See the Fylde Coast from Space with these amazing photos of our corner of the earth. We all love photos taken by drone but these are something else.
Everyone knows that Tim Peake was the second UK astronaut to go into space. His mission to the International Space Station did wonders to spark the interest of adults and children in science and engineering.
We’ll not go into the point of the space programme here. Except do ask, did you know that many of the materials and systems that we take for granted in everyday life were developed initially for use in outer space?
Can you see the Fylde Coast from space in this photo?
One of the spin-offs of the space programme that most of us have enjoyed at some time is the view of the earth from up in the heavens.
It’s the only place where we can get that far-away overview from, where we can see our blue and green planet floating in a dark inky blackness. Do you ever wonder whether we’re really alone? (I’ll confess to being a space nerd at this point, it’s my favourite subject!)
If you followed Tim Peake on social media when he was onboard the ISS you’ll know that he shared some stunning photographs of the earth and its atmosphere as he passed overhead in the daily orbit.
The photo below is the north of England taken in December 2016.
The UK is on its side with Scotland at the left. You can clearly see here what the Fylde Coast looks like from space. We’re right in the centre of this photo, between the clouds. Can you see the Fylde Coast from Space?
Closer view to see the Fylde Coast from space
Have a look at these fantastic photos of the Fylde Coast, also taken from the International Space Station.
With thanks and credit to the source of this information: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center
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How the Earth is Viewed from Space
What you might not know is that there is a ‘High Definition Earth Viewing System’ (HDEV for short) on the International Space Station. It’s mounted on the external payload of the European Space Agency’s Columbus Module.
It’s an experiment to monitor the rate at which HD video degrades in space, mainly from the damage of cosmic rays, to verify the effectiveness of the design of the housing.
Four commercial HD video cameras are enclosed in pressurised and temperature controlled housings, each aimed in different directions at the earth. The four cameras switch on and off in a cycle in order to collect comparable data from each camera. The bonus of which is the different views of the earth, and for us, being able to see the Fylde Coast from space.
Have a look at our World
We’ve shared these stunning photos of the Fylde Coast from space, but you can spend a cheerful hour looking around the archive of the rest of the UK and indeed the whole of the world.
The ‘Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth’ hosts a complete online collection of astronaut photography dating back to 1961.
Tip: Pin a search box on the Google map to find your space photos – don’t make the box too small as it seems to work better with a bigger area.
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