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Spacecraft nadir point: 51.6° S, 150.2° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 211 nautical miles (391km)
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Image Caption: This is a view of the Milky Way taken from the southern extent of the ISS orbit track. The bright area in the upper right hand corner is the Keyhole Nebula, a distant molecular cloud where young stars are forming. On the left hand side of the frame, you can see the four bright stars of the Southern Cross (the bottom three stars are bright blue in the image, and the top one looks more yellow).

All around the world, light interference makes it hard for us to view the detail in the heavens that could be seen by our ancestors. Above the atmosphere in low-Earth orbit, ISS astronaut Don Petit used his "Barn Door Tracker" and a digital camera to get astounding views of the heavens.

An image like this shows the amazing versatility of the ISS as a platform.

ISS006-E-28028, 21 February 2003
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov