On Christmas Eve I wanted to share an album of an area that shows not only the area of the Christmas story but a land loved by all people and of important historical significance to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all!
The full moon immediately qualifies this as a favorite. But, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye. On May 17, 2011, a little more than 24 hours after launching from +NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Space Shuttle Endeavour was orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 208 miles. At 08:32 GMT, it had just passed over Brazil at a speed of 17,253 miles per hour. Meanwhile, in orbit just 12 miles above, the International Space Station was traveling at 17,224 miles per hour as it traversed the Atlantic Ocean under this full moon 236,387 miles away. Shuttle and Station would rendezvous a day later, and the moon would begin to wane.
Full moon just west of Cape Verde from the International Space Station at 08:32 GMT May 17, 2011. Credit: Ron Garan/NASA
Born sometime in the distant past, Comet Lovejoy was supposed to incinerate as it came within 87,000 miles of the sun, but defied the odds to continue its long journey through space. As the International Space Station passed Madagascar on December 22, 2011, so did the Comet that could. Comet Lovejoy photographed from the International Space Station December 22, 2011 by NASA astronaut and space station Commander, Dan Burbank.