|NASA Photo ID||ISS007-E-5379|
|Time taken||20:03:04 GMT|
Cloud masks available for this image:
|Kodak DCS760c Electronic Still Camera|
|3060E: 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array|
Image Caption: ISS007-E-05379 (11 May 2003) --- The moon seems to be floating inside Earth's atmosphere as it was photographed by an Expedition 7 crewmember onboard the International Space Station (ISS) while above Russia. It's an illusion, of course. The moon is really a quarter of a million miles away. The picture is tricky because of its uneven lighting. The sun's elevation angle is only 6 degrees. On the left side of the image, night is falling; on the right side, it's still broad daylight. This gradient of sunlight is the key to the illusion.