This Photo of an Airplane Flying Over the Bahamas Was Shot From the ISS

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Earlier this week, NASA’s Earth Observatory shared a beautiful photo of the Bahamas. While the landscape is majestic and all, PetaPixel points out that the coolest thing about the photo wasn’t immediately evident.

The Bahamas’ Great Exuma is a series of cays, and if you look closely at one of the turquoise-green channels between one of the larger cays on the upper right-hand side of the photo, you’ll see a thin string of white. Zoom in on the large photo and you’ll see it: an aircraft, given away by its condensation trails.

Illustration for article titled This Photo of an Airplane Flying Over the Bahamas Was Shot From the ISS
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Why is this remarkable? Consider that the ISS is moving 17,150 miles-per-hour above the surface of the Earth, while the plane below was probably moving at around 200 miles per hour or faster. Then consider that this photo was taken with a Nikon D4 digital camera by an astronaut floating 250 miles above the cays in the photo.

We’ve seen a photographer shoot the ISS from the seat of an airplane. Now we’ve seen an astronaut aboard the ISS photograph a plane.

[NASA; h/t PetaPixel]


Contact the author at kelsey@Gizmodo.com.

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andrewdaisuke
Andrew Daisuke

Boy, airplane design sure has changed a lot since I was a kid. It doesn't even have a rear wing!