NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn shared a stunning image taken from the International Space Station (ISS) showing the curvature of the Earth as well as part of the Caribbean.
Marshburn captured the photo during a spacewalk last month before sharing it on Twitter this weekend.
In his tweet, the veteran astronaut described the Caribbean Sea, with its beautiful blue colors, as “a candidate for the second favorite view of Earth from space,” adding that an astronaut’s favorite view is indeed sure that of his country of origin.
A contender for the second favorite view of Earth from space: the Caribbean Sea, seen here during a spacewalk under the @JAXA_fr external experimentation platform. Everyone’s favorite view? Their country of origin ! pic.twitter.com/5mvAGUbFKI
– Thomas H. Marshburn (@AstroMarshburn) January 7, 2022
Those familiar with the Caribbean should be able to spot southeast Cuba at the bottom of the Marshburn photo, though the country’s capital, Havana, is obscured by the resort’s solar panels.
The image was captured about 250 miles above the Earth, with a wide view showing the curvature of the Earth. As Marshburn points out in his tweet, the image also includes Japan’s external experimentation platform, seen to the right of the photo.
Marshburn took the image on his fifth spacewalk, his previous four having taken place during visits to the ISS in 2013 and 2009. The US astronaut spent 6 hours and 32 minutes at the outside the station with her colleague, Kayla Barron, who was on her very first spacewalk. .
The couple arrived at the ISS in November with Raja Chari from NASA and Matthias Maurier from the European Space Agency. They will stay aboard the orbiting outpost for about six months, before returning at the end of April.
While the astronauts aboard the ISS spend most of their time working on science experiments, occasional spacewalks are also essential to maintain and modernize the station, with the unique vantage point also providing a great opportunity. for Earth observation work and photo capture.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet regularly posted incredible snapshots of Earth during a recent stay at the ISS, and he also took the time to explain the kind of planning required to capture these awe-inspiring images.