20 years observing Earth from the International Space Station

This weekend marks an important anniversary for Earth Observation. Exactly 20 years ago, on October 31st 2000, Commander William M. Shepherd of NASA and cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko of Roscosmos, started their journey onboard the Soyuz spacecraft, to reach the International Space Station (ISS) on November 2nd 2000.

They were the very first inhabitants of ISS that, since then, has seen an uninterrupted human presence onboard.

ISS passed over Dresden last spring and the SURPRISE partner Fraunhofer – IPMS was lucky enough to see it and take a great picture.

NASA has released a video to celebrate this important anniversary. Take a look at it and catch a glimpse of what Earth Observation from space actually looks like.

Still wonder why we love Earth Observation?


Cover picture and video credits