Amazing Views of Earth Shot From the Space Station

Soichi Noguchi is the resident photographer of the current Expedition 64 crew on the International Space Station.

The 55-year-old Japanese astronaut reached the orbiting outpost aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule last month along with three American astronauts on his first operational flight.

Since arriving, Noguchi has tweeted some amazing photos as the ISS orbits the planet from a distance of 250 miles approximately every 90 minutes. The images were likely captured by the seven-windowed space station’s Cupola Observatory, which offers incredible views of the Earth, the Moon, and beyond.

So let’s take a look at some of the best we’ve had so far …

This remarkable image shows Houston, Texas as well as Trinity Bay and Galveston Bay and Beaumont to the east.

Howdy #Houstonian! #Houston, Texas
This is #Houston, the hometown of the astronauts. Is there an unexpected amount of green? pic.twitter.com/hkhXW9JXPG

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi) December 10, 2020

An enviable view of the Spanish Balearic Islands …

#Ibiza # Spain’s Balearic Islands in the # Mediterranean. pic.twitter.com/ZwXzKFtzY0

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi), December 14, 2020

Noguchi describes this striking picture of Mauritania in Africa as “almost like an oil painting”.

Almost like an oil painting … #Africa is beautiful. #Mauritania and #WesternSahara pic.twitter.com/JpD6dtPacV

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi- (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi) December 13, 2020

A stunning photo of Lake Ozarks in Missouri (not Illinois, Soichi!) …

I found #Dragon! Lake Ozarks in #Illinois, near @Astro_illini’s hometown
Dragon Discovery ⁉️ Lake Ozarks, Illinois. I’ve heard it now, it appears to be near the birthplace of Captain Hopkins. pic.twitter.com/wbfUY4kLC4

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi- (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi) December 5, 2020

With its quirky man-made islands in the Persian Gulf, Dubai is no doubt from a distance of 250 miles …

Palm trees and the world. #Dubai
Happy anniversary #UAENationalDay
All astronauts love the artificial islands of Dubai pic.twitter.com/wNabENmWf4

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi) December 8, 2020

If you follow an imaginary diagonal line from the top right corner of this photo, you’ll see a bright white point about a quarter of the way down. It’s the Sydney Opera House …

Sydney, Australia. Yes, I can see the famous opera
House! pic.twitter.com/6sD5CXZ5d7

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi- (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi) December 9, 2020

Noguchi’s fabulous night shot of the capital of his homeland …

Good night, #TOKYO! pic.twitter.com/laSbi0FbSW

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi) December 6, 2020

Here we see the location of SpaceX’s most recent test flight of the prototype Starship rocket in Texas, which ended in a spectacular fireball.

Boca Chica, #TX. Probably the closest place to #moon and beyond. Go #SpaceX !!! pic.twitter.com/jgyeuqYJCG

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi) December 10, 2020

A fantastic view of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia …

#Riyadh, #SaudiArabia magical city in the middle of the beautiful desert. pic.twitter.com/S0jHVVWuWM

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi) December 6, 2020

“Beautiful Hawaiian Islands,” tweeted Noguchi.

Beautiful # Hawaiian Islands. # Hawaii-pic.twitter.com/dh1U0PsSk5

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi- (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi) December 5, 2020

The Japanese astronaut points out the location where the Crew Dragon was built, which brought him and his colleagues to the ISS last month.

#LosAngeles – this is where our #resilience spaceship was built. pic.twitter.com/OssLoOtJBp

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi- (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi) December 5, 2020

Noguchi averted his gaze from the earth for a moment and captured this beautiful picture of the moon, a place where the first woman and next man would be welcomed before the end of this decade.

#Moonrise pic.twitter.com/sz1TZa4Gew

– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi), November 30, 2020

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