In addition to working on scientific experiments, conducting space walks and dealing with the occasional space-based emergency, astronauts on board the International Space Station can also enjoy breathtaking views of the earth from 400 kilometers above the ground.
Some of the astronauts also like to take pictures of the landscape and share these pictures with the people down here on solid ground.
Current ISS crew member Thomas Pesquet has posted many incredible pictures since arriving at the outpost in orbit in April 2021. His latest stunning work, shared on Wednesday August 4th, features a golden sunset reflection.
“Good evening from space! A beautiful reflection of the sunset on our blue marble, ”wrote Pesquet in a comment on the extraordinary photo.
Au crépuscule l & # 39; océan baigne dans les ton chauds du soleil, si ce n & # 39; est pour quelques ombres de ☁️ à sa surface #whatelse Bonne soirée à tous depuis la Station!
Good evening from space! A beautiful sunset reflection from our blue marble # MissionAlpha https://t.co/3dvZcWpMgA pic.twitter.com/CHR4YZmSDk
– Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) August 4, 2021
For those interested in the details, Pesquet captured the picture using a Nikon D5 DSLR camera at 95mm with a 50-500mm zoom lens. The shutter released with a quick 1/2000 second. The aperture and ISO were set to f / 8 and 200.
And if Pesquet’s sunset picture alone isn’t enough to feast your eyes, how about those beautiful Aurora Australis photos that landed on the space station’s Twitter account on Wednesday?
The Aurora australis is spectacular in these views from the station over the Indian Ocean between Asia and Antarctica. https://t.co/gzNPCRRjUN pic.twitter.com/VFXye26yWs
– International Space Station (@Space_Station) August 5, 2021
According to the attached data, these pictures were also taken with the Nikon D5 at 58mm at a speed of about half a second. The aperture was f / 1.2 while the ISO was set to 12800.
More impressive images from the space station can be found in this collection of images, also captured by Pesquet, showing an impressive selection of landscapes from around the world.
Crew member Shane Kimbrough has also revealed that he too has an eye for good shots of the Earth, and recently shared these remarkable Mars-like images that actually show Saudi Arabian sand dunes.
Although the station’s 90-minute Earth orbit means the landscape below is constantly changing, it can be said that camera-holding astronauts still need a good eye to get a great shot.
The images you see here were most likely taken from inside the space station’s dome, a seven-window module that gives astronauts panoramic views of Earth and space.
Avid photographers aboard the ISS can choose from a wide range of cameras and lenses, with most of the equipment supplied by Nikon.