International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 60 astronaut Christina Koch has earned a reputation for her photography skills as much as her scientific exploits during her ISS stint. And the NASA star has again stunned her fans by tweeting an amazing aerial image of the sprawling city of Tokyo.
Ms Koch captioned the monochrome image by paying homage to her colleagues at the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA).
She wrote: “Hello, #Tokyo! We see you too, #Tsukuba, home of the Japanese Space Agency mission control team whom we get to work with every day.”
The space photo quickly garnered hundreds of retweets and more than a thousand likes after it was released on Friday.
JAXA returned the compliment, tweeting: What a beautiful photo! Thanks.
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Koch captioned this photo: ‘Namibia’s stark and dramatic Skeleton Coast, where the elements sculpt both land and waves alike’
“JEM Flight control team is proud to work with you. Have a good weekend!”
The image is only the latest of a stunning series of images from above.
Earlier this month Ms Koch tweeted incredible video of the aurora borealis.
And in November released an image detailing London’s bright lights and revealing the River Thames weaving a dark path through a “spider’s web” of festive bright lights.
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The NASA astronaut is slated to set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman with an expected total of 328 days in space.
Ms Koch is currently part of three expeditions, Expedition 59, 60 and upcoming Expedition 61 scheduled for October.
She is consequently scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020.
While onboard, she participates in scientific research, station maintenance, outreach, visiting vehicle operations and spacewalks.
Koch has earned a reputation for her photography skills as much as her scientific exploits during her ISS stint
he NASA astronaut is slated to set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman
What is the International Space Station?
The ISS is a multi-nation construction project that is the largest single structure humans ever put into space.
The ISS’s main construction was completed between 1998 and 2011, although the station continually evolves to include new missions and experiments.
The orbiting space station has been continuously occupied since November 2, 2000.
As of January 2018, 230 individuals from 18 countries have visited the International Space Station, with top participating countries including the United States (145 people) and Russia (46 people).
Astronaut time and research time on the space station is allocated to space agencies according to how much money or resources they contribute.