Ron Garan / NASA
The moon hangs over Earth's limb like a holiday ornament in a picture from the International Space Station.
To paraphrase Obi-Wan Kenobi, that's no Christmas ornament ... it's a moon. Our moon, of course, hanging above Earth's limb in a picture taken from the International Space Station. It's the first holiday goodie in our Cosmic Log Space Advent Calendar, which will unveil a new picture of Earth as seen from space every day from now until Christmas.
Our second annual photo calendar takes its cue from a traditional Advent calendar, which is built to hide one sweet treat beneath each of 25 doors that are opened sequentially on the appropriate day. The idea is give kids something to sink their teeth into during each day of the holiday season, and build up the anticipation for the big treat on the 25th.
You'll see a fair number of pictures over the next 25 days from NASA astronaut Ron Garan, who spent five and a half months on the space station and now passes out visual goodies on his Fragile Oasis website, his Twitter, Twitpic, Flickr and Facebook accounts and his Google+ page. The picture of Earth below and the moon above is just one of his offerings from October, and it's well worth mooning over.
Come back on Friday for the next picture in the 2011 Cosmic Log Space Advent Calendar.
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