The remarkable composite image taken by photographer Rainee Colacurcio was selected as NASA's astronomy image of the day. Although the ISS is located 408 km (250 miles) away from Earth, the iconic orbiting laboratory remains eclipsed by the vast surface of the sun shining orange in the background. Mrs. Colacurcio took the picture of Edmonds Beach in Washington.
Ms. Colacurcio told NASA, "This is not a sunspot. It is the International Space Station caught in the sun.
"Sunspots individually have a dark central umber, a lighter surrounding half-shell and no solar panels," she added.
"By contrast, the ISS is a complex and multi-threaded mechanism, one of the largest and most advanced machines ever created by humanity.
"The sun's passage is not unusual for the ISS, which orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes. READ ON: TIME-RAPTURES OF Puzzles Sprouting in the Desert
But finding the right timing and equipment for a great picture is rare. "
An inspiring image is really a combination of two photos.
One of the space stations as it passed by the sun, while a second captured details of the sun's surface.
The resulting composite is unusual, as it shows the sun lacks real sunspots.
These are ker spots that appear temporarily on the sun's surface and represent regions with relatively colder temperatures thanks to local magnetic fluxes that dampen convection.
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The number of sunspots at a given time tends to vary with the 1
a time of low solar activity.
"For reasons that are not fully understood, the number of sunspots that occurred during both the previous and current solar minima was unusually low."
Fifty years after Neil Armstrong's arrival On the lunar surface, a NASA aircraft flew Astronaut, an Italian flight engineer and a Russian commander with a Soyuz spaceship from Kazakhstan.
The trio flew in to complete a "textbook" with the ISS. 4-orbit rendezvous.
The launch date coincided with the landing of Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969.
However, NASA medical astronaut Andrew Morgan described the crew as an honor to serve as a symbolic link in the past, when the United States and the former Soviet Union were involved in a Cold War space race and today, as international cooperation the rule is not the exception.
Mr. Morgan said, "I can not imagine anything better to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing than to start an international crew anniversary, especially given NASA's confirmation that we have a 2024 crew want to land on the lunar surface. "