high resolution 1000 pixel-wide image
On September 25, 2002, astronauts aboard the International Space Station
viewed Easter Island, one of the most remote locations on Earth. Easter Island
is more than 2000 miles from the closest populations on Tahiti and Chileóeven
more remote than astronauts orbiting at 210 n.mi. above the Earth. The island
is less than 15 miles long and, until now, has been a photographic challenge
for astronauts on space missions.
Astronaut photograph ISS005-E-15458 was provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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