Veteran astronaut Scott Kelly launched in March, 2015 aboard a Soyuz rocket for a record breaking one-year stay at the ISS. Instead of three to six months, Kelly along with his Russian colleague, Mikhail Korniyenko, will spend 12 months so scientists can assess how his body responds to the stress. For instance, we know that living in microgravity atrophies muscles and deteriorates vision. Kelly isn’t too worried, though. When not busy operating the International Space Station, Kelly is engaged in one of the most pleasing hobbies (for those of us living back on Earth, that is): space photography. Here are just a couple of his most amazing shots shared by Kelly on his facebook or twitter account. He updates these very frequently, even a couple of times a day, so be sure to tune in for some more gems.
“Day 154. Aurora’s purple glow adds mystery to the nightscape.”
“Color palette of the Spanish coast is an appealing morning view.”
The Easter Bunny visits the space station.
“Bahamas, the strokes of your watercolors are always a refreshing sight.”
“Sometimes Earth looks like another planet.”
“The thing about abstract art: it appears not of this world. The thing about Earth art: it is our world.”
“Interesting how meaningless squiggles are until they stand for something else.”
“Sandbars and islands in shallow water. “
“Moved our closet (PMM) to this port on Node 3. Likely last picture ever to be taken from this window”
” Painted canvas. Good morning from @Space_Station! #YearInSpace”
“Good morning from 250 miles above the African desert.”
Another aurora picture.
“”Day 114. #Moon #Venus #Jupiter…#Earth “
“”#Goodevening #Japan. Showing @Astro_Kimiya how to take pictures of #Earth at night. #YearInSpace.”
“A rainbow of Earth’s colors.”
“Day 135. Milky Way. You’re old, dusty, gassy and warped. But beautiful. Good night from the International Space Station!”