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astronaut (and former NOAA employee!) Christina Koch greeted them from the International Space Station. https://t.co/CKJsnuh6nm pic.twitter.com/H8Hu23Ywqv
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An evocative new photo from the International Space Station shows what it's like to fly along the line between darkness and daylight on planet Earth.
Expedition 59 astronaut Christina Koch posted the eerie view on Twitter May 20 from one of the windows of the station; the view includes a glimpse of one the orbiting complex's solar arrays. Below, night gradually gives way to daylight as clouds streak above the Earth's surface.
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"A couple times a year, the @Space_Station
orbit happens to align over the day/night shadow line on Earth," Koch wrote with the posted photo. "We are continuously in sunlight, never passing into Earth's shadow from the sun, and the Earth below us is always in dawn or dusk. Beautiful time to cloud watch." Koch added the hashtag #nofilter, which means the photo wasn't pretreated with any filters before posting.
While Koch was enchanted, former NASA astronaut Mike Fossum's reply showed that some astronauts prefer different views of Earth. "This was my least favorite time on orbit because our view of my favorite planet was at its worst — always distorted by low angles of light," he said. "Couldn't wait for clear days and clear nights to capture images! But enjoy your journey through the Shadowlands!"
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Koch is expected to spend nearly a year in orbit, which will give her the second-longest spaceflight of any American...
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