NASA shows off the best Earth images taken from the ISS this year

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In brief: In addition to NASA celebrating 20 years of continuous human presence onboard the International Space Station (ISS), crew members took thousands of photographs of Earth during 2020. Now, the agency has revealed the best twenty images of our planet as seen from space.

Chosen by the people at the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the images include Cuba and the Bahamas, the fall colors of Ottawa, and moonrise over the southern Atlantic Ocean. You can see more photos taken from the ISS here.

NASA has released a series of statistics about the ISS to celebrate its twenty years of constant habitation. Located about 260 miles above Earth, 240 individuals from 19 countries have visited the International Space Station, where an international crew of six live and work.

The station travels at a speed of five miles per second, orbiting Earth approximately every 90 minutes . That works out at 16 orbits of the Earth every 24 hours.