Photographer Christopher Michel riding in U-2 spy plane captures images 13 miles above Earth
Adam Rifkin stashed this in U2
At the height of the Cold War, the view seen from a U-2 spy plane would have been top secret.
Now that tensions have cooled, military officials are much more willing to share this rare perspective of earth with civilians.
Photographer Christopher Michel was recently invited to ride in one of the spy planes to photograph Earth from 70,000 feet up - approximately 13 miles - and the resulting images are stunning and also a little hair-raising.