NASA shows off the best images of Earth taken from the ISS this year

midian182

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In brief: In addition to NASA celebrating 20 years of continuous human presence onboard the International Space Station (ISS), crew members took thousands of photographs of Earth during 2020. Now, the agency has revealed the best twenty images of our planet as seen from space.

Chosen by the people at the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the images include Cuba and the Bahamas, the fall colors of Ottawa, and moonrise over the southern Atlantic Ocean. You can see more photos taken from the ISS here.

NASA has released a series of statistics about the ISS to celebrate its twenty years of constant habitation. Located about 260 miles above Earth, 240 individuals from 19 countries have visited the International Space Station, where an international crew of six live and work.

The station travels at a speed of five miles per second, orbiting Earth approximately every 90 minutes . That works out at 16 orbits of the Earth every 24 hours.

The ISS itself measures 357 feet end-to-end, one yard shorter than a football field, including the end zones. Its power comes from four pairs of solar arrays that provide 75 to 90 kilowatts, and it weighs 925,335 pounds with a habitable volume of 13,696 Cubic Feet.

Something not mentioned by NASA is that the ashes of James ‘Scotty’ Doohan have been traveling on the ISS for the last 12 years. Game developer Richard Garriott, the man behind the Ultima series, smuggled them onboard inside a laminated photo of the actor when he became one of the first space tourists to visit the station in 2008.

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Uncle Al

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20 years ...... aside from being a remarkable achievement it proves, quite simply and directly, that mankind can indeed work together to achieve great things. If we could develop a scientific method that would keep out or eliminate political greed, this entire planet would make the ISS proud to encircle us ......
 

toooooot

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20 years ...... aside from being a remarkable achievement it proves, quite simply and directly, that mankind can indeed work together to achieve great things. If we could develop a scientific method that would keep out or eliminate political greed, this entire planet would make the ISS proud to encircle us ......
I am hoping to see photos like these from other planets. Would be awesome if we could send automated ships to all planets in our system to take photos and send them back to earth. I often go through telescope photos of other galaxies. The universe is amazingly beautiful, even though it is also very empty...
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captaincranky

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They probably don't want to bother with us war monkeys
Speaking of "war monkeys", it might interest you know that there are two species of chimpanzee, the common chimp, "Pan troglodytes'", and the gracile chimp, "Pan paniscus". The common chimp spends most of its time fighting with one another. While the gracile chimp, passes the day in various forms of sexual activity.

Some taxonomists believe, (whether tongue in cheek or otherwise), that man should be placed in the same genus "Pan", instead of, "Homo", where we are.

IMHO, man has achieved his status as the dominant hominid species, by virtue of being a creature capable of both fighting and f**king with equal alacrity and enthusiasm. :rolleyes:
 

captaincranky

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20 years ...... aside from being a remarkable achievement it proves, quite simply and directly, that mankind can indeed work together to achieve great things. If we could develop a scientific method that would keep out or eliminate political greed, this entire planet would make the ISS proud to encircle us ......
In this person's very amateur sociological opinion, the resultant cooperative interaction between disparate nationalities and backgrounds on the ISS, is actually tribal in nature.

What we call man's "social" nature, is actually tribal bonding. Given that they share the same the same environment, and the same common goals, they could just as easily be categorized as a "tribe", rather than as a group

The sociiialization of humans, and many other so called "lower creature", needs to begin, and be done correctly, at a very early age.

Witness this friendship between a goldebn labrador retriever, and cheetahs:


EDIT: I would like to add that enormous damage these individual do to their own bodies during months in space, is a solemn tribute to their dedication.

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Uncle Al

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In this person's very amateur sociological opinion, the resultant cooperative interaction between disparate nationalities and backgrounds on the ISS, is actually tribal in nature.

What we call man's "social" nature, is actually tribal bonding. Given that they share the same the same environment, and the same common goals, they could just as easily be categorized as a "tribe", rather than as a group

The sociiialization of humans, and many other so called "lower creature", needs to begin, and be done correctly, at a very early age.

Witness this friendship between a goldebn labrador retriever, and cheetahs:


EDIT: I would like to add that enormous damage these individual do to their own bodies during months in space, is a solemn tribute to their dedication.

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HAHAHAHA .... cranky, you a hoot and simply haven't got a clue. I figured with your absence for so long the virus had gotten you but I see your nature is a natural repellent! Go in peace ......
 

captaincranky

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HAHAHAHA .... cranky, you a hoot and simply haven't got a clue. I figured with your absence for so long the virus had gotten you but I see your nature is a natural repellent! Go in peace ......
You might want to investigate the "Nacrimera tribe", before you summarily write me off as, "not having a clue".
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However, we're in lock step regarding my, "repellent nature". Keep in mind it's taken decades to develop it, as well as to categorize its root causes.

I have antisocial, misanthropic, and sociopathic characteristics, in the makeup of my personality. Repelling pathogens borne by human contact, comes naturally to me, since I repel the humans first. It's not even a two step process.

Here's the story of the "Nacrimera", in its entirety:


Incidentally, the man who wrote this allegory, was an anthropologist..!

BTW, Happy New year..! (y) (Y)
 
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