Smoking Wildfires Seen From Space

Article written: 29 Jun , 2012
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015
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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 from the Fontenelle fire currently burning in Wyoming. More plumes can be seen to the north.

Utah’s Great Salt Lake can be seen at the bottom right of the image. Its two-tone coloration is due to different species of algae that live in the lake, which is split by the physical barrier of a railroad causeway.

You can watch a video of the wildfires in the west taken from the ISS here, and see more “fire and smoke” news and images from space here.

Image: NASA

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1 Response

  1. Peter Croft says

    And the image shows how insignificant they are in the scheme of the Earth, even though they seem horrendous to us on the ground.

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