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OnOrbit: November 2021



Thomas Pesquet: The Nile delta by night shines so bright you can see the light through the Soyuz solar array wings.


Thomas Pesquet: Mount Ruapehu, to the east of Mount Taranaki and also mostly snow-capped.


Thomas Pesquet: Yes, the Red Sea is blue


Thomas Pesquet: Karkheh Dam, Iran. I'm blown away by the swirling blues in these pictures 🌀 and their contrast with the parched earth.


An astronaut onboard the International Space Station shot this panoramic, west-looking photograph of cloudscapes around Sumatra, one of Indonesia's largest islands.


The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour carrying four commercial crew astronauts departs the International Space Station as both spacecraft were orbiting 259 miles above the Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands.


Clouds protrude above the north Atlantic Ocean, with the Sun's glint beaming off the golden-hued waters.


Thomas Pesquet: Bittersweet feeling to leave the International Space Station. When you think of it, it's a magical place flying in the sky that is incredibly difficult to get to, and it grants you superpowers like floating and seeing the entire world in just one glance.


Thomas Pesquet: Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense, But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.


Thomas Pesquet: We were treated to the strongest auroras of the entire mission, over north America and Canada. Amazing spikes higher than our orbit, and we flew right above the centre of the ring, rapid waves and pulses all over.


Thomas Pesquet: When you let your eyes adapt to the night, you start seeing millions of stars and it's amazing. It really feels like flying on a spaceship into the cosmos... of wait... that's what we do ;)


Aurora galore! By now I've seen quite a few but we won't see any for many, many, years (possibly never again in my lifetime), so it deserves to be shared.


Thomas Pesquet: The United Nations Convention on Climate Change #COP26 has started in Glasgow, Scotland.