"I try to fill my eyes, my mind and my heart with the colours, nuances and sensations so that my memories will be witness to the experience. Underneath me on Earth, lands merge: country boundaries are non-existent when you look down from up here in the Cupola. I observe the lands of men."
Guadalupe Island is a volcanic edifice that is 35 kilometers (21 miles) long and 240 kilometers (150 miles) off the coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. On the August day when this astronaut photograph was taken, winds were blowing from the north (left) across the island, giving rise to a series of atmospheric eddies that appear as circles and swirls in the clouds downwind. (via Cloud Swirls and Ripples, Guadalupe Island : Image of the Day)
This photograph from the International Space Station highlights a late-summer “whiting event” visible across much of Lake Ontario (one of North America’s Great Lakes). Such events commonly occur in late summer and are caused by changes in water temperature, which allows fine particles of calcium carbonate to form in the water column. (via Whiting Event, Lake Ontario : Image of the Day)
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