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(NASA Crew Earth Observations)


















"We catch a glimpse of a huge swirl of clouds out the window over the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or the boot of Italy jutting down into the Mediterranean, or the brilliant blue coral reefs of the Caribbean strutting their beauty before the stars. And...we experienced those uniquely human qualities: awe, curiosity, wonder, joy, amazement." (Russell L. Schweickart, Apollo Astronaut ("The Home Planet")






Photographing the Earth from the International Space Station

Metadata: CLDP field

Cloud cover changed from a % estimate to a % range estimate beginning with STS093.
Ranges are 0-10%, 11-25%, 26-50%, 51-75% and 76-100% cloud cover. The values stored in the cldp field for STS093 and later are the upper values from the range.