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Photographing Earth from the the International Space Station’s Cupola Module (10 pictures)

NASA’s Image of the Day today is a photograph showing one of the best photo op spots to be found on the International Space Station: the Cupola module. The image (shown above) shows astronaut and flight engineer Chris Cassidy pointing a Nikon DSLR and 400mm lens out one of the Cupola’s windows to photograph some location on Earth 250 miles below him.


The Cupola is a popular module to shoot Earth photos from due to its seven large windows that offer a fantastic view of the Earth spinning below. One of the 31-inch windows found in the Cupola is the largest window ever used in space.

The fantastic photo site PetaPixel gives us an idea of what it looks like when astronauts are observing Earth from inside the Cupola: