Commander Kelly took this photo on September 23, 2015, on his 180th day in orbit – the halfway mark in his stay on Station as part of NASA’s A Year in Space program. Read about what it’s like for him at Air&Space Smithsonian.
In the photograph below, north is to the right. To help you orient yourself, I’ve included a map of Italy below with north to the right. Compare it to a typical map you’re used to seeing of Italy and Europe. Think about this – you are looking at 60 million human beings in that photo.
To zoom in on Commander Kelly’s photo, first click on the photo to take you to Twitter, and then click on the photo again.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) September 23, 2015
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC, working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and Subaru of America, Inc., are U.S. National Partners on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Magellan Aerospace is a Canadian National Partner on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.