January 3, 2014
(2 Feb. 2012) --- Parts of a number of European nations appear in this nighttime image photographed from the International Space Station. The scene, captured by one of the Expedition 30 crew members, shows the British Isles (left, partially obstructed by one of the space station's solar array panels) with London just right of bottom center; the English Channel, which is dark; Paris (lower right corner); and the Netherlands (right side). The greenish airglow is fairly uniform and minor until it transitions to daybreak on the right.
Topics: Spaceflight, Observational astronomy, Plasma physics, light sources, Airglow, Expedition 3, International Space Station