Year in space ends with a fist-pump and amazing photos
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 9:48 AM - Now back on Earth after his One Year Mission on board the International Space Station, below are just a few of the amazing sights astronaut Scott Kelly captured during his time in space.
But before those, some of the historic photos of Kelly's trip back home. The astronaut spent 340 days aboard the International Space Station and conducted almost 400 experiments before making the epic trip south. Take a look.
The #YearInSpace crew lands in Kazakhstan after 340 days in space. Soyuz Commander Sergey Volkov, who stayed in space for 182 days, brought home NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) and Roscomos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko inside the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft. #nasa #astronaut #cosmonaut #soyuz #outofthisworld #historic #mission #internationalspacestation #spacestation #kazakhstan #human #research #science #journeytomars
A spectacular view as the Soyuz spacecraft drifts back to Earth. Welcome home, @StationCDRKelly! #YearInSpace NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Tuesday after a historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station. They landed in Kazakhstan at 11:26 p.m. EST (10:26 a.m. March 2 Kazakhstan time). #NASA #Space #SpaceStation
NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) lands safely back on Earth after a historic 340-day mission to the space station. He is all smiles as he is pulled out of the capsule and breathes fresh air for the first time in nearly a year. During the record-setting one-year mission, the station crew conducted almost 400 investigations to advance NASA’s mission and benefit all of humanity. #YearInSpace #NASA #ScottKelly #SpaceStation #InternationalSpaceStation
The Photos from a Year in Space
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov have successfully landed in Kazakhstan as of 11:26 p.m. ET tonight, with Kelly and Kornienko back on the ground after roughly a year in orbit.
To mark the occasion, let's enjoy some of the incredible pictures that Scott Kelly has taken during his mission, along with his notes and comments, courtesy the Windows on Earth website.
From space we are privileged to see the beauty of Earth but also our impact on it's environment. #COP21 #YearInSpace
Sometimes #Earth looks like another planet from @Space_Station. #YearInSpace
Another pass through #Aurora. The sun is very active today, apparently. #YearInSpace
The remnants of #Soyuz's fiery plunge through the atmosphere. Congratulations on a successful landing #SoyuzTMA17M!
After a hard day of work, the #moon sets, and so do I. Good night from @space_station.
Woke up in the night #Patricia update w latest view from @space_station Thoughts continue for all below #YearInSpace
Caught something good on the horizon. #Cygnus at #sunset on its way to @space_station! #YearInSpace
Day 135. #MilkyWay. You're old, dusty, gassy and warped. But beautiful. Good night from @space_station! #YearInSpace
Day 190. Clouds bathe #Europe in a cool glow. #Goodnight from @Space_Station! #YearInSpace
Sure! Let's chat about #Mars! I'm free Saturday. It's not Toronto #TIFF, but we see Canada out our window.
Although Kelly's vantage point, in the International Space Station cupola, is one that few have been able to enjoy, his camera of choice is readily available to us here on Earth. To take these amazing pictures, he uses a Nikon D4 digital camera, with a variety of lenses of various focal lengths, which allows him to take in the entire arc of the horizon, or focus in on distant targets.