Nasa astronaut Dr Michael Barratt, describes how he and his fellow astronauts felt about the view from the station's recently installed cupola, the solar system's highest crow's nest:
"If we could share only one experience from the station with everyone on Earth, it would be to spend an orbit in the cupola watching the 90-minute spectacle of the Earth going by. With the 'cathedral dome' layout of the windows, you take in the whole experience; the surface features, the horizon with the fragile appearance of the atmosphere, and the striking picture of the Earth as a planet hanging in the blackness of space.
Image Top of Page: Shuttle astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson looks down from the cupola of the ISS – 'the solar system's highest crow's nest'. Credit: Nasa
The Daily Galaxy via guardian.co.uk