Credit:Astronaut photograph ISS031-E-148455 (top) was acquired on June 21, 2012, with a Nikon D2Xs digital camera using a 14 mm lens. Astronaut photograph ISS005-E-13562 (bottom) was acquired on September 11, 2002, with a DCS760C digital camera using an 80 mm lens. Both images are provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The images were taken by the Expedition 5 and Expedition 31 crews. They have been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the ISS National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Caption by M. Justin Wilkinson, Jacobs/ESCG at NASA-JSC.
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Data Date:June 21, 2012
Visualization Date:July 13, 2012
Sensor(s):ISS - Digital Camera