The photo was taken as the astronauts were preparing for a spacewalk.
Space photographer Andrew McCarthy managed capture images of the International Space Station (ISS) as it passed in front of the Copernicus crater of the Luna, as the astronauts prepared to perform an extravehicular activity (EVA, for its acronym in English).
Installed in Sacramento, California (USA), McCarthy used his telescope to take the image, which he shared on Sunday February 28 on social networks, where he commented that at first glance the solar panels seemed to be missing.
“This is because, despite being in a configuration that requires them to face the Earth (also the direction of the Sun), half of the panels are seen edge-on. So why is this happening?” the photographer wrote.
Then he pointed out that the image had been taken “in preparation for an EVA”. “There is nothing to worry about! And I have a cool and rare photo. About my favorite crater (Copernicus), no less, “he commented.
What’s more, insisted in which “instantly became” one of his “favorite” images not only for “capturing a spaceship from Earth”, but for having been able to see “clearly the reconfiguration of the solar array due to a mission that was being broadcast live from NASA. “” This is one of the rare moments in which changes in the structure can be easily observed from Earth due to a mission, “he concluded.