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32 eye-opening satellite photos from every country in the World Cup

All the competitors from Algeria to Uruguay, photographed from space.

NASA HAS RELEASED a set of satellite photos taken from the International Space Station – one for each country competing in the World Cup.

Take a trip round the world, in football terms:

Algeria

Dunes near the town of Gadamis Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Argentina

The Paraná River Floodplain Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Australia

Australia The ISS passes over Australia at night - with crew visible inside the station's cupola to the right of the picture Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Belgium

Liege, Belgium, at night Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Dinaric Alps Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Brazil

San Simao Reservoir Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Cameroon

Cameroon Lac de Mbakaou Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Chile

Chile The Lluta River in the Atacama Desert Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Colombia

Colombia The eruption of the Nevado Del Ruiz volcano Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Unrest at Turrialba Volcano Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Croatia

Croatia Storms on the Adriatic Sea Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Wildfires (visible as red dots) across west Africa Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Ecuador

Ecuador The Napo River through forest Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

England

England Extratropical Cyclone over the United Kingdom Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

France

France Huge swirls of phytoplankton in the Bay of Biscay, off France Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Germany

Germany Aachen, Cologne and Bonn by night Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Ghana

Ghana The shore of the Songor Lagoon Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Greece

Greece Greece from the ISS Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Honduras

Honduras The Mosquito Coast Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Iran

Iran Dasht-e Kevir (Great Salt Desert, Iran) Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Italy

Italy Venice lagoon Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Japan

Japan Tokyo by night Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Mexico

Mexico Mountain ridges in Monterrey, Mexico Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Netherlands

Netherlands Den Helder Port, home of the Dutch Royal Navy Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Nigeria

Nigeria The Bodele Depression, a now-dry former lakebed Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Portugal

Portugal Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Russia

The eruption of the Saychev Volcano on Russia's Kuril Islands Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

South Korea

South Korea South Korea, bordering the almost-completely-dark North Korea Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Spain

Spain Solar Towers Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Switzerland

Switzerland The Bernese Alps Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

USA

United States of America City lights across the USA Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Uruguay

Uruguay The Rio de la Plata Estuary Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

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