Space Station Live: Astronaut Photos Highlight Earth Month

Melissa Dawson, an Earth scientist with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, recently spoke by phone with Public Affairs Officer Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters to discuss the importance of astronaut photography of Earth from space.

Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken photographs of the Earth. The Crew Earth Observation team collects the locations and supporting data for these images and makes them available on their website, the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. These images include more than a million photos taken from the International Space Station.

Visit the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth at

All month long in celebration of Earth Day coming up on April 22, the Crew Earth Observation team is highlighting some of the best photos taken by the Expedition 35 crew currently aboard the station. The team is also sharing some earlier photos and videos that demonstrate the importance of the station as a remote sensing platform for collecting striking imagery of our planet.

Visit the Crew Earth Observation team’s Earth Day page at

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