Aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Terry Virts posted this image today and wrote, “Our interstellar home the Milky Way galaxy. With the long camera exposure it makes #Earth look like #Venus.” Astronauts have used hand-held cameras to photograph the Earth for more than 40 years. Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken more than 1.5 million photographs of the Earth. Today, the International Space Station continues our tradition of Earth observation from human-tended spacecraft. Operational since November 2000, the @ISS is well suited for documenting Earth features. The station maintains an altitude between 220 – 286 miles (354 – 460 km) above the Earth, and an orbital inclination of 51.6˚, providing an excellent stage for observing most populated areas of the world.
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