May 30, 2011
A vertical view of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas and part of the great Bahama Bank, as photographed with a 70mm handheld camera from the space shuttle Columbia in Earth orbit. The light blue of the Bahama Bank contrasts sharply with the darker blue of the deep ocean waters. Astronauts John W. Young, commander, and Robert L. Crippen, pilot, took a series of Earth-looking photos from inside the flight deck of the Columbia, which has windows on its top side, convenient for shooting photographs as the spacecraft flew "upside down" above Earth. The mission frame ID number is STS001-12-0322.
Topics: Environment, Bahama Banks, Eleuthera, Manned spacecraft, Space Shuttle Columbia, Space Shuttle, Astronaut, Spacecraft, Columbia