NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn has shared a wide ranging picture taken from the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) exhibiting the curvature of Earth in addition to a part of the Caribbean.
Marshburn captured the photograph throughout a spacewalk final month earlier than sharing it on Twitter on the weekend.
In his tweet, the skilled astronaut described the Caribbean Sea, with its stunning blue colours, as “a candidate for the second favourite view of the Earth from house,” including that an astronaut’s favourite view is after all the certainly one of their dwelling nation.
A candidate for the second favourite view of the Earth from house: the Caribbean Sea, seen right here throughout a spacewalk under the @JAXA_en exterior experiment platform. Everybody’s favourite view? Their dwelling nation! pic.twitter.com/5mvAGUbFKI
— Thomas H. Marshburn (@AstroMarshburn) January 7, 2022
These accustomed to the Caribbean ought to have the ability to spot south-east Cuba on the backside of Marshburn’s shot, although the nation’s capital metropolis of Havana is obscured by the station’s photo voltaic arrays.
The image was captured round 250 miles above Earth, with the extensive view exhibiting off the curvature of Earth. As Marshburn factors out in his tweet, the picture additionally consists of Japan’s exterior experiment platform, seen to the fitting of the photograph.
Marshburn took the picture throughout his fifth spacewalk, along with his earlier 4 happening throughout ISS visits in 2013 and 2009. The American astronaut spent 6 hours and 32 minutes outdoors the station collectively along with his colleague, Kayla Barron, who was on her very first spacewalk.
The pair arrived on the ISS in November together with NASA’s Raja Chari and Matthias Maurier of the European Area Company. They’ll keep aboard the orbiting outpost for round six months, returning in late April.
Whereas astronauts aboard the ISS spend most of their time engaged on science experiments, occasional spacewalks are additionally important for sustaining and upgrading the station, with the distinctive vantage level additionally offering a wonderful alternative for Earth remark work and photograph captures.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet recurrently posted wonderful Earth photographs throughout a current keep on the ISS, and he additionally took day out to elucidate the form of planning required to seize the spectacular pictures.