Expedition 24?s Tracy Caldwell Dyson gazes out of the cupola. Credit: NASA

10 Awesome Images of the Space Station’s Cupola


There’s a panoramic window on the International Space Station named after the observation decks that old-time train cabooses had.

The Cupola, as it’s known, includes six side windows and a big one in the center. An astronaut floating nearby can see 1,000 km of Earth below him or her. It’s the ultimate spot to keep an eye on a hurricane, or provide guidance to a crewmate wrestling the robotic Canadarm2 towards an incoming spacecraft.

Hard to believe it’s been three years since the astronauts on STS-130 installed it in February 2010. Below, check out the best of astronaut photography of or from the Cupola since that time.

Read more: 10 Awesome Images of the Space Station’s Cupola — Universe Today.

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