It is quite complicated to get a good picture of the International Space Station as it whizzes through the sky. It is even more difficult to take a wonderful photo by crossing the face of the sun. Applause NASA photographer Joel Kowsky.
NASA released a composite image consisting of six frames showing the ISS in silhouette as it passed through the sun “at about 5 miles per second”
It took a combination of skill, equipment and timing to capture the image. While the silhouette of the station looks a bit like a Star Wars TIE fighter, what you are seeing on the sides are the large arrays of ISS solar panels.
The ISS represents more than just a collection of equipment in orbit. There are currently two Russian cosmonauts and three NASA astronauts on the station. NASA crew includes pioneers of SpaceX Crew Dragon Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who.
If you want to capture the ISS for yourself, both with a camera and with the naked eye, take a look at NASA’s Spot the Station website and register for a heads-up alert for when it will fly over your part of the world.
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