Saturday, November 20, 2010

Astronaut looks down at Earth from window of her space station

I've always been a Sci-fi junkie and loved the movies and television shows that took us there. I grew up during the APOLLO era and marvelled at our ability to send a man to the Moon, and of course, return him safely.

Now, the next generation is poised to see the onset of " Space Tourism ". Space travel is at a point now that is similar to what air travel was a century ago. Soon, people will see space travel as something they can do regularly, kind of like how it was portrayed in the movie 2001, a Space Odyssey.

Here's how the astronauts at the International Space Station see it....pretty impressive.

An out of this world view: Astronaut looks down at Earth from window of her space station

By Daily Mail Reporter

Tracy Caldwell Dyson realises there's no place like home as she peers down at Earth from the highest vantage point possible - space.

Staring out of the windows of the International Space Station (ISS), the astronaut takes in the planet in all its wonderful glory.

Orbiting our planet about 217 miles up, the ISS is high enough so that the Earth's horizon appears clearly curved

Astronaut Dyson's windows show some of Earth's complex clouds, in white, and life-giving atmosphere and oceans, in blue.

The space station orbits the Earth about once every 90 minutes and it is not difficult for people living below to spot it in the sky if they look carefully.

The ISS can frequently be seen as a bright point of light drifting overhead just after sunset.

In fact, telescopes can even resolve the overall structure of the space station.

The above image was taken in late September from the ISS's Cupola window bay.
Meanwhile, back on ISS, two Russian cosmonauts exited the station for a spacewalk to install equipment and perform maintenance.

Video broadcast from Russian mission control outside Moscow showed Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Skripochka carefully making their way out of a hatch for a spacewalk.

Their main task was to install a workstation on the space lab's Zvezda service module for use by Russian and European space flyers.

Yurchikhin and Skripochka were unable to complete one of the tasks, the relocation of a camera from one side of the Rassvet module to another. The camera would not sit properly on its new mounting, Yurchikhin said in video broadcast from Russian mission control outside Moscow.

Four of the station's crew remain inside: Russian Alexander Kaleri and American astronauts Douglas Wheelock, Shannon Walker and Scott Kelly.

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SCOTTtheBADGER said...

That looks like Cairo and the Nile.

Middleboro Jones said...

Right you are sir - I was there on the ground in Cairo on 09/11/01. It was difficult being overseas while our own country was attacked...I will have post on that in the near future.