OnOrbit: December 2021

This view from NASA spacewalker Thomas Marshburn's camera points toward his U.S. spacesuit legs, downward from the Canadarm2 robotic arm that he is attached to, and toward the International Space Station below him.

Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket launches with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope onboard, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, from the ELA-3 Launch Zone of Europe's Spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.

An orbital sunrise is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 262 miles above Bolivia on the South American continent.

A waxing crescent Moon during is pictured from the International Space Station during an orbital sunset as it flew 268 miles above the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand.

This mosaic depicts the International Space Station pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during a fly around of the orbiting lab that took place following its undocking from the Harmony module's space-facing port on Nov. 8, 2021.

Heaven Lake rests in the crater of the active volcano Paektu Mountain that lies on the China-North Korea border.

Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 261 miles above the Midwestern United States.

The shallow, clear blue waters off the coast of the Bahamas are pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 260 miles above of the Atlantic Ocean.

Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) @yousuckMZ As we were about to dock into the ISS, I saw this amazing view from the window of the Soyuz, right next to my seat.

If you visit the NASA DSCOVR EPIC website you can see the imagery it takes every day. This image of the eclipse last week over Antarctica is especially stunning.

While we wait for the launch of the Galileo satellites, we present photos of the lunar shadow from the ISS.

The International Space Station was orbiting 263 miles above the southeast coast of Brazil on the Atlantic Ocean into an orbital sunrise when this photograph was taken.

The Himalayas, Kathmandu, Nepal, Tibet, from the International Space Station.

Matthias Maurer @astro_matthias - Congratulations to my Russian colleagues on the arrival of the Node Module last week!