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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  • 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

  • Astronaut in cupola image

    Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, commander of ISS Expedition 23, is pictured in a window of the cupola on 9 May.

    Photo credit: Nasa

Topic: After Hours

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