Pictured above is a picture of South Africa captured by the Sally Ride EarthKAM on board the International Space Station. NASA writes: “The EarthKAM program allows students to request photographs of specific Earth features, which are taken by a special camera mounted on the space station when it passes over those features. The images are posted online for the public and students in participating classrooms around the world to view.”
The EarthKAM program is the brainchild of Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space. The project was first launched in 1995. Back then the camera would fly to space with five different shuttle flights, before it took up permanent residence at the Space Station in 2001.
Image credit: NASA/EarthKAM.org