Astronaut Aboard International Space Station Snaps Photo of the Grand Canyon

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Image ISS039-E-5258, courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center. Taken on March 25.


Here's a view of the Grand Canyon you don't get everyday, in this photograph taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

The ISS has been manned for more than 13 years now, which had led to plenty of picture-taking opportunities across the world. Below, check out other shots taken of Arizona over the years, all of which were taken from the ISS, except for one, which was taken from the Space Shuttle Columbia:

  • Another view of the Grand Canyon, taken back in 2003:

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Image STS107-E-5412, courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center. Taken from the final flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

  • Phoenix at night, taken in March 2013:

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Image ISS035-E-5438, courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center.


  • The Horseshoe 2 Fire in southeastern Arizona, taken in May 2011:

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Image ISS027-E-31908, courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center.


  • Open-pit mines, northwestern Arizona, in January 2010:

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Image ISS022-E-26137, courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center.


  • The New Cornelia Mine, next to Ajo, taken in 2002:

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Image ISS004-E-5201, courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center.


  • The city of Page, taken in 2003:

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Image ISS006-E-28359, courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center.


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3 comments
Brad Kachurka
Brad Kachurka

Those mines are in South Central Arizona , not Northwestern Arizona. Another great editing/fact checking job.

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