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Black sky. Astronomical research

Black sky. Astronomical research


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In a low Earth orbit there is not enough atmosphere for the sunlight to fade, so the shadows are completely black and the sky is black, even when the Sun bursts into the shot. Sunlight in these conditions produces this incredible effect.

Mission specialist Gregory Harbaugh photographed his colleague Joseph Tanner during his second spacewalk in the service they provided to Hubble in February 1997. The left wing of the Discovery Shuttle is growing. A list of tasks is what Tanner holds in his hand, and you can see Harbaugh's reflection in Tanner's viewfinder.

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