The Ferrar Glacier creeps through the craggy Kukri Hills like a great river of ice in this image mosaic of Antarctica.
We've grown used to seeing landscapes from above. The terrain that early explorers once took years to cross we now conquer during a routine business flight on a weekday morning. Yet there remain places too remote and too rugged for most to reach. This is Antarctica, where ice sheets stretch across the eastern part of the continent like a frozen Great Plains, and mountains that would be at home in the Rockies crop up in nearly snow-free, dry regions. Otherwise experienced by only a small group of scientists and polar travelers, NASA, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the British Antarctic Survey, has made Antarctica accessible to all by piecing together Landsat 7 satellite images to create a mosaic that represents the first true-color, high-resolution map of the continent. Even without crampons and an ice ax, you can now explore one of the world's most brutal environments in this flyover view of Antarctica.