From Atlantic Ocean to Africa
December 16, 2012 from 05:48:48 to 06:21:54 GMT
All images on this webpage were taken on board the International Space Station, which completes an orbit of the Earth in 93 minutes at an altitude of around 400 km and an average speed of 28,000 km/h.
As we travel southeast over the Atlantic Ocean, the lights of Spain and Portugal can be seen coming up in the distance, with France to the north.
A flight over the Mediterranean shows the Balearic Islands well before the deserts of northern Africa.
The darker patches through the Libyan Desert are rock outcrops amidst miles of sand dunes.
Our flight ends over central Africa, as forested areas begin to appear in the more humid atmosphere.
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