Take me to the space station – and make it snappy

Take me to the space station – and make it snappy

Cumulonimbus over Africa. Image courtesy of the Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center

Cumulonimbus over Africa. Photo courtesy
of the Image Science and Analysis
Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center

Arguments still rage about whether NASA’s space programme has been worth all those billions, but you have to admit astronauts take great pictures.

The 154th US manned space mission blasted off last week, with the shuttle Discovery delivering, among other things, a Buzz Lightyear action figure and sesame seed bagels to the international space station.

On the way, they found time to snap some astounding photographs of clouds from 200 miles up. You can see them here. Our thanks to Craig Butcher and Luke Massey for telling us about them.

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