A pair of pictures shot from the Worldwide House Station (ISS) on the weekend will in all probability remind you extra of Mars than Earth.
Shared by NASA astronaut and present ISS crew member Shane Kimbrough, the gorgeous photographs (beneath) truly present sand dunes in Saudi Arabia and neighboring Yemen.
“Thought we could be on one other planet with this picture however seems these dunes are in Saudi Arabia,” Kimbrough, presently on his third journey to area, wrote in a tweet.
Thought we could be on one other planet with this picture however seems these dunes are in Saudi Arabia. pic.twitter.com/h8rfZod31A
— Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) May 30, 2021
Commenting on the second picture, the American astronaut mentioned: “Placing colours and formations of these sand dunes in Yemen close to the southern Saudi Arabian border.”
Placing colours and formations of these sand dunes in Yemen close to the southern Saudi Arabian border. pic.twitter.com/vREORvdpv7
— Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) May 29, 2021
And sure, Mars does have sand dunes — you’ll be able to see some of them within the photographs beneath, captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
Kimbrough, like his fellow area station crew member Thomas Pesquet, is a eager photographer, with each astronauts clearly having fun with the enviable vantage level that the ISS affords round 250 miles above the floor of Earth (take a look at Pesquet’s gorgeous footage right here).
Most of the pictures taken aboard the area station are captured from the Cupola, a seven-window module providing panoramic views of Earth and area, although extra just lately astronauts have been dropping by docked Crew Dragon spacecraft, with their decent-sized home windows additionally providing nice potential for avid astronaut photographers.
To seize their pictures, ISS crew members can select from an intensive vary of skilled cameras and lenses, most of them equipped by Nikon, although current Sony units are additionally among the many assortment.
Under are a number of extra photographs captured just lately by Kimbrough, this one exhibiting Bahrain and Qatar together with half of a Cygnus cargo spacecraft that arrived on its most up-to-date journey to the area station in February.
Qatar and Bahrain trying nice behind the Cygnus cargo car photo voltaic array. Cygnus can be with us for about one other month and can depart with a lot of our trash. pic.twitter.com/FeYoh7Tyi5
— Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) May 28, 2021
Within the picture beneath we will see a putting rock formation close to Wyoming’s Bighorn River.
Just lately caught a shot of this stunning rock formation in Northeast Wyoming close to Bighorn River, which is a tributary of the Yellowstone River and is roughly 461 miles lengthy. pic.twitter.com/K32NSLEjLK
— Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) May 18, 2021
For these 4 photographs, Kimbrough angled his lens barely away from Earth to seize a attractive orbital dawn throughout 5 seconds.
— Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) May 7, 2021
Each Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet will stay on board the area station till October 2021, so we will count on a regular stream of wonderful photographs over the approaching months.