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October 28, 2003

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
202/358-4769

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
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NOTE TO EDITORS: #N03-110

Station Crew Captures Unique View of California Wildfires

The wildfires ravaging southern California are even impressive from 240 miles above the Earth. NASA astronaut Ed Lu took still photographs of the fires through the windows of the International Space Station Sunday.

The photos are available on the Internet at:

http://www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/

The fires in the San Bernardino Mountains were burning out of control at 1 p.m. CST Oct. 26, when Lu snapped the images. Astronauts aboard the Station take hundreds of photos of Earth during their stay on the orbiting research complex. Information about Earth photos taken by astronauts throughout the history of space flight is available on the Internet at:

http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/

NASA satellite images of the California wildfires are also available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2003/1028cafires.html
 

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