Wildfires

Astronaut Captures Incredible Images of Australian Bush Fires

by Nancy Atkinson January 8, 2013

Intense wild fires, or bush fires as they are called in Australia, are burning out of control across southeast Australia with authorities describing the condition as “catastrophic.” The huge fires were easily visible from the International Space Station on Tuesday and onboard, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has been watching from above. See more of his […]

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Wildfire Smoke is Visible Even at Night from Space

by Nancy Atkinson July 9, 2012

The Whitewater-Baldy fire is the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history and has charred more than 465 square miles of the Gila National Forest since it started back on May 16, 2012 after several lightning strikes in the area. This wildfire produced so much smoke that it was visible even at night to the astronaut […]

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Smoking Wildfires Seen From Space

by Jason Major June 29, 2012

Wildfires continue to rage across the western United States, burning forests and property alike, and even the most remote have sent up enormous plumes of smoke that are plainly visible to astronauts aboard the Space Station. The photo above was taken by an Expedition 31 crew member on June 27, showing thick smoke drifting northeast […]

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