Olympiad. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Sydney, Australia

Robert Simmon and Reto Stöckli

This 2002 Blue Marble image of Sydney featured land surfaces, clouds, topography, and city lights at a maximum resolution of 1 kilometer per pixel. Sydney hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics for the XXVII Olympiad. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Amsterdam on January 9, 2009. Amsterdam hosted the 1928 Summer Olympics for the IX Olympiad. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Melbourne, Australia

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Melbourne hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics for the XVI Olympiad. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

St. Louis, United States

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Autumn usually marks a relatively dry time of year for the region surrounding St. Louis, but the autumn of 2009 brought heavy rains and swollen rivers. St. Louis hosted the 1904 Summer Olympics for the III Olympiad. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Montreal, Canada

NASA Earth Observatory

Montreal, the largest city in the mostly French-speaking Province of Quebec, is considered by some to be the cultural capital of Canada. This image was take Dec. 24, 2010. Montreal hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics for the XXI Olympiad. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Berlin, Germany

NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

Berlin has appeared in historical records since the 14th century and this image was taken Oct. 15, 2005. Berlin hosted the 1936 Summer Olympics for the XI Olympiad. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Antwerp, Belgium

NASA/GSFC/Landsat 7

Antwerp hosted the Summer Olympics in 1920 for the VII Olympiad and this image was taken May 23, 2001. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

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