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Monday, July 25, 2005

Moonrise Over Hurricane Emily

July 20, 2005—In this deceptively peaceful scene, Hurricane Emily looks like little more than a dent in a deck of white clouds as the moon rises overhead. But this downy cloudscape hides the might of a record-setting storm.

Astronauts on the International Space Station captured this image Saturday, July 16, when Emily was gaining strength over the Caribbean Sea, whipping up winds approaching 155 miles an hour (249 kilometers an hour). The storm went on to lash Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, where it caused extensive damage but no fatalities.