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"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

A Window on the Earth:
Earth Sciences from the International Space Station and
The Window Observational Research Facility (WORF)

Artist's rendering of the International Space Station (ISS) after installation of the U.S. Laboratory Destiny and its nadir-viewing optical quality window during Space Shuttle Mission STS-98/Station Mission 5A in February 2001. (NASA Image JSC2001e00360)

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A centerpiece of Earth Science research on the International Space Station will be an optical quality window and a special facility surrounding the window for attaching sensors (cameras, multispectral scanners, and other instruments). The Window Observational Research Facility (WORF) will be available for scientific and commercial payloads.

As a service to the scientific community, the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Group at the Johnson Space Center will keep information about the window updated on this page. Keep watching for more information.



A still image captured from video taken from the attached Space Shuttle showing the U.S. Laboratory Destiny and the position of the WORF window port (arrow). The video was captured by Space Shuttle remote cameras on February 15, 2001 while Space Shuttle Atlantis was still docked.

A close-up of the U.S. Laboratory Destiny showing the WORF window port (arrow). The external cover of the port is currently closed to protect the window. The frame was captured from Space Shuttle remote video cameras on February 15, 2001 while Space Shuttle Atlantis was still docked.

Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev looks out the new optical quality window on the U.S. Laboratory Destiny on February 12, 2001.

A video tour of the newly connected U.S. Laboratory Destiny and its optical quality Earth Observations window, given by International Space Station Commander and U.S. Astronaut Bill Shepherd. The video was recorded on February 15, 2001.

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