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Memorable news satellite photos of 2018

Updated : January 02, 2019 10:00 AM IST

From Russian war games to lava flows on Hawaii to raging fires in California, images gathered from high above Earth by satellites in 2018 delivered a unique perspective on humanity, geopolitics, and the forces of nature that have upended lives and landscape.

Here's a look at eight of the most striking news images captured by satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe — and photos made by Associated Press photographers who were on the ground:

In this Thursday, September 13, 2018 file photo, military helicopters fire weapons about 250 kilometers (156 miles) north of the city of Chita during the Vostok military exercises in Eastern Siberia, Russia. The week-long maneuvers span vast expanses of Siberia and the Far East, the Arctic and the Pacific Oceans. They involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops along with 1,000 Russian aircraft and 36,000 tanks and other combat vehicles. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
In this Thursday, September 13, 2018 file photo, military helicopters fire weapons about 250 kilometers (156 miles) north of the city of Chita during the Vostok military exercises in Eastern Siberia, Russia. The week-long maneuvers span vast expanses of Siberia and the Far East, the Arctic and the Pacific Oceans. They involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops along with 1,000 Russian aircraft and 36,000 tanks and other combat vehicles. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
This September 13, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows an airborne paradrop during the Vostok military exercises in the Eastern Siberia area of Russia. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This September 13, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows an airborne paradrop during the Vostok military exercises in the Eastern Siberia area of Russia. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
In this Monday, August 20, 2018 file photo, a bicycle is hung from a tree branch to avoid being washed away in flood waters as a man rows past with his dog in a boat at Kuttanad in Alappuzha in the state of Kerala, India. Kerala was battered by torrential downpours starting August 8, with floods and landslides killing hundreds. About 800,000 people found shelter in 4,000 relief camps. (AP Photo/Tibin Augustine)
In this Monday, August 20, 2018 file photo, a bicycle is hung from a tree branch to avoid being washed away in flood waters as a man rows past with his dog in a boat at Kuttanad in Alappuzha in the state of Kerala, India. Kerala was battered by torrential downpours starting August 8, with floods and landslides killing hundreds. About 800,000 people found shelter in 4,000 relief camps. (AP Photo/Tibin Augustine)
This August 22, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows flooded fields and villages in Kerala, India. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This August 22, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows flooded fields and villages in Kerala, India. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
In this October 6, 2018 file photo, a soldier stands near a toppled mosque as recovery efforts continue at the earthquake-hit Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
In this October 6, 2018 file photo, a soldier stands near a toppled mosque as recovery efforts continue at the earthquake-hit Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
This October 1, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia after tsunami struck the area. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This October 1, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia after tsunami struck the area. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
In this Monday, March 5, 2018 file photo, people stand on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier as it docks in Danang bay, Vietnam. For the first time since the Vietnam War, a US Navy aircraft carrier visited to a Vietnamese port, seeking to bolster both countries' efforts to stem expansionism by China in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
In this Monday, March 5, 2018 file photo, people stand on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier as it docks in Danang bay, Vietnam. For the first time since the Vietnam War, a US Navy aircraft carrier visited to a Vietnamese port, seeking to bolster both countries' efforts to stem expansionism by China in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
This March 6, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows The USS Carl Vinson off the coast of Danang, Vietnam. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This March 6, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows The USS Carl Vinson off the coast of Danang, Vietnam. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
In this Monday, May 21, 2018 file photo,m Doug Ralston plays golf in Volcano, Hawaii, as a huge ash plume rises from the summit of Kiluaea volcano. Lava pouring into the sea sets off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds of acid and fine glass. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, May 21, 2018 file photo,m Doug Ralston plays golf in Volcano, Hawaii, as a huge ash plume rises from the summit of Kiluaea volcano. Lava pouring into the sea sets off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds of acid and fine glass. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
This June 26, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows lava flows from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This June 26, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows lava flows from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
In this Saturday, March 24, 2018 file photo, members of the audience react as Edna Chavez of Manual Arts High, south of downtown Los Angeles, speaks during the
In this Saturday, March 24, 2018 file photo, members of the audience react as Edna Chavez of Manual Arts High, south of downtown Los Angeles, speaks during the "March for Our Lives" rally in Washington, in support of gun control. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
This March 24, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows crowds at the
This March 24, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows crowds at the "March for Our Lives" demonstration in Washington. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
In this Friday, November 16, 2018 file photo, a firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. This town of 27,000 was destroyed in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California history. (AP Photo/John Locher)
In this Friday, November 16, 2018 file photo, a firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. This town of 27,000 was destroyed in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California history. (AP Photo/John Locher)
This November 9, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows fires consuming Paradise, California. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This November 9, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows fires consuming Paradise, California. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
In this September 17, 2018 file photo, Bob Richling carries Iris Darden, 84, out of her flooded home as her daughter-in-law, Pam Darden, gathers her belongings in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, North Carolina, US. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
In this September 17, 2018 file photo, Bob Richling carries Iris Darden, 84, out of her flooded home as her daughter-in-law, Pam Darden, gathers her belongings in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, North Carolina, US. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
This September 20, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows roads, farms and homes flooded from Hurricane Florence, northeast of Wallace, North Carolina, US. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This September 20, 2018 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows roads, farms and homes flooded from Hurricane Florence, northeast of Wallace, North Carolina, US. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
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