Astronaut captures Banks Peninsula

23:29, Apr 14 2012
Andre Kuipers
The "moonset".
Andre Kuipers
Banks Peninsula.
Andre Kuipers
Europe at night.
Andre Kuipers
The UK and Ireland, accompanied by the Aurora borealis or Northern Lights.
Andre Kuipers
Kamchatka Peninsula on the Russian East Coast.
Andre Kuipers
The Palm and World Islands in Dubai.
Andre Kuipers
London, showing the M25.
Andre Kuipers
Andre Kuipers.

An astronaut on the International Space Station has used new technology to capture an image of Banks Peninsula from 400km above the Earth. 

These images were taken by Dutch physician and astronaut Andre Kuipers.

The relative speed of the space station usually means photos taken from space are blurry, but Kuipers used a motorised camera, or Nightpod, to compensate for the speed. 

Kuipers uploaded the image of Banks Peninsula to his Twitter account, adding, "Christchurch, New Zealand. Great place for adventure."

He will spend 191 days aboard the space station, and his expedition is due to end on July 1, 2012. 

The photo was taken using a Nikon D2Xs.

Kuipers' images are uploaded and available to view on Flickr


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