Space Photos of the Week: The ISS is Out of This World
The International Space Station is a football-field-sized science laboratory that orbits some 250 miles above Earth. Usually between three to nine people are on board at any time, and while it seems like they’re probably playing with floating water and watching their hair do funny things, they’re actually doing a lot of science.
Just a few days ago, NASA astronaut Christina Koch captured this truly epic photo of her best friend and fellow astronaut, Jessica Meir, launching from Earth and heading to the ISS. The perspective in this photo is quite stunning, because we can see the thin blue atmosphere of Earth, the launch trail of the Soyuz capsule as it climbs, and the dividing line of darkness that the ISS orbits within. And while this seems like a long trek, it only takes the Soyuz about five minutes to get into space, and another six hours before it catches up with the ISS—which is hurtling around Earth at 17,000 mph.
Check out more snapshots below from humanity’s remotest outpost.