Monday, June 9, 2014

Stunning snapshots from space courtesy of Reid Wiseman

By Jason Major via Universe Today, 2 June 2014

Sunset-lit clouds swirl over Perth on May 31, 2014 (Reid Wiseman/NASA) 

On May 28 the crew of Expedition 40/41 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, their Soyuz TMA-13M arriving at the International Space Station about eight and a half hours later. And it didn’t take much time for the newly-arrived NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman to start taking photos from his new vantage point in orbit and sharing them on Twitter for the rest of us to enjoy! Here are some of Reid’s late
st images from the edge of space, looking down on the beautiful blue world we call home.

One of Reid Wiseman’s first few tweets from space! 

A “beautiful pass over the Falkland Islands” (aka Islas Malvinas) on May 30 with docked Soyuz in the foreground

Reid confirmed that the Earth is indeed round with a 12mm lens on June 1

Looking down on glacial flows near the Strait of Magellan

Pink clouds at sunset may look beautiful from Earth but “not as pretty here” according to Reid Wiseman

May 31 was a “nice day to hit the beach” in Santos, Brazil

Our planet is almost all ocean and so pretty,” Tweeted Reid on June 1

A “Soyuz group selfie” in the cupola with Expedition 40/41 crew members Alexander Gerst, Oleg Artemyev, and Reid Wiseman, shared on June 2

See these photos (and more as they are taken!) on Reid Wiseman’s Twitter feed, and learn more about Expedition 40 here.

Photos courtesy Reid Wiseman/NASA.

Posted with permission from Universe Today

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