Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata has been showing off his photography chops, sharing some stunning photos taken from the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbited Earth on Sunday.
The most impressive of his latest set is this wonder (below) of Key West at the western end of the Florida Keys archipelago.
We’re sure you’ll agree, the image is a beauty and looks more like a painting than a photograph.
Among other images shared by Wakata on Sunday is this one showing the Strait of Gibraltar, the sea route between southern Spain and Morocco in northwest Africa.
Wakata also took this incredible image showing Africa’s Richat Structure, also known as “the eye of the Sahara,” an eroded geological dome with a diameter of 25 miles (40 kilometers).
And check out this extraordinary view of the island of Madagascar, located off the east coast of Africa.
Wakata arrived on the ISS in October 2022 as part of SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission. The station’s orbit, some 250 miles above Earth, offers amazing views, although spotting the best sites usually requires careful planning.
Astronauts interested in Earth photography often head to the facility’s dome during their downtime, camera and long lens in hand. The dome is a seven-window module that offers magnificent views of our planet and beyond, although the excellent visibility offered by the module means it is also used to monitor the approach and departure of spacecraft and spacewalks.
In addition to spending time sharing incredible images with his followers on social media, Wakata is also working on a host of scientific experiments and just a few days ago he embarked on his first spacewalk.