A Room With a View: Scenes From the International Space Station

The world is a decidedly different place from 250 miles up—one too few of us get to see

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The International Space Station (ISS) may be the greatest machine you never gave a thought to. It’s 354 ft. (108 m) long, 240 ft (73 m) wide and with its vast array of solar panels would almost perfectly cover the rectangle of a football field. That’s a sweet hunk of hardware, even if its $100 billion price tag and its dubious record of scientific accomplishments have caused a lot of detractors to argue it never should have been built.

Still, built it was and it’s been sailing silently and grandly overhead at a speed of 17,500 mph (28,200 k/h) and an average altitude of 250 mi. (400 km) since its first module was launched in 1998. The view from that rarefied high ground is something spectacular, especially after the installation of the seven-windowed node known as the cupola in 2010. What follows is just a small sampling of what orbiting astronauts see every day.

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@Priyanka_Hearts
@Priyanka_Hearts

This is amazing . So proud to be part of this humanity actually . Incredible works from some really amazing people . Truly wow

TrueBeliever
TrueBeliever

The trouble is this:  ~  I am holding a woman in the grip of passion.  All of a sudden, the enemy starts shooting.  I am trying to finish the love making but the enemy is advancing.  What a dilemma!  To finish or not to finish.  It all goes back to the chant we learned in Boot Camp:  "This is my rifle, This is my gun.  This is for fighting, This is for fun."

MelvynQuan
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Is it not Aurora Australis?