The International Space Station's astronauts are snapping fantastic pictures of the Sochi Olympics from 260 miles away. That's how high the orbital outpost was flying above the Russian Black Sea site when the glow of Sochi's night lights was captured this week by a space station crew member, using a Nikon 3DS camera equipped with a 600mm lens.
The brightly lit circular area toward the right side of the image is Sochi's "coastal cluster." You should be able to make out the blue glow of Fisht Olympic Stadium, site of the opening ceremonies, as well as the egg-shaped profile of Medal Plaza. But if you need a little help, check out this daytime satellite view of Sochi, plus this map of the coastal cluster.
First published February 11 2014, 5:37 PM
Alan Boyle is the science editor for NBC News Digital. He joined MSNBC.com at its inception in July 1996, and took on the science role in July 1997 with the landing of NASA's Mars Pathfinder probe. Boyle is responsible for coverage of science and space for NBCNews.com.
Boyle joined NBCNews.com from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he was the foreign desk editor from 1987 to 1996. Boyle has won awards for science journalism from numerous organizations, including the National Academies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Science Writers. Boyle is the author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference." He lives in Bellevue, Wash.