Top Ten Images Taken from The International Space Centre.

The following images were all taken and voted for, by the various crews members of the international space station. They are presented in this blog in no particular order. The NASA page hosting the photographs holds high resolution versions of the photographs along with an audio description by the astronauts who took the images. The page can be found here on the NASA home site.

The Moon Seen Through The Earth's Limb.

Photo credit: NASA
As the moon has no real atmosphere the outline becomes crisp and clear when viewed through the earths limb.

The Aurora Borealis

Photo credit: NASA

The Aurora Borealis and lights over Finland, Russia, Estonia and Latvia. The cluster of stars to the lower right of the thin crescent Moon is the Praesepe or Beehive Cluster in Cancer. Just to the right of that is the planet Saturn.

The Earths Atmosphere.

Photo credit: NASA

The limb of the Earth at the bottom transitioning into the orange troposphere. The troposphere ends abruptly at the tropopause, which appears in the image as the sharp boundary between the orange and blue atmosphere. The silvery-blue noctilucent clouds extend far above the Earth's troposphere.

Night View Of Los Angeles, California

Photo credit: NASA

Hollywood is nestled against the south side of the Santa Monica Mountains. On the coast, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the port facilities at Long Beach Naval Shipyards can be seen as bright spots.

Eruption of The Cleveland Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Photo credit: Jeffrey N. Williams & NASA

This image, acquired shortly after the beginning of the eruption, captures the ash plume moving west-southwest from the summit vent. The eruption was short-lived; the plume had completely detached from the volcano summit two hours later.

Harrat Khaybar, Saudi Arabia

Photo credit: NASA

Extensive lava fields known as haraat cover large areas in Saudi Arabia. One such field is the 14,000-square kilometer Harrat Khaybar, located approximately 137 kilometers to the northeast of the city of Al Madinah.

Nukuoro Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia.

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Nukuoro Atoll is part of the Caroline Island chain, which stretches northeast of Papua New Guinea in the western Pacific. Nukuoro is one of 607 islands that make up the Federated States of Micronesia.

Green Aurora.

Photo credit: NASA

The reds and blues of a sunset light up the air layer to the west, while a green aurora dances along the earths magnetic field.

Bernese Alps, Switzerland.

Photo credit: NASA

The Aletsch Glacier dominates the centre of the picture, clearly marked by dark medial moraines extending along the glacier's length parallel to the valley axis.

Mount Everest and Makalu

Photo credit: NASA

The summits of Makalu on the left (8,462 meters: 27,765 feet) and Everest on the right (8,850 meters; 29,035 feet) are at the heights typically flown by commercial aircraft. They can only be seen at this height and angle from the International Space Station.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful, but why isn't this technology used to locate Osama bin Laden? Or is it? This will certainly be useful.