Incredible Space Pics from ISS by NASA astronaut Wheelock [29 Pics]

Incredible Photos from Space: Space shuttle Discovery

Go Discovery!
It was October 23, 2007 at 11:40am EST when I had my first ride to space on Discovery. She’s beautiful… just sad that this will be her last voyage. Looking forward to climbing aboard the flight deck when Discovery arrives at the Space Station in November. (9-23-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: Larry Tanner, NASA. Special thanks: Bethbeck’s blog

Introduction

On September 22, 2010, with the departure of the Expedition 23 crew, Colonel Douglas H. Wheelock assumed command of the International Space Station and the Expedition 25 crew. He is also known as @Astro_Wheels on twitter, where he has been tweeting space photos to his followers since he arrived at the space station.

We thought that we should put some of the space photos together as a tribute to him and the whole ISS crew. The space photos bring breathtaking views from our only off planet Vista point.

The following space photos are all visible on Astro_Wheels’ twitpic account, and we are eternally grateful to him for sharing these space photos with the world. Many have commented directly to him but we want to make it clear Triggerpit does not have any affiliation with Astronaut Wheelock nor NASA. The confusion might have been since all the captions are all his own words as can also be seen on his twitpic account.[29 Pictures]

Incredible Photos from Space: Earthshine

Incredible Photos from Space: ‘Earthshine’…
The Space Station basking in blue Earthshine as the rising sun pierces our razor-thin atmosphere to cover the Space Station with blue light. I’ll never forget this place…seeing this makes the heart soar and the soul sing (11-7-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: NASA astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock

NASA astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock
(NASA). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA

Incredible Photos from Space: Isle Juan de Nova in the Mozambique Channel

Incredible Photos from Space: Isle Juan de Nova
In the Mozambique Channel between Madagascar and the African mainland. The beautiful colors rival the amazing places in the Caribbea (11-15-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Europe at night

Incredible Photos from Space: Aurora Borealis
In the distance on this beautiful night over Europe. The Strait of Dover is pretty clear as is Paris, the City of Lights. A little fog over the western part of England and London. It is incredible to see the lights of the cities and small towns against the backdrop of deep space. I am going to miss this view of our wonderful world… (11-8-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Moon from ISS

Incredible Photos from Space: Moon from the ISS
Fly me to the Moon…let me dance among the Stars…” I hope we never lose our sense of wonder. A passion for exploration and discovery is a noble legacy to leave to our children. I hope we set our sails and venture out one day. That will be one glorious day… (8-22-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Progress-37 over Bahamas

Incredible Photos from Space: Progress-37 over Bahamas
Of all the places on our glorious planet, few rival the brilliant colors of The Bahamas. Here is a view of our Progress-37 re-supply spacecraft, with the islands of The Bahamas as a backdrop. What a wonderful world (8-22-2010)! Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Astronaut working on the outside of ISS

Incredible Photos from Space: Astronaut working on the outside of ISS
Traveling at 17,500 miles per hour (5 miles per second)…we orbit the Earth every 90 minutes, with a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes. So half of our space walk is in complete darkness. The helmet lights are essential at the work sight. Here I am getting the bail drive lever ready for my arch nemesis…the ‘M3 Ammonia Connector’. The dance begins (8-14-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: ISS solar panel with Earth in the background

Incredible Photos from Space: ISS solar panel with Earth in the background
Every moment I get to look out the window at our beautiful planet, my soul just sings!!…”I see skies of blue…and clouds of white…the bright blessed day…” (6-29-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Daybreak - sunlight just starting to emerge on horizon behind earth

Incredible Photos from Space: Daybreak
Another breathtaking sunset…we get 16 of these each day in Earth orbit, each one a treasured moment. That beautiful thin blue line is what makes our home so special in the cosmos. Space is cool…but, the Earth is a raging explosion of life in a vast sea of darkness (6-21-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Atoll in South Pacific

Incredible Photos from Space: Atoll in South Pacific
Beautiful atoll in the South Pacific through a 400mm lens. About 1200 miles south of Honolulu . In the ‘Line Islands’ along ‘Christmas Ridge’, either ‘Teraina’ or ‘Tabuaeran’? (11-15-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Cyprus

Incredible Photos from Space: Cyprus
Beautiful reflection of sunlight on the eastern Mediterranean Sea. No borders or conflict visible from space…just breath-taking beauty like this view of the island of Cyprus (6-21-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Hurricane Earl visible in the setting sun

Incredible Photos from Space: Hurricane Earl
Out over the central Atlantic, just before another spectacular sunset, with the spiral bands of Hurricane Earl visible in the setting sun. An interesting view of the life-giving energy of our sun. The solar arrays on the port side of the Space Station as well as Hurricane Earl…both gathering the last bit of energy before they fall into eclipse (8-30-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Ayers Rock

