"The Earth never disappoints," the commander of the International Space Station, Douglas Wheelock, said in an interview this week. Known to his nearly 68,000 Twitter followers as Astro_Wheels, Wheelock has been posting impressive photos of the Earth and some of his thoughts ever since he moved into the space station in June, five months after it got Internet access.
Grand Canyon and the Moon
The floor and walls of a canyon on Mars
Morning over the Himalayas
Rare shot of the moon passing in front of the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Mercury's Caloris basin
Cassini soars over a crater on Dione.
Credit: NASA / JPL / SSI
An 80-foot-wide lunar boulder and its trail
Credit: NASA/ GSFC / Arizona State University
Flying particles along Saturn's B ring
Credit: NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University
A strand of solar plasma stretches out tens of thousands of miles.
Credit: SDO (NASA) and the AIA consortium
A boulder in the lunar dust.
Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
Wow! Check out this pair of prominences erupting almost 50,000 miles above the surface of the sun
Credit: NASA (SDO) and the AIA consortium
Japan at night
The Grand Canyon up close.
A shot from space.
Italy at dusk.
Someone finally pried Douglas Wheelock away from the space station's camera to pose for a mug shot.
A view of Key West, Fla., as seen from the International Space Station.