While traveling to the International Space Station aboard the Space
Shuttle Endeavor, astronauts photographed the northeastern United States
blanketed in fresh snow. This image, taken in early December 2002,
shows the city of Baltimore, and the surrounding area. An inset shows
the center of the city (rotated so north points up).
Astronauts routinely track weather phenomena on Earth, and use their
onboard cameras to document their observations. Ground support in the
Earth Observations Lab at the Johnson Space Center also track weather
events world wide as part of the image planning activities, and alert
the crews to significant events such as winter storm systems.
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This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.