OnOrbit: September 2021

Hurricane Larry is pictured churning in the Atlantic Ocean as the International Space Station orbited 263 miles above.

Thomas Pesquet: The flames seen up close (with a teleconverter) in California, near Sequoia park. It looks very apocalyptic.

The International Space Station was orbiting 263 miles above Afghanistan when this photograph was taken of the city lights of Pakistan and India and the well-lit border separating both countries.

Noctilucent clouds in the high atmosphere. A rarely seen phenomenon : noctilucent clouds high in the atmosphere.

Thomas Pesquet: It has been a while, but the blues of the Bahamas and Key West just never disappoint, seem to change hue on every pass over the area and brighten up our day every time we see them. Bask in the blue tones.

Thomas Pesquet: I love the look of Santorini from space, is it about to take a large bite and swallow the Tholos Naftilos volcano whole? The boat on the left looks like it was traveling very fast towards the natural harbour.

Thomas Pesquet: 🎶City of stars, are you shining just for me?🎶 Los Angeles at night lights up like stars in the sky. Follow the boulevard of the stars and other areas shining bright.

From front to back, Russia's Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft docked to the Rassvet module and the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module attached to the Zvezda module.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the blackness to the right, the only little bright spot is Pyongyang.

Thomas Pesquet: The Maldives under clouds. You can still see the capital Malé and its airport. It is amazing how some of the islands are fully built-up and barely seem to stick out of the sea.

Red, green and blue in this aurora picture. The green is the standard aurora colour, but of course nothing is ever standard about these magnificent shows of nature!

Spacewalk for Oleg and Pyotr complete!

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos concluded their spacewalk at 6:16 p.m. EDT after 7 hours and 25 minutes.

🔵 Thomas Pesquet: I was invited to the Ocean Pavilion at the IUCN World Conservation Congress this week, I had to get a rain check for professional reasons 😉.

Thomas Pesquet: The SSRMS, also known as Canadarm2 for those who don't like acronyms, and DEXTRE, the two-armed smaller robot, hanging out in front of our window and lighting up their red lights at night. Feels like the deck of a ship in the night!

Thomas Pesquet: Hurricane Ida is weakening, which is really good news, but it still did a lot of damage, and looks pretty impressive from space.