Picture of the Day: A Million Photos From the International Space Station, and Counting

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Last week, NASA astronaut Don Pettit tweeted this from the International Space Station:

The picture, shown above, is of an area just west of the south end of New Zealand's South Island. It was taken at about 3:19 a.m., New Zealand time, on March 7, 2012, from an altitude of approximately 240 miles above the sea. Two Russian spacecrafts -- Soyuz and Progress -- appear in the foreground. Astronaut Ronald Garan who has lived in the Space Station previously explained via email that the 1,000,000 figure includes all picture from ISS -- cabin shots, maintenance, and Earth shots, which on their own number about 830,000. "Almost every photo of the Earth is taken in what little free time the crew has (in our off-duty time)," Garan said. "The crew does that because it really is enjoyable to share the view of our Earth with the public and we understand that we have a responsibility to do that."

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: NASA.

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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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