Space Shuttle Views of Earth

First launched in 1981, the Space Shuttle fleet has made more than 100 trips and taken more than 500 people into space. In addition to carrying out such primary tasks as launching satellites, ferrying personnel and materials the Space Station and repairing the Hubble Telescope, crew members spend time observing and photographing Earth. Over a quarter of a million images of Earth taken by Space Shuttle Astronauts are now available on the Internet. These pages present a small fraction including many that were taken while the Shuttle was over Victoria, Australia.

Central Vic
Note: Shuttles usually "fly upside down" to give crews unobstructed views of Earth.

Michael Gallagher, Eaglehawk Secondary College, 24th January 2000