Thomas Pesquet is known as an astronaut and the current commander of the ISS. And for us photographers, his stunning photos from the orbit are especially interesting. He recently captured a rare event named transient luminous event (TLE), also called “upper-atmospheric lightning.” Not only it’s not common to see it from Earth, but how often can you see it from space?
Even though Tom Cruise wanted to make the first movie in space, the Russian film crew beat him to it. Actress Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko, and veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov recently arrived at the International Space Station, where they will shoot “The Challenge,” the first-ever feature film in orbit.
Usually, when it comes to bright lights in the night sky, all we hear about from photographers is “Aurora Borealis!”, also known as the Northern Lights. But there are also the Southern Lights, which goes by the name Aurora Australis. They’re much less photographed because most photographers live in the northern hemisphere and they’re generally much easier to see. But from the ISS, there are great views of both.
French astronaut and aerospace engineer Thomas Pesquet managed to grab these images from aboard the International Space Station that shows a breathtaking sight. And it seems to be a somewhat rare event that shows the normally green Southern Lights with red & purple fringes turn more towards blue.
Other than being an astronaut and the first French commander of the International Space Station, Thomas Pesquet is a darn good photographer, too. Photos from space are remarkable on their own, but Thomas has been happy to capture some… well, even more remarkable sights. And this time, it’s blue Aurora Australis or the southern lights. Definitely not something you see every day.
On 16 June current year, the ISS astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Shane Kimbrough went on a spacewalk. They were on a mission to install a new solar array for the ISS, and they were even caught on camera from Earth (kind of). But if you’d like to get a closer look at the recent spacewalk, ESA has announced two timelapse videos showing the two astronauts in action.
On 25 June, astronauts Shane Kimbrough from NASA and ESA’s Thomas Pesquet were on a spacewalk outside the ISS. Little did they know that they would photobomb an image of the ISS transiting the sun. Photographer Joel Kowsky took a series of transit images and it turned out that the two astronauts were there exactly at that time.
Our planet consists of around 71% of water. Still, most photos of the Earth we’ve seen so far show some of those 29% of land. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet recently captured the Earth in a photo that reminds us what it’s mainly made of. In fact, in his magical image, it looks like it was made entirely of water.
It’s easy to forget that a beautiful place our home planet is. But when you take a step back, or rather 408km back, you can see all of its glorious beauty. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet reminds us of the beauty and uniqueness of the Earth. While onboard the ISS, Pesquet has taken some stunning photos of our one and only home.
The International Space Station orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes. However, capturing it as it transits in front of other objects requires meticulous planning and perfect timing. Germany-based photographer Mehmet Ergün caught the ISS as it transits the Sun, and shared his absolutely stunning photo with DIYP.