Earth from the ISS Photo Credit: NASA.
In March 2011, Astronaut (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) Ronald J. Garan boarded a Soyuz spacecraft and started his incredible 6-month mission to the ISS. Even if we have seen many astronauts go up we still think each and everyone of them are heroes, their sacrifice enormous and the results spectacular. Ron Garan is currently assigned to Expedition 27/28. He is also known as @Astro_Ron on twitter, where he has been tweeting space photos to his followers since he arrived at the space station.
Ron Garan is also connected to the website Fragile Oasis with the following statement by Ron:
“It is very difficult to look at our beautiful Earth from space without being moved in some way. One of the main goals of Fragile Oasis is to share this orbital perspective and inspire people to go out and make a difference; to go out and somehow make life better for those with whom they share this fragile oasis. The Fragile Oasis community was established to unite in the common goal of sharing our humanity and improving our world. Let us inspire, recognize, and help each other in our collective quest to make life better on our planet. ” Ron Garan
We are very grateful for his sacrifice and that he enlightens our day with the following space photos (all visible on Astro_Ron’s twitpic account).
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NASA astronaut Ronald J. Garan
Born on October 30, 1961 in Yonkers, NY. Military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross for Combat Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Award, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and various other service awards. NASA Superior Accomplishment Award and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.
Distinguished Graduate and Top Academic Award USAF Fighter Weapons School; Twice selected as Top Academic Instructor Pilot USAF Weapons School; USAF Weapons School and USAF Weapons and Tactics Center Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault Award; Distinguished Graduate Squadron Officers School; Top Academic Award F-16 Replacement Training Unit (RTU). Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the State University of New York.Earth from ISS photo credit:
NASA/Astronaut Ron Garan and bethblog
Earth from the ISS: A heavenly smile
With a view like that, I would smile too! Earth from ISS photo credit: NASA/Astronaut Ron Garan
Earth from the ISS: Megalopolis
Atlantic Seaboard ‘Megalopolis’ at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 04/06/11)
A night time view of the Atlantic Seaboard Conurbation, United States of America, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 27 crew member on the International Space Station.
As regional metropolitan areas expand in both physical area and population, they typically aggregate to form economically, politically, and to some extent socially linked entities known as conurbations — the term “megalopolis” has also been used. One of the largest conurbations in the world is located along the eastern coastline of the United States, and has been termed the Atlantic Seaboard Conurbation (ASC). The ASC extends over 1,000 kilometers and includes the major economic, governmental, and cultural centers of Boston, Mass.; New York, N.Y.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Baltimore, Md.; and Washington, D.C.
This photograph includes every metropolitan area in the ASC except for Boston, Mass. (located off the image to the northeast of New York, N.Y.). The image was taken during “local night”, which highlights the position and extent of each metropolitan area along the eastern seaboard by their urban lighting patterns. The establishment and growth of the conurbation was facilitated by transportation networks (railroads, highways, and air travel routes) for transfer of goods, materials, and population between the metropolitan areas. Two other large metropolitan areas are visible in the image — Norfolk, Va. and Richmond, Va. at upper right — but these are not considered to be part of the ASC.
In contrast to the city lights that mark metropolitan areas and smaller communities along the sea coast and interior, the Atlantic Ocean appears as a featureless dark region occupying the upper left quarter of the image.Earth from ISS photo credit: NASA
Earth from the ISS: Kairo
Nile River Delta, Mediterranean Sea (NASA, International Space Station, 08/18/11). The Nile River Delta and part of the Mediterranean Sea can be seen in this night time photo captured by one of the Expedition 28 crew members aboard the International Space Station, flying at an altitude of approximately 220 miles. A 38-mm focal length was used to record the image.Earth from ISS photo credit: NASA
Earth from the ISS: Horseshoe Wildfire in Arizona
Horseshoe 2 Wildfire, Arizona (NASA, International Space Station, 05/08/11). The Horseshoe 2 fire is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 27 crew member on the International Space Station. The Horseshoe 2 fire, located along the southeastern flank of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona, began on May 8, 2011 at approximately 11:00 a.m.
The fire is thought to have been started by human activities. This photograph illustrates the area (approximately 8,900 hectares, or 22,110 acres) and position of the fire within the mountains on May 15, 2011, as well as an extensive smoke plume extending to the east-northeast over a distance of at least 60 kilometers (approximately 40 miles). As of May 19, 2011, the fire had burned an area of nearly 14,000 hectares (approximately 34,400 acres) of grasses, shrubs, and trees along the mountain slopes.
The Chiricahua Mountains are included within the Chiricahua National Monument located near the borders of Arizona, USA; New Mexico, USA; and Chihuahua, United Mexican States. Elevations in the mountains range from approximately 914 — 3,267 meters (300 — 10,720 feet) above sea level. The higher elevations — known regionally as “sky islands” — allow for biologically diverse plant and animal communities, adapted to cooler and wetter conditions, to survive while surrounded by semi-arid to arid desert conditions at lower elevations. The image highlights this contrast in environments; pine and oak forest contributes to the dark coloration of the upper slopes and peaks of the Chiricahuas at center, while the flat, gray to tan surface of Willcox Playa (an interior-draining basin or dry lake) to the northwest is indicative of the adjacent desert environment.Earth from ISS photo credit: NASA
Earth from the ISS: Like a scene from Star Wars – and X-wing approaches
Kepler on the horizon. Backdropped by Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space, European Space Agency’s (ESA) “Johannes Kepler” Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV-2) begins its relative separation from the International Space Station. The ATV-2 undocked from the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 10:46 a.m. (EDT) on June 20, 2011. Earth from ISS photo credit: NASA
Earth from the ISS: Gulf of Cortez
Mexico, Baja, California, Gulf of Cortez. A crewmember on the joint STS-135/Expediton 28 aggregation photographed this image of parts of Mexico, including Baja California the Gulf of Cortez. Ten astronauts and cosmonauts are currently aboard the joint Atlantis/station complex sharing chores. This photo opportunity presented itself on July 12 — a very busy spacewalk day. Earth from ISS photo credit: NASA
Earth from the ISS: Shooting star seen from the ISS
Astronaut Ron Garan, Expedition 28 flight engineer, tweeted this image from the International Space Station on Aug. 14 with the following caption: “What a ‘Shooting Star’ looks like from space, taken yesterday during Perseid Meteor Shower.”
The image was photographed from the orbiting complex on Aug. 13 when it was over an area of China approximately 400 kilometers to the northwest of Beijing. The rare photo opportunity came as no surprise since the Perseid Meteor Shower occurs every year in August.
The meteors are particles that originate from the comet Swift-Tuttle along its orbital path; the comet’s orbit is close enough for these particles to be swept up by the Earth’s gravitational field each year. Green and dim yellow airglow appears as thin layers visible above the limb of the Earth, extending from image left to upper image right. Atoms and molecules above 50 kilometers in the atmosphere are excited by sunlight during the day, and then release this energy at night producing primarily green light observable from orbit. The sun is low on the horizon as it appears near part of one of the station’s solar panel arrays at image upper right. Earth from ISS photo credit: NASA
Earth from the ISS: Astronaut Ron Garan’s fot
Earth from ISS photo credit: NASA/Astronaut Ron Garan