Commander Scott Kelly, the first ever American astronaut to travel the world’s longest space flight just reached midway of his 342-day journey aboard the International Space Station. Along with the Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, Kelly is part of an experiment about how a prolonged journey in space affects the body. Although his weightless days and nights in space has made his eyes bulge and his muscles atrophy, he keeps his creative mind in shape by taking wonderfully wondrous images of sprawling cities, surreal landscapes and dreamlike auroras.
To celebrate his halfway point of his year-long journey, here is a collection of some of his most intense and artistic cosmic snapshots. Fortunately for us, Kelly is only half done so we can expect some more of these jaw-droppingly spectacular space shots. Enjoy!
1. “#Asuncion, #Paraquay, #HappySunday from @Space_Station. #YearInSpace” – via Twitter on June 7, 2015
2. “#Bahamas, the strokes of your watercolors are always a refreshing sight.”
3. A desert scene.
4. A final look at some other visitors to the ISS as they make their departure back to Earth.
5. A scene from the desert Southwest.
6. A shot from 250 miles above an undisclosed location in the African desert.
7. A shot of the planet at night.
8. A solitary cloud over Karach, Pakistan.
9. All the colors of the rainbow on the land.
10. An unspecified African scene where green meets up with desert.
11. Another undisclosed African vista as seen from far above.
12. Auroras over the horizon.
14. Day 83. Our galaxy from 250 miles away.
15. “Fair winds and following seas to my good friends @AstroTerry, @AstroSamantha, and @AntonAstrey. #YearInSpace” – via Twitter on June 11, 2015
16. “From @pace_Station looks like a serious expansion project on #SpratlyIslands in the #SouthChinaSea. #YearInSpace” – via Twitter on June 8, 2015
17. “From @Space_Station looks like a serious expansion project on #SpratlyIslands in the #SouthChinaSea. #YearInSpace” – via Twitter on June 8, 2015
18. Legend of the Falls has lured daredevils here for centuries.
19. “Looks like parent and spawn from @space_station #YearInSpace” – via Twitter on May 31, 2015
20. More unspecified #EarthArt.
21. More unspecified #EarthArt.
22. “Often when I look out the window I think we should call it Planet Water instead of Earth. Sadly mostly saltwater.” – via Twitter on June 4, 2015
23. Over Honolulu.
24. Pyongyang, North Korea is one lit beacon in a darkened sea.
25. Some of the active aurora from our recent massive solar storm.
26. Somewhere over South East Asia.
27. Somwewhere over the U.S. Southwest.
28. Storm clouds over the U.S. midwest.
29. Subtropical storm Ana swirling in the Atlantic.
30. Sunrise, Sunset.