Observing #Earth - ISS Expedition 11
Mount McKinley, Alaska is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 11 crew member on the International Space Station in August 2005. This view – of the highest point in North America (20,230 feet) looks as if it were taken from an aircraft. The station crew member took advantage of cloud free skies and the powerful 800 mm lens to photograph this peak, 800 miles to the north of the spacecraft, which was located over the Gulf of Alaska.
One of the long-standing experiments on the International Space Station is called Crew Earth Observations. The unique vantage point of Earth from space has allowed astronauts to capture some of the most compelling photographs ever seen. They are not only beautiful photographs, but also offer insight into how the planet is changing over time, from human-caused changes like urban growth and reservoir construction, to natural dynamic events such as hurricanes, floods and volcanic eruptions. Crew members have been photographing Earth from space since the early Mercury missions beginning in 1961. The continuous images taken from the space station ensure this record remains unbroken.
In celebration of Earth month, Marshall has posted images on Instagram of our planet beginning with Expedition 1 from 2000 all the way through the current Expedition 47.
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Marshall's Flickr will be posting these images this week in further celebration of Earth month. Keep up with all the images by clicking here.
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