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Hurricane Irene Steams Toward U.S. East Coast
08.26.11
 
As Hurricane Irene churns in the Atlantic Ocean, the crew of the International Space Station captures her movement with Crew Earth Observation or CEO photography. Below are two videos compiled from still photography taken by the space station crew.

The video below shows a compilation of Astronaut Photography still frames of Hurricane Irene. This video shows the major hurricane on Aug. 24, 2011 from on-board the International Space Station from approximately 2:12-2:15 p.m. EDT. These frames were taken as the space station flew past the central Caribbean Sea and over the island of Hispaniola. At the time these images were acquired, Hurricane Irene was a Category 3 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. A visible eye can be seen over the southeastern Bahamas region. (Melissa Dawson, Jacobs/ESCG, NASA, Johnson Space Center)


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The second video below is a video sequence acquired by the crew of the International Space Station. It spans 97 seconds on the afternoon of Aug. 24 at approximately 2:15 p.m. EDT, as the space station tracked northeastward over the open Atlantic Ocean, north of the island of Hispaniola. At that time major Hurricane Irene was a Category 3 storm with peak winds estimated at 115 mph and was moving west-northwestward over the southeastern Bahamas near Great Inagua Island. This view is generally westward and both the eye and banding features of the storm can be seen. Early in the sequence, the island of Cuba is visible briefly before disappearing to the left. (Michael Trenchard, Barrios/ESCG, NASA, Johnson Space Center)


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Video Irene_1 was compiled using astronaut photographs ISS028-E-31993 through ISS028-E-32058. Video Irene_2 was compiled using astronaut photographs ISS028-E-32059 through ISS028-E-32101. Both sets of imagery were acquired on Aug. 24, 2011 with a Nikon D2Xs digital camera using a 17 mm lens, and are provided by the International Space Station Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The images were taken by the Expedition 28 crew. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the International Space Station National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.

 
 
Melissa Dawson, Jacobs/ESCG and Michael Trenchard, Barrios/ESCG
NASA's Johnson Space Center
Crew Earth Observations Team, International Space Station Program