Answers: Can You Identify All 32 World Cup Countries From Space?
1. CHILE - A glimpse of beautiful greenery amidst the vast Atacama Desert that spans northern Chile, as well as Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina.
2. ALGERIA - Wind and occasional rains shape these 'star dunes', distinctive to the mighty Sahara which stretches right through Algeria.
3. FRANCE - Paris, the metropole of light, glimmers all the way up to space.
4. CROATIA - Galešnjak, the tiny (yet famous) heart-shaped island off the coast of Croatia.
5. AUSTRALIA - Clearly visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest organic structure on the planet.
6. USA - Spanning almost 300 miles of American terrain and running over 6000 feet deep, it's no wonder the Grand Canyon is such a beautiful sight from space.
7. ECUADOR - No, this isn't an abstract landscape painting, this is a false-color image of Ecuador's highlands taken by the ESA's Envisat spacecraft.
8. GREECE - At night, Greece's popular isles appear in space as a beautiful sprinkling of light amidst the dark Mediterranean sea.
9. IRAN - The country's largest desert, The Dasht-e Kavir, "is primarily [an] uninhabited wasteland, composed of mud and salt marshes covered with crusts of salt that protect the meager moisture from completely evaporating," says NASA.
10. BELGIUM - All roads lead to... Liege! The city's bright lights fade into the country, guided by the city's well-lit network of roadways.
11. SPAIN - The port of Barcelona isn't the biggest in Europe, but it's certainly one of the most beautiful.
12. PORTUGAL - In cultural hotspot Lisbon, the night is never-ending.
13. JAPAN - The Island Nation is as beautiful from space as it is from the ground.
14. SWITZERLAND - The Swiss Alps, famous for Saint Bernards, Bernese Mountain Dogs, fondue, and of course, it's snowy ski slopes.
15. HONDURAS - The island of Roatán is the giveaway here, but did you spot Belize's Lighthouse Reef glowing turquoise at the top of the picture?
16. CAMEROON - These steep volcanic slopes are able to grow greenery seventeen million years after the formation of Monts Bamboutus.
17. BRAZIL!! - That's the Amazon river that spans our World Cup host's rain forest.
18. MEXICO - All you Californians should know this one, it's your next-door neighbor, the Baja Peninsula!
19. ITALY - Venice, the sinking city, remains as striking from above as it is on the ground. No wonder so many pigeons flock to St. Marco's Square.
20. COSTA RICA - Green landscapes bursting with volcanoes and rainforest.
21. ARGENTINA - The Panará River marks Argentina's landscape with twists and turns.
22. ENGLAND - England is famous for its damp winters, but in 2013, the country was gripped by an icy snowstorm.
23. URUGUAY - The massive Río de la Plata estuary joins the Panará and Uruguay rivers to the Atlantic ocean.
24. SOUTH KOREA - The border between North and South Korea is clear, even from space.
25. COLOMBIA - One of Colombia's active volcanoes, Nevado del Ruiz.
26. NIGERIA - One of Nigeria's many oil reserves.
27. IVORY COAST - A literal Ivory Coast due to the agricultural method of burning fields.
28. GERMANY - The Berlin Wall has been down for twenty years, but even from space, history leaves it's mark.
29. GHANA - This UNESCO-protected Songor Lagoon is a prime stopping point for migratory birds from all over the world.
30. RUSSIA - Russia's capital, Moscow, is flanked by a beautiful aurora.
31. NETHERLANDS - The tulip fields of Holland are almost as beautiful to look upon from space as they are down on the ground.
32. BOSNIA - The beautiful city capital, Saravejo, nestles between Bosnia's green mountain ranges.
(OuterPlaces HQ's averaged about 19/32)
[credit: ESA, NASA, Chris Hadfield, Digital Globes, Europics, Google/GeoEye, PlantetObserver/Science Photo Library]