Spellbinding Photos of Clouds Shot from the International Space Station

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Not too long ago astronaut/ geophysicist Alexander Gerst shared his remarkable Earth Time-lapse video that was shot in Ultra HD while orbiting inside the International Space Station. This time he shares some still images of clouds casting thousand-mile shadows into space which can only be seen from the ISS perspective.

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Being part of a team of six astronauts currently on board the International Space Station, Gerst spends much of his free time gazing out the window, and ofcourse, the view is always spectacular.  He sees the planet pass by from some 205 miles below, and with camera in hand, he documents what he sees.

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Having been on the ISS since June of this year, Gerst has documented hundreds of photographs that show all sorts of natural phenomena like floods, dust storms, hurricanes, as well as oil fields. Gerst has developed a fondness to shoot the shadows cast by clouds, and for obvious reason. The shadows look absolutely remarkable when seen from space. Thick cloud formations produce long shadows that reach out for thousands of miles across the Earth’s geography until they eventually become obscured into the horizon.

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34-year-old Dr. Alexander Gerst is a European Space Agency astronaut and was chosen in 2009 to undergo training. Gerst studied at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, where he earned a university degree in geophysics. He likewise took up earth science at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where he received a master of science. Gerst has been researching since 2005 and received a doctorate in natural sciences in 2010 at the Institute of Geophysics of the University of Hamburg, Germany. Gerst is also an avid diver, skydiver and mountaineer.

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View his cloud images as well as other pictures taken from the ISS here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I’m talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.