Photos from the International Space Station

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station using a portable camera, with which since November 2009 has been made more than 450 000 photos of the Earth from a distance of about 354 km. As noted by Cindy Evans from NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, the flexibility of the camera and the ability to change lenses and change interesting perspectives - these are just a few advantages over the portable camera stationary. In this photo Donald Petty pictures of Earth from the lab "Destiny" on the International Space Station. (NASA)

Among the best applications of the space station, according to Evans, is the prospect that it offers the development of mankind. For example, January 13, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates image shows the city from the air. Pictured left Jumeirah - the island in the form of palm trees, to the creation of which took more than 1, 7 billion cubic feet of sand. Right in the photo world island, completed in 2008, they took 11, 3 billion cubic feet of sand. Bottom right you can see the Burj Khalifa - the tallest skyscraper, opened on January 4. (Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)

June 12, 2009 Space Station successfully passed over the volcano Sarychev in the Kuril Islands, in the north-east of Japan, during the early stage of its eruption. Scientists are particularly interested in how clouds are formed over a column of ash and around. "The ability to understand how a volcano eruption - one of the benefits of science," - says Evans. (Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)

Astronauts use a portable camera for 45 years, that allows you to create an archive of gradual changes in the landscape of the earth at different sites. On these pictures you can see the entire progress of tropical deforestation in eastern Bolivia to agricultural fields. Photo on the left was made of the space shuttle in November 1995. Photo on the right - a more detailed view of the same region in November 2008. (Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)


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