Southern Lights Captured from Space

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    NASA image captured July 14, 2011

    This panoramic view, photographed from the International Space Station, looking past the docked space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay and part of the station including a solar array panel toward Earth, was taken on July 14 as the joint complex passed over the southern hemisphere. Aurora Australis or the Soutern Lights can be seen on Earth's horizon and a number of stars are visible also.

    Among Atlantis’s final contributions to the ISS is the Robotic Refueling Mission, developed at Goddard Space Flight Center. Atlantis brought this module to the International Space Station, where it will provide key support in maintaining future spacecrafts for years to come. STS-135 astronauts traveled to Goddard to complete special training for these robotics, a major component of the final shuttle mission. RRM is one of dozens of Goddard payloads to travel aboard orbiters into space throughout the 30-year flight history of the Shuttle Program.

    ISS028-E-016368 (14 July 2011)

    Credit: NASA

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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    1. Gordan Postertime 46 months ago | reply

      Awesome Shot !!!!.

    2. a guesstimated assumption 46 months ago | reply

      Exif data? Just kidding. Sad to see our space mission come to a close but look foreword to the future.

    3. andrea maini 46 months ago | reply

      + + + nice shot + + +

    4. Dr. Ilia 46 months ago | reply

      remarkable image
      Esta foto esta fantástica me gustaria que la agregues
      y te unas al grupo: LOS TROTAMUNDO

      Sube 1 – Premia 3
      Post 1 – Award 3

    5. marinela 2008 46 months ago | reply

      Congrats on Explore Front Page !

      Happy weekend !

    6. toureasy47201 46 months ago | reply

      God Almighty, what an awesome shot.

    7. Zweiaugen 46 months ago | reply

      Thank you for this. It had never occurred to me to wonder what the aurora look like from space.

    8. Initiative Stain 46 months ago | reply

      Amazing to say the least.

    9. odrivero 46 months ago | reply

      Thanks for all the Shuttle images. You do humanity proud

    10. StephenSEUK 46 months ago | reply

      great perspective.

    11. █ fo112 █ 46 months ago | reply

      Nice Shot!! :)

    12. Josef Türk Reit im Winkl Chiemgau 46 months ago | reply

      -Very nice like the green light in the back-

    13. Stefano.Martinelli 46 months ago | reply

      very nice, i think that's a rare subject for a shot :D

    14. Chungking Express 46 months ago | reply

      Now THAT is cool. :D

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