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Amazing views of thunderstorms on Earth taken from space station

Published time: June 28, 2014 01:03
Edited time: June 28, 2014 10:36
Lightning storms over Malaysia (Photo by Reid Wiseman / twitter.com)

Lightning storms over Malaysia (Photo by Reid Wiseman / twitter.com)

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is at it again, posting another mesmerizing Vine video from space. This one, taken from the International Space Station, shows lightning flashes during a thunderstorm above Houston, Texas.

The Firestation instrument, launched to the ISS in August 2013, is used to observe and dissect lightning bolts from space. The instrument includes ways to measure lightning flashes and the strength of the electrical discharge, as well as detect gamma-ray electrons.

A white flash of lightning above Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, as seen from the International Space Station on December 12, 2013 (Image from earthobservatory.nasa.gov)

Wiseman, who launched to the ISS in May 2014, has begun sharing his images and videos on social media. He also shared the first Vine video from space.

This week is ‘Lightning Safety Awareness Week” in the US, so Wiseman’s Vine is timely.

But he’s not the first astronaut to use social media from aboard the ISS to interact with people on Earth. In April, astronaut Rick Mastracchio participated in NASA’s “Global Selfie” on Earth Day.

Selfies are as popular with the space crowd as they are with the Earth crowd. On Monday, NASA released a selfie taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover to celebrate its Martian anniversary.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, known for his David Bowie cover of ‘Space Oddity,’ starred in a series of videos from space, including an original song he wrote and recorded during his time as commander of the ISS. He also showed that tears don’t fall in space.

Earlier in June, Wiseman and the other ISS crew members showed off their World Cup fever…

Along with what football looks like in space.

Comments (12)

 

eric bi 30.06.2014 07:02

God punishes Texas for all its sins.

just kidding

 

Charles Hayes 30.06.2014 04:55

Georgie was thinking of putting a no fly zone over heaven LOL

 

Sam DeMan 29.06.2014 09:03

Nice UFO in that 1st picture... no doubt about it, its physical structure is seen even by a blind bat, not to mention the circular light

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