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ISS light trail and constellations

ISS light trail and constellations

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DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

ISS light trail and constellations, time-exposure image. This streak of light was formed as the International Space Station (ISS) passed from left to right across the night sky, through the constellations Cynus (left) and Lyra (right), both labelled. The exposure time was 20 seconds. The ISS orbits the Earth at a height of around 360 kilometres. It can be seen in the night sky with the naked eye, and takes 92 minutes to orbit the Earth. The ISS has been crewed since October 2000. It is still being constructed, and is scheduled for completion in 2010. This image was taken on 4 September 2005, as the ISS passed over Germany.

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