I spy a glacier – from space

Upsala Glacier, Argentina. Taken January 22, 2002 from the International Space Station

Upsala Glacier, Argentina. Taken January 22, 2002 from the International Space Station

Astronauts in space sure have an amazing view of the Earth; and lucky for us they have captured that view in numerous photographs.  NSIDC holds a special collection of glacier photographs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle Endeavor between 1994 and the beginning of 2010.

To see the photos, go to the Search & Order Interface of our Glacier Photograph Collection.

Under “Search Type” choose  “Astronaut Glacier Photograph Collection.”

These photos are useful for lessons in geomorphology or to examine large scale seasonal changes in glaciers over a short time period.

The photos were collected in collaboration with The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth project.