Image credit: NASA Dan Burbank.
On December 21 & 22, 2011 while onboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a member of Expedition 30, NASA astronaut Dan Burbank caught these incredible images of Comet C/2011 W3 Lovejoy after it had just passed through and survived a perihelion (its closest approach to the Sun) of 140,000 kilometres (87,000 mi.) above the Sun’s surface on December 16. Dan called this “The most amazing thing I have ever seen in space.”
Expedition 30 astronaut Dan Burbank captures Comet Lovejoy from the ISS:
NASA astronaut Mike Massamino interviews Expedition 30 astronauts Dan Burbank and Don Pettit about seeing Comet Lovejoy:
NASA Spaceflight Expedition 30 imagery (page 31): http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-30/ndxpage31.html
NASA Spaceflight Expedition 30 imagery (page 32): http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-30/ndxpage32.html