Sunset Seen From Space Colors Earth’s Atmosphere

To the many beautiful pictures made of our planet from space, add this one, released today by NASA as its image of the day. It reminds me how thin and fragile is our precious atmosphere.

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Image Credit: NASA

“Layers of Earth’s atmosphere, brightly colored as the sun sets, are featured in this image taken by the STS-127 crew on the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Endeavour,” says the NASA caption. “This image was taken on July 29, 2009, one day before the shuttle landed, completing a 16-day, 6.5-million mile journey.”

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