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.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) November 16, 2015
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.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) June 24, 2015
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) September 20, 2015
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."
From orbit you can see why they called it Grand Rapids - Michigan USA. pic.twitter.com/gBgDpk1MSr
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) March 7, 2013
Grand Rapids, MI, with the lights on, as-seen from 300 miles up. pic.twitter.com/8PVoM3JR
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) February 18, 2013
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.
The Great Lakes. August 23. pic.twitter.com/NrmGZJhHJJ
— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) October 13, 2013
– Allana Akhtar, Michigan Radio Newsroom