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Want To Know What The 2014 Winter Olympics Looks Like From Space? NASA Has You Covered.

By 02.12.14

Olympic torch night

While we’re all down here on planet Earth making all sorts of jokes about what a colossal mess the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have been, we forget that there are still astronauts living at the International Space Station, probably jealous that we get to eat things that aren’t in paste form. According to NASA’s Flickr account, one of the Expedition 38 crew members spotted Sochi on a cloudless night and was able to take this incredible picture of the city during the early days of the winter games, presumably while cleaning up his busted ant farm.

It’s pretty easy to tell that the center of the Olympic venues if that circle of orange dots, and Fisht Stadium, where the opening ceremonies were held, is that bright white circle while the torch is the yellow dot. From there, your guess is as good as mine, but I think the blue thing is Bob Costas’s eye.

Also, as much as we’ve made fun of Sochi for being woefully unprepared, I noticed something about the layout of Sochi and the Olympic facilities that made me realize that Russia’s celebration goes far beyond the obvious cultural displays. Just looking at the shape, I started to wonder…

Gorby 1

Yes, I think… I can’t believe it, it’s so obvious now.

Gorby 2

And I didn’t have to manipulate or edit the shape at all to make this terrible joke work. Job well done, Sochi.

(Gorby via Getty, H/T to Sploid)


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