Saturday, August 26, 2017

Grand Terre, New Caledonia | International Space Station


Grande Terre is the largest and principal island of New Caledonia. British explorer James Cook sighted Grande Terre in 1774 and named it "New Caledonia", Caledonia being a Latin name for parts of northern Scotland. Eventually, the name "New Caledonia" became applied to Grande Terre and its surrounding islands. (Source: Wikipedia)

New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 km (750 mi) east of Australia and 16,136 km (10,026 mi) east of Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets. The Chesterfield Islands are in the Coral Sea. Locals refer to Grande Terre as "Le Caillou" ("the stone"). (Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: ESA/NASA/JSC, ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli of Italy
Image Date: August 12, 2017


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