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Earth from Space

Posted by Laurie Frost on June 23, 2011

The following pictures are in the public domain because they were taken by astronauts aboard the Space Station. As of
June 1, 2011, there were 615,589 images from the International Space Station.

Under FAQ at the site, “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth,” is this statement regarding use:

Do I need special permission to use astronaut photographs or to publish them?

NASA asserts no copyright over these photographs, but requests that it be credited as the source of the information. We recommend that the caption for any photograph published include the unique photo number (Mission-Roll-Frame), so that others can locate or obtain copies when needed.

The recommended citation format is:

Credit: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center.

I’ve not repeated that under each picture on this page. But I have given you the link that will take you to the image. There you can “click the photo number to access all resolutions available and the database record.”

“Sunset Seen from the International Space Station: This spectacular image of sunset on the Indian Ocean was taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The image presents an edge-on, or limb view, of the Earth’s atmosphere as seen from orbit. The Earth’s curvature is visible along the horizon line, or limb, that extends across the image from center left to lower right. Above the darkened surface of the Earth, a brilliant sequence of colors roughly denotes several layers of the atmosphere.”> (06/12/2011 21:12:02).

Aurora Australis.

Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee), Northern Israel.

Paris, France.

The Nile River and its delta.

Golden Gate, San Francisco, California.

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