As Earth shines its deep natural colours from space, as seen in this photo posted to Instagram by NASA Earth Observatory, a new frontier for today’s generation of photographers on social media awaits for when commercial space travel becomes a reality, which could be ready as early as 2020.
In the photo itself, Mergui Archipelago is pictured – located off the far south coast of Myanmar (formerly Burma). It’s comprised of hundreds of islands that have coral reefs and beaches.
Lampi Island, in Lampi Marine National Park, is home to the seafaring indigenous Moken people. It’s a haven for birds, notably the plain-pouched hornbill, plus marine life like dugongs and turtles.