NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly has now been in space of over 100 days, and to celebrate that fact he decided to take one of the best pictures from the International Space Station that we’ve ever seen.
Day 114. #Moon #Venus #Jupiter…#Earth Good night from @space_station! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/GsOxOKt34S
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) July 19, 2015
In just one picture the astronaut managed to capture Earth, the Moon, Venus and Jupiter, all clearly seen from his vantage point 249 miles above the Earth’s surface.
Every 92 minutes, the International Space Station completes its orbit around the Earth. Travelling at a speed of around 17,150 miles per hour or 5 miles per second it’s pretty nippy when you consider it’s around the size of an American Football field.
Of course when you’re taking pictures as good as that, it’s likely that you’re going to get noticed. In this case, the President of the United States himself tweeted Kelly, congratulating him on the photographs he has been tweeting.
Hey @StationCDRKelly, loving the photos. Do you ever look out the window and just freak out?
— President Obama (@POTUS) August 1, 2015
Kelly of course responded saying:
I don’t freak out about anything, Mr. President. Except getting a Twitter question from you.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) August 1, 2015
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