Easter Island from space Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features Easter Island, which was named on Easter Sunday when Europeans arrived in the 1700s.
Located off the west coast of South America, the remote Chilean island is also called Rapa Nui by its original inhabitants.
The island is famous for hundreds of mysterious monolithic stone statues called Moai. Many of the statues are located on the southeast coast near the Rano Raraku volcano. Easter Island from space as shown in video shows Easter Island is more than 2000 miles from the closest populations on Tahiti and Chile—even more remote than astronauts orbiting at 210 n.mi. above the Earth. The island is less than 15 miles long and, until now, has been a photographic challenge for astronauts on space missions.
At the time of publication, it represented the best available science. On September 25, 2002, astronauts aboard the International Space Station viewed Easter Island, one of the most remote locations on Earth.
Most of the island’s residents live in the main town and harbor on the west coast, Hanga Roa. The town is clearly visible in this image, which was captured on April 7, 2019 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: European Space Agency