Space Shuttle Atlantis over the Canary Islands

During his stay aboard the International Space Station, Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi sent back many amazing photos from space via his Twitter account (@astro_soichi). A great example was just after the earthquake in Chile back in February; Soichi provided some of the first aerial photos of the damage.
Soichi landed safely back on earth earlier this week, but we thought we’d share one more of his photos. On it’s final flight, Soichi captured Space Shuttle Atlantis as it prepared to dock. Far off in the distance you can see the Canary Islands, just off the northwest coast of Africa.


Google Earth Hacks user ‘Googlestar‘ then took the file and created a proper image overlay of it (as seen above). You can download the KML file here.
Soichi posted hundreds of amazing photos during his journey in space, and I encourage you to check them out. You can view them all by browsing his Twitter account, but the easiest way is to simply visit his Twitpic page and view away. Enjoy!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. is amazing to see places that had no pictures of Panoramio and are now overcrowded these photos, as Ciudad Guayana.

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