The International Space Station captured as it passed in front of the Moon on Dec. 6, 2013, as seen from Puerto Rico. Credit and copyright: Juan Gonzalez-Alicea.

Astrophoto: Space Station on the Moon

14 Jan , 2014 by

We can dream, right? … because we’d all love to have a space station on the Moon. But this is as close as we’re going to get for the foreseeable future, anyway. Juan Gonzalez-Alicea of Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe in Puerto Rico captured this great image of the International Space Station crossing in front of the crescent Moon on Dec. 6, 2013. He used a Canon 7D with a 300 mm lens, and actually got a fair amount of detail. A shot like this is tricky, as from our vantage point on Earth, it takes just a half second for the International Space Station to fly across the face of the Moon, so timing is everything!

To see another great shot of the ISS crossing in front of the Moon, check out Theirry Legault’s photo from 2010, which shows absolutely incredible detail.

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Kapitalist
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Kapitalist
January 14, 2014 1:28 PM

At 1/1000th of the distance to the Moon, one must remember.
The ISS orbits at the lowest possible altitude. And it is on the way to nowhere. It ORBITS in (almost)space, but it doesn’t TRAVEL through space. A project to be pointlessly continued for another 10 years, it has now been politically decided.

Torrey McGlenn
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Torrey McGlenn
January 14, 2014 3:37 PM

The continuation of the ISS is pointless??? That seems to be a very unimaginative statement. The research conducted thus far has been a boon to many different industries, has expanded our knowledge base, and helps to bolster the global scientific community. Do you know something about the future that the rest of us don’t?

Kapitalist
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Kapitalist
January 14, 2014 3:54 PM
Of all the diseases on Earth, micro gravity is certainly not one of them! Of all the technical problems we have on Earth, micro gravity is not one of them. “Research” into those non-problems is meaningless and worthless. Nor would they be useful on a TRAVEL THROUGH space to an object (the anti-ISS concept). Be it Moon, Mars or asteroid. Because then artificial gravity (centrifugal) could easily be arranged to mechanically eliminate all of the health and technical problems onboard of the ISS. The ISS contributes nothing at all to the knowledge of how to explore other celestial objects, of how to travel through space. The ISS just orbits to nowhere for ever and lists ever more severe… Read more »
Peter Ateo
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Peter Ateo
January 15, 2014 1:22 AM
Even just to provide docking practice for private space companies, increase the collective space-walk / system-repair competence, improved space suit design, life-support operation and zero-gravity experience for astronauts, it’s worth it. We may have been to the moon 40+ years ago, but most of the ensuing time has been squandered because the budget was wasted on turd-world battles overseas and domestic pork (if we’re going to waste money, couldn’t we have instead wasted it subsidizing awesome high-tech roller coaster parks, or on finally bringing out the flying cars and jet packs ‘they’ promised us eons ago when cars still had fins?) I think you’re missing the ISS’s pedestrian benefit: gaining basic experience in space. This will undoubtedly be… Read more »
Kapitalist
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Kapitalist
January 15, 2014 6:26 AM
Docking experience, to say the least, yes! 100+ of dockings. As far as i know no docking has ever failed, since the very first attempt. We know how to do that now. It’s time to move on to challenges instead. The ISS consumes a large fraction of space launches, just to send water and clean clothing to its crew. Instead of sending advanced probes to explore celestial objects. Experiences from microgravity have little use for manned space travel to the Moon, Mars, asteroids, outer planet’s moons. Because then you have artificial och natural gravity which gives very different working conditions than a space walk. The many difficult health problems with long during microgravity is easily avoided by engineering… Read more »
David D
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David D
January 19, 2014 11:21 AM
When I was a kid the first man orbited the earth before I was a man we had landed on the moon. Since then we have not done much toward becoming a spacefaring people. If humanity does not get off the earth, we will deplete the resources of the planet to the point that economic growth is not possible and civilization will enter a dark age. The best way to get off the planet is to have companies make money doing it. If the USA were to allow Boston Dynamics’ robots to establish mining claims on the Moon, so that they could profit from the mineral wealth of the moon, rapid progress would be made. Save Humanity, Support… Read more »
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