IMAGES: Paparazzi in Space

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Science  02 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5620, pp. 713
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5620.713d

Astronauts in orbit enjoy spectacular views of Earth and space that grounded photographers can only dream of. Fortunately, most of them remembered to bring along a camera. This NASA gallery offers a huge selection of astronaut snapshots, beginning with historical images from the first space shuttle mission in 1981 and including this month's pictures from the international space station. You can search for images by mission, subject, location, and other categories. Download shots that capture famous geological features such as Mount Everest, delicate Pacific atolls, and evidence of human impact on the planet, from Amazonian deforestation to strip mines in Montana. Here, swirling currents in the Bering Sea spin ice into beautiful patterns.

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