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Friday, December 23, 2011

Space Station Commander Captures Unprecedented View Of Comet

Michael Curie
Headquarters, Washington     

Kylie Clem
Johnson Space Center, Houston

HOUSTON -- International Space Station Commander Dan Burbank captured spectacular imagery of Comet Lovejoy, viewed from about 240 miles above the Earth’s horizon on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Today Burbank described seeing the comet as “the most amazing thing I have ever seen in space,” in an interview with WDIV-TV in Detroit. Burbank took hundreds of still images of the comet.

The images also were processed into a time-lapse video that will air on NASA TV at 4 p.m. CST.

The video, including Burbank’s comments, and a selection of the individual images are available online at

For additional images and information on Comet Lovejoy, visit

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit

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