ESA / Thomas Pesquet
An astronaut from the space station took a stunning photo of the earth showing only water.
European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who posted the picture on Twitter, described the scene as “our blue marble,” an allusion to the famous image of the Earth taken by the Apollo 17 crew in 1972.
Pesquet added: “Sometimes there is just no land in sight, even from our 400km [250-mile] Crow’s nest. I think of all the sailors and explorers who have traveled the world on lonely expeditions. “
🌎 Our blue marble. Sometimes there is simply no land in sight, even from our 400 km long crow’s nest. I think of all the sailors and explorers who have traveled the world on lonely expeditions ⛵️ #MissionAlpha pic.twitter.com/sQ0F33DEZm
– Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 26, 2021
As the French astronaut suggests, most images captured by the International Space Station usually contain at least a little bit of land. However, the stunning image of Pesquet is a reminder that our planet is actually mostly made up of oceans, with water covering about 70% of its surface.
The ISS crew is constantly changing, with most missions lasting around six months. An avid photographer often appears among each new crew, with Pesquet clearly having an eye for an amazing shot.
We recently showed off some of his best Earth images, captured in the weeks since his arrival on the space station in April 2021, his second visit to date. Among the recent ISS crew members, the Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi showed himself to be an avid earth observer and regularly shared his own amazing pictures of our planet.
For the best views, space station astronauts typically head to the dome, a seven-window module that was connected to the ISS in 2010, 10 years after the station was commissioned.
Pesquet and other crew members have a wide variety of advanced cameras and lenses to choose from, including top of the line Nikon and Sony brands.
To learn more about life on the space station, check out these videos, captured by astronauts who have visited the orbiting outpost over the years.