Every year in Mexico and the United States they celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and in that context we present you the best photos taken by NASA astronauts who lived and worked aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during the last months.
Last year NASA also celebrated the 20th year of continuous human presence aboard the space station, which so far has hosted 242 people and more than 3,000 science experiments.
“The men and women who live and work on the International Space Station take thousands of pictures of their home planet each year, and we asked the folks at the Earth Sciences and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA’s Johnson Space Center which were his favorites, ”says the space agency.
Next, we present the official NASA video with three minutes of the best photos of the planet taken to date.
The best photos of Earth by astronauts
However, we made a selection of several of the, in our opinion, the best photos of the earth taken by astronauts.
The northern border of Mexico, from space
This border image of the El Paso-Juárez area in the debate, especially in the Trump era, the border between Mexico and the United States, is coincidentally the 100,000th photograph of the Earth that astronauts have taken from the ISS.
It was ‘shot’ on January 26, 2004 by members of the Expedition 8 crew with a Kodak digital camera with a 400mm lens.
The rest of the images were captured with Nikon D4 and D5 equipment using multiple focal lengths to create unique perspectives.
The Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this photograph of a pair of volcanic peaks, the active Colima peak and the extinct Nevado de Colima, andesitic stratovolcanoes of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, the great volcanic arc that is extends from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.
The Colima volcanic complex towers over the Mexican states of Jalisco and Colima, and recent lava flows appear as long, gray ribbons along Colima’s flanks, settling alongside lava domes that have characterized the volcano’s geological history. .
A dream for lovers: Paris at night
Undoubtedly, when one is at a great distance from one’s place in the world, concerns arise as to what it would look like not only from a bird’s eye view, but from one of the observation posts on the ISS.
The ‘city of lights’ is not a dream for lovers or an illusion of our subconscious, it is a reality that this special photographic testimony celebrates for the curious eye of the reader.
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Corsica and Sardinia
This is another of the photos and in this case the Mediterranean Sea is reflected, highlighting the islands of Corsica and Sardinia, with an image taken when an astronaut was looking south from the ISS.
It is evident that the islands have a rugged mountainous terrain with small lakes that reflect the sunlight and are immediately recorded on the retina.
Clouds strewn across the image, and some sparkles on the water align with changes in sunlight patterns.
Autumn colored peaks around Ottawa reveal another of the photos of Earth taken by ISS astronauts.
The peak colors of fall around Ottawa were laid bare in this visual of Canadian beauty.
The Great Australian Bay at sunrise
“Sunrise over the Great Australian Bay” is the title of another of the photos that reveals the fullness of the earth with the sun on the horizon at sunrise
All images and many more are available on NASA’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth website, here.
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