07/27/2011 10:26 am ET | Updated Sep 26, 2011

Our Favorite Aerial Views of Earth

Birds really do get the best views, well... and astronauts too. When images were broadcast to the world of the historic moment NASA's final shuttle Atlantis made its descent to Kennedy Space Center last week, we had a moment of inspiration. Let us celebrate that greatest of human endeavours - the incredible ability to take flight - with a selection of our favourite bird's eye views of earth.

Our favourite aerial views of earth