International Space Station over Leeds in August 2012

I took my first photograph of the International Space Station last week, and I’m quite pleased with the result.

Here you can see the ISS travelling across the orange glow of Leeds, with Arcturus visible to the right.

I will definitely be trying to photograph this beast again, hopefully in darker skies. But no matter how dark it is, I’m never going take a photograph as magnificent as this one taken by Space Shuttle Endeavour in July 2009.

Watch the launch of STS-127

This is by far my favourite picture of the space station, and has been my wallpaper on many occasions! You can get the full resolution version from the NASA mission archives.