For 20 years, astronauts have been shooting photos of Earth from the space station. Like everything the astronauts do, they are trained for this job. And like everything they do, there is purpose and intention behind it.

Writers and producers: Kathryn Hansen and Michael Carlowicz
Footage contributed by Pola Lem
Images: Astronaut photographs are provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. Action video from ISS provided by NASA Johnson Space Center. Visit the EO astronaut photography collection.
Music: “Science Technology Background” by SFRecordsMusic
October 20, 2020