NEW ASTRONAUT PICTURESNASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock who returned this month from theInternational Space Station shares pictures of the Earth he snapped for theworld 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, 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.
Mystery Island ...located in the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar.Interesting features on the island and the unusual shape should be enoughto help you discover this beautiful place.
Northern lights in the distance in one of the finest nights over Europe. Thephoto clearly shows the Strait of Dover. Paris is dazzling with the citylights. A little fog over the western part of England, particularly overLondon.
Of all the places of our beautiful planet few can rival the beauty andrichness of colors in the Bahamas. In this photo, our ship is seen againstthe backdrop of the Bahamas .
At a speed of 28,163 kilometers per hour (8 kilometers per second), werotate the Earths orbit, making one revolution every 90 minutes, and watchsunsets and sunrises every 45 minutes. So half of our journey is indarkness. For the work we use lights on our helmets.
Every time I look out the window and see our beautiful planet, my soulsings! I see blue skies, white clouds and bright blessed day.
Another spectacular sunset. We see 16 such sunsets each day, and each ofthem is really valuable.
Beautiful atoll in the Pacific Ocean, photographed using 400mm lens.Approximately 1930 km south of Honolulu.
Perfect reflection of sunlight in the eastern Mediterranean.
Above the center of the Atlantic Ocean, before another stunning sunset.Downstairs in the setting sun visible spiral Hurricane Earl.
A little farther east, we saw a sacred monolith Uluru, better known asAyers Rock. I have never had the opportunity to visit Australia, butsomeday I hope that I will stand by this miracle of nature.
Morning over the Andes in South America. I do not know for sure the titleof this peak, but was simply amazed by her magic, stretching to the sunand wind tops.
Over the Sahara desert, approaching the ancient lands and thousand-yearhistory. River Nile flows through Egypt by the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo.Further, the Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula, Dead Sea, Jordan River, as well asthe island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea and Greeceon the horizon.
Night view of the River Nile, stretching like a snake through Egypt to theMediterranean, 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 refueling. It is full offood, fuel, spare parts and all necessities for our station. Inside was a realgift - fresh fruit and vegetables. What a miracle after three months of foodfrom a tube!
I wanted to share with you this view from the Dome. We said goodbye tothe members of our group Sasha, Misha and Tracy this weekend, and theyreturned safely back to Earth. In this photo, Tracy quietly dreams ofreturning home.
Module Union 23C Olympus docked with the ISS. When our work endshere, we go back home to Earth. We fly over the snow-capped peaks of theCaucasus. The rising sun is reflected from the Caspian Sea.
The flash of color, 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 summer night. You can see many beautifulislands that adorn the coast - Capri, Sicily and Malta. Naples and MountVesuvius are allocated along the coast.
At the southern end of South America lies the pearl of Patagonia. Theamazing beauty of rugged mountains, massive glaciers, fjords and seascombined in perfect harmony.
"Dome" on the side of nadir station gives a panoramic view of ourbeautiful planet. Fedor made the picture from the window of the Russiandocking compartment. In this photo Im sitting in the dome, preparing thecamera for our evening flight over Hurricane Earl.
Florida and southeastern U.S. in the evening. A clear autumn evening, themoonlight over the water and sky, dotted with millions of stars.
Clear starry night over the eastern Mediterranean. The ancient land with athousand years of history stretching from Athens to Cairo. Historical landof 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 mesosphericclouds. With our high-angle illumination, we were able to capture a thinlayer of noctilucent clouds at sunset.
Astronaut Douglas Wheelock Miracles Happen to those who believe!