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“It is spectacular. It’s amazing to hold onto the International Space Station, you’re going seventeen and a half thousand miles an hour, and just sort of look down at your feet and 200 miles under your feet, there goes the coast of California and, oops, nine minutes later, there goes New York City as you’re flying over and then on your way to Europe.” -Dan Tani, Astronaut (“In Their Own Words”)

Photographing the Earth from the International Space Station

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What is the Gateway to Astronaut Photography?
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth.

Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken photographs of the Earth. Our database tracks the locations, supporting data, and digital images for these photographs. We process images coming down from the International Space Station on a daily basis and add them to the 1,170,262 views of the Earth already made accessible on our website.

These images include 689,714 from the International Space Station. These numbers were determined 1/1/2012.

There were 20,276,114 web hits & 2,179,234 database photo image downloads in December 2011.

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