Category Archives: Earth from Space

First Flower Grown in Space

A beautiful photo showing the first flower grown in space (a zinnia flower) with our beautiful Earth in the background. Now retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shared photographs of a blooming zinnia flower in the Veggie plant growth system aboard the International Space Station on his Twitter account back in 2016.

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China Puts Chang’e 4 Lander on the Far-Side of the Moon

Today, on January 3, 2019, China’s lunar lander and rover Chang’e 4 achieved the first soft-landing on the far side of the Moon in the history of humanity’s space exploration. It’s a space feat no nation or space agency (including NASA) has accomplished until now.

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Earth Photos Taken From the International Space Station in 2018

Here are the top ten most beautiful Earth photos taken by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018. Which one is your favorite? Or if your favorite image was not listed here, please leave a comment below. To see all images taken from the International Space Station and published by NASA, visit Space Station Images.

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Documentary: The Daring Adventure of Apollo 8 in 1968

50 years ago today, on December 21, 2018, Apollo 8, the second manned spaceflight mission in the NASA’s Apollo program was launched and became the first manned spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, reach the Moon, orbit it, and safely return. It was also the first crewed launch of the Saturn V rocket. Dan Beaumont Space Museum published a documentary titled “The Daring Adventure of Apollo 8 in 1968”. You can watch the full documentary below.

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Watch: an amazing time-lapse of the Russian spacewalk over the Atlantic Ocean

The European Space Agency has published an amazing sped-up time-lapse video of the Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev during their spacewalk as they floated over the Atlantic Ocean. The video was taken from the European Columbus laboratory.

The two cosmonauts look like working honeybees in the upper-right corner in this sped-up video.

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Soyuz MS-11 Launch and Dock as seen from the ISS

On December 3, 2018, a Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko. It was the first manned launch since the Soyuz MS-10 spaceflight aborted shortly after launch on 11 October 2018 due to a failure of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle boosters. Notes 1 It was the 100th orbital launch of 2018.

Soyuz MS-11 successfully docked to the ISS about six hours after the launch.

European Space Agency astronaut aboard the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst photographed the launch and the docking from the ISS and published these amazing photos on his Twitter account.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour over Cook Strait

An amazing photo which was taken from the International Space Station showing the Space Shuttle Endeavour over Cook Strait, New Zealand. It was taken on November 25, 2002, as the space shuttle approaches the International Space Station (ISS) during STS-113 rendezvous and docking operations.

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Watch: the longest continuous time-lapse from the ISS

To celebrate the 20th birthday of the International Space Station (ISS), the European Space Agency (ESA) published the longest continuous time-lapse video from the orbiting laboratory. In just under 15 minutes, this 4K HD video below takes us from Tunisia across Beijing and through Australia in two trips around the world. You can follow the ISS’s location using the map at the top right-hand-side of the screen alongside annotations on the photos themselves.

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Watch: a complete orbit around Earth from the ISS in Real Time

Videos which contain images of the Earth taken aboard the International Space Station are usually time-lapse Notes 1, but this amazing HD video below, titled “Orbit” shows a complete orbit around Earth from the ISS in real time. A breathtaking 92-minute and 39-second show of the beauty and majesty of our planet from 250 miles (400 km) above.

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