See Pics of Mark Twain Lake Taken by Astronauts 17 Years Ago
This just in. We know what we look like from the ground, but what do we look like from space? Thanks to pictures taken by astronauts, we can know. As a matter of fact, I have pictures taken over Earth of Mark Twain Lake over 17 years ago.
One of the unspoken missions of NASA astronauts is to photograph things. Some are requested because of projects or due to specific concerns. Others are just capturing what different areas look like from several miles up. The sweet part of this is there's a database of all the (non-classified) pictures the astronauts have taken on the NASA/JPL website.
Out of pure curiosity, I decided to search for Mark Twain Lake and found several photos that were taken by an astronaut on June 9, 2005.
Each photo was taken from a slightly different angle, but all were taken that same day based on the photo descriptions.
Some of these photos were taken based on agricultural and/or irrigation issues.
Since most things NASA does are required to be public (since our taxes pay them), almost all of the info about the pics is public domain including the fact that they were taken by a Kodak DCS760c Electronic Still Camera. Tim Chapman did an interesting article about how this camera was modified for NASA use. Spacey.
If you are curious how you look from an astronaut's perspective, you can search the NASA/JPL database yourself.