July 18, 2011
One of the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia photographed this west-looking view featuring the profile of the atmosphere and the setting sun. The shuttle was located over the Java Sea to the south of Kalimantan (Borneo) in Indonesia when this image was acquired. Visible to the right of the setting sun are cloud tops from some thunderstorms. The sun's reflection (bright spot over the setting sun) can be seen off the upper layers of the earth's atmosphere.
Topics: Environment, Kalimantan, Storm, Space plasmas, Thunderstorm, atmospheric electricity, Borneo, Cloud, Space Shuttle, Sun, Java Sea, Indonesia, Java