Video: Huge Hurricane Rina Seen from the Space Station

Article written: 26 Oct , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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“It’s a big one!” said International Space Station commander Mike Fossum as the space station flew over Hurricane Rina at 2:39 p.m. EDT on Oct. 25, 2011. External cameras on the ISS captured these views as the station flew 248 miles over the Caribbean Sea east of Belize.

Rina’s maximum sustained winds remained steady at about 110 mph early Wednesday, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, making it a Category 2 storm. Forecasters predict it will strengthen to a major hurricane as it nears the Mexican coast Wednesday night before rolling over the island of Cozumel, then along the coast to Cancun.

See a map of the Hurricane’s projected path below.

The late season hurricane, which continues to intensify, was located 300 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, barely moving west-northwest at a glacial three miles an hour. Hurricane warnings have been issued for the Yucatan from north of Punta Gruesa, Mexico, to Cancun.

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3 Responses

  1. Ted says

    Why the hell is there a shadow of a person on the side of the station?
    Starts around 50 sec. into the video

  2. jonathan speegle says

    We can always count on you to nail it on the head. While I had the same thought as you IVAN3MAN, I also considered what part of the station from what angle would have produced such a shadow. (my brain thinks its a man, with a dog, looking through a telescope as a side nod to being human) I’m still not certain what part of the station produced this shadow, likely an overlay of several shadows. The fact that the specific axis relative to the sun is not easy to determine makes it more difficult. But good call, no different than the Man on the Moon.

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