Orbital View: Gilded Gullies

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Shine bright like a diamond:

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Or a bar of gold. This miraculous sunset makes these unidentified water formations look like a liquid metal. NASA re-shared the image from astronaut Tim Peake. Their introspective caption:

'Beautiful to watch the sun reflected from Earth as we approach night,' wrote astronaut Tim Peake of the European Space Agency. Peake (@astro_timpeake) shared the image on April 9. The station is a unique place—a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that demonstrates new technologies and makes research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. It is a microgravity laboratory in which an international crew of six people live and work while traveling at a speed of 17,500 mph, orbiting Earth every 90 minutes.

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