These photos you are seeing from space are NOT of our planet Earth... but of the fantasy world J.R.R.Tolkien created: Middle Earth. Not only are they very well executed, they are mesmerizing to look at...
'...Looky, I see the Shire!'
-Check them all out below:
The Middle Earth Digital Elevation Model Project is a collaborative effort to create a complete digital model of Middle Earth that can be virtually explored on foot or admired from great heights. The worldbuilders are using the Outerra graphics engine to place every forest, field, and stream on their digital Middle Earth and you can download the demo version of Middle Earth--DEM that they released last year (at this link).