Astronaut snaps 1 millionth photo from International Space Station
From online dispatches
CREDIT: Don Pettit (via Twitter as @astro_Pettit)Astronaut Don Pettit took the 1 millionth photograph from the International Space Station (ISS) and posted the image on his Twitter account, Space.com reported.
The March 27-dated photo shows, not surprisingly, a view of the Earth from space through one of the station's viewports as the space lab orbited 386 kilometers above the southeastern Tasman Sea.
Two Russian spacecraft are also seen in the picture, along with a green band of aurora light.
Pettit posted the photo on his Twitter account with the message that read, "1 millionth ISS photo. Part of time lapse series. Not sure who took it, Dan Burbank or myself. We can't remember."
"Illumination and the relative motion of features in the overall series of photos suggest that the view is toward the south to southeast with the approaching dawn to the left and a strong band of Aurora Australis, from left to right," NASA officials said. "A Russian Soyuz and a Russian Progress vehicle are seen center and right in the foreground, respectively."