astronauts used to beoutside the International Space Station last week. And NASA photographers captured the exact moment it happened. The resulting images are amazing.
This composite of seven frames taken by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky shows the silhouette of the ISS last week as it passes the sun at about 5 miles per second, or about 18,000 miles per hour. An image with the sun in the background glowing orange.It was taken from Nellysford, Virginia, NASA said in a statement on Monday.
“It was fun chasing today,” Kowski tweeted after taking a rare photo.
A GIF of the composite image shared by NASA also shows the space station’s progress across the Sun.
The International Space Station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, meaning the crew will experience 16 sunrises and sunsets in a 24-hour period. Despite such a common occurrence, capturing images of the ISS transitioning through our star is “rare. NASA says photographers must wear appropriate eye protection. Because looking directly at the sun will cause damage.
“With extremely limited visibility along the ground, Having clear weather conditions at a given location is one of the most limiting factors in capturing traffic,” Kowski said last year.
Currently on the station are NASA astronauts Expedition 65 Megan McArthur, Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and astronauts Roscosmos Pyotr Dubrov and Oleg Novitskiy.
Spacewalkers @Astro_Kimbrough and @Thom_Astro complete second solar panel installation on Friday 25 June 2021 complete pix more… https://t.co/vpyst22UrG pic.twitter.com/cWowcomROl
— International Space Station (@Space_Station) June 29, 2021
While photographing Kimbrough and Pesquet walking in outer space, the ISS was working to install the second of six new Roll-Out Solar Arrays in the 4B energy channel, making the image particularly special. It marks the couple’s third spacewalk in just two weeks to continue upgrading the electrical system. This is because today’s solar panels, designed for 15 years, have started showing signs of deterioration from more than 20 years of use.
The spacewalk lasted six hours and 45 minutes. It marked the fifth spacewalk for Kimbrough and Pesquet working together, as well as ninth for Kimbrough and fifth for Pesquet overall.
Last year, the ISS celebrated a milestone: 20 years of continuous human existence. During that time, 244 people spent time on the ship. Almost 3,000 operationsinvestigation
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