July 25, 2011
This photo featuring the San Francisco Bay area in California was photographed by one of the STS-111 crewmembers aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The gray urban footprint of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and the surrounding suburbs contrasts strongly with the brown and green vegetation in the hillsides. At the top and bottom of the picture the green, red and yellow pools are impoundments and salt evaporation ponds. The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth provides searchable access to other photographs of Earth taken by astronauts.
Topics: Salt evaporation pond, Human spaceflight, Space Shuttle program, Environment, Space Shuttle, San Francisco