Beautiful Image: The Moon as Seen from the Space Station

by Nancy Atkinson on April 16, 2012

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The Moon hovers Earth's atmosphere as seen from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/ESA/Expedition 30 crew

A lovely view for the start of your week: The Moon and Earth’s atmosphere as seen from the International Space Station, taken by a member of the current Expedition 30 crew. See more images from the crew here.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Olaf2 April 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM

There are no stars. LOL

Gary Bivin April 17, 2012 at 5:01 AM

When a camera is adjusted to take pictures of the bright Earth and Moon, the much dimmer stars don’t show up in the photo.

Olaf2 April 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Yes I know ;)-
I just couldn’t resist yelling that there are no stars. :-)

Olaf2 April 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Yes I know ;)-
I just couldn’t resist yelling that there are no stars. :-)

mohiuddin chowdhury April 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM
mohiuddin chowdhury April 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM
mohiuddin chowdhury April 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM
Riseupyoursoul April 16, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Superb pic. I had a small query…. Does ISS have a database of locations worldwide photographed? Or a photo mission that covers a specific location e.g: Mauritius?

Dampe April 17, 2012 at 3:25 AM

http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-30/html/iss030e012631.html

I can play the guitar, does this make me a suitable candidate to work on the international space station?
Serious, how does one become an astronaut? The luckiest folks in the world!

Prism2Spectrum April 17, 2012 at 4:32 PM

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___ The Radiance of a Life World

Above a well-formed planet of teeming Life,
A silvery Orb exquisitely graces Earth’s Night.

From Beginning, they joined in Life’s song,
Before the Light of Time’s awakening Dawn.

Bathed in reflected Sunlight, from Space afar,
She sheds her gentle light on Man, by a Star.

Luna teases her beloved of lasting Bond,
With Time-phases in months, all around

On special eves, she softly blushes in Face,
From enveloping shadow of a World’s embrace.

Endless courtships she has quietly overseen ,
Above clouds of Lands, in night’s foreseen.

Her companion forever turns, in lunar time strong,
Because of her presence, never to wonder alone.

A Special Pair, this coupled-union in Solar glare:
The deep Imprint of Life’s genesis is nurtured there.

In Planetary Realm desolated in history’s veiled past,
These lovers dance below stars, with embrace to last.

Around, worlds of barren wonders, magnificent to know,
Yet, none compare with her – in Earth’s Illuminating Glow!

– JRC
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Michael Cox April 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Ah the moon……the ancient space station created by the Reptilian world rulers, according to Barbara Marciniak and David Icke.

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