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Can you name the world cities shown in the photos taken from space?
Enter a city in the box below
Correctly named cities will show up below
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Cities from Space (pics) Quiz
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Jan 31st, 2011 at 04:10 GMT
As stated in the note, most of these photos were taken by astronauts aboard Space Shuttles or by astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The white arrows and notes were in the photos. I have obscured and removed some of them because they made the images too easy or actually contained the answers. If you believe that the images are wide enough to contain portions of another city that I do not have as an alternate answer, then please let me know.
Jan 31st, 2011 at 04:52 GMT
Awesome photographs, awesome idea, awesome quiz.
Jan 31st, 2011 at 05:21 GMT
Great quiz. I especially liked the ones with no identifying notes.
Jan 31st, 2011 at 05:26 GMT
Thanks zzyzx501 & ambition. For what it's worth, the pork chop shaped island in the middle of #18 is my home town (Grand Island, NY).
Jan 31st, 2011 at 05:39 GMT
excellent--fun--well-constructed with the slide show.
Jan 31st, 2011 at 06:44 GMT
Really cool quiz. #12 is such a cool picture. This quiz really makes you feel small.
Jan 31st, 2011 at 07:18 GMT
Great quiz. I had a few of the same ones in my States From Google Earth quiz (http://www.sporcle.com/games/TJL/google_earth), but these are a lot higher resolution, and the embedded slideshow is a great touch. Also, thanks for including Boston.
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Jan 31st, 2011 at 07:36 GMT
I really enjoyed this quiz, however I've got a few issues that really made me frustrated. One was that I swear I typed some of the city names and it wouldn't accept it. two was the slides went by too quick. three I REALLY didn't like that I had to be in the actual square to type in the answer...it made it confusing to find the right square while trying to pause the quickly moving slides. Other than those minor frustrations this was awesome!
Jan 31st, 2011 at 11:53 GMT
@deeyoen- The quiz needs to be set to forced order to prevent random guessing. However, the slide show didn't need to frustrate you at all- you can pause it, restart it, run it manually by clicking on the arrows or on the thumbnails or go forward and back to any image you want. In fact, you're in near total control of the slide show.
Jan 31st, 2011 at 14:55 GMT
How timely with what's going on in the Middle East - you've got both Cairo and Tunis in there!
Jan 31st, 2011 at 14:56 GMT
Nice quiz! Though in #12 "USA" should be there instead of the state.
Jan 31st, 2011 at 15:08 GMT
I like the idea for this quiz, but it would be a lot more fun if you let the photographs speak for themselves. The inclusion of labels transforms the game, so that instead of needing to recognize Venice, one simply needs to know the location of St. Mark's.
Jan 31st, 2011 at 15:19 GMT
@Crispin28- That was my original intention, but without the labels, the vast majority of the photos are just unidentifiable expanses of green and brown. A few have distinct features (Lake Michigan, pyramids, the Grand Canal) but many require some nudge in the right direction. Also, as I noted above, the labels were included by NASA, so I had to work with the pictures given, though I did photoshop some of the labels out. @MorningBell411- thanks!
Jan 31st, 2011 at 20:25 GMT
I liked the quiz Hejman. Clever idea and very well done. My only suggestion is to make a sequel and in that sequel you should include a night picture of Las Vegas. Whether you take my suggestion or not, it was a great quiz! 5 globes.
Jan 31st, 2011 at 21:25 GMT
great quiz even though I missed some easy ones
Jan 31st, 2011 at 22:42 GMT
Great idea and great execution! I understand some of the comments above but I think it's perfect as-is. Got all but 3 though, which was frustrating. Hooray for The Hub being included!
Feb 1st, 2011 at 01:18 GMT
I really enjoyed this one. Great idea. Nominated.
Feb 1st, 2011 at 01:56 GMT
Feb 1st, 2011 at 04:29 GMT
great quiz. liked that Brisbane was there (and that I got it!) I am living in Queensland right now.......luckily escaped the flooding.
Feb 1st, 2011 at 05:51 GMT
5/5 for including Buffalo :). Great quiz!
Feb 1st, 2011 at 12:38 GMT
Loved the Chicago one... confusion at the very different type of photo followed by the very satisfying moment of the penny dropping as I recognized the pattern of the Great Lakes. Nicely done.
Feb 1st, 2011 at 13:17 GMT
i typed buffalo and niagara falls separately but it didn't accept them, are we supposed to enter them together ?
Feb 1st, 2011 at 14:16 GMT
@tm83- The quiz accepts Buffalo and Niagara Falls (independently). It's possible that you had the wrong answer line selected or that there was a momentary blip with the browser. It's working now, however.
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 01:32 GMT
Hejman, Dude among Dudes. Excellent quiz. I'm surprised that the text is entirely NASA's and not yours, because I was about to commend you for the balance of cluing. I know you had some hand in it, by removing certain things, so you do get some credit. Beautifully done. The interface is a pain in the ass, I have to admit, since one has to do a lot of mousing around to move slides, switch forced-entry squares, etc. I'd bet that if you didn't make it a forced march that there wouldn't be too many errant hits. (Once it's an official quiz, of course, the interface issue will go away.) Thank you for this one.
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 02:08 GMT
@gnatural- Actually, the interface issue won't go away since the pictures are too large to put in the traditional format, thus the slide show. I know the admins are considering publishing some quizzes in slide show format, so we'll see how that goes. I think you may be right about the forced order. I'm going to remove it and lower the time.
Feb 4th, 2011 at 00:05 GMT
I wondered if you would be able to see protesters in Cairo if you zoomed further in?
Sep 19th, 2011 at 16:03 GMT
Great quiz! But I'm angr at myself for missing 3 cities I've actually been to!
Sep 20th, 2011 at 21:14 GMT
hey i can see my house from #12! (Oshkosh WI.)
Sep 21st, 2011 at 03:54 GMT
Might want to consider accepting St. Catharines for Niagara Falls/Buffalo.
Sep 21st, 2011 at 14:10 GMT
@PandaTinker- You may be the only person who tries it, but as it is actually larger in population than Niagara Falls, ON and is visible in the corner of the photo, I'll go ahead and add it. I just hope I don't get complaints now from the citizens of Lockport and Grand Island and Tonawanda and Kenmore and...
Jan 9th, 2013 at 10:36 GMT
Even though I stunk it up, I enjoyed this quiz.
Feb 15th, 2013 at 12:07 GMT
am i the only one who first thought #8 was in the florida keys? once i realized it wasn't because you put alcatraz but then i couldn't remember what city that was in
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