Orbital Night Over New Zealand

Orbital Night Over New Zealand

Flying 268 miles above New Zealand, the International Space Station's docked Progress 72 resupply ship is silhouetted over a wispy aurora australis, or "southern lights," the Earth's atmospheric glow and a starry orbital nighttime sky.

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The Moon's First Quarter Phase As Seen From Earth Orbit

The Moon's First Quarter Phase As Seen From Earth Orbit

The moon is photographed in its first quarter phase just above the Earth's limb as the International Space Station orbited 255 miles above the Pacific Ocean south of the Hawaiian island chain.

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Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio Seen From Orbit

Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio Seen From Orbit

Lakes Erie and St. Clair and the cities of Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio are pictured as the International Space Station orbited 257 miles over North America.

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Orbital View: Atmospheric Glow and Aurora Australis

Orbital View: Atmospheric Glow and Aurora Australis

The atmospheric glow and a wispy aurora australis, also known as the "southern lights," frame a cloud-covered Earth as the International Space Station orbited 254 miles above the Indian Ocean due east of the territory of French Southern and Antarctic Lands.

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Orbital View: The Volga River Flows Into The Caspian Sea

Orbital View: The Volga River Flows Into The Caspian Sea

The Volga River is the longest river in Europe and runs through Russia with its delta flowing into the Caspian Sea just south of the Kazakhstan border.

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Orbital View: The Oasis City of Mary In The Karakum Desert In Turkmenistan

Orbital View: The Oasis City of Mary In The Karakum Desert In Turkmenistan

The Murghab river flows into the oasis city of Mary in the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan.

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Orbital Sunglint Off The Celebes Sea

Orbital Sunglint Off The Celebes Sea

The International Space Station flies 255 miles above Indonesia as the sun's glint beams off the Celebes Sea in southeast Asia.

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Orbital View: Earth's Glow, The Moon, The Stars

Orbital View: Earth's Glow, The Moon, The Stars

Earth's atmospheric glow, highlighted by the Moon and a starry orbital nighttime background, are pictured as the International Space Station orbited 256 miles above the Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Hawaiian island chain.

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Mount Shasta Seen From Orbit

Mount Shasta Seen From Orbit

Mount Shasta in California is pictured from the International Space Station as the orbital complex orbited 256 miles above the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of the United States.

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Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan Seen From Space

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan Seen From Space

The Nile River, Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea are contrasted by the desert nations of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan as the International Space Station orbits 254 miles above Africa.

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