15 Stunning Photos From A Year In Space

Astronaut Scott Kelly is back safe and sound on Earth after spending a year in space. The Commander of the International Space Station tweeted 1000 stunning photos with the world during the 340 consecutive days he was in space.

On the ISS, they have eight Nikon cameras and a Kodak 760C. Most of the images of our world are shot on the Nikon D4 and an 800mm f/5.6 Nikon Lens (with, we believe, a 1.25x teleconverter). At 4.6kg (10.1lb) on Earth the lens would be too heavy to use without a tripod, but in zero gravity it’s a breeze.

He’s spent the last year with fellow cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko running experiments and being experimented on in the hopes of furthering knowledge about how the human body changes in space. Scott Kelly’s twin brother Mark, a fellow astronaut, has been on the ground also participating in experiments as a control study.

Here are a few of our favourite Year In Space photos.


Scott Kelly’s last sunrise in space. NASA


Australia. Nikon D4, 1150mm, f/13, 1/640, ISO 400. NASA


Australia. Nikon D4, 1140mm, f/14, 1/640, ISO 400. NASA


Hurricane Patricia. Nikon D4, 28mm, f/16, 1/8000, ISO 1250. NASA


They grew flowers in space!


Spain. Nikon D4, 1140mm, f/13, 1/640, ISO 500. NASA


Bahamas. Nikon D4, 1140mm, f/34, 1/640, ISO 400. NASA


Milky Way. Nikon D4, 28mm, f/1.4, 5sec, ISO 8000. NASA


Australia. Nikon D4, 1140mm, f/16, 1/1000, ISO 400. NASA


Kennedy Space Centre, home base for Scott Kelly.


Egypt. Nikon D4, 1140mm, f/16, 1/1000, ISO 800. NASA


Moon. Nikon D4, 240mm, f/6, 1/6400, ISO 50. NASA


Frozen Lake in the Himalayas. Nikon D4, 508mm, f/6.3, 1/500, ISO 200. NASA


Himalayas. Nikon D4, 1150mm, f/13, 1/260, ISO 400. NASA


Taken on day 330 of Scott Kelly’s Year in space. Nikon D4, 400mm, f/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1800. NASA

Cover image: Glass bottom space ship. Nikon D4, 17mm, f/22, 1/250, ISO 640. NASA

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