September 22, after sending into space Expedition 23 crew Col. Douglas H. Wheelock assumed command of the International Space Station and the crew of Expedition 25. It can be found under the nameAstro_Wheels on Twitter, where the astronaut puts photos taken on board the space station. We bring you the incredible, breathtaking photos of our planet with us unusual point of view. Comments provided by Douglas.
1. Next, «Discovery»! October 23, 2007 at 11:40 I first went into space on the shuttle «Discovery». Onprekrasen ... sorry, that it was his last flight. I look forward to when I will ascend on board the ship, and it will arrive at the station in November.
2. Earth radiance. Space station in the blue glow of the earth, which appears when the rising sun pierces the thin atmosphere of the planet, and the station is filled with blue light. I will never forget this place ... from this type of soul singing, and his heart wants to flight.
3. NASA astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock.
4. Juan de Nova Island in the Mozambique Channel between Madagascar and Africa. Amazing colors of these places can compete with the views of the Caribbean Sea.
5. Northern Lights in the distance to one of the finest nights over Europe. The photo clearly shows the Strait of Dover, however, like Paris, the city of lights. A little fog over the western part of England, in particular, over London. How did incredible to see the lights of cities and towns in the background of deep space. I will miss this view on our The remarkable world.
6. "Fly me to the Moon ... let me dance among the Stars ..." (Take me to the moon, let's dance among the stars). I hope we never lose our sense of wonder. Passion for exploration and discovery - a great legacy that you can leave to their children. I hope someday we crack down sails and go on a journey. Someday this wonderful day would come ...
7. Of all the places our magnificent planet few can rival the beauty and richness of colors from the Bahamas. In this photo seen our ship «Progress-37" on the background of the Bahamas. How is it that our world is beautiful!
8. At the speed of 28163 km / hour (8 kilometers per second) ... we rotate the Earth's orbit, making one revolution every 90 minutes, and watching sunsets and sunrises every 45 minutes. So half of our journey takes place in darkness. For the work we just need lights on their helmets. In this photo, I prepare handle one device ... «M3 Ammonia Connector».
9.Kazhdy time I look out the window and see our beautiful planet, my soul sings! I see blue skies, white clouds and bright blessed day.
10. Another spectacular sunset. Orbiting the earth every day we see 16 such sunsets, and each of them - really valuable. This beautiful thin blue line - what distinguishes our planet among many others. In space, cold, and the Earth - an island of life in the vast dark sea of space.
11. Beautiful atoll in the Pacific Ocean, photographed using 400-milimmetrovogo lens. Around 1930 km south of Honolulu.
12. The perfect reflection of sunlight in the eastern Mediterranean. From space is not visible boundaries ... there can only be opened breathtaking views, such as views over the island of Cyprus.
13. Above the center of the Atlantic Ocean, before another stunning sunset. Downstairs in the setting sun visible spiral Hurricane Earl. An interesting look at the vital energy of our sun. The sun's rays on the left side of the station and on hurricane Earl ... these two objects collected last particles of energy before diving into the darkness.
14. A little further east, we saw a sacred monolith Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock rock. I have never had the opportunity to visit Australia, but someday I hope to be standing next to this miracle of nature.
15. Morning over the Andes in South America. I do not know for sure the name of the summit, but was simply amazed by her magic, stretching to the sun and the winds of the heights.
16. Over the Sahara desert, approaching the ancient lands and thousand-year history. The Nile River flows through Egypt by the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. Further, Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula, Dead Sea, the Jordan River, as well as the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea and Greece on the horizon.
17. Night view of the Nile River, stretching snake through Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea, and Cairo, located in the delta of the river. What a contrast between the dark lifeless desert of North Africa and the Nile River, along which throbs with life. Far away in this picture, make a lovely autumn evening, you can see the Mediterranean Sea.
18. Our unmanned 'Progress 39P' approaches the ISS to refuel. It is full of food, fuel, spare parts and all necessary for our station. Inside was a real gift - fresh fruit and vegetables. What a miracle after three months supply of tubes!
19. I wanted to share with you this view from the Dome. We said goodbye to the members of our group Sasha, Misha and Tracy this weekend, and they returned safely back to Earth. In this photo, Tracy quietly dreams of returning home.
20. Module Union 23C «Olympus" docked to the nadir side of the ISS. When our work ends here, we go back home to Earth. I thought you'd be interested to see this show through the dome. We fly over the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus. The rising sun is reflected from the Caspian Sea.
21. flash of color, movement and life on the canvas of our amazing world. This is part of the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia, photographed through the lens 1200 millimeters. I think even the great Impressionists would be amazed by this natural pattern.
22. All the beauty of Italy a clear summer night. You can see many beautiful islands that adorn the coast - Capri, Sicily and Malta. Naples and Mount Vesuvius stand out along the coast.
23. In the southern end of South America lies the pearl of Patagonia. The amazing beauty of rugged mountains, massive glaciers, fjords and seas combined in perfect harmony. I dreamed of this place. I wonder what it is - there the air to breathe. Real magic!
24. "Dome" on the side of nadir station gives a panoramic view of our beautiful planet. Fyodor took this picture from the window of the Russian docking compartment. In this photo I am sitting in the dome, preparing the camera for our evening flight over Hurricane Earl.
25. Greek islands on a clear night during our flight over Europe. Athens shine brightly along the Mediterranean Sea. Unreal feeling arises when you see all the beauty of the ancient earth from space.
26. Florida and the southeastern part of the US in the evening. Clear autumn evening, the moonlight over the water and the sky, studded with millions of stars.
27. A clear starry night over the eastern Mediterranean. The ancient land with thousands of years of history stretching from Athens to Cairo. Historical land, fabulous city and alluring island ... Athens - Crete - Rhodes - Izmir - Turkey - Cyprus - Damascus - Beirut - Haifa - Amman - Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Cairo - all of them turned into tiny lights in this cool November night. From these places as if breathes grace and calmness.
28. At this time of the year you can fully enjoy the beauty of the polar mesospheric clouds. With our high-angle illumination, we were able to capture a thin layer of noctilucent clouds at sunset.
29. Shannon, I Fedor in our costumes "Falcon" in the module MRM-1. We sat in a capsule "Olympus" for sealing leaks and check on our costumes. All systems are running, the countdown went.