NASA has shared a series of stunning images showing an orbiting sunrise from the International Space Station (ISS).
The four photos that NASA Johnson posted to its Twitter account on Thursday, March 17 show the Sun peeking over Earth’s horizon.
“The first rays of an orbital sunrise illuminate Earth’s atmosphere in this photo from the International Space Station as it orbited 262 over the Pacific Ocean south of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula,” NASA Johnson said in comments alongside the same images on her Flickr account.
— International Space Station (@Space_Station) March 17, 2022
The stunning photos were captured with one of several professional DSLR cameras onboard the space station, in this case a Nikon D4 with a 28-300mm lens, though NASA Johnson doesn’t say which astronaut took them.
The ISS only takes 90 minutes to orbit the Earth, so there are plenty of sunrises – 16 per day – for the station’s crew.
While ISS astronauts spend most of their time conducting scientific experiments, they also enjoy gazing out of the station’s dome module whenever the opportunity arises.
The seven-window module offers expansive views of Earth and beyond, and is one of the most popular spots on the station to take photos of our planet.
The youngest Space Station resident, Thomas Pesquet, of the European Space Agency, has earned a reputation for capturing stunning Earth images during his six-month mission. But capturing something special is harder than you might think, with busy work schedules and cloud cover being two such obstacles to great shots.
In fact, Pesquet had to work very hard to give himself the best chance of catching so-called keeper.
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