NASA Astronaut Glittering Lights Earth ISS
Photo credit: NASA
One sight you can never tire of is of Earth from above regardless of what year it may be. In this image captured by a NASA astronaut, we see stars glitter in the night sky above the Earth’s atmospheric glow, as the International Space Station orbited 260 miles above the Earth. The crew was just about to cross over the Caspian Sea when this image was snapped. Read more for a video and additional information.

For those who have ever wondered, the time zone used aboard the ISS is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). How does sleep work? Well, the windows are covered at night hours to give the impression of darkness because the station experiences 16 sunrises and sunsets per day. During visiting Space Shuttle missions, the International Space Station crew mostly follows the shuttle’s Mission Elapsed Time (MET), which is a flexible time zone based on their launch.

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