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Recent NASA Photos Give Astounding Views of Hurricane Harvey and Saturn

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Over the weekend, NASA posted photos of Hurricane Harvey on their Instagram page, showing far beyond a birds-eye view of the monstrous storm. The photos (seen below) were taken by Jack Fischer from the International Space Station as it traveled 250 miles above the planet. Though it’s a quiet, almost soft-looking view of the hurricane, the photos also show how frighteningly large and dense the storm was right before it made landfall.

From his vantage point on the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer captured these images of Hurricane Harvey on Friday, Aug. 25. Residents along the coast of Texas and northeast Mexico are bracing for a potent hurricane to make landfall late Friday. Forecasters believe the storm will be at major intensity (category 3 or higher) and will be the strongest to make landfall in the United States in 12 years. For information on making preparations for Harvey, visit the FEMA website at: ready.gov/hurricanes Credit: NASA #nasa #space #hurricane #spacestation #hurricaneharvey #harvey #storm #rain #wind #clouds #astronaut

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In addition to the awe-inspiring shots of Harvey, NASA also recently released a compilation of stunning images of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft. In NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s YouTube video, they explain that Cassini has been traveling around Saturn since 2004 where it has been able to give scientists a new understanding of the ringed planet.

According to NASA’s website, Cassini’s mission is nearly complete after 13 years around the ringed planet. It will conclude its journey on September 15, as it plunges into the planet’s atmosphere. The spacecraft will continue to send images and data as it falls toward Saturn. “Key measurements will come from its mass spectrometer, which will sample Saturn’s atmosphere, telling us about its composition until contact is lost,” they explain.