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Earth From Above: Expedition 47 Aboard the ISS

In May, the International Space Station made its 100,000th orbit of the Earth, and reached nearly 16 years of continuous human occupancy. Expedition 47 began in March, and will be completed later this month. The astronauts Timothy Kopra, Yuri Malenchenko, Timothy Peake, Aleksey Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka, and Jeffrey Williams, from the US, UK, and Russia, have been conducting experiments and taking some amazing photographs during their tour in orbit.

City lights, clouds, airglow, stars, and sunlight, seen from low Earth orbit above southern Europe, looking northeast, on May 23, 2016. (NASA)

City lights, clouds, airglow, stars, and sunlight, seen from low Earth orbit above southern Europe, looking northeast, on May 23, 2016. (NASA)

 

An oblique view of the Himalaya Mountains, seen on May 15, 2016. (Jeff Williams / NASA)

An oblique view of the Himalaya Mountains, seen on May 15, 2016. (Jeff Williams / NASA)

 

San Francisco, photographed on March 7, 2016.  Tim Kopra / NASA

San Francisco, photographed on March 7, 2016. Tim Kopra / NASA

 

March 31, Progress 63P flying (way) over a city in western Asia. (Tim Kopra / NASA)

March 31, Progress 63P flying (way) over a city in western Asia. (Tim Kopra / NASA)

 

Last of the Bering Sea ice melting along this part of Russia’s coastline. (ESA / NASA)

Last of the Bering Sea ice melting along this part of Russia’s coastline. (ESA / NASA)

 

Tim Kopra photographed his breakfast floating inside of the Unity module aboard the International Space Station. In a Tweet, he remarked "#Breakfast taco on #ISS: refried beans, shredded pork, pepperjack cheese, eggs, and salsa on a torilla. Awesome..." (NASA)

Tim Kopra photographed his breakfast floating inside of the Unity module aboard the International Space Station. In a Tweet, he remarked “#Breakfast taco on #ISS: refried beans, shredded pork, pepperjack cheese, eggs, and salsa on a torilla. Awesome…” (NASA)

 

April 10, Movie Night. (Tim Kopra / NASA)

April 10, Movie Night. (Tim Kopra / NASA)

 

May 18, NYC. (Jeff Williams / NASA)

May 18, NYC. (Jeff Williams / NASA)

 

CubeSats fly free after leaving the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the International Space Station. Seen here aretwo LEMUR-2 satellites. The NanoRacks-LEMUR-2 satellites are part of a remote sensing satellite constellation that provides global ship tracking and weather monitoring. About 90 percent of global trade is shipped by sea, but tracking of oceangoing ships is inefficient; many ships are unmonitored as they transit the world’s oceans, far from land and out of range of ground-based beacons. (NASA)

CubeSats fly free after leaving the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the International Space Station. Seen here aretwo LEMUR-2 satellites. The NanoRacks-LEMUR-2 satellites are part of a remote sensing satellite constellation that provides global ship tracking and weather monitoring. About 90 percent of global trade is shipped by sea, but tracking of oceangoing ships is inefficient; many ships are unmonitored as they transit the world’s oceans, far from land and out of range of ground-based beacons. (NASA)

 

3/28/2016 "Islands in the Sky" . Members of the International Space Station Expedition 47 crew took in the beauty of our planet on Mar. 3, 2016 as dusk falls over the oceans. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams took this majestic image. (NASA)

3/28/2016 “Islands in the Sky” . Members of the International Space Station Expedition 47 crew took in the beauty of our planet on Mar. 3, 2016 as dusk falls over the oceans. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams took this majestic image. (NASA)

 

April 25 Vancouver. (Tim Kopra / NASA)

April 25 Vancouver. (Tim Kopra / NASA)

 

Soyuz 46S arriving at the International Space Station Saturday 20 March 2016 (ESA/NASA)

Soyuz 46S arriving at the International Space Station Saturday 20 March 2016 (ESA/NASA)

 

May 20, 2016. Chicago? (NASA)

May 20, 2016. Chicago? (NASA)

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