NASA Sees Southern Lights From Space (PHOTOS)

 @ibtimes on July 19 2011 1:09 PM

Talk about a hell of a view.

NASA satellites on the current Atlantis space shuttle mission were able to capture the geomagnetic phenomenon known as Aurora Australis while it was in progress. The phenomenon, which is called Aurora Borealis in the North, is a natural light display caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere.

The view came as the spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station for the final time. The spacecraft is headed home after completing its final eight days at the I.S.S. Once it returns home, NASA will retire the space shuttle program for the final time.

Here are a few photos the crew of Atlantis was able to snap.

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