Out of this world: 12 of the best space pics & videos from astronaut Scott Kelly
The 52-year-old has taken over 1,000 photos from on board the ISS during his 340 days, capturing stunning images of sunrises, snow storms and hurricanes, the auroras, Earth’s vast seas and mountaintops.
Kelly’s mission began on March 27 when he lifted off aboard the Soyuz space capsule from from the Baikonur space center, alongside Kornienko.
It was always easy for Kelly to capture a photo of Earth from a viewpoint most of us will never experience first hand.
The contrasting colors of the Earth, as seen over Hawaii.
Kelly tweeted numerous images of the aurora around the world. Its impressiveness was best captured in this timelapse video though.
When viewed from above, the oceans of the world can look like artwork.
A snapshot of a star-filled Milky Way was given in August that left thousands stunned.
The landscape around us can be a vast mix of colors, as Kelly demonstrated with this shot over Spain.
Kelly captured an overhead image of Hurricane Patricia as it unleashed its destructive force on Mexico.
Following the terrorist attacks on Paris in mid-November, Kelly tweeted the crew’s sympathies and a picture of the devastated city from above.
A mixture of cloud, stars, the aurora and city lights of East Asia were captured in early December.
While the East Coast of America tried to deal with Storm Jonas, Kelly shared how the storm looked from above.
One year on, and Kelly bids farewell to the ISS with some stunning photos of the last sunrise he will see from the space station.
His identical twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, is ready to welcome him back to Earth.