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!