Incredible Photos from Space: Ayers Rock
Just a little further to the east, we spotted sacred and majestic ‘Uluru’. You may recognize it by its more popular name of ‘Ayers Rock’. I have never had the opportunity to visit Australia, but one glorious day, I hope to be standing amazed beside this natural wonder. Can’t wait to read your thoughts of ‘Uluru’ (10-26-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Mountain in the Andes in South America

Incredible Photos from Space: Mountain in the Andes in South America
Morning breaking over the majestic Andes in South America . I really am not sure of the name of this mountain…just was in awe of its majesty, reaching into the windswept heights and the rising sun. Another day… another chance to stand tall and be counted (10-30-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: The Nile and Egypt by day

Incredible Photos from Space: The Nile and Egypt by day
Over the Sahara Desert approaching ancient lands and thousands of years of history. The Nile River flowing through Egypt past the pyramids of Giza up to Cairo in the delta; the Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula, Dead Sea; Jordan River; and the Sea of Galilee are visible, as are the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea and Greece coming over the horizon (9-6-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: The Nile and Egypt by night

Incredible Photos from Space: The Nile and Egypt by night
A night view of the Nile River winding up through the Egyptian desert toward the Mediterranean Sea, and Cairo in the river delta. Such a stark contrast between the dark desolate lifeless desert of northern Africa and the Nile River teeming with life along its shores. In the distance… the eastern Mediterranean on a beautiful autumn evening (1-31-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Progress 39P unmanned resupply spaceship on final approach for docking with the ISS

Incredible Photos from Space: Progress 39P
Our ‘Progress 39P’ unmanned resupply spaceship on final approach for docking this past Sunday. It was laden with food, fuel, spare parts, and much needed supplies for our orbiting outpost. The greatest gift was just inside the hatch…some bags of fresh fruit and vegetables. Such a wonderful treat after 3 months of eating out of tubes and plastic pouches (9-15-2010)! Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: view out of the cupola on ISS

Incredible Photos from Space: view out of the cupola
Wanted to share this view out of the Cupola. We said farewell to our teammates Sasha, Misha and Tracy this weekend and they are safely back on planet Earth. Tracy in quiet reflection of an incredible journey…homeward bound…(9-26-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Soyuz 23s above the Caspian Sea

Incredible Photos from Space: Soyuz 23s above the Caspian Sea
Soyuz 23S, “Olympus” docked to the nadir side of the Space Station. This will be our ride back home to planet Earth when our work is complete here. Thought I would tweet this view out of the Cupola, as we were passing over the majestic snow-capped Caucuses. The sun rising and reflecting off the Caspian Sea (9-26-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Part of the Great Barrier Reef

Incredible Photos from Space: Part of the Great Barrier Reef
An explosion of color, motion, and life painted on the canvas of our wonderful world. This is a section of the Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia, captured through a 1200mm lens. I think even the great Impressionists would be awestruck with this natural display (8-22-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Italy by night

Incredible Photos from Space: Italy by night
The beauty of Italy, on a clear summer night, stretching out into the Mediterranean Sea. You can see many of the beautiful islands lit up and adorning the coastline including Capri, Sicily, and Malta. The city of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius stand out along the coast. Viva Esperia (8-22-2010)! Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Patagonia glacier

Incredible Photos from Space: Patagonia glacier
At the southern end of South America lies the jewel of Patagonia. The awe-inspiring beauty of rugged mountains, massive glaciers, fjords, and the open sea collide in a breathtaking display. I have dreams of this place and wonder what it would be like to breathe this air. Pure majesty (8-28-2010)! Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: The Cupola from the outside

Incredible Photos from Space: The Cupola from the outside
The ‘Cupola’, attached to the nadir side of the Space Station, gives a panoramic view of our beautiful planet. Fyodor took this picture from the window of the Russian Docking Compartment (Airlock). Here I am in the Cupola preparing a camera for our late evening Hurricane Earl flyover…trying to capture the moment…(8-31-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Greece by night

Incredible Photos from Space: Greece by night
The Isles of Greece during a clear night pass over Europe. Athens shining brightly along the Mediterranean Sea. A very surreal feeling to view the splendor of this ancient land from outer space (9-4-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Florida by night

Incredible Photos from Space: Florida by night
The Florida peninsula and the southeastern U.S. on the kind of evening that I miss most about our planet. A clear autumn night with moonlight over the water and the sky filled with a billion stars (11-2-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Middle East by night

Incredible Photos from Space: Middle East by night
A clear starry night over the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea . Ancient lands with thousands of years of history stretching from Athens, Greece all the way around the Med to Cairo, Egypt. Storied lands, fabled cities, and alluring islands… Athens – Crete – Rhodes – Izmir – Ankara – Cyprus – Damascus – Beirut – Haifa – Amman – Tel Aviv – Jerusalem – Cairo are beacons on this cool November night. Grace and Peace from the sanctity of space… (11-7-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Thin layer of noctilucent clouds at sunset

