Northern Lights from space — and other stunning images from the ISS

19 Aug 2015

The crew of the International Space Station has provided us with some truly stunning photos of the views of Earth it enjoys from space.

Arguably it all started when Cmdr Chris Hadfield went viral with his tweets from the International Space Station (ISS) in 2013, and since then the astronauts onboard have kept us here on Earth well informed of their antics in space.

Earlier this year, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti became something of a household name thanks to her regular space tweets, which also led to us naming her as one of the 7 women in space you need to follow on Twitter.

And now it seems NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has taken on the mantle of keeping us Earthlings informed about what is happening above our heads.

Kelly boarded the ISS in March this year and, along with cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, is set to remain onboard the ISS for a year – the longest anyone has spent on the space station.

To keep himself busy Kelly has become a prolific tweeter and, on Sunday (16 August), he tweeted a stunning timelapse of the Northern Lights, as seen from space, which quickly went viral.



However, that is just one of many stunning images Kelly has tweeted recently…



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Northern Lights image via Shutterstock

Brigid O Gorman is a former sub-editor of Silicon Republic.