Astronaut photographs World Cup 2014 cities from space

13 Jun 2014

World Cup 2014 cities of Brazil, as seen from the International Space Station. Photo by NASA/Reid Wiseman

While football fans worldwide are tuning into the World Cup 2014 tournament in Brazil, eyes from above are watching – and photographing – the cities where the action is happening, too.

US space agency NASA has released a photo snapped by US astronaut Reid Wiseman from his perch aboard the orbiting laboratory that is the International Space Station.

From 370 kilometres above the Earth, Reid took a nighttime photo that captures three World Cup stadium cities: Arena de São Paulo, Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, and Estadio Do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

The city of São Paulo is the farthest cluster of lights on the right side of the photo and Rio de Janeiro is closer to the middle of the picture. Belo Horizonte lies about 370 kilometres northwest of Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil from space

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic