Photographs of ISS astronauts capture a fascinating world

Photographs of ISS astronauts capture a fascinating world ...

It may not be a perfect world, but if you look in the correct places, it is certainly fantastic.

Samantha Cristoforetti, an astronaut at the International Space Station (ISS), believes it, for one. Recently, the Italian space traveler posted four breathtaking Earth images alongside lyrics from the legendary track.

I notice skies of blue and clouds of whiteThe bright blessed days, the dark sacred nights, and I think to myselfWhat a wonderful world#MissionMinerva pic.twitter.com/3cGi1I5Uck

Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) September 10, 2022

As the space station orbited 250 miles above our planet, photographs appear more like paintings. Cristoforetti does not reveal what parts of the world they show, urging us instead to concentrate on the sheer beauty of the surroundings far below.

During downtime on the ISS, astronauts prefer to travel to the Cupola module, which has seven windows that provide stunning views of Earth and beyond. No doubt these images were taken from that exact location.

Despite the fact that some crew members prefer to simply gaze out and enjoy the view, others grab one of the stations many cameras, capturing the spectacle as well as their followers on social media.

Cristoforetti, who has over a million followers on Twitter and over half a million on TikTok, has been posting regular updates during her six-month space trip, which started in April.

Her various posts aim to highlight several aspects of her life in space, including recommendations for wannabe astronauts, an explanation of a mysterious bright light on Earth, an image of a lunar eclipse from space, and a time-lapse showing how the sun sometimes does not set for astronauts.

Shes also demonstrated how astronauts perform CPR in space, and she talked about how space debris can affect life on the orbiting outpost.

For a bit of fun, she recreated a moment from the hit Hollywood film Gravity.

Check out this impressive collection from the ISS and other spacecraft for more images showing Earth from space, including one particular stunner seen during the historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969.