Photos: Incredible views of Earth from the International Space Station
There are plenty of places that you could argue have the best view on Earth. But as far as the best view above the Earth? Cmdr. Chris Hadfield has it, hands down.
Hadfield has been on the International Space Station since December and just last week became the first Canadian ever to command the station.
But in the social media circles, Hadfield might be best known for sharing his incredible office view with those of us still here on Planet Earth.
He's been taking several photos a day of interesting and amazing geographic features from his perch 230 miles high and posting them on his Twitter account @Cmdr_Hadfield and Posting to his Facebook page.
From towering, snow-capped volcanoes to intricate swirls off the the Italian coastlines, his gallery is a treasure trove of information about our home and showcases many planetary features that can't be appreciated the same way from the ground.
I'd strongly suggest giving him a follow and if you're in the education field, perhaps making this a weekly or monthly geography lesson to check the feed -- Hadfield is great about giving a little description what he's looking at:
Tonight's Finale: Happy Pi Day! The iconic Manicouagan meteor crater has a diameter of 300 km. What's its area? twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) March 14, 2013
In addition to the Earthly pics, Hadfield also occasionally provides a glimpse into life in space:
Sunrise in the Cupola. With no atmosphere to filter and diffuse the light, our star is incredibly harsh. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/
Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) March 14, 2013
One of my two apples delivered on Dragon. I stuck Velcro on the bottom so I could set it down between bites. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) March 11, 2013
Thanks from down here for the great pics up there! I'll feature a few recent ones from time to time here in the blog.