For thousands of years, people looked up at the night sky looking at the stars, seeking guidance, dreaming. While centuries passed with humans using the night sky for navigation or to record the passage of time, it was only in the last century that we actually started reaching for those stars, and not metaphorically.

The first human in space, the first person on the Moon, the first person to orbit the Earth… first big milestones in a tremendous journey for human spaceflight. And as humanity charts its space travel course towards Mars, people are orbiting the Earth as we speak, contributing to those plans of the future.

The International Space Station has been up in the low Earth orbit for over twenty years and has had 236 people from 18 countries (as of 14 March 2019) aboard. While all of them had scientific reasons to be there, they also took the chance to capture the breathtaking views of Earth from space that they witnessed. And luckily for us all, some of the astronauts shared some of their cool photos on social media. So, if you’re one of the people whose heart is drawn towards the stars or you just like pretty space views, check out a different perspective and see what we look like from the sky’s point of view. Oh, and don’t forget to comment and vote for these interesting photos!

#1

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_reid Report

Agfox
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait, the Earth's not flat???

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_reid Report

me
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty, looks like paint

View More Replies...
View more comments

The ISS started as a joint project and there are 5 organizations taking part in it: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada). The first component of the ISS was launched in 1998 and only 2 years later, on 2 November 2000, the first long-term residents arrived at the station in low Earth orbit. The first expedition launched on October 31, 2000 and landed on March 21, 2001 with a crew of three: an American astronaut, William M. Shepherd, and two Russian cosmonauts, Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko. Expeditions refer to permanent ISS crews and exclude resupply missions and space tourists.

#3

Astronaut Photo Tweet

Thom_astro Report

LanteiaTG
Community Member
1 year ago

Breathtaking. I can't even grasp how utterly amazing this must look like in person.

#4

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_reid Report

ptm45
Community Member
1 year ago

show this pic to flat earthers

View More Replies...
View more comments

The current crew aboard the ISS is Expedition 60 commanded by Aleksey Ovchinin, who transferred from Expedition 59 together with American flight engineers, Nick Hague and Christina Koch. The remaining 3 members of the crew, Aleksandr Skvortsov, Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan, are scheduled to join them on the 20th of July, 2019. The expedition will last until October 2019 when Soyuz-MS-12 will undock from the station.

#5

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_reid Report

Sheri DeMaio
Community Member
1 year ago

You take some amazing pictures, but I also appreciate your thoughtful commentary. Thank you for sharing.

View more comments
#6

Astronaut Photo Tweet

Astro_Christina Report

JillVille
Community Member
1 year ago

Stunning! I can't wait to see them just from below! This is extra!

View more comments

The ISS is a microgravity and space environment research laboratory where the crews conduct various experiments in a number of fields (biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and others). The station is also used to test various flight components and systems required for missions to the Moon and Mars. One of the experiments conducted by the crew involved sending frozen mice embryos to the ISS to test the effects of radiation from the sun and cosmic sources. The embryos will then be sent back to Earth to be implanted into surrogate mothers where scientists would observe their lives and possible changes in their lifespan, cancer development, and gene mutations.

#7

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_reid Report

JillVille
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a spider's web!

View more comments
#8

Astronaut Photo Tweet

Astro_Christina Report

Danish Dynomummy
Community Member
1 year ago

Absolutely stunning

View more comments

The current record holder and the person who spent the most time in space (879 days) is RKA cosmonaut Gennady Padalka who was aboard Mir, a space station that was operated by the Soviet Union and later by Russia and was deorbited in 2001 and the ISS. The people who spent the longest time aboard the International Space Station are Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly who went on a year-long mission in March 2015 and spent 340.4 days in total aboard the spacecraft. Kelly was also part of the Astronaut Twin Study, where one twin brother spent a year in space while the other spent the same amount of time on Earth. NASA compared the data and found several long-lasting changes, including those related to alterations in DNA and cognition.

#9

Astronaut Photo Tweet

SergeyISS Report

Juan Castellucci
Community Member
1 year ago

La vita é un sogno è qui la mía vita

View more comments
#10

Astronaut Photo Tweet

AstroHague Report

me
Community Member
1 year ago

That's so cool

View more comments
#11

Astronaut Photo Tweet

AstroKomrade Report

Nikki D
Community Member
1 year ago

I didn't know there were so many windows!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Astronaut Photo Tweet

Cmdr_Hadfield Report

TheUntrustworhyEverythingBagal
Community Member
1 year ago

Love what they have to say about it, it gives the picture so much more meaning

View more comments
#13

Astronaut Photo Tweet

SergeyISS Report

Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

God fingers!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_kjell Report

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 year ago

wow!

View more comments
#15

Astronaut Photo Tweet

AstroAnnimal Report

Jenny Bryl
Community Member
1 year ago

beautiful.

#16

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_kimbrough Report

LanteiaTG
Community Member
1 year ago

There's a snek in this one.

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#17

Astronaut Photo Tweet

Astro2fish Report

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 year ago

Our planet is a living, breathing, changing thing. The oldest religions have it right; Mother Earth. Gaea. And we, her greatest children, are killing her.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Astronaut Photo Tweet

AstroHague Report

Sheri DeMaio
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing shot!

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#19

Astronaut Photo Tweet

Astro_Alex Report

#20

Astronaut Photo Tweet

AstroKarenN Report

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Yes, it truly is and sad that most of us don't appreciate how lucky we are that we can call this home.

View more comments
#21

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_timpeake Report

LanteiaTG
Community Member
1 year ago

16 sunrises everyday... I can't even imagine. Just so beautiful.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Astronaut Photo Tweet

AstroHague Report

Tahani
Community Member
1 year ago

That one made me cry the first time I saw it... RIP Peter, you are missed!!

#23

Astronaut Photo Tweet

AstroAnnimal Report

Podunkus
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

From the 3/3/2019 date of this photo and “new era” comment, I take it that this is showing the inaugural launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon/Falcon 9 commercial crew system?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_kimbrough Report

ispeak catanese
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Looks like folds on a satin cloth

#25

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_reid Report

LanteiaTG
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like beautiful green ocean waves just cresting over Earth. Stunning

#26

Astronaut Photo Tweet

AstroAnnimal Report

CamLy Ngo
Community Member
1 year ago

It's like Kirby sucked up Earth!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

Astronaut Photo Tweet

Astro_Sabot Report

#28

Astronaut Photo Tweet

astro_reid Report

lazy panda
Community Member
1 year ago

The Grand Canyon on the ground is pretty cool, but your version is far more awe-inspiring.

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#29

Astronaut Photo Tweet

Astro_Christina Report

Curious Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

Scotty!! deflector sheilds !

View more comments
#30

Astronaut Photo Tweet

Astro_Christina Report

Note: this post originally had 127 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.