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Astronaut Scott Kelly tweets out stunning photo of Michigan

American astronaut Scott Kelly posted a picture of Michigan and some of its Great Lakes to Twitter on Monday.
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American astronaut Scott Kelly posted a picture of Michigan and some of its Great Lakes to Twitter on Monday.

Many astronauts are using social media to showcase images of the blue planet from outer space – including awe-inspiring photos featuring Michigan cities and its Great Lakes.

Monday morning, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted out a picture of Michigan and the area surrounding the Great Lakes at nighttime. Kelly calls the Great Lakes "unmistakeable," even from 250 miles up.

Kelly has been aboard the International Space Station for a record-breaking one-year period as part of a study to measure the impact a year in space can have on a person, USA Today reported.

Earlier this year, Kelly tweeted out two photos of Detroit: a photo of the city alongside the Detroit River in June and another of Ford Field in September.

Kelly isn't the only astronaut to showcase the mitten space from social media. In 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted out two photos of Grand Rapids, one at night and one in the day. The daytime photo features twists and turns of the Grand River, to which Hadfield commented, "from orbit you can see why they call it Grand Rapids."

American astronaut Karen Nyberg tweeted out a photo of Michigan and surrounding Great Lakes from aboard the International Space Station in 2013. The photo features four of the lakes: Erie, Ontario, Huron and Michigan.

– Allana Akhtar, Michigan Radio Newsroom