Dramatic Cloud Formations Seen From Orbit

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Cumulonimbus clouds

Towering cumulonimbus and other clouds are spotted during a pass over the Earth by the Expedition 48 crew aboard the International Space Station.

Photographs from the station provides researchers on Earth with key data to understand the planet from the perspective of the ISS. Crew members have been photographing Earth from space since the early Mercury missions beginning in 1961. The images taken from the ISS ensure this record remains unbroken.NASA Maps Thawed Areas Under Greenland Ice Sheet

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