Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata has been showing off his photography skills, sharing some impressive shots taken from the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbited Earth on Sunday.
The most impressive among his latest set is this stunner (below) of Key West at the western tip of the Florida Keys archipelago.
We’re sure you’ll agree, the image is a thing of beauty and looks more like a painting than a photograph.
Among other images shared by Wakata on Sunday is this one showing the Strait of Gibraltar, the sea lane between southern Spain and Morocco in northwest Africa.
Wakata also snapped this amazing picture showing Africa’s Richat Structure — also known as the “eye of the Sahara” — an eroded geological dome with a diameter of 25 miles (40 kilometers).
And check out this extraordinary view of the island of Madagascar, located off the east coast of Africa.
Wakata arrived at the ISS in October 2022 as part of SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission. The station’s orbit about 250 miles above Earth offers astonishing views, although spotting the best sites usually requires some careful planning.
Astronauts with an interest in Earth photography often head to the facility’s Cupola during their downtime, with a camera and long lens in hand. The Cupola is a seven-window module that offers superb views of our planet and beyond, although the excellent visibility that the module offers means that it’s also used to monitor the approach and departure of spacecraft, and spacewalks, too.
Besides spending time sharing awesome images with his social media followers, Wakata is also working on a slew of science experiments and just a few days ago embarked on his first spacewalk.