Expedition 7 to ISS

Today while I was browsing through the pictures in APOD, I came across this picture that I really must share it with you…

Expedition 7
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This is a view of Earth’s horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. It was taken by the Expedition 7 crewmember on board the International Space Station (ISS). Especially caught my attention is the long shadows cast by the clouds.

Here we are at the terminator (the day-night line). The bottom part of the picture had just entered into the night, and the top part is still at dusk, where it will turn dark soon as our Earth rotates. Also visible are the golden reflection of the Sun on the sea, the whitish cloud tops, the bluish airglow layers at Earth’s horizon and the darkness of space.

Since I was in the Expedition 7 archive pictures, I went through some of them and found some beautiful one.

Expedition 7

Backdropped by Earth’s horizon, an unpiloted Progress supply vehicle approaches the International Space Station (ISS).

Expedition 7

Close-up view of the eye of Hurricane Isabel.

Expedition 7

A gibbous moon is visible in this view of Earth’s horizon and airglow.

Expedition 7

This image shows the limb of the Earth at the bottom transitioning into the orange-coloured troposphere, the lowest and most dense portion of the Earth’s atmosphere. The troposphere ends abruptly at the tropopause, which appears in the image as the sharp boundary between the orange- and blue- colored atmosphere. The silvery-blue noctilucent clouds extend far above the Earth’s troposphere. The sliver of the setting moon is visible at upper right.


Expedition 7 is an old expedition to ISS, launched on 25 April 2003. The current expedition is Expedition 17 launched on 8 April 2008.


~ by thChieh on April 15, 2008.

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