The View From Expedition 30
It’s official. The title of “Best Astronaut Photographer As Judged By Joe” now sits squarely on the shoulders of ISS Expedition 30 astronaut André Kuipers (Sorry Ron Garan, it was a close race).
I could probably blog André’s entire Flickr stream, but I chose a few of my favorites to share with you. We live on a stunningly beautiful planet, and that beauty only grows when viewed from above.
Clockwise from the top: Jet contrails crossing the Atlantic on their way to the U.S., a dormant and frightening lava crater in Mauritania, the setting moon, Paris at night, and a mid-docking rocket blast from the ATV resupply vehicle.
It reminded me of this old Discovery Channel ad. Because yes, the world is just awesome.
(All images via ESA/NASA and the discerning eye of André Kuipers)
The photo of Paris at night is especially stunning.