2011 in space

The photos that we offer have been made for hundreds of miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. They captured some of the most important environmental events of 2011, from hurricanes and fires, and completing the devastating tsunami that struck Japan in March.

2011 in space

The International Space Station has been operating for 11 years and 47 days. The station is entirely suitable for life, her two bathrooms, a gym and a 360-degree room, used as a viewing platform. The International Space Station is located at an altitude of 278 kilometers to 460 kilometers.

2011 in space

January 6, 2011: the Himalayas, photographed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

2011 in space

Durrat Al Bahrain, or the "Pearl of Bahrain", photographed January 23, 2011. This is a series of artificial islands that were created everything for them luxury hotels and residential buildings.

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February 14, 2011. Volcanoes licancabur and Juriques, not far from the Black Lagoon, on the border of Bolivia and Chile, photographed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. At the top of the volcano licancabur are the ruins of the ancient Inca buildings.

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The Earth and the Automated Transfer Vehicle in the foreground of this photograph, taken by astronaut Paolo Nespoli February 24, 2011. Automated Transfer Vehicle was developed by the European Space Agency to deliver water, food and equipment team on board the International Space Station.

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The space shuttle "Discovery" on the background of the planet Earth, photo taken February 26, 2011. It was the thirty-ninth and final mission of the space shuttle "Discovery" before its final write-off. During shooting, the International Space Station was located at an altitude of about 360 kilometers above the Earth.

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The coastline to the north-east of the city of Sendai, Matsushima between the Gulf and the port of Ishinomaki, Japan, photo taken March 13, 2011. Solar flare seen in areas that are still flooded by the flood waters. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred off Japan March 11, 2011, caused massive destruction and massive loss of life in the towns along the Japanese coast.

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Estuaries on the northwest coast of Madagascar, photo taken April 2, 2011. Estuary - single-arm, funnel-shaped estuary, expanding towards the sea. In the bays Bombetoka Bay (top left) and Mahajamba Bay (top right) are large in size mangroves, one of the most important components of the local ecological system. Mangroves form the habitat of wild animals, including several species of fish and crustaceans.

2011 in space

The photo was taken April 2, 2011. It captures the Bassas da India - an uninhabited atoll in the Indian Ocean, located between Mozambique on the African coast and the island of Madagascar. Dark spots and stripes - are areas where the water flow is very strong and rapid. Light areas - a shallow portions, a lower water depth, lagoons, which tend to reflect sunlight. During the period of strong tidal reef island surface completely disappear under water. That is why next to it there are many shipwrecks, as evidenced by the large number of shipwrecks

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The floodplain Paraná River in Argentina, photo taken April 9, 2011. Parana River is the second largest river in South America, which is second only to the Amazon. The photograph captures the Paraná River section of a length of about 29 kilometers.

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Photo taken April 12, 2011. Astronaut Cady Coleman, who is on board the International Space Station, the Earth makes pictures of the viewing window in the dome.

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Onekotan Island, which is volcanic in origin, photo taken May 17, 2011. Onekotan Island is located at the northern tip of the Kuril Islands chain in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk in the north-west Pacific.

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wetlands, bog Okavango in Botswana, photo taken June 2, 2011. Okavango occupies a large area ecosystem that includes a portion of wetlands, water with fresh water and desert. Dark green portion on the left, which is flood plain reaches on the length of about 10 kilometers, the flared portion is at the right length of 150 km.

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The fire at the National Sanctuary of Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America, the picture was taken June 27, 2011.

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An astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, who is on board the International Space Station, the Earth makes pictures of the viewing window in the dome. Furukawa was one of the participants of the 27th Expedition and was on board the International Space Station on June 7, 2011 to November 21, 2011.

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River Nile, photo taken Aug. 18, 2011.

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The Hurricane "Kate", photo taken by astronaut Mike Fossamom on board the International Space Station, September 6, 2011.

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Photo of forest fires on the territory of Texas, was made by astronaut Ron Garan on board the International Space Station, 8 September 2011.

2011 in space

aurora australis Aurora australis, photo taken September 17, 2011. Aurora australis is the equivalent of the Northern Lights, but it takes place in the southern hemisphere.

2011 in space

Pictures of the night in Europe, Central and Eastern parts made from the International Space Station October 2, 2011.

2011 in space

Photo taken October 5, 2011. Aurora and two of the spacecraft "Soyuz", docked with the International Space Station. The photo was taken by astronaut Mike Fossamom. The "Union", which is located closer to deliver astronauts back to Earth after completing their mission. "Soyuz" in the background is a truck. Its function is to deliver on the international space station equipment, as well as water and food. In addition, he takes out the trash. It is designed so that, immediately after disconnection from the international space station burned in the atmosphere.

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Rocky Mountains, USA, at night, photo taken October 16, 2011.

2011 in space

The Earth at night. This photo was taken from the International Space Station as it passed over the UK and other European countries, moving in the direction of the Middle East, 21 October 2011. In the foreground of this photograph shows Turkey, Cyprus, the right of which is the island in the form of drops. In the far left corner of the visible dark area - is the Black Sea. The right of the visible points of light - a city on the coast of Syria line. In the upper right corner is the Syrian desert.

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Earth and Moon, photo taken October 21, 2011 by astronaut Ron Garan on board the International Space Station.

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Astronaut Ron Garan on the background of the viewing window on the landing beneath the dome aboard the International Space Station. Ron Garan was part of the twenty-seventh and expedition aboard the International Space Station from 4 April 2011 to 16 September 2011.

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Texas at night. The photo was taken by astronaut Mike Fossamom on board the International Space Station, 6 November 2011. This photograph shows the northern part of the Gulf Coast, and located in the area of ​​the city, the apparent bright spots. Himself the Gulf of Mexico is on the right in the top corner.

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Salar de Uyuni and Lake Titicaca. Salar de Uyuni - a dried-up salt lake in the south of the desert plains of the Altiplano, Bolivia at an altitude of 3650 meters above sea level. It is the largest salt marsh in the world. The photo was taken from the International Space Station 2 December 2011.

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The reflection of sunlight from the Earth's surface, the picture was taken from the International Space Station December 3, 2011.

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United Kingdom and France, photo taken from the International Space Station December 4, 2011.

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Spain and Portugal at night, photo taken from the International Space Station December 4, 2011.

2011 in space

Photo Argentina, made from the International Space Station December 8, 2011.