Space station observatory gazes at Earth

Space station observatory gazes at Earth

Summary: The six windows of the International Space Station's cupola observation deck provide stunning panoramic views of Earth

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  • Europe at night image

    In November, the ISS celebrated 10 years in service. It has been continuously inhabited by humans since November 2000. More than 200 orbiting explorers have visited the space complex, 15 nations have contributed to the missions, and more than 600 experiments have been carried out on board.

    The view above, taken on 28 October, shows Italy and the Mediterranean Sea at night. Parts of a docked Russian spacecraft are visible in the foreground.

    Photo credit: Nasa

  • Aurora Australis image

    This image captures the Aurora Australis, the southern twin of the Aurora Borealis.

    The picture was taken when the ISS was located over the southern Indian Ocean.

    Auroras are caused by photons hitting the Earth's atmosphere. The aurora above was most likely caused by a coronal mass ejection from the sun on 24 May.

    Photo credit: Nasa

  • Italy at night image

    This night shot, which gives the impression of fiery alien world, is in fact the Mediterranean coast of France and Italy.

    The luminous spots are the metropolitan areas of Turin, Lyon and Marseille.

    Photo credit: Nasa

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