The ISS astronauts showed stunning images of the Earth from space

Astronauts working on board the International Space Station (ISS) have once again demonstrated their creative skills as photographers. This week, three crew members posted breathtaking images of Earth from space. 

The author is ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Source: ESA

First of all, this is an amazing work by Thomas Pesquet, a French astronaut who has made a name for himself as one of the best space photographers of recent years. The magnificent-looking photo resembles an oil painting, as if it was painted by Van Gogh. Pesquet took a picture over Australia from a height of 400 km. 

The author is NASA astronaut Megan McArthur. Source: ESA

The picture above shows a stunning view of San Francisco and the Gulf of the Farallones. The legendary Golden Gate Bridge is also visible in the center of the frame. Below you can see the famous Alcatraz Island. This photo was captured by NASA astronaut Megan McArthur.

Finally, take a look at this surreal image posted by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough.

The author is NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough. Source: ESA

No, this is not a scattering of giant CDs or some inexplicable phenomenon of crop circles. This is a piece of agricultural land in the USA where sprinkler irrigation is used. A process known as “circular irrigation” eventually results in circular symmetrical shapes visible from space.

Despite the enviable vantage point high above the Earth, getting striking images from the space station is not as easy as it may seem at first glance. Astronauts aboard the ISS conduct scientific experiments or work on other tasks. They don’t have much time to rest, and even less time to observe the Earth with a camera in their hands. Therefore, each picture is especially valuable, because it is taken in an extremely limited time period.

According to Digital Trends

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