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picture of Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan seen from the International Space Station: Astronaut Karen Nyberg shared this picture of Typhoon Haiyan early in the morning of Nov. 9, 2013 from the station, some 240 miles above the Earth. 

Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken photographs of the Earth. Today, the International Space Station (ISS) continues the NASA tradition of Earth observation from human-tended spacecraft. 

Operational since November 2000, the ISS is well suited for documenting Earth features and provides an excellent stage for observing most populated areas of the world. Images coming down from the International Space Station are processed on a daily basis and include over 1.2 million images through Nov. 1, 2013.

Image credit: NASA

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