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Look Back at Earth with NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan

IT’S APRIL 6TH, 2020 IT’S EARLY IN THEMORNING ON A REALLY LONG DAY LIKE AN 18-HOUR DAY WHERE WE’RE GONNA DOSPACEX RELEASE AND SO I’VE GOT SOME FREE TIME AND I WAS GOING TO DO A LITTLE BITOF PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THIS 16 MILLIMETER LENS WHICH IS A WIDE-ANGLE LENS IT’SKIND OF NICE BECAUSE IT CAPTURES PIECES OF THE SPACE STATION.

 AS WELL AS PIECESOF THE WINDOW AND IT KIND OF FRAMES THE PICTURES NICELY IT DOES CAUSE A LITTLEBIT OF DISTORTION EXAGGERATES THE CURVATURE OF THE EARTH BUT I LIKE THEMBECAUSE IT KIND OF GIVES THE PICTURES A MORE SPACEY FEEL WHEN YOU CAN SEE THEISS AND THE WINDOW AND THE CURVATURE OF THE EARTH SO TAKING SOME PHOTOS HERE SOWE’RE FLYING NORTH NORTHEAST ACROSS JUST FLEW ACROSS

THE RED SEA NOW THIS ISSAUDI ARABIA WE JUST SAW THE NILE RIVER A SECOND AGO SINAI PENINSULA RIGHT OVER HERE THAT’S NICETHE SINAI THE RED SEA SEE THE MEDITERRANEAN I LIKE THIS PERSPECTIVE BETTER YOU CAN SEE THE FULL NILE RIVER IN THE DISTANCE THERE THIS IS ONE OF MYFAVORITE VIEWS MY FAVORITE PASSES IS COMING OVER THIS CORNER OF THE MIDDLEEAST AFRICA IT’S ALMOST ALWAYS CLEAR

THAT’S COOL THERE YOU CANSEE ALL OF ISRAEL DEAD SEA YOU CAN SEE THE DEAD SEA OPEN THIS ONE THIS IS THE LAST ONETHAT I HAVEN’T OPENED UP YET THIS LOOKS THE BACK HALF OF THE ISS ANDTHERE’S THE RUSSIAN SEGMENT THE PROGRESS VEHICLE AND THERE’S THE RED SEA BACKTHERE BEHIND US AS WE PASSED OVER AND THEN STRAIGHT UP THIS IS WE CALLTHIS THIS IS CALLED WINDOWS 7

 THIS IS LOOKING SAY NADER OR STRAIGHT DOWN ATTHE EARTH OVER HERE OVER HERE THAT’S THE CYGNUS VEHICLE THERE IT’LL BEHERE FOR A COUPLE MORE WEEKS INTO MAY BUT LOOKING DOWN THAT’S THE ARABIAN GULFOR THE PERSIAN GULF DEPENDING ON YOUR PERSPECTIVE AND NOW WE’RE CROSSING OVERINTO IRAN I SUSPECT THIS ISMAYBE PIECES OF IRAN RIGHT HERE THIS IS THE DOUBLE-CHECK MY MATH THEREBUT YEAH IT’S THE CASPIAN SEA HERE THE CASPIAN SEA IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL

AS WELLFIRST OF ALL IT’S ENORMOUS IT’S CAN’T GET OVER HOW BIG IT IS AND THEN IT HASSOME REALLY UNIQUE COLORS IN THE WATERS IT LOOKS TROPICAL SO AS WE MAKE OUR WAY IN THE VELOCITYVECTOR THE DIRECTION THAT WE’RE TRAVELING RIGHT NOW SO WE’RE STILL ON ANASCENDING THOUGH SO WE’RE STILL TRAVELING NORTHEAST OVER THE EARTHAND THEN

EVENTUALLY IT WILL START HEADING SOUTH AS WE HIT THE TRANSITION POINT WHERE WE GO FROM ANASCENDING TO DESCENDING NODE SO IT WOULD BE ABOUT 51 DEGREES NORTHLATITUDE START HEADING SOUTH AND THEN AS ITWORKS RIGHT NOW WE’LL HIT SUNSET KIND OF OVER THE SEA OF

JAPAN AND JAPAN HERESO WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF ASIA NOW OVER KAZAKHSTAN SOMEWHERE ALOT OF CLOUDCOVER NOT A WHOLE LOT TO SEE THE EARTH HERE ALL RIGHT THAT’S THE MORNING JUST GOT IJUST GOT UP UNSHAVEN TORE OUT THE CUPOLA TAKING WITH SOME PICTURES WITH A 16MILLIMETER LENS AT THE BEGINNING OF A VERY VERY LONG DAY

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