Earthbound Astronaut Shares Stunning Photos He Captured While in Orbit

Earth horizon
Marcus Wandt took this spectacular image of Earth from the International Space Station somewhere above South America. | ESA/Marcus Wandt

Swedish astronaut Marcus Wandt has just returned from a 20-day voyage into space and he shared some incredible images of the views he saw while in Earth’s orbit.

Before splashing down off the coast of Florida in the early hours of this morning, Wandt shared a series of beautifully-composed images of Earth.

Abstract view of Earth’s horizon.
Above Mongolia
Wandt took this picture while whizzing over Mongolia.
Earth’s nightglow is captured over South America as galaxies twinkle in the deep beyond.

Perhaps Wandt took the beautiful photos using the space station’s new Nikon Z cameras that were recently installed there. 13 Nikon Z9 cameras, 15 FTZ II adapters, and more than 15 Nikkor Z lenses (including super-telephoto and macro lenses) were launched to the ISS in January.

Marcus, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, blasted to the ISS on January 18. During his time on board, Marcus supported nearly 20 European experiments and spent more than 100 hours conducting science and technology demonstrations.

But he also proved pretty handy with the camera: also recording a 360-degree video inside the seven-windowed cupola — the International Space Station’s “window to the world”.

“During his nearly three-week stay on the Space Station Marcus carried out a series of experiments for the benefit of Swedish and international research,” says Anna Rathsman, Director General of the Swedish National Space Agency, upon Marcus’s return.

“Through his spaceflight, he contributed to maintaining Sweden as a leading nation in space knowledge. He is also a source of inspiration for a whole generation of Swedes in natural sciences.”

Wandt was part of Axiom Space’s third private mission to the ISS; it was a mission that was supposed to last two weeks but the crew stayed an extra few days to wait out some bad weather affecting their splashdown site off the coast of Daytona, Florida.

Image credits: ESA/Marcus Wandt