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Earth from Space, 2

Posted by Laurie Frost on July 8, 2011

Here are a few more public domain images taken by astronauts aboard the Space Station and posted at “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.”  As of July 1, 2011, there were 620,723 images from the International Space Station at the site. The format citation is:

Image courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.

Here, I am not going to repeat that for every picture. Also, NASA recommends

“that the caption or supporting materials used for any photograph published include the unique photo number (Mission-Roll-Frame), and our website ( so that others can locate or obtain copies when needed. We always appreciate notification of uses of the photographs—information on your applications will help us continue to maintain these services for the public. Send e-mail to”

I have done so here so that you may easily locate all resolutions available and the database accompanying the pictures.


World Trade Center Attack: This still image taken from the International Space Station on September 11, 2001, shows the World Trade Center smoke plume rising from the lower Manhattan area of New York City.


Everest and Makalu

“Thinning Upper Atmosphere: From a vantage point about 360 km (225 miles) over the Earth, Space Station crewmembers photographed the crescent moon through the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere. At the bottom of the image, a closed deck of clouds is probably at about 6 km (3 miles). The shades of blue grading to black are caused by the scatter of light as it strikes gas molecules of the very low density upper atmosphere.”

Eruption of Mt. Etna, Sicily, on October 30, 2002.

Cumulonimbus Cloud over Africa.

Mission: ISS016 Roll: E Frame: 27426


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