ESA’s astronaut Paolo Nespoli, while working and living on the International Space Station, started sharing his experience with the world via a constant flow of beautiful photos and tweets. Nespoli remained in space for 159 days, with a hectic schedule of working on experiments, doing International Space Station (ISS) housekeeping and maintenance, supporting the docking of two cargo craft and conducting robotic work, as well as daily training. But he has still found time to capture beautiful pictures.
Cupola, with its seven big windows, is a unique place in the Space Station, from which astronauts can see almost 180 degrees to the Earth-facing side of the ISS.
"Flying in space and locating the objects around is not easy. The main reason for Cupola is doing robotics, moving cargo with the Station's robotic arms, and in this Cupola really enhances our capability of being very efficient in space."
But Cupola has also turned an orbiting laboratory into a home. "When I have free time, even only 5 minutes, I just hover in Cupola looking down," explains Paolo.
"It is amazing, because I find constantly something new. As the Station is moving very fast, the view is changing all the time and the lighting conditions, season, position of the Sun and the whole situation is never the same."
Paolo describes his feelings: "I have managed to get most of the targets I wanted to photograph, like the pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, but there are still a few things I would like to catch. Like the Nazca Lines in Peru. I really would like to see those!" Sometimes Paolo has a certain target in his mind, but often Paolo just snaps a photo when something interesting appears below.
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