Olympic Peninsula gets its orbital close-up

Image: Olympic Peninsula seen from space
Images captured from the International Space Station on May 6 were combined to create this panorama of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, with Seattle and Tacoma in the background. Click on the picture for a larger version. (Credit: NASA)

You can see the snow dusting the tops of the Olympic Mountains in a newly released portrait captured from the International Space Station.

But if you think that’s something, try looking for the ships plying Puget Sound and the bridges crossing Lake Washington in the high-resolution view from NASA.

The panorama was assembled from seven photos taken from orbit on May 6, and tweeted out by NASA astronaut Jeff Williams today.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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