ISS private astronaut shares stunning photos of Earth

Earth seen from the International Space Station. Marcus Wandt/Axiom Space/NASA

After offering some new perspectives on the inside of the International Space Station (ISS), private astronaut Marcus Wandt pointed his camera in another direction and captured some stunning images of Earth.

“Isn’t she beautiful?” Wandt wrote Monday in a social media post that included the images.

Isn’t she beautiful?#Earth #NoFilter #Muninn pic.twitter.com/thVHkniUHC

— Marcus Wandt (@astro_marcus) February 4, 2024

When it comes to aerial photography, you really can’t beat the incredible viewpoints offered by the space station some 250 miles above Earth. Some astronauts are more interested than others when it comes to photographing our beautiful planet. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, for example, was renowned as a highly skilled Earth photographer, and even released a book featuring his best images. But according to Pesquet, taking amazing photos actually requires a lot of research and planning.

In another post shared on Monday, Wandt included images showing not only Earth but also much of the space station, including the solar array and various modules that make up the large orbital facility.

“This is how I see the International Space Station from the inside,” wrote Wandt. “My workstation is a feat of incredible spacecraft engineering. On it I traveled about 400 km above your head at a speed of 28,000 km per hour, circling the Earth approximately 16 times every day.”

He added: “The Space Station is the largest object ever built in orbit, a place that unites humanity to live and work in space continuously for more than two decades.”

This is how I view International @Space Station from the inside. My workstation is a feat of incredible spacecraft engineering.

On it I traveled about 400 km above your head at a speed of 28,000 km per hour, circling the Earth approximately 16 times each day.

The Space Station is… pic.twitter.com/So9QMKtztI

— Marcus Wandt (@astro_marcus) February 5, 2024

Wandt arrived at the space station with three other crew members on January 20 for a two-week stay where he conducted science research, took part in outreach events, and, yes, took impressive pictures of Earth. The mission, Axiom-3, is hosted by Texas-based Axiom Space and is the third private astronaut mission to the ISS overseen by NASA.

Wandt and his three fellow explorers will lift off from the space station at 9:05 a.m. ET on Tuesday, February 6. They will travel home in the same vehicle they arrived in, the SpaceX Crew Dragon.

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