Shortly before astronaut Scott Kelly left Earth for a one-year mission as commander of the International Space Station, President Barack Obama advised him to Instagram it. Kelly took that advice to heart, and regularly shares stunning visuals from the ISS. His latest series of images of Australia’s topography approaches art.
In a series of tweets, Kelly has posted images of a single pass over the continent taken from the unique vantage of 400km. The images, stunning and abstract, carry a the fitting hashtag #EarthArt.
Kelly took the pictures using the station’s cupola, a seven-windowed dome that offers a panoramic view of our planet. Since he began posting them on Monday, they’ve already been retweeted thousands of times.
Seven months into his mission, Kelly’s feed has curated some of the most interesting pictures of Earth ever in one place, with regular shots of our planet’s topography.
While the exact location of Kelly’s Australian shots can be hard to pin down, The Guardian reports that most of the color-enhanced images are of the country’s arid center.