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OnOrbit: August 2018



The fully-formed eye of Hurricane Hector is clearly visible from the International Space Station as the orbital complex flew 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean southeast of the Hawaiian island chain.

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With an average elevation exceeding 4500 m and an area of 2.5 million sq km, it is the highest and largest plateau in the world today.


The mountainous and glacial Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile is pictured as the International Space Station began a quick orbital pass over the South American continent.


The Columbia Glacier descends from an ice field 10,000 feet (3,050 meters) above sea level, down the flanks of the Chugach Mountains, and into a narrow inlet that leads into Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska.


Composite image of category 2 hurricane Jongdari, approaching Japan, from 09:00 UTC on Wednesday, 27 July 2018.