The Texas Gulf Coast from space -

The Texas Gulf Coast from space Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a photograph of the Texas Gulf Coast captured by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The image is centered around Houston, which is home to the NASA Johnson Space Center where astronauts live and train

At the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, astronauts learn about the diverse science objectives of photographing Earth from space.The company publicly announced in August 2014, that they had decided on Texas as the location for their new non-governmental launch site. Site soil work began in 2015 and major construction of facilities began in late-2018, with rocket engine testing with flight testing beginning in 2019.

West of Houston, San Antonio and Austin border a central Texas geographic region called the Edwards Plateau, which ranges from flat and humid coastal wetlands to rocky hills with woodlands. The area is known regionally as the Texas Hill Country. An astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this photo of the Texas Gulf Coast. The field of view is about the same as what astronauts see with their unaided eyes from station windows. The photo centers on Houston, home to NASA Johnson Space Center, where astronauts live and train. The SpaceX South Texas launch site, also known as Boca Chica launch site, is a private rocket production facility, test site, and spaceport constructed by SpaceX, located at Boca Chica approximately 32 km (20 mi) east of Brownsville, Texas, on the US Gulf Coast.

Along the coast of Texas are long, narrow barrier islands that create protective bays between the Gulf of Mexico and the mainland. 

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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