​NASA Astronauts Captured A Photo of the UK From the International Space Station

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NASA has released an astounding​ photo of the United Kingdom, snapped by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on February 26th at precisely 9:25 in the morning. The weather was apparently clear over the UK for the astronauts to capture the incredible fair photo.

Astronauts have given us a peek on how the Earth looks from space, a view only a few people on Earth will see in their lifetime. The astronauts’ perspective was now shared with the world, and we have to say that it is a wonderful one. The International Space Station’s altitude was that of 214 nautical miles away from Earth when the photo was captured. To make a comparison, the distance is about the same as it takes to drive by car from central London to Manchester on the Motorway40 (M40).

To snap the image, a Nikon D5 was used, by looking through one of the International Space Station’s windows, all over the sea between Ireland and Wales. The Nikon D5 had a 17-35 mm zoom lens.

​NASA Astronauts Captured A Photo of the UK From the International Space Station

The International Space Station celebrated last year 20 years since it was first put into motion, although the first group of long-term residents did not turn up until November 2000, two years later. The cost of the station went up to roughly $100 billion, which makes it the most expensive construction built in all human history.

The station has been home and a dwelling place for 236 astronauts, which includes European Space Agency (ESA), the British astronaut Major Tim Peake, who lived on the International Space Station from December 15, 2015, until June 18, 2016.

At the moment, there are six astronauts living in the station, each part of specific given missions and expeditions: Andrew Feustel, a NASA astronaut and geophysicist, Oleg Artemyev, a Russian cosmonaut for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Richard R. Arnold, a NASA astronaut and educator, Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut and geophysicist with the European Space Agency, Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, American physician, engineer and NASA astronaut, and Sergey Prokopyev​ also a Russian cosmonaut.


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