Incredible Photos from Space: Sunset
It is the season for viewing Polar Mesospheric Clouds, and with our high beta-angle we were able to capture this thin layer of noctilucent clouds at sunset (6-25-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

Incredible Photos from Space: Crew leaving the ISS

Incredible Photos from Space: Crew leaving the ISS
Shannon, me, and Fyodor all suited up in our Sokol (Russian word for ‘Falcon’) pressure suits in the Russian MRM-1 module. We strapped into our Soyuz capsule ‘Olympus’ to conduct pressurization and leak checks on our suits. All systems ‘go’… the countdown to landing has begun. Leave a light on for us… we’ll be home soon… (11-20-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: NASA, Astronaut Wheelock

78 Comments

  1. Hi there,

    Absolutely stunning, to be able to see these images from your perspective.

    One of my Bucket list, travel to space . . . . . . . and see and feel these for myself . . . . .

    Thank you for sharing these with the world. . . .

      • Why us. Why not point the finger at the small group who have enslaved humanity by blinding them from the truth ? Blame the Warden not the prisoner.

      • We are nothing but a biological/astronomical accident. Whether or not we “deserve” to live on this planet, we have no choice but live out our lives (long or short) just like any other living organism large, small, intelligent, or unintelligent on this planet. I don’t think the concept of deserving something should be used in the context of a living organism, profoundly insignificant on an astronomical body orbiting a sun, which is among 100 billion other stars in a galaxy, which is among hundreds of billions of other galaxies as if our behavior on a small planet in which we reproduce and live out our lives is significant. In terms of the entire population of homosapiens roaming on this planet, only a tiny (TINY) fraction of us live with destructive tendencies. “Destruction” is only a concept created by us. An exploding bomb may be destructive to us, but only because it is our idealistic view of the word destructive we developed in our minds. A lion hunting for prey and taking down it’s prey, may seem violent, or destructive, but it’s life. Occurrences taking place on Earth conducted by humans, or any other types of life, do not matter. The Earth doesn’t have standards of how living organisms should live their lives, but we do.
        Your question, “Do we Humans deserve this astounding planet?” is a question I would like to put into perspective myself, If you don’t mind. There once was a man named Bob. Let’s say Bob is walking along the shores of California. Let us also say Bob has the ability to have every grain of sand along the Western shores of North America in is field of view (outlandish and impractical, I know). He notices one very small, insignificant grain of sand out of all them. He asks himself, “Does that grain of sand deserve to be stepped on?” You may, or may not, be think to yourself, “What does it matter? It’s just a grain of sand!” It’s not like the grain of sand has the ability to interpret what happens in its surroundings, nevertheless the ability to have its feelings hurt.
        That may not have been the best comparison, but I just wanted to clarify the unrelated topic of the concept of “deserving” in relation to an astronomic body. Keep in mind, I’m not trying to degrade you or what you said what so ever. I just wanted to express my thoughts on your question. Hopefully you can respect it. Thanks.

        • Indeed I agree with you Matthew B…what a beautiful way of putting it into the right or wrong perspective. As for me we are deserving of the such a wonderful planet called Earth. Its only small portion of humans has the desire conscious or unconscious trying to destroy it. I’d like to think that most of us today are trying to preserve it…or it will be so tragically sad to imagine that we are not deserving of such a gift. Thank you for trying to shed a positive light on the subject. Well done!

    • These pictures are incredible. The resolution is sharp and clear.. Sure brings back memories when I worked for North American Aviation on the Apollo Project. i got a chance to wear some of the original spacesuits when I flew simulation flights in the Apollo capsule during the 60’s. It’s been a long journey for me as I currently live vicariously in my own Spaceship DEWAJ (a Daring Enterprise With A Journey). Come visit me and welcome aboard.

      Wallace Johnson MBA MCEC
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  2. I am soooooooo jealous. I would give my life to have an opportunity to go to space just to see the earth through Allah’s eyes. They are amazing, spectacular photos that need to be cherished forever……cannot wait to see more.

  3. Wow…. This blows my mind. Sort of sad though, seeing Italy so soaked in humanity. Makes me wonder where the natural world fits in sometimes.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing such awesome photographs. Seems to put all of our human tribulations into a much different perspective.

  5. Geez, being up there has to make you feel so small and insignificant. It would be an eye opener for anyone, especially this lard ass of a president that shuts down NASA.
    Truly amazing stuff, I will forever be a fan of the world outside of our own.

      • Zak your an ass if you don’t understand that he cut NASA’s funding there by killing almost all of it’s future projects. While some of our diplomats and there families and staff were being murdered he couldn’t be bothered to return to the White House, he was busy fundraising and didn’t have time to take control of the situation. He has got to go and I could care less if he is black, white or blue.

