It’s easy to argue that astronauts have the best view of the 2014 Sochi Olympic village with new satellite imagery that shows the expansive sporting sites and slopes that will host some of the world’s best athletes as the 2014 Winter Olympic Games kick-off this week.

The satellite images illustrate just how vividly the landscape and infrastructure of a city changes when hosting the Olympic Games. DigitalGlobe, the company that provides high-resolution images of the planet, shows images from 2005 and 2007 which display the progression of Sochi as they developed the Olympic Village and other structures along the Black Sea coast.

Sochi had to construct facilities to accommodate the sports that make up the Winter Olympics, from speed skating to curling, luge and skiing. It has been estimated that the 2014 winter Olympics cost Russia a whopping $50 billion dollars, making it the most expensive games to date. Although economists say that hosting Olympic games do not ring profitable, this year’s games will hopefully bring about positive sustainable impact for Russia according to sochi2014.com.

Even with the cost, it can certainly be argued that these Olympic games have been one of the most innovative with the Olympic torch traveling to space this year in the relay of the Olympic flame. This is the first time in history the torch has traveled outside a spacecraft on a spacewalk!

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