Cloud Formation in the South Indian Ocean



An astronaut aboard the International Space Station snapped this image of the South Indian Ocean in March 2019, as the station flew 265 miles above this cloudy formation.

The station functions as an orbital laboratory, orbiting the Earth about every 90 minutes. The astronaut crews conduct experiments about Earth, space and the physical and biological sciences, benefitting people living on our home planet and future explorers. As a testbed for deep space exploration, the station is helping us learn how to keep astronauts healthy during long-duration space travel and demonstrating technologies for human and robotic exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.