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Two glimpses of the International Space Station

Here is a time-lapse sequence including two overhead passes by the International Space Station [ISS].  Both passes begin in the lower-left corner of the frame and end in the upper right.

The first pass occurs between 0:46 and 0:47, and the second pass between 1:05 and 1:07.  The station appears as a streak of light in these 4-second exposures.

The International Space Station [center of green circle] overhead, pass 1, at 7:17 PM on 8 Feb 2013.  Green arrow indicates direction of travel.  Visible in the frame for about 1 second.

The International Space Station [center of green circle] overhead, pass 1, at 7:17 PM on 8 Feb 2013.  Green arrow indicates direction of travel.  Visible in the frame for about 1 second.

Pass 2, at 8:06 PM on 8 Feb 2013.  Green arrow indicates direction of travel.  Visible in the frame for about 2 seconds.

Pass 2, at 8:06 PM on 8 Feb 2013.  Green arrow indicates direction of travel.  Visible in the frame for about 2 seconds.

The ISS, whose first component, the Zarya module, was launched in 1998, now has approximately a dozen pressurized sections connected and orbiting about 250 miles [402 km] above the surface of the earth [drawing from NASA]:

Major components of the International Space Station [shown as of May 2011].

Major components of the International Space Station [shown as of May 2011].