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OnOrbit: January 2020



An aurora blankets the Earth beneath a celestial night sky as the International Space Station orbited 261 miles above the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North America.


The first rays of an orbital sunrise shine illuminates the Earth's limb and highlights the atmosphere as the International Space Station orbits 259 miles above the central United States.


NASA astronaut Jessica Meir takes an out-of-this-world "space-selfie" during a spacewalk she conducted with NASA astronaut Christina Koch (out of frame) to install new lithium-ion batteries that store and distribute power collected from solar arrays on the station's Port-6 truss structure.


The bright city lights of Long Island, New York City and the New Jersey area contrast the dark waters of Sandy Hook Bay, the Upper and Lower Bays, the Hudson and East Rivers and Long Island Sound, that surround the major metropolitan area of the northeastern United States.


A waxing crescent Moon is pictured as the International Space Station orbited 260 miles above the north African country of Algeria.


The International Space Station was orbiting 260 miles above northeastern Syria at the time this photograph of Baghdad, Iraq was taken.


The six-member Expedition 61 crew is gathered together inside the Zvezda service module for a New Year's Eve meal.


The International Space Station orbits 255 miles above the Atlantic Ocean looking southwest over Cuba as the Sun's glint beams off the Caribbean Sea.


The Tibesti Mountains in the African nation of Chad are pictured as the International Space Station orbited 259 miles above the central Sahara.


The International Space Station orbits 267 miles above the Earth as the Sun's glint beams over the Philippine Sea highlighting the clouds and their shadows during an orbital sunrise.