Explore Earth from the International Space Station

Learn How Astronauts Observe & Photograph Earth

Look out the Cupola

Astronaut Suni Williams

ISS Expedition 33 Commander Suni Williams gives a friendly, guided tour of the cupola and its majestic view of Earth.

Capturing the Moment

Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Astronaut Chris Hadfield, with his inimitable personal style, shows you how to select targets, compose the photo, and capture the moment.

Taking Photos of Earth

Astronaut Don Pettit

Astronaut Don Pettit has taken some of the most amazing photos of Earth from space. Watch as he shares his vision, experience, and photos.
Reid Wisemam - Interview from Above

Interview from Above

Astronaut Reid Wisemam

Astronaut Reid Wiseman captured many amazing images of Earth while living on the space station. Find out his insights on life in space, Earth observation and photography.

Beautiful Photos of Earth - The Latest From the ISS

NASA Astronaut Photos

Astronaut Photo Gallery

Explore spectacular photos

Astronauts take hundreds of photos everyday onboard the ISS. Explore thousands of amazing Earth views captured from space in high-resolution and pick your favorites.
Amazing Earth

Mystery Images

Figure out these mystery images

Test your geography and science knowledge with these mystery images taken from the space station. Figure out the correct location by analyzing the features that you see in the image.
NASA Earth Observatory

Earth Science Revealed

NASA Earth Observatory

Learn the underlying science revealed in astronaut photos and satellite images, with clear explanations by scientists.
Scott Kelly on the International Space Station

Astronaut tweets

Astronaut Scott Kelly

Astronaut Scott Kelly shared over 1,000 photos on Twitter during his Year In Space mission. View them all in full resolution.
NASA photo archive

NASA Photo Archive

Comprehensive collection of photos

NASA’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth delivers all of the photos taken by astronaut on station. The images can be filtered by location and other features.

Float Down Into the Cupola and Observe Earth - Just Like an Astronaut

Simulated view of Cupola Window

Watch the Earth

Simulated view of Cupola window

This software simulates the view from the cupola window and it is synced to the actual location of the ISS as it orbits the Earth. Experience what it’s like to gaze out of the cupola window and watch our home planet.
Live Camera on the International Space Station

Live Camera

Live feed from the ISS

Several HD video cameras mounted on the ISS stream live video of the Earth from space as the ISS travels along its orbital path (availability of vide feed contingent on downlink times and other factors).
Where is the ISS Now?

Where is the ISS Now?

ISS orbital path revealed

Track the ISS as it orbits the Earth, look ahead to see what it’s flying over, and monitor the time zones as it goes from day to night.

Select Your Own Targets. Help Scientists Review Images.

Sally Ride EarthKAM

Select Your Own Targets

Sally Ride EarthKAM

Middle school students send commands to a camera onboard the ISS to photograph targets that they select. Sign your classroom up to participate in the next mission or just peruse the image gallery.
NASA Image Detectives

Help NASA Review Images

Image Detectives

NASA needs your help! Figure out the location show in newly downloaded images—this is real science at work.
Space Station Academy

Train Like an Astronaut

Space Station Academy

This online course, for youth and adults, takes you on a simulated mission to the ISS to learn more about Earth observation and photography.