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to the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour,
astronauts photographed the northeastern United States blanketed
in fresh snow. This image, taken in early December 2002, shows the
city of Baltimore, Md., and the surrounding area. An inset shows
the center of the city, rotated so north points up.
routinely track weather phenomena on Earth and use their onboard
cameras to document their observations. Ground support in the Earth
Observations Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, also track weather events worldwide as part of the image planning
activities and alert the crews to significant events such as winter
was provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory
at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC Gateway
to Astronaut Photography of Earth.