Orbit - NASA Astronauts Photograph the Earth (National Geographic Society) HC/DJ

Orbit - NASA Astronauts Photograph the Earth (National Geographic Society) HC/DJ

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All of the space photographs in this book were taken by astronauts using ordinary cameras held in their hands. If you were aboard and were pushed into orbit by seven million pounds of thrust from five rockets, you would see out the window what the photographs in this book show. Columbia was 185 miles above the Indian Ocean when a member of her crew grabbed a camera to record 250-mile wide Cyclone Litanne behind the Shuttle's tail. The astronauts use their free time to share their views from orbit with people on the ground and to photograph areas of special interest to scientists.