Spectacular Sunrise…

Sunrise from Space (Credit: NASA)

This is a photograph of Sunrise taken from the International Space Station on 27 Aug 2011. We, from earth see one sunrise (and 1 sunset) every 24 hours because the earth completes one rotation around it’s axis in this amount of time. Now, this space shuttle whips around Earth every ninety minutes. So, every 45 minutes the astronauts from the Space Station see a sunrise or a sunset, making it a total of 16 such beautiful sunrises and 16 another nice sunsets every 24 hours.

They say that every such event is uniquely spectacular and everyone in the space station stop their work to view the breathtaking sight whenever it happens. If you are also dying to be there for this view, let me give you one warning – in space, dust just floats around and does not settle down due to weightlessness of space. Hence everytime someone farts, the air remains there carrying with it the bad odour. Moreover due to limited bathing facilities, body odour adds up to the foul smell. I have read that there are filters which try to clean up the smelly air, but according to the astronauts the first thing you notice when opening the air lock to the ISS is the bad smell.

But this awesome view!! The wonderful sunrise and sunset moments!! Ohh!!


About Panchi

Residing in the Solar System (Milky Way), lost in the beauty of Nature and the vastness of Universe, I am just another Earthling trying to make sense of life!
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