An Earth astronaut shares amazing photos he took while in orbit

An Earth astronaut shares amazing photos he took while in orbit

Earth's horizon
Markus Wandt captured this stunning image of Earth from the International Space Station somewhere over South America. | ESA/Markus Wandt

Swedish astronaut Marcus Wandt has just returned from a 20-day trip into space and shared some stunning photos of the sights he saw while in Earth’s orbit.

Before touching down on the Florida coast in the early hours of this morning, Wandt shared a series of beautiful photos of Earth.

Abstract view of Earth’s horizon.
Over Mongolia
Wandt took this photo while flying over Mongolia.
Night glow
Earth’s nightglow has been captured over South America as galaxies twinkle deep within.

Wandt probably took the beautiful photos using the space station’s new Nikon Z cameras that were recently installed there. 13 Nikon Z9 cameras, 15 FTZ II adapters and more than 15 Nikkor Z lenses (including super-telephoto and macro lenses) were launched to the International Space Station in January.

Marcus, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, blasted off to the International Space Station on January 18. During his time on board, Marcus supported nearly 20 European experiments and spent more than 100 hours conducting science and technology demonstrations.

But he also proved to be very adept with a camera: he also recorded a 360-degree video inside the seven-windowed dome – the ISS’s “window to the world.”

“During his approximately three-week stay on the space station, Marcus conducted a series of experiments for the benefit of Swedish and international research,” says Anna Rathsman, Director General of the Swedish National Space Agency, upon Markus’ return.

“Through his space journey, he has contributed to maintaining Sweden as a leader in space knowledge. He is also an inspiration to a whole generation of Swedes in the natural sciences.

Wandt was part of Axiom Space’s third special mission to the International Space Station; It was a mission that was supposed to last two weeks but the crew stayed a few extra days waiting for some bad weather to affect the landing site off the coast of Daytona, Florida.

Image credits: ESA/Markus Wandt

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