Friday, November 19, 2010


Soyuz 23S, “Olympus” docked to the nadir side of the Space Station. This will be our ride back home to planet Earth when our work is complete here. Thought I would tweet this view out of the Cupola, as we were passing over the majestic snow-capped Caucuses. The sun setting and reflecting off the Caspian Sea.

The Earth at night is a masterpiece of light and motion. Aurora Australis dancing on a moonlit night…a new dawn just beyond the horizon. The small pinpoint lights that you see in these night images are pixels on the camera’s image sensor blown out by particles of cosmic radiation…one of the hazards of the job out here

Mount St. Helens, part of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and the beautiful Cascade mountain range. On May 18, 1980… St. Helens roared to life in an epic display of raw natural power

The Hawaiian Island chain stretches across 1500 miles of the vast Pacific Ocean, and the archipelago is made up of 137 islands, of which only 7 are inhabited. The attached twitpic shows those islands as well as one that is uninhabited.

Here is a photo that I meant to tweet a few weeks ago…this is the eye of Hurricane Igor. I know the contrast is not so good, but I wanted you to see this…

Just a quick skip across the Atlantic Ocean and at the southern tip of Africa you’ll find this prominent feature, the 'Cape of Good Hope'. Have you been there?

The Kamchatka peninsula in the Russian Far East is a breathtaking display of the majesty of pristine wilderness. Seeing these active volcanoes and the vast forests breathes life into your soul, much like the beauty of Patagonia. I dream of visiting Kamchatka one day.

The lights of Japan on a clear November night. These mosaics and patterns of light from our cities, towns and villages are unintentional works of art when viewed from space... a silent and brilliant mapping of our coastlines and landscapes.

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