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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 latest 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
“Chile just left me speechless,” Reid tweeted on June 4
“Clouds turn 2D into 3D” tweeted Reid on Thursday, June 5
Just a week into his stay aboard the ISS microgravity is already second nature!
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.