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Business News/ Science / News/  Year-Ender 2023: Top 5 times Nasa, ISS shared Earth's stellar poses for the Cosmic Kaleidoscope
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Year-Ender 2023: Top 5 times Nasa, ISS shared Earth's stellar poses for the Cosmic Kaleidoscope

NASA's Instagram highlights, ranging from the Horn of Africa to the Himalayas, provide straightforward yet striking glimpses of our home planet. As we reflect on the year, these space snapshots serve as a reminder of the beauty and fragility of Earth in the vastness of the cosmos.

Space communications satellite in low orbit around the Earth. Elements of this image furnished by NASAPremium
Space communications satellite in low orbit around the Earth. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

As we bid adieu to another year, Mint takes a look at a cosmic journey through some of the most captivating snapshots shared by NASA of our home planet from the vastness of space. Brace yourselves for an extraordinary year-ender filled with celestial wonders and breathtaking views.

Celestial Framing: Earth’s Portrait from SpaceX Dragon’s Window

Embark on a visual odyssey as the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft, en route to the International Space Station, unveils a truly special image of Earth. NASA, the storyteller of the cosmos, took to Instagram to share the intricacies of this masterpiece. Framed by the spacecraft capsule window, the composition captures the blue waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, the continents of Europe and Africa, and a celestial ballet of small white clouds dancing across the sky.

Cloud Chronicles: Aboard the International Space Station

Peer through the lens of astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as they unveil a unique vantage point of our Blue Planet. In an Instagram post from months past, Andreas Mogensen shares a glimpse of Earth adorned in a mesmerizing blanket of clouds. This ethereal view, a testament to the celestial poetry witnessed from the ISS, leaves us in awe.

Aurora Unleashed: Earth’s Nighttime Spectacle

Behold the natural spectacle of auroras, Mother Nature’s enchanting light show. The vibrant hues of these celestial dancers pirouette across the night canvas, creating a mesmerizing sight. When captured from the cold expanse of space, these auroras take on an even more stunning allure. Join NASA in a celestial waltz as an aurora dance in Earth’s atmosphere, captured by the International Space Station during orbital nighttime.

Aerial Tapestry: Horn of Africa’s Unique Landscape

Explore the canvas of the Horn of Africa through the lens of an astronaut orbiting aboard the ISS. In a recent post on NASA Earth’s dedicated Instagram page, witness the breathtaking pictures showcasing Somalia’s northeast coast. Winds sculpting sand dunes, streams carving canyons — a visual symphony of nature captured from space.

Himalayan Majesty: Peaks and Clouds from the International Space Station

Journey to the Himalayas through the lens of astronaut Andreas Mogensen, presently aboard the International Space Station. In a series of photographs captured on a clear and cloudless day, witness the majestic peaks of the Himalayan Mountains. A thrilling uncertainty surrounds the photograph of Mount Everest, marked by a few clouds—a testament to the awe-inspiring mystery and beauty of our planet.

As we reflect on the wonders witnessed from the cosmic stage, these snapshots remind us of the vast, intricate beauty that defines our home in the universe. Here’s to another year of celestial discoveries and the promise of more extraordinary views in the year to come.

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Published: 16 Dec 2023, 03:02 PM IST
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