Photograph courtesy ISS, NASA
The "boot" of Italy glitters with nighttime lights, as seen from 220 miles (354 kilometers) above Earth on the International Space Station (ISS) last week. Part of a docked Russian spacecraft is also visible in the foreground.
On Tuesday NASA officials celebrated the ten-year anniversary of people living on the ISS. NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev were the first crew members to call the station home, spending just over 136 days on board in 2000.
Since then rotating crews have kept the orbiting lab occupied around the clock, every day of the year, for the past decade.
Published November 4, 2010