Astronauts see superstorm Sandy from space station
Published: October 30, 2012 07:52AM
Updated: October 30, 2012 07:53AM
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, October 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM EDT shows Hurricane Sandy approaching the Mid Atlantic region with extensive cloud shied extending across much of the Northeast quarter of the U.S. with heavy rains from the Mid-Atlantic to the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes and snow falling in the southern portions of West Virginia. Cloudiness and rain showers can be found across the Upper and Mid Mississippi Valleys.(AP Photo/Weather Underground)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. • The superstorm that’s ravaging the East Coast is enormous, even when seen from space.

The commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams, said Tuesday that she and her crew were able to make out the big swirl at the center of Sandy as it neared land Monday. She says the cloud cover stretched from the Atlantic almost all the way to Chicago. Her family lives in New England, and she’s keeping a special watch over what’s happening on the Eastern Seaboard.

As for the other big news — the U.S. presidential election — Williams and the one other American on board, Kevin Ford, already have cast their votes. The two filed absentee ballots before rocketing into orbit from Kazakhstan. Ford arrived at the space station just last week.