Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the tallest statue of Sardar Patel, it has taken the world by the storm and now even the eyes in the sky are looking at India’s Statue of Unity.
An image released by commercial satellite services company Planet shows that India’s edifice to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel can be seen from space and though it doesn’t mention from how high up, it’s probably safe to assume it’s from a low-Earth orbit. The oblique image renders everything into sharp relief. The Statue, the approach, the platform it stands on, the Sardar Sarovar dam it overlooks and more.
At 597 feet, India’s Statue of Unity is now the tallest statue in the world and clearly seen from space! Oblique SkySat image captured today, November 15, 2018. pic.twitter.com/FkpVoHJKjw
— Planet (@planetlabs) November 15, 2018
The Statue of Unity is 182-meters tall, and almost 240-meters tall if you also add its base — far and away the tallest statue in the world and comparable to the tallest buildings in India. In comparison, here’s a similar photograph, by NASA, of what were for centuries the tallest man-made structure on Earth — the Giza Pyramids.
(Photo was taken from the International Space Station – ISS – from an altitude of about 400km)