Saturday, June 30, 2012

Colorado Fires Seen In Video From International Space Station

The National Interagency Fire Center reported on Friday that 52 large fires were burning over 900,000 acres in the United States, at least 39 of which are in the Western U.S.

Some of the fires are so big that the smoke can be seen from space, and NASA on Thursday released footage taken from the International Space Station (ISS) showing a view of the fires from the orbiting spacecraft.

According to NASA, smoke from fires in the Western U.S., including Colorado, can be seen in the four-minute video.


Among these is, of course, the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., which according to the Associated Press, is the most destructive fire to ever occur in the state. So far, the blaze has been responsible for at least one death and has destroyed nearly 350 homes.

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by fires in Utah, Montana and other parts of Colorado, according to the AP. Additionally, a fire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming has reached almost 36 square miles, while a fire in Western Colorado has reached 19 square miles.

The ISS orbits Earth at an average altitude of about 250 miles and travels at around 17,500 miles per hour. It makes roughly 16 trips around the planet every day.

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