Astronaut Photography

Following the Trail
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Following the Trail

Exhaust trails mark the flight of a Soyuz rocket that delivered crew members to the International Space Station.

Published Oct 26, 2012

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Mount Shasta, California
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Mount Shasta, California

One of the largest mountains in the Cascade Range is also one of the most active volcanoes in the region over recent centuries.

Published Oct 22, 2012

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Wake Island, Pacific Ocean
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Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

This atoll of islands and reefs formed around a submerged volcano.

Published Oct 15, 2012

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Salar de Coipasa, Bolivia
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Salar de Coipasa, Bolivia

The colorful salt flat is a product of mineral-rich waters and a dry, flat landscape.

Published Oct 8, 2012

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Idaho Fires, September 2012
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Idaho Fires, September 2012

Smoke and natural wonders fill this scene shot from the International Space Station.

Published Sep 30, 2012

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Kuwait City at Night
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Kuwait City at Night

The patterns and colors of lighting reveal the urban geography of the capital city.

Published Sep 17, 2012

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Istanbul at Night
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Istanbul at Night

The cultural, economic, and historic heart of Turkey glows in the night.

Published Sep 10, 2012

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Sutter Buttes, California
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Sutter Buttes, California

Old volcanic domes form the backbone of the “smallest mountain range in the world.”

Published Sep 3, 2012

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Strandplain, Coastal Peru
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Strandplain, Coastal Peru

Close-packed beach ridges show the position of prior shorelines.

Published Aug 27, 2012

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Walker Lake, Nevada
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Walker Lake, Nevada

In western Nevada, one of only two remnants of ancient, glacial Lake Lahontan is sandwiched between mountain ridges.

Published Aug 20, 2012

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Saharan Dust Reaches the Americas
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Saharan Dust Reaches the Americas

Astronauts can see African dust palls arriving in the Caribbean.

Published Aug 13, 2012

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Krymsk, Krasnodar region, Southern Russia
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Krymsk, Krasnodar region, Southern Russia

Astronauts captured this photograph shortly after deadly flash floods swept the city.

Published Jul 30, 2012

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Great Lakes in Sunglint
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Great Lakes in Sunglint

Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, the Finger Lakes of New York, and numerous other bodies of water are brilliantly lit by sunglint in this astronaut photograph.

Published Jul 22, 2012

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Elusive Sprite Captured from the International Space Station
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Elusive Sprite Captured from the International Space Station

Red sprites, short-lived flashes caused by intense lightning, are rarely captured on camera.

Published Jul 10, 2012

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Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia at Night
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Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia at Night

The bright lights of Al Jubayl’s industrial center stand out in a nighttime photograph from the International Space Station.

Published Jul 9, 2012

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The World’s Newest Capital City
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The World’s Newest Capital City

Juba, a port city on the White Nile, is the capital of the new nation of South Sudan and is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

Published Jul 2, 2012

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Polar Mesospheric Clouds, Northern Hemisphere
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Polar Mesospheric Clouds, Northern Hemisphere

“Night-shining” clouds form at high altitudes in late spring and early summer.

Published Jun 25, 2012

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Alaid Volcano, Kuril Islands, Russian Federation
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Alaid Volcano, Kuril Islands, Russian Federation

The highest volcano in the chain has a nearly perfect cone shape.

Published Jun 18, 2012

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Sor Kaydak, Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan
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Sor Kaydak, Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan

Salt and algae color the landscape and water around this marsh that lies below global sea level.

Published Jun 11, 2012

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Viewing the Transit of Venus from Space
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Viewing the Transit of Venus from Space

For the first time in history, and the last time for a century, astronauts captured images of the planetary transit as viewed from orbit.

Published Jun 7, 2012

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Linear Dunes, Great Sand Sea, Egypt
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Linear Dunes, Great Sand Sea, Egypt

Winds shape the sands that were left behind by an ancient river.

Published Jun 4, 2012

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Lake Powell and The Rincon, Utah
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Lake Powell and The Rincon, Utah

Man and nature have both altered the course of a southwestern U.S. river.

Published May 21, 2012

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Etosha Pan, Namibia
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Etosha Pan, Namibia

The salt-covered, dry lakebed is at the center of Namibia’s largest wildlife park and a major tourist attraction.

Published May 14, 2012

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Ouarkziz Impact Crater, Algeria
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Ouarkziz Impact Crater, Algeria

The crater was formed by a meteor impact less than 70 million years ago, during the “Age of Dinosaurs.”

Published May 7, 2012

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White Sands Dust Storm
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White Sands Dust Storm

Astronauts on the International Space Station observed an intense winter dust storm in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.

Published Apr 30, 2012

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Ice Floes Along the Kamchatka Coastline
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Ice Floes Along the Kamchatka Coastline

The irregular coastline of Kamchatka provokes large, circular eddies to spin off from the main southwestward-flowing Kamchatka current. Three such eddies are highlighted by surface ice floe patterns.

Published Apr 9, 2012

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East African Rift Valley, Kenya
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East African Rift Valley, Kenya

It is one of the great tectonic features of Africa—caused by fracturing of the Earth’s crust—and includes the classical geologic structures associated with a rift valley.

Published Apr 2, 2012

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Pagan Island, Northern Marianas
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Pagan Island, Northern Marianas

The island sits along the tectonic boundary where the old, cold Pacific plate is being subducted at the Marianas trench.

Published Mar 26, 2012

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Paraná River Floodplain, Brazil
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Paraná River Floodplain, Brazil

Merging rivers paint the landscape with muddy sediment.

Published Mar 19, 2012

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City Lights of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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City Lights of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The city is a favorite subject for astronaut photography.

Published Mar 9, 2012

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