  6. just simply breathtaking! you must be very very brave to take those pictures out there, that you can see the whole earth! gives me goosebumps just to think i am there flowing thru space with just you guys, depending on each other whatever the consequences maybe. i really salute you all you’re the bravest of all mankind!!!

  7. Thank you for the wonderful visions of our planet. It is a view so few people will ever actually get to see themselves and I humbly thank you for sharing your experiences with the rest of the world. There is a reason you were all chosen to go up there, you have big hearts and chose to share the wonders of the universe with the rest of us. Best Wishes, I hope there are future journeys… one day. Cheers, Lynda (PS. Nice picture of Uluru, or Ayres Rock as some call it). Safe travels to all adventurers out there…

    • These pictures are wonderful and a real ligitimate use of taxpayers money. Beats the lack of beauty of war.. These pictures are just fantastic and words cannot do them the justice they deserve. War and peace are not very compatible. We cannot afford both being world police and #1 in everything. Not and maintain it endlessly anyway.

  8. Wow Some of those Photos were just beautifully stunning.

    And as for Allah, God, Zeus, Buda, The all mighty, The creator, The sun God, The watcher, Osiris, Ra.
    He goes by many names, some of the names I mention above where worship by some of the greatest civilisations known to man to date. So to call some one a dumb-ass for worshipping the God Allah is just so dumb that if my pet dog had a pet an it had a pet your intelligence would be now where near that of its pet dog…

    so the next time you call some one a dumb ass think long and hard about what you are calling them dumb for….

    • Jerry – your comment here is ridiculous. So many of the comments on this page are so childish. It’s amazing how hurtful and ignorant people are willing to be when they can hide behind the internet and not be known.

  9. Sadly this is just another ‘Stupid Human’ story.
    To me it’s sad that so much money and energy is wasted on extraterrestrial endeavor instead of addressing the human condition here on the planet.
    Oh look at the pretty glossies…. from far away the warts don’t show but they fester and grow. While we recycle our few grams of house hold waste
    the Corporations are pumping hundreds of thousands of tons of pollution into the environment in the name of greed and we overpopulate the planet
    like it was infinite…… all the while planning each others destruction…..

    • Ultimately i agree with you Pal. Lot of polutioin from NASA and the launch fumes. I am interested in space and wish that money wasn’t an issue. Some pictures and info we have gained have been awesome

    • Progress comes with a price…..if no-one had had the courage to do things that others said were crazy, foolish, childish, blasphemous, too expensive etc etc, we’d still be wearing animal skins and dying of infections that can be cured with penicillin. It’s the dreamers, the scientists and the explorers who have discovered everything that makes your life what it is. Don’t forget that. Yes, there are many things that need fixing with this planet but lets not stop moving forward and discovering.
      I applaud people who are pioneers and do what others only dream of. At least someone is out there reaching for the stars………in this case quite literally!

  10. Beautiful, so sad we gave away our space program and get the opportunity to pay for the privilege of seeing gorgeous photos supplied by another country. Our government had no .right to discontinue the space program without a vote by the American people since we the people paid for it

    • Absolutely, cljoyner…In fact…In this age of technology…There is NO REASON why the American People can not vote on ALL aspects of our government…Abolish Congress & allow True government “BY THE PEOPLE”…I suppose we would have to keep the Justice department & the Executive branch…As central command…But only if the People have the final vote…

      • you mean abolish the prez, don’t you? He’s the one who wants to be a dictator. and don’t any of you liberal do-gooder, bleeding hearts dispute this opinion. We are still entitled to our opinion in this country, right?

    • hey there my fellow space enthusiast. The NASA program has not been discontinued it is just recieving some major budget cuts towards the mars rover program which is most unfortunate I agree, but im not too worried about for we have not even finsihed discovering what is on earth yet. Also since you and I are part of democracy we can actually vote on any major issue. Usually you have to a government site I have no clue what is for america, for I live in canada. So I cannot say for sure, but thats how it is here for most things. I think budget is something that the public cannot have a say I THINK not sure again. He is also making this budget cuts to other programs the biggest being the justice departments program that reimburses state and local law enforcement for jailing illegal immigrants. What I find to the best of this situtaion though is the fact that Obama is makng that 2% if wealthy americans a business’ pay a total of $1.5 trillion in taxes over the next decade. This is only some info I found. Hopefully it lightens your distrot towards budget cuts to NASA

  11. i love all ur pictures it was just amazing but anything terrible like astriod hit the eatth i do not like that to happen so good that tthese pictures didn`t have anything terrible.

  12. i love all ur pictures it was just amazing but anything terrible like astriod hit the eatth i do not like that to happen so good that these pictures didn`t have anything terrible.

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