Have you ever seen the Sahara desert from space? Chances are you already have, but never as spectacular as in the amazing images Astronaut Scott Kelly has been posting to his Instagram and Twitter feeds directly from the International Space Station.
Last Friday, October 16, 2015, Kelly broke the record for the longest cumulative time for an American Astronaut living in space – 383 days, and he’s sharing his incredible views with us. This photo of the Saharan desert, for example, is simply breathtaking:
From NASA’s webpage:
On Friday, Oct. 16, Kelly begins his 383rd day living in space, surpassing U.S astronaut Mike Fincke’s record of 382 cumulative days.
Having now spent over a year in the ISS, Kelly is presenting us with front row seats to the most amazing lighting shows in the planet – the Northern Lights:
And in another piece of what could almost be abstract art, here’s a snippet of the Australian Continent:
Another image showing Planet Earth as a collection of shapes and forms:
A fantastic display of colour and textures:
And a sunrise in Space – one of the 15 or 16 the ISS members get to see every day:
The astronauts’ vantage point from the ISS also allows us bird’s eye views over politically sensitive areas, such as the salt pans in Xinghai, in industrialized China:
Kelly is set to break another record on Oct. 29th, when he will complete his 216th consecutive day in space, surpassing the previous 215 day record for an American Astronaut in space, currently held by Michael Lopez-Alegria.
Kelly is scheduled to return to Earth on March 3, 2016, by which time he will have compiled 522 total days living in space during four missions. – NASA
Godspeed, Sir, and thank you for sharing your amazing ride with us.