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Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows

Joshua FilmerSeptember 6th 2014
Image Credit: Reid Wiseman
Image Credit: Reid Wiseman

This incredible picture was taken by Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station.  He shared the picture with the world on twitter, captioning it with “Clouds cast thousand-mile shadows into the black of space. A favorite view of ours.”

ISS: Quick Facts

  • It took 136 space flights to build.
  • It orbits Earth at 7.71 km/s (4.791 m/s), which is fast enough to go to the moon and return to Earth within a day.
  • It has a surface area comparable to an American football field and is similar in size to the Tantive IV, the corvette that carries Princess Leia at the start of A New Hope.
  • 211 people, representing 15 countries, have worked on the ISS.

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