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Golden Straits II

Golden Straits II

The Straits of Mackinac

Molten gold appears to momentarily fill the lakes as the sun flashes across the water.

The Straits of Mackinac, connecting Lakes Michigan and Huron, as seen from space.

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The International Space Station was over central Quebec, well over 500 miles away from the Straits when this photo was taken — and over 200 miles up — but you can still see details in the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge…

As presented here, this photo looks like it was taken from southwest of the bridge, perhaps from over Chicago.  If the perspective confuses you, it may help (or confuse you further) to know that the astronaut and camera were upside-down when the photo was taken.

The eastern end of Bois Blanc Island, looking like the head of a dragon, breathing the fire of the October sun.

The native Ojibwe called the island Wigobiminiss, which refers to a type of useful bark that could be harvested there.  Bois Blanc is French for “white wood”; locals pronounce it “BOB-low”.

This photo was taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 16 in 2007.

Original (raw) image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center.

Also see Photos of Mackinac from Space.

Golden Straits II


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