Hurricane Irene, as seen from space (video, and snapshot by astronaut)

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From NASA:

From 230 miles above the Earth, cameras on the International Space Station captured new views of powerful Hurricane Irene as it churned over the Bahamas at 3:10 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2011. Irene is moving to the northwest as a Category 3 hurricane, packing winds of 120 miles an hour. Irene is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 storm as it heads toward the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Eastern Seaboard and the middle Atlantic and New England states.

Below, an image of Hurricane Irene snapped by astronaut Ron Garan as it passed over the Caribbean on Aug. 22, 2011.

(courtesy NASA)


  1. Meh. They got one of those storms on Jupiter & you don’t hear anyone over there complaining.

  2. You could film a massive bucket of shit from space and it would still look cool.

    This looks cool though.

  3. I just love it when the camera jiggles a bit and it hits you that there’s someone holding the camera, FLYING THROUGH FRICKEN SPACE!

  4. Yesterday, NASA tweeted that they were streaming a video of the hurricane live from the ISS. I just happened to refresh Twitter at that moment, and naturally I clicked the link and was taken to a live stream of NASA TV, where indeed they were streaming live from the ISS. Pretty cool.

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