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Canadian Astronaut Tweets Photos from Space

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Tonight’s finale: Full Moon rising. So near, and yet…

The Internet and social media websites make photo-sharing so much easier. Take this photo of the full moon rising for example. So many photographers have shot that same view of the moon, but at less remarkable vantage points. After all, how many people get to say they’re shooting the moon from the International Space Station?

Earthly landmarks have never looked so good. Astronauts are fortunate to be in such a unique position to take pictures, and for us to see it on our Twitter feeds as it happens is just amazing. Years ago, we would have had to wait until our astronauts come back from their missions before being able to see their pictures and videos, but now we see them in real time. Imagine Skyping with someone on Mars or geotagging your Instagram photos as “@ The Moon”. Crazy. Looking back at how far science and technology have come in the last decade alone, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us the in the coming years. It’s not too farfetched to think that we could be visiting other planets very soon.

Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut who has been tweeting pictures straight from the International Space Station.

On December 19, 2012, Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) where he will live and work for five months as part of the crew of Expedition 34/35.

Sure we’ve seen pictures of Earth from outer space, but they didn’t seem as personal as these ones. Something about the NASA stamp makes it feel less relatable, unlike Chris’ photos which come across as just like any other twitpic. He even tweeted a picture of his view of the Superbowl! Horrible seats of course, though I have a feeling he wasn’t too upset about it.

photo taken from space by canadian astronaut

Tonight’s finale: The centre of the action: New Orleans – I can see the Superdome! I hope you all enjoy the #Superbowl!

photo taken from space by canadian astronaut

Tonight’s finale: The Andes mountains have an unbelievable richness of colour and texture when viewed from Earth orbit.

photo taken from space by canadian astronaut

From seashells to galaxies to this storm, Nature loves spirals.

photo taken from space by canadian astronaut

Tonight’s finale: This morning, over Africa, my breath was taken away.

photo taken from space by canadian astronaut

Earth has a bellybutton! My guess is that this perfect African circle is a meteor impact crater.

photo taken from space by canadian astronaut

Tonight’s finale: Venezuelan valley framed by misty clouds – mysterious, beautiful and surreal

photo taken from space by canadian astronaut

The Amazon, as though it were clearing away the clouds. A hugely impressive river, even from orbit.

photo taken from space by canadian astronaut

Mama Iceberg and her litter of baby ice cubes, slowly melting into the South Atlantic Ocean.

No EXIF data is provided, so it’s anyone’s guess what camera he’s using. Follow him on Twitter for more updates!

Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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