An Orange Crayon on the Floor or a Photograph from Space?

It took us precisely 3.4 seconds to decide that this photograph, on its own was good enough for an entire Phogotraphy write up. At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re seeing a crayon laid upon a beige carpet. In fact, you’re looking at a genuine NASA photograph from hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface.


So what are we looking at? According to NASA this is the iconic orange external fuel tank as used in the Space shuttle missions falling back to Earth. The backdrop is made up of a patchwork of luscious green French fields.

Unearthed from NASA’s Flickr archives it’s surprising the photograph having been uploaded in 2009 is not better known, despite once being featured on the fuel tank Wikipedia page. The original image of course doesn’t include the now very common square crop, but a slightly off centre traditional 2:3 frame. The impact the crop produces alone is impressive.

Simply stunning, and nothing more to note.

We’d like to extend a very warm h/t to the team behind Daily Overview for bringing this to our attention. Stunning. Image courtesy of NASA.



One thought on “An Orange Crayon on the Floor or a Photograph from Space?

  1. TwoFourFixate® April 27, 2021 / 11:15 pm

    ¿Tog great photographs?


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