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Is that Viral Image of Himalayas really taken from space? No, It’s a digital creation.

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A photo is doing rounds on various social media platforms with the claim that it is the image of the Himalayas captured from the International Space Station.

Claim: Numerous social media users have shared the viral image with the claim that the Himalayan mountain range appears like that when viewed from the International Space Station(ISS). The photo has left netizens awestruck.



The photo is going viral on Facebook and many users have shared it.




The photo has garnered a lot of likes on Twitter.






The photo being circulated with the claim that this is how the Himalayas look like from the International Space Station, is False.


After running a reverse image search, we found out that the image was digitally created by a graphic designer named Christoph Hormann. It is just a specimen of digital artwork. With the help of reverse image search, we managed to locate the image on Hormann’s website where he keeps all his digital artwork.


                                                                           (Source: Pixels/screenshot)


                                                                    (Source: Christoph Hormann’s Website)


The same image is also available on Light Art Academy, a professional photography platform, as well as on pixels.com,  an art marketplace, and print-on-demand technology company. The photo was uploaded on pixels.com on 5th October 2018.

The description of the photo reads “Himalaya, 3D computer artwork, viewed at an altitude of 39 kilometres. In the foreground is Kanchenjunga, which, at 8586 metres high, is the third tallest in the world. In the background is Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain at 8844 metres high. To the left the green regions of lower Nepal and northern India and to the right the high plains of Tibet. This image was created by Christoph Hormann using data obtained from satellites such as Landsat and SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission). The data was processed into computer models using three-dimensional rendering software and then coloured and distorted to mimic the natural curvature of the Earth”. The description makes it absolutely clear that the image is a digital creation.


National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) had last year shared a breathtaking view of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains on its official Instagram account. The real pictures of various places on Earth taken from the International Space Station including the Himalayas can be viewed on NASA’s official website.

Rupesh Kumar

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Rupesh Kumar

A Journalism student at Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, who writes out of sheer avidity and has a nose for news, seeking to leverage skills to contribute to high-quality journalism.