Hurricane Gordon (2006)
An astronaut aboard the space shuttle Atlantis shot this photo of Hurricane Gordon on Sept. 15, 2006, using a 35mm digital camera. Gordon was one of three consecutive cyclones in 2006 (along with Florence and Helene) that avoided landfall in North America by swooping northeast toward the British Isles.
• Lifespan: Sept. 11-21, 2006
• Max. wind speed: 121 mph (Category 3)