15 Photographs from the ISS to Celebrate 15 Years of Continuous Occupation

Today marks 15 years of continuous human habitation onboard the International Space Station. In that time the forty plus crews have amassed a library of over 2.7 million photographs. The Earth bound social media team spent some time scanning through the archive to choose 15 of their favourite pictures taken whilst hurtling around our atmosphere at 27,600km/h.

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(June 14, 2012) — Star trail composite created with photos from Expedition 31 with docked Soyuz and Progress spacecrafts visible.

The selection is a truly dazzling array of sights and everything you could wish to expect from Space imagery. All taken within the last four years, there’s an abundance from Samantha Cristoforetti however a surprising lack from Cmdr Chris Hadfield who quickly rose to international fame with his rendition of a David Bowie classic whilst onboard.

At Phogotraphy we don’t think we can do much better than the 15 digital images selected. We may petition NASA to send up some film cameras in the future though, for old time’s sake.

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(May 23, 2011) — This image of the International Space Station and the docked space shuttle Endeavour, flying at an altitude of approximately 220 miles, was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking on May 23, 2011 (USA time). The pictures taken by Nespoli are the first taken of a shuttle docked to the International Space Station from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Onboard the Soyuz were Russian cosmonaut and Expedition 27 commander Dmitry Kondratyev; Nespoli, a European Space Agency astronaut; and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman. Coleman and Nespoli were both flight engineers. The three landed in Kazakhstan later that day, completing 159 days in space.

From Aurora Borealis, to docking Spaceships to passing hurricans and even a Vulcan salute in memory of the late Leonard Nimroy, enjoy this special set of pictures and be assured that if you know anyone under the age of 15, their entire life has always had someone living in Space.

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(September 17, 2011) — This is one of a series of night time images photographed by one of the Expedition 29 crew members from the International Space Station. It features Aurora Australis, seen from a point over the southeast Tasman Sea near southern New Zealand. The station was located at 46.65 degrees south latitude and 169.10 degrees east longitude.
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(March 28, 2015) — Earth observation taken during a night pass of Spain and Italy by the Expedition 43 crew aboard the International Space Station.
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(July 26, 2014) — One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this oblique night image of almost the entire countries of Italy and Sicily on July 26, 2014.
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(May 23, 2011) — This image of the International Space Station and the docked space shuttle Endeavour, flying at an altitude of approximately 220 miles, was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking on May 23, 2011 (USA time). The pictures taken by Nespoli are the first taken of a shuttle docked to the International Space Station from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Onboard the Soyuz were Russian cosmonaut and Expedition 27 commander Dmitry Kondratyev; Nespoli, a European Space Agency astronaut; and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman. Coleman and Nespoli were both flight engineers. The three landed in Kazakhstan later that day, completing 159 days in space.
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(July 15, 2014) — An aurora captured by the Expedition 40 crew.
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(September 13, 2014) — Night Earth Observations taken by Expedition 41 crew member Alex Gerst. Automated Transfer Vehicle 5 (ATV 5) is visible.
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(September 13, 2014) — Night Earth Observations of aurora taken by Expedition 41 crew member Alex Gerst.
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(December 2, 2014) — Flight engineer Terry Virts captures his reflection and an orbital sunrise in the Cupola windows.
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(February 28, 2015) — Samantha Cristoforetti flashes the Vulcan Salute in the cupola of the space station in honor of the late Leonard Nimroy.
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(March 31, 2015) — This close up of the huge Typhoon Maysak “eye” of the category 5 (hurricane status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale) was captured by astronauts on board the International Space Station Mar. 31, 2015. The massive Typhoon is headed toward the Philippines and expected to land on the upcoming Easter weekend. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellites, both co-managed by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, captured rainfall and cloud data that revealed very heavy rainfall and high thunderstorms in the still strengthening storm.
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(April 6, 2015) — City lights during a night pass over northern central Europe taken by Expedition 43 crew member Samantha Cristoforetti.
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(April 6, 2015) — City lights during a night pass over northern central Europe taken by Expedition 43 crew member Samantha Cristoforetti.
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(August 10, 2015) — A nighttime view of the Earth captured by an Expedition 44 crew member.
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(August 29, 2015) — Photo of severe weather from space taken by the Expedition 44 crew aboard the International Space Station.
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(October 18, 2015) — A night pass of city lights taken by an Expedition 45 crew member.
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(August 24, 2015) — Distant view of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Kounotori 5 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) during its final approach for docking with the International Space Station (ISS) with darkness of space in the background.

Related: We Chose 30 Imperfect Photographs from the Apollo Archive.


Via NASA

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