Earth from Space - Image Information

LOCATION Direction Photo #: ISS063-E-68417 Date: Aug. 2020
Geographic Region: KAZAKHSTAN


An astronaut took this photo of Earth while looking toward NASA's next goal for human exploration: a return to the Moon. As NASA prepares for future Artemis missions to the lunar south pole, the agency and its partners are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of continuous human presence on the International Space Station (ISS).

This photo represents another accomplishment in those programs, as it was taken from the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle after having undocked from the ISS. It was the last leg of the SpaceX Demo-2 mission, the first human spaceflight from American soil since 2011. The crew was looking out over east Kazakhstan on their return flight home after two months on the station.

This photo is just one of more than four million that astronauts have taken of Earth since the beginning of NASA's crewed spaceflight programs. Astronauts will continue to photograph our planet, whether it be from low-Earth orbit or, as the Apollo astronauts once did, from the Moon. These snapshots in time uniquely document Earth's ever-changing surface.

Join NASA as we celebrate the New Year and look forward to what the next 20 years of space exploration and Earth observation may bring.

Editor's Note - Learn more about astronaut photography in the three-part Picturing Earth video series: part 1 Astronaut Photography in Focus; part 2 Window on the World; and part 3 Behind the Scenes.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 191k
Mission: ISS063  
Roll - Frame: E - 68417
Geographical Name: KAZAKHSTAN  
Center Lat x Lon: 49.0N x 86.0E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 75
Camera:: N8
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 14  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: E   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
Date: 20200802   YYYYMMDD
Time: 125001   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 44.6N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 25.8E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 241   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 223   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 49   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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