Amazing views of thunderstorms on Earth taken from space station
Published time: June 28, 2014 01:03
Edited time: June 28, 2014 10:36
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
Wiseman, who launched to the ISS in May 2014, has begun sharing
his images and videos on social media. He also shared the
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
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.