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NASA photos of hurricanes seen from space

Oct. 16, 2009, 5:22 p.m.
Hurricane Gordon from space

Photo: NASA

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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)