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>Katherine Trinidad
>Headquarters, Washington                                       August 22, 2005
>(Phone: 202/358-3749)
>Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters 
>Johnson Space Center, Houston 
>(Phone: 281/483-5111) 
>     For centuries, exotic spaces from exotic places have captured the 
>hearts of many photographers, both professional and amateur. For 
>Expedition 10 International Space Station Commander Leroy Chiao, 
>it was something out of this world -- his extraordinary view 230 miles 
>above the Earth -- that inspired him to capture thousands of majestic 
>images from space.
> NASA is featuring some of his personal favorites on the Internet. 
>"One of the highlights of my time on orbit was to look out the window 
>at the Earth and snap photos," Chiao said. He returned in April from 
>his long-duration spaceflight. 
>As part of his duties, Chiao captured photos and video of Earth 
>based on suggestions made by a team of scientists before the 
>mission began. The scientists identified photo opportunities that 
>aligned with the Station's daily orbit that included meteorological and, 
>atmospheric phenomena, geographical, manmade and natural 
>landmarks. These Earth-observation photos are valuable to the 
>scientific and research community.
>Chiao faced some unique challenges to capture some of the images. 
>"Being in space means having to find ways to support yourself and 
>the camera," Chiao explained. "In addition, since the Earth is moving 
>past at 17,500 miles per hour, or about five miles per second, you 
>must pan the camera as the shutter is released, otherwise the image 
>will blur and appear out of focus," he said. 
>Chiao found what began as a routine task developed into a 
>passionate hobby, as he gained more interest and skill in 
>photography. "You know, after a while you just get a little better and a 
>little better, and after six and a half months, you get to take a few 
>good ones," Chiao said.
>Chiao picked his top 10 favorite photographs, and the images are 
>available on the Web, along with several more of his photos from 
>space. His top photographs include images of the Great Wall of 
>China and the Himalayan Mountains. 
>"I try to be artistic, but I am, in many ways, a typical engineer. 
>Photography in space helped to bring out the artistic side in me," 
>Chiao said. "The beauty of the Earth was very inspiring, and I tried to 
>find new ways to capture and express that beauty," he added.
>For more information about Chiao's photographs on the Web, visit: 
>To view Chiao's top 10 photographs on the Web, visit:
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