NASA shares breathtaking view of Lake Powell from Space Station's EarthKAM

The US space agency NASA has released a beautiful picture of Lake Powell.

Updated: Aug 17, 2016, 22:43 PM IST
NASA shares breathtaking view of Lake Powell from Space Station's EarthKAM
Photo Credits: NASA/EarthKAM.org

New Delhi: The US space agency NASA has released a beautiful picture of Lake Powell.

According to NASA, the image was taken on July 14, 2016 when the remotely controlled Sally Ride EarthKAM aboard the International Space Station flew over Lake Powell and the border of Utah and Arizona.

Lake Powell is located on the Colorado River and is the second largest artificial reservoir in the United States.

The EarthKAM program also allows students to request photographs of specific Earth features, which are taken by a special camera mounted on the space station when it passes over those features.

EarthKAM is the only program providing students with such direct control of an instrument on a spacecraft orbiting Earth, teaching them about environmental science, geography and space communications.

The project was initiated by Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, in 1995 and called KidSat; the camera flew on five space shuttle flights before moving to the space station on Expedition 1 in 2001.