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In October 2015, Scott Kelly, currently commander of the ISS, photographed Australia from above. The American astronaut will return to Earth on 2 March 2016 after 508 days in space. (Photo: NASA)

Im Oktober 2015 fotografierte Scott Kelly, zurzeit Kommandant der ISS, Australien von oben. Der amerikanische Astronaut wird am 2. März 2016 nach 508 Tagen im All auf die Erde zurückkehren. (Foto: NASA)

In October 2015, Scott Kelly, currently commander of the ISS, photographed Australia from above. The American astronaut will return to Earth on 2 March 2016 after 508 days in space. (Photo: NASA)

For almost 16 years, the International Space Station (ISS) has been orbiting the earth. During this time, more than 200 astronomers and cosmonauts worked on the station, performing a total of 1700 scientific experiments and 192 "spacewalks". During their stay on the ISS, the crew not only launched numerous experiments, but also shot spectacular pictures of the Earth.

Being a crewmember on the ISS: weightlessness, 35-hour week and a glorious view of the earth. You could be jealous if it were not for the demanding training and many years of preparation that astronauts have to go through before using them on the ISS.

However, we do not have to do without the terrific view of Earthlings. The crew of the ISS regularly photographs the blue planet from the universe perspective. And she shares her view of the world with the world on Twitter and Co. This produces images of deserts, storms, mountains and nocturnal lights.

Reports and information about the International Space Station ISS are available at NASA.

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