The infinite wonders of Earth, seen from space
Scintillating images from afar of the planet we call home
- Published 19.05.19, 1:07 PM
- Updated 19.05.19, 1:07 PM
- a min read
It was not supposed to be a photo safari. Nasa lofted astronaut Scott Kelly into orbit aboard the International Space Station in March 2015 for a year so that scientists could learn what happens to the human body during long missions in space.
But between blood draws and equipment repairs, Kelly aimed a Nikon D4 toward the windows of the space station’s cupola or a porthole in the floor of a laboratory module.
A snowstorm over the East Coast of the US, the ethereal aurora, the Pantone deserts of North Africa, the vast swirl of the Caribbean — Kelly captured it all and then shared it, turning Twitter into an eye on Earth. Many of the images are collected in a book, Infinite Wonder.
One day the data gleaned from Kelly’s medical experiments may open the door to new worlds. His photos give us an unrivaled glimpse at the one we’ve already got.