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OnOrbit: August 2021



Thomas Pesquet: I don't know why the Red Sea is called red when it's so blue! Perhaps that's something to Google this weekend😉💙


Thomas Pesquet: Brrr. Just looking at these snow-capped mountains in New Zealand, in the crisp early morning, is enough to make me shiver❄️


Hurricane Ida is seen in this image taken aboard the International Space Station.


Thomas Pesquet: Each picture was a 30-second exposure, and there are 59 shots. If you are quick at maths you will work out that the whole process took about half an hour, or roughly a full night pass over our planet.


Hurricane Henri is pictured off the eastern coast of the United States from the International Space Station as it orbited 264 miles above central Pennsylvania.


Thomas Pesquet: Good evening from space! A beautiful sunset reflection of our blue marble (well I think so at least, hope you like it too 😁).


The International Space Station was orbiting 264 miles above the northwestern United States when this photograph was taken. Near bottom right, is the Great Salt Lake in the Beehive State of Utah.


This image from International Space Station as it was flying 261 miles over Iran looks southeast across the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.


Pyramid Lake (upper right) in Nevada; Lake Tahoe (lower left) in California; and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains are pictured from the International Space Station as it was orbiting 262 miles above the southwestern United States.


This picture from the International Space Station orbiting 261 miles above Africa looks northeast across Niger to the Tibesti Mountains of Chad. Credit: Roscosmos


Thomas Pesquet: Fires in Peloponnese, Greece. Yesterday the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report clearly stating our climate is changeing and we need to make hard choices as a species to avoid the worst.


Thomas Pesquet: Space weather is actually a real thing! Amongst others ESA can predict when aurora are more likely to occur.


Thomas Pesquet: After the zoom on Briancon, here are the Alps in larger perspective.


The aurora australis seemingly crowns the Earth's horizon as the International Space Station orbited 272 miles above the southern Indian Ocean in between Asia and Antarctica.


Thomas Pesquet: Good evening from space! A beautiful sunset reflection of our blue marble (well I think so at least, hope you like it too 😁).


A red lake implies flamingos... or aluminium smelting. Here in Queensland, Australia, it is the latter. The red mud is a waste product of producing aluminium.


Thomas Pesquet: More amazing landscapes in Australia. Salt lakes in the middle of the country.


Thomas Pesquet: Deforestation in the Amazon, you can clearly see where the rain forest has been removed. Without the trees and their roots erosion and sedimentation pollute the rivers