An Astronaut’s View
The International Space Station is more than just an orbiting home and laboratory for its crew members. Floating more than 200 miles above our planet, it also serves as the ultimate manned Earth observation outpost. Using professional digital cameras with an ample array of lenses, astronauts capture images of our planet’s dynamic atmosphere and landscape. So far, astronauts have taken more than 700,000 photographs. A crew member captured this image of auroras over the Indian Ocean in 2011.
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See a video showing time-lapse views of Earth from space at http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a011400/a011474/Earth_Illuminated-540-MASTE
Learn more about astronaut photography from the Crew Earth Observations Office at http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/
Browse an archive of astronaut photography from Visible Earth at http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_cat.php?categoryID=1461&src=fb