10 Images from Space Station Element Cupola: An Astronaut’s Office within the ISS

Last month, we covered a round up related to view from space and now we have some images from within Cupola, the pressurized Space Station Element with seven windows.


The Cupola is an observatory module of the ISS. It has seven windows that are used for performing experiments, anchoring and observing Earth. The Space Shuttle mission STS-130 was kicked off from Earth on 8 February 2010 and docked to the Tranquility (Node 3) module. Considering Cupola’s successful attachment, ISS assembly has reached 85 percent completion. The observatory module is 1.5m in height while 3m in diameter. Its 31 inches window is the largest ever used till now in space.

NASA has released the following images. All of these give one of the most spectacular views of astronaut’s high-tech office within the ISS. Please scroll down and see for yourself:

1) The interior view from the International Space Station’s Cupola module

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2) Eight cameras set up with different lenses in Cupola module


3) From the ISS 320km above Earth


4) Astronaut Sandy Magnus sitting in the Cupola on the ISS


5) Time-lapse photo taken by Don Pettit while aboard the International Space Station


6) Fish-eye lens attached to an electronic still camera to capture this image of the Cupola


7) Exterior of Cupola


8) Artist’s conception of Cupola mounted on the International Space Station

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9) Cupola attached to the nadir side of the space station


10) Cupola‘s seven windows covered for protection from space debris


Source: [NASA Human Space Flight] [NASA: Cupola] [NASA: Cupola Shuttle] [NASA: Image Gallery] [Daily Mail]

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