A historic satellite image of the United States and Russia together shows the continents of North America and Russia in the background, but with the continents visible from the Pacific Ocean.
The image, which was released Monday, was taken by the Landsat-8 satellite that was launched in 2005.
“This image gives us an opportunity to focus our attention on the continent of North and South America,” Landsat chief scientist Phil Larson said in a statement.
“It is an opportunity for us to appreciate the interconnectedness of our continents and to understand how much we all share.”
The Landsat images were taken by Landsat satellite on July 5, 2009.
“Our images show a world of great diversity, including the North American continent, the Atlantic continent, Europe and Asia,” Larson said.
“We can see a lot of new landmass in the western United States, for example, with the landmass of the northern half of Alaska and the northernmost portion of Canada visible in the image.”
The image is based on Landsat’s most recent coverage of Earth on Aug. 21, 2017, when it was about 4,300 miles (6,200 kilometers) above the earth.
The images were made from Landsat satellites at the height of the Cold War.
“The images show that we are still part of a great landmass, but we are much more connected and interconnected than ever before,” Larson wrote.
“More than two billion people live on this landmass.”