NASA has captured an amazing for the the International Space Station (ISS) as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second.
The imagery is quite stunning owing to the speed at which the ISS orbits the Earth and because takes just a third of second to transit the moon. The latest image was taken on August 2 by NASA’s Bill Ingalls.
A similar photograph was captured by Dylan O’Donnell, an Australian photographer back in July. O’Donnell had explained at the time that the ISS transits the moon for 0.33 seconds as it shoots by quite quickly – the ISS completes an orbit of the Earth every 92.91 minutes and moves at 27,600 km per hour.
Currently onboard the ISS are NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren; Russian Cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko, Oleg Kononenko, and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui.
The ISS can be spotted above London from July 31 right through to August 15. Most of the time it will be visible during late night or early morning hours.
In related ISS news, a Japanese company is going to send samples of whisky to the ISS to test how microgravity affects the ageing of alcoholic beverages. Dubbed “Elucidating the Mechanism Mellowing Alcoholic Beverage”, the project is the brain child of Suntory Global Innovation Center. The research will be conducted in the ISS’s Japanese Experiment Module (nicknamed “Kibo”), with the cooperation of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).