There’s a passage in the Bible that suggests the Nile once turned to blood. But the red ribbon in this image isn’t quite so grizzly, because it actually depicts the vegetation growing around the river.
Our planet is truly gorgeous. The rich orange lights of cities marking the complex geography of humans scrabbling in the dust, the bright white clouds drifting with the winds, and the pale green airglow ringing our planet come together for this perfect moment from space.
As views go, astronauts aboard the International Space Station get a pretty good deal. Like this sensational sight of the Nile at night—a glowing line of light and life cutting through the expanse of Africa.
Stunning image of the Nile River and the cities all along its path captured by astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore while flying over North Africa onboard the International Space Station. It looks like King Cobra made of light, with the heading Cairo. Somewhere in another dimension, the pharaohs are smiling.
In the 1950s, Egypt and Britain played an old version of tit-for-tat. Egypt took the Suez Canal. The British decided to pay them back by stealing the river Nile itself. Yes, the whole Nile.
The world's most famous desert isn't always quite so dry as it is now—thanks to the Earth shifting on its axis, the Sahara's climate gets gradually greener over tens of thousands of years. But you'd have to go back a long ways to find real, perennial rivers flowing through the Sahara outside of the Nile. But 100,000…