Magnificent Earth | International Space Station | Scott: "Day 282. Soyuz silhouette and sunset colors of our magnificent Earth. Goodnight from Space Station!" Credit: NASA/JSC, U.S. Astronaut Scott Kelly Release Date: January 3, 2016
The picture was taken by Astronaut Scott Kelly on August 9, 2015, the 135th day of his one-year mission in space on the International Space Station. The Milky Way stretches the curve of Earth in the scene that also records a faint red, extended airglow. The galaxy's central bulge appears with starfields cut by dark rifts of obscuring interstellar dust. Since November 2000, people have been living continuously on the International Space Station.
Space Station's Robotic Arm Set for Arrival of Cygnus Cargo Craft: The International Space Station's robotic arm Canadarm2 is visible over Earth in this Nov. 27 2015 photograph. On Dec. 6 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren will operate the Canadarm2 from inside the station's cupola using it for the rendezvous and grapple of Orbital ATK's Cygnus commercial cargo craft.