Axiom-3 astronauts offer a fresh perspective from inside the ISS

The inside of the Columbus module on the space station. Marcus Wendt/Axiom Space/NASA

A private astronaut visiting the International Space Station as part of the Axiom-3 mission has shared some interesting images taken inside the orbital outpost.

Sweden’s Marcus Wandt whips out his wide-angle lens to share a rarely seen perspective on the space station showing the complex collection of cables, experiments and various equipment that fills the Columbus laboratory.

“An astronaut’s perspective,” Wendt wrote in a social media post that also asked: “How does this photo make you feel: relaxed, stressed, dizzy, or want to reset everything?”

An astronaut’s point of view.⁣

How does this photo make you feel: relaxed, stressed, dizzy, or want to reset everything? ⁣

📸: @oneColumbus Laboratory at International @Space Station. pic.twitter.com/1IjfOmYdcl

— Marcus Wandt (@astro_marcus) January 25, 2024

Clearly enjoying his temporary home, Wendt shared a long exposure photo of himself that took full advantage of the microgravity conditions. “Time flies,” he wrote in the post.

Time flies quickly.

I arrived at International @Space Station a week ago. I only have one week left to get back to it #Earth. #Muninn #Axe3 pic.twitter.com/nFj9ot61eo

— Marcus Wandt (@astro_marcus) January 27, 2024

Wendt also expressed his admiration for the unique views he enjoyed while in orbit about 250 miles above Earth.

“It was amazing to look down at the earth,” he wrote. “I’ve heard of the overview effect before. I have to admit that I was a little overwhelmed seeing so many things at once, and realizing how quickly we travel around the world, and how little everything looks from here.”

Wendt added: “The world is incredibly beautiful and something we need to protect and preserve.”

It’s amazing looking down on the earth.⁣

I have heard about the overview effect before. I have to admit that I was a bit overwhelmed seeing so much at once, and realizing how quickly we travel around the world, and how little everything looks from here. This world is amazing… pic.twitter.com/WWf1RvWiYx

— Marcus Wandt (@astro_marcus) January 28, 2024

Another wide-angle shot marks Wendt’s first week in space and shares some of the science work he has worked on while in orbit.

First #science week in space for @astro_marcus. Our astronauts spent more than 40 hours on the European experiment. Here are some of his @ISS_Research task:

🤖 Teleoperate 3 robots on Earth.
😴 Monitor sleep patterns.
🩻 Check the bones.
📈 Test stress levels and performance.
🖲️… pic.twitter.com/zrzwaXchhx

— Human Spaceflight (@esaspaceflight) January 29, 2024

Wendt arrived at the ISS with three other crew members on January 20 as part of Axiom Space’s third private mission and first all-Europe cruise. The Texas-based company worked with SpaceX and NASA to launch its first private mission in April 2022, then followed up with another mission in May last year.

During their time on the ISS, the Ax-3 crew worked on more than 30 science experiments and took part in more than 50 outreach events with various organizations on Earth. And one of the crew members also took some really awesome photos.

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