ISS crew flies over Super Typhoon Noru

 Super Typhoon Noru as seen from the International Space Station Aug. 1, 2017. Photo Credit: Randy Bresnik / NASA

Super Typhoon Noru as seen from the International Space Station Aug. 1, 2017. Photo Credit: Randy Bresnik / NASA

Recently arrived NASA astronaut and Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Randy Bresnik snapped an amazing photo of Super Typhoon Noru in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. The picture was taken Aug. 1, 2017 as the ISS was flying overhead.

Less than a week ago, the system was a mere tropical storm. But by Sunday, July 30, the storm had swelled to a super typhoon. According to meteorologists, it is the most intense storm of 2017, so far. It's peak intensity saw maximum sustained winds of more than 250 kph, which is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic storm basin.

As of Aug. 2, the storm has weakened a bit to an equivalent of a Category 3, but is currently expected to strike the Ryukyu Islands in southwestern Japan by the weekend.

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