NASA has shared a new set of photos showing the International Space Station (ISS) in orbit.
The images were taken by astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft as he flew over the orbiting outpost earlier this month.
The flight took place at the start of the return journey of Pesquet and three other Crew-2 astronauts after a six-month stay aboard the space station.
The photos were taken with a Nikon D5 digital SLR camera, the same camera Pesquet used to capture many of his incredible images of Earth during his time aboard the ISS.
Images from the Pesquet ISS show the satellite from multiple angles, with both the darkness of space and the Earth 250 miles below serving as a backdrop.
In most photos, the space station’s large solar panels help power the facility.
The ISS entered service two decades ago and functions as a space laboratory that allows astronauts from several countries to conduct science experiments in microgravity conditions.
The space station travels at around 17,500 mph, orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes or so.
The station is 109 meters (356 feet) end-to-end, “one meter shorter than the total length of an American football field, including end zones,” according to NASA.
The space agency describes the facility’s living and working space as “bigger than a six-bedroom house (and has six dorms, two bathrooms, a gym, and a bay window with a 360 degree view) “.
To learn more about how astronauts spend their time aboard the space station, watch these fascinating videos taken aboard the ISS over the past 20 years.
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