Lake Eyre, South Australia – to see what it looks like, full for the first time in years

In his entry, Loke wrote, “I would like a picture of Lake Eyre because it is full for the first time in a decade – could this be because of El Nino? The lake is half covered in birds. I wonder whether you could see them from space? I think the lake’s colours are amazing … I would like to compare it to old images from when it was dry.”

By the time the competition closed, the lake had already begun to dry out, but Loke had researched what he might see, thought about explanations for what was happening and considered the appearance of the image as well as its content. The astronauts on the ISS are still trying to get a new picture of Lake Eyre (or Kati Thanda, as Loke tells us it is called locally), but Tim Peake or one of his crewmates did actually take one while the judges were deciding their shortlist! We have also included the photograph below, taken in January 2013, in Loke’s prize, so he can make the comparison he suggested.

Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center
Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center
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