Honolulu - related image preview

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Honolulu - related image preview


Honolulu - related image preview

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As the Expedition 7 crew on the International Space Station was set to come home to Earth, crew member Ed Lu was inspired to photograph his hometown, Honolulu, during an overpass. Honolulu is striking for the way it is bound by surrounding geography. Built-up fingers of the city extend northeast onto the steep volcanic slopes and surround the volcanic craters of Punchbowl and Diamond Head, leaving undeveloped only parklands and the steepest ridges. They are both tuff cones that formed as magma from the erupting volcano came in contact with ground water at a time when sea levels were higher than they are now. As the water turned to steam, it caused an explosion that formed a hill of ash with a broad crater in the center.

Astronaut photograph ISS007-E-16813 was taken from the International Space Station on October 8, 2003, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 800 mm lenses. Image content was provided by Cynthia A. Evans (Lockheed Martin/Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center). The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory 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.

Published October 27, 2003
Data acquired October 8, 2003

ISS > Digital Camera
Astronaut Photography