Footage of the ‘supermoon’ of May 5, 2012 captured from the International Space Station by the Expedition 31 crew. The moon follows an elliptical orbit around Earth, and a supermoon occurs when a full or new moon appears at its closest orbit to Earth (perigree).
These amazing pictures were taken by ESA astronaut André Kuipers from the International Space Station on May 5, 2012, as the perigee full Moon rose and set behind the Earth’s limb. The Earth’s atmosphere bends light from the Moon, acting like a lens, completetly distorting its spherical shape.
The supermoon of May 5, 2012, as seen from the International Space Station. Photographed by ESA astronaut and Expedition 30 flight engineer André Kuipers. The moon follows an elliptical orbit around Earth, and a supermoon occurs when a full or new moon appears at its closest orbit to Earth (perigree).
This 3D view of an unnamed lunar crater was made from two digital elevation model images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which were processed into an anaglyph to be viewed with red-blue glasses. Digital elevation models are high-resolution topographic maps produced by taking two images of the same spot taken from slightly different angles and comparing the positions of different features within them.
A last quarter moon appears at the center of this night time view, with a thin line of the planet’s atmosphere and a small group of clouds illuminated by the Sun. This photo was taken by NASA astronaut Ron Garan from the International Space Station on Aug. 22, 2011.