Astronaut Scott Kelly lived in space for almost a year. Check out some of the best pictures taken by him!
Space is beautiful but a scary place to be in, especially if you are alone up there. Humans reached space in 1961 when Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin reached outer space in his Vostok spacecraft and completed an orbit of Earth.
Later with collaboration from 5 countries, an International Space Station was established in the space in order to research more on space and the ISS was launched in 1998 and since then, the ISS has been manned by astronauts from different countries including the 5 countries that contributed in its build-up and upkeep.
But one astronaut spent 340 consecutive days in the ISS and while being up there, he didn’t let go of the chance of taking some breathtaking images and we bring to you some of the images here.
1 Astronaut Scott Kelly
American astronaut Scott Kelly who recently came back from his 340 day vigil on the International Space Station (ISS) and with him, he brought some of the most breathtaking images of space and Earth from space that human has ever seen.
Scott Kelly set two records during his stay on the ISS, one being the most consecutive days spent by an American astronaut in space at 340 days and second, most cumulative days spent in space by an astronaut at 382 days.
He spent the year with 2 of his Russian counterparts which included cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, who returned with him on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft and landed in Kazakhstan.
2 His one year stay
“Scott Kelly’s one-year mission aboard the International Space Station has helped to advance deep space exploration and America’s Journey to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Scott became the first American astronaut to spend a year in the space aboard the International Space Station and received a hero’s welcome when he reached the United States.
The station crew carried out over 400 experiments and investigations with respect to NASA’s journey to MARS program. They conducted studies on the effect of weightlessness, radiation and isolation on human body.
3 The International Space Station
The International Space Station was built by the collaboration of the space agencies from Unites States (NASA), The Russia (Roscosmos) , Japan (JAXA), Europe (ESA) and Canada (CSA). It is the ninth space station to be inhabited by humans after the Russian Salyut, Almaz and Mir space station. It has been visited by astronauts from 17 different nations so far. It was launched on 20th November 1998 and there have been talks of replacing the ISS with a more sophisticated space station and including more countries like India, Brazil who have advanced space programs in the collaboration as well.
ISS is the most expensive single thing ever built by humans and the cost of the project was over $150 billion in 2010.
4 The Amazing Photographs!
Astronaut Scott Kelly kept himself busy by clicking awesome pictures of various spots on Earth to go with photos of space. His photos included shots over the Palm Jumeriah, New York City, Egypt, blue waters of Bahamas.
He also took photos of numerous sunsets and sunrises aboard the ISS. He also took a brilliant pic of a flower grown on ISS. All of his pics were tweeted by the NASA’s official twitter handle as well as Kelly’s own twitter handle. The images have gone viral since and are collection of one man’s 340 days outside the orbit of Earth.