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Explore ALL the amazing photos of Earth, as tweeted by Scott Kelly in his year in space

Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, left, Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, center, and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA, rest in a chairs outside of the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (Kazakh time). Kelly and Kornienko completed an International Space Station record year-long mission to collect valuable data on the effect of long duration weightlessness on the human body that will be used to formulate a human mission to Mars. Volkov returned after spending six months on the station. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Photo Credit: Scott Kelly / NASA

CASIS (the Center for Advancement of Science in Space) announces the complete collection of Scott Kelly’s tweeted photos from space, in full-resolution.  Explore them ALL at, a web site sponsored by CASIS.  You’ll see gorgeous aurora, cities at night, dramatic storms, the vast Sahara, glaciers and hundreds of places both familiar and strange – the full panoply of Earth’s beauty as seen from space.  Explore, learn, share – and marvel at our wonderful home planet.

Then starting March 7, 2016, people around the world will vote for their favorites.  Through a series of Facebook votes, the global voting will lead to the Scott Kelly top 10 tweeted photos, which will be announced Apr 14, 2016 at the USA Science and Engineering Festival and through social media.
Deserts as seen by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on the International Space Station photo credit Scott Kelly / NASA

Photo Credit: Scott Kelly / NASA

Over the past year, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has made history aboard the International Space Station, setting the record for the most consecutive days in space. During that time, Kelly has traveled 143,846,525 miles (231,498,542 kilometers), witnessed 10,944 sunsets, and drank 193 gallons of recycled urine and sweat.

Probably the most amazing statistic of all is that he has chronicled his time in space by tweeting over 1,000 of the most spectacular pictures ever seen from one of the most unique vantage points. His photos helped detail what life is like in microgravity, what seeing 16 sunrises and sunsets per day looks like, as well as offering breathtaking views of our world from out of this world.

Deserts as seen by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on the International Space Station photo credit Scott Kelly / NASA

Photo Credit: Scott Kelly / NASA

From the brilliant lights at night in some of the world’s most populated cities, to the unique colors of some of the largest deserts, to the aurora dancing over darkened skies, Kelly captured it all.

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) sponsors a web site, that highlights photos of Earth taken by the astronauts. The site, developed by TERC, an educational non-profit, and the Association of Space Explorers, promotes use of these images for education and public outreach.

Now, CASIS is sponsoring a global competition for people to explore all of Kelly’s tweeted photos, in full-resolution, and vote on their favorites.

Earth's Aurora Borealis as seen from the International Space Station photo credit Scott Kelly / NASA

Photo Credit: Scott Kelly / NASA

Explore all of the images on  Then, starting March 7, the CASIS Facebook page will allow anyone to vote for their favorite pictures. Chosen from the most shared posts on social media, visitors will get a new group of amazing images every day, allowing them to vote until the most popular photograph from Kelly’s mission is selected.

On April 14, 2016, the results will be announced at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, and posted via social media.

For more information, please contact:

Dan Barstow
Education Manager for the ISS National Lab

CASIS is the non-profit organization charged by NASA with managing the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory.


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