Space Station Crew Sees Hurricane Irma’s Power from Orbit (Photos, Video)

A number of hurricanes are churning in the Atlantic now, including Hurricanes Irma and Jose. It has already broken records and left a staggering amount of destruction behind. The photo reveals Hurricane Irma on the horizon, next to what appears to be Cuba.

NASA has been watching hurricanes Irma, Jose and what is now remnants of Hurricane Katia from the International Space Station (ISS).

This is not the first time Kennedy Space Center has had to deal with a storm of this magnitude and over the years, it has beefed up its preparations.

The space agency’s own Kennedy Space Center is predicted to be among the many structures in Irma’s path, which the US National Hurricane Center said was now moving over the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane.

The International Space Station has long offered a unique vantage point from which to view our planet.

“The storm now is expected to make its closest approach to the Kennedy/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station area during the weekend”, NASA said in a blog post.

Cameras mounted to the exterior of the space station have been beaming views of Hurricane Irma daily as the orbiting lab sails high over the storm.

“Hurricane Irma is clearly visible from the ISS”, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy wrote in a Twitter post showing his photos of Irma from space. Bresnik, now the commander of the space station, tweeted a photo and wrote, “Tonight, far too many people in #Irma’s path and in its wake”.

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