Today’s photo is sunrise, the windows glinting and solar array gilded in the unbelievably harsh morning light.
The STS-119 crew captured these dramatic images of the International Space Station on March 19, 2009 as Discovery flew around the orbiting complex after undocking.
NASA astronaut Don Pettit recently uploaded a gallery of photos to the Johnson Space Center’s Flickr page. Pettit on how he captured these amazing images:
“My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, the ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.”
Ed note: Here are the Hubble Space Telescope’s finest photos.
h/t Twisted Sifter
Source: Flickr / nasa_jsc_photo
Cranking them out tonight…
Other sets in the series:
Progress 46 leaves the ISS. Filled with waste, it is due to burn up in the atmosphere of Earth over the Pacific Ocean.
Space Station Over Moscow (by NASA: 2Explore)
Source: Flickr / nasa2explore
European cargo ATV “Edoardo Amaldi” firing its vernier engines on final approach to the ISS’ “Zevda”-module.
Photographed by US astronaut Donald Pettit.
Cairo, Egypt. View from the International Space Station
An astronaut photo released by the NASA Earth Observatory on December 26, 2011 and acquired on December 4, 2011 from the International Space Station (ISS) shows the city lights of Spain and Portugal define the Iberian Peninsula. Several large metropolitan areas are visible, marked by their relatively large and brightly lit areas, including the capital cities of Madrid, Spain. The ancient city of Seville, visible to the north of the Strait of Gibraltar, is one of the largest cities in Spain. The astronaut view is looking toward the east, and is part of a time-lapse series of images.
International Space Station silhouetted against the moon
The single most badass self-portrait ever taken 画
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