See the Sochi Olympic venues from space

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New satellite imagery makes it possible to see the Olympic torch from space.

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The photos, released by NASA and satellite photography company DigitalGlobe, show both the coastal and mountain clusters, located just over 50 kilometers apart. Several new arenas, lodging and transportation systems were built to accommodate the 2,900 athletes and hundreds of thousands of spectators who will travel to Sochi for the 2014 Games.

False-color imagery from NASA details the coastal land, a once-agricultural area that has been transformed into the clusters that will be used for this year's Games. Red coloring indicates vegetation; white, snow; and grey, buildings.

Closer-range satellite photos from DigitalGlobe detail each cluster individually:

The coastal cluster, or Sochi Olympic Park (below), houses the following:
•    Long Adler Arena - long track speedskating
•    Bolshoy Ice Dome - hockey
•    Fisht Olympic Stadium - Opening and Closing Ceremony
•    Ice Cube Curling Center - curling
•    Iceberg Skating Palace - figure skating and short track speedskating
•    Shayba Arena - hockey

 Krasnaya Polyana, the mountain cluster (below), will include:
•    Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center - biathlon, cross-country skiing and Nordic combined
•    Rosa Khutor Extreme Park - freestyle skiing and snowboarding
•    Rosa Khutor Alpine Center - alpine skiing
•    RusSki Gorki Jumping Center - ski jumping and Nordic combined
•    Sliding Center Sanki - bobsled, luge and skeleton

A road and high-speed rail, estimated to cost nearly $9 billion, will shuttle spectators between the coastal and mountain events. Russia has spent more than $50 billion on this year's Olympics, making them the most expensive Games in history.

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