Growing up, my mom had this picture of a knurled old tree hanging on our wall. It was one of those reprints of some artist’s work that looked like it was made with oil paints and canvas. The thing with this tree was that somewhere in the knurled and tangled limbs of that creepy old tree you were supposed to find the letters to make the word “love.” I was fascinated with spelling as many crude words as I could with letters made of limbs in that picture. I once proudly spelled “balls” in that painting for my mom. She wasn’t impressed.
NASA is doing something similar with letters it has found in images taken from orbit of the Earth. Not spelling “balls” mind you, it was able to find all 26 letters of the alphabet in various images. Some of them are clearly letters and others you have to use some imagination with.
See what you think of NASA’s choices. If you find a better representation of the letter in NASA imagery of the Earth and shoot NASA an email with the coordinates and date of the image and it might use yours instead. If I ever need to write a ransom letter, I know where to go. My first instinct was to spell “balls” but I went with “Technabob” instead.