Saturday, December 28, 2013

Amazing Earth!

And now for a little fun ... Happy New Year Earthlings!

NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock, who is currently
aboard the International Space Station, shares pictures
of the Earth he snaps with the world through Twitter.
Known to his nearly 68,000 Twitter followers as
Astro-Wheels, Wheelock has been posting impressive
photos of the Earth and some of his thoughts ever
since he moved into the space station in June, five
months after it got Internet access.
Greek islands on a clear night during our flight over 
Europe .. Athens shine brightly along the Mediterranean Sea.
cid:image002.jpg@01CEF828.FB8C0180" Mystery Island " - located in the Indian Ocean close
to Madagascar. Interesting features on the island 
and the unusual shape should be enough to help 
you discover this beautiful place.

Northern lights in the distance in one of the finest 
nights over Europe . The photo clearly shows the 
Strait of Dover. Paris is dazzling with the city lights. 
A little fog over the western part of England, 
particularly over London.
The moon is breathtaking. 

Of all the places of our beautiful planet few can rival 
the beauty and richness of colors in the Bahamas. 
In this photo, our ship is seen against the backdrop 
of the Bahamas. 

At a speed of 28,163 kilometres per hour (8 kilometres 
per second), we rotate the Earth's orbit, making 
one revolution every 90 minutes, and watch sunsets 
and sunrises every 45 minutes. So half of our 
journey is in darkness. For the work we use lights 
on our helmets. 

Every time I look out the window and see our beautiful 
planet, my soul sings! I see blue skies, white clouds 
and bright blessed day.
Another spectacular sunset. We see 16 such sunsets
each day and each of them is really valuable. 

Beautiful atoll in the Pacific Ocean, photographed 
using 400mm lens. Approximately 1930 km south 
of Honolulu. 

Perfect reflection of sunlight showing Cyprus. 

Above the centre of the Atlantic Ocean, before 
another stunning sunset. Downstairs in the setting 
sun visible spiral Hurricane Earl.

A little farther east, we saw the sacred monolith Uluru, 
also known as Ayers Rock. I have never had the 
opportunity to visit Australia , but someday I hope 
that I will stand by this miracle of nature. 

Morning over the Andes in Argentina, South America. I do not 
know for sure the title of this peak, but was simply 
amazed by her magic, stretching to the sun and 
wind tops.

Over the Sahara desert, approaching the ancient 
lands and thousand-year history. River Nile flows 
through Egypt by the Pyramids of Giza near Cairo. 
Further, the Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula, Dead Sea, 
Jordan River, as well as the island of Cyprus in 
the Mediterranean Sea and Greece on the horizon. 

Night view of the River Nile, stretching like a snake 
through Egypt to the Mediterranean, and Cairo, 
located in the Delta. Far away in this picture, one 
can see the Mediterranean Sea. 

Our unmanned 'Progress 39P' approaches the ISS 
for refuelling. It is full of food, fuel, spare parts and 
all necessities for our station. Inside was a real gift - 
fresh fruit and vegetables. What a miracle after 
three months of food from a tube! 

I wanted to share with you this view from the Dome. 
We said goodbye to the members of our group Sasha, 
Misha and Tracy this weekend and they returned 
safely back to Earth. In this photo, Tracy quietly 
dreams of returning home. 

Module Union 23C Olympus docked with the ISS. 
When our work ends here, we go back home to 
Earth. We fly over the snow-capped peaks of the 
Caucasus. The rising sun is reflected from the 
Caspian Sea. 

The flash of colour, movement and life on the canvas 
of our amazing world. This is part of the Great Barrier 
Reef off the east coast of Australia, photographed 
through the lens of 1200 mm. 

All the beauty of Italy , a clear winter night. You 
can see many beautiful islands that adorn the 
coast - Capri, Sicily and Malta. Naples and 
Mount Vesuvius are allocated along the coast. 

At the southern end of South America, Argentina, lies the pearl 
of Patagonia . The amazing beauty of rugged 
mountains, massive glaciers, fjords and seas 
combined in perfect harmony. 

"Dome" on the side of nadir station gives a panoramic 
view of our beautiful planet. Fedor made the picture 
from the window of the Russian docking compartment. 
In this photo I'm sitting in the dome, preparing the 
camera for our evening flight over Hurricane Earl. 

Florida and southeastern U.S. in the evening. A clear 
autumn evening, the moonlight over the water and 
sky, dotted with millions of stars. 

Clear starry night over the eastern Mediterranean.
The ancient land with a thousand years of history 
stretching from Athens to Cairo. Historical land of 
fabulous and alluring island. Athens - Crete - 
Rhodes - Izmir - Ankara - Cyprus - Damascus - 
Beirut - Haifa - Amman - Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - 
Cairo - all of them turned into tiny lights in this 
cool November night. 

In this time of year you can enjoy the beauty of the
polar mesospheric clouds. With our high-angle 
illumination, we were able to capture a thin layer 
of noctilucent clouds at sunset. 



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