NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik has revealed a stunning look at Earth from 250 miles above the surface.
The Expedition 53 Commander tweeted breathtaking footage this week from a recent spacewalk on the International Space Station, marking the fifth of his career and the third for NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba.
The Go-Pro video shows a first-hand look at our planet as seen from orbit, as the pair worked to install new cameras and fix a robotic arm during the Oct 20 outing.
LIFE ON THE ISS
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has revealed the ISS smells like jail, citing the similarities in their ‘combinations of antiseptic, garbage, and body odor.’
While touring Harris County Jail in Texas, Kelly said he got a whiff in one room that transported him right back to his days on the ISS.
He explained that people in the ISS use deodorant, rinse off, shower, and that the smell isn’t that bad, ‘but there’s a little body odor going on for sure.’
‘Mostly it’s just exercise clothes people wear for a couple weeks without washing.’
NASA says residents of the ISS only change their socks and underwear every other day, and shirts and pants every 10 days.
It might sound unsanitary to earthlings but, according to the agency, these garments do not get as dirty in space as they do on earth.
‘Sometimes on a #spacewalk, you just have to enjoy the beauty of our planet Earth,’ Bresnik tweeted alongside the stunning footage.
In the short video, Earth is in full view from the perspective of the astronaut as he carries out the different tasks in the spacewalk.
And, viewers online were blown away by the amazing clip.
Just a day after it was published, the tweet had been liked nearly 24,000 times.
‘Our leaders should go and see this wonderful view,’ one Twitter user wrote. ‘There would be world peace.’
Others joked about flat Earth conspiracies: ‘But…but…people on the internet told me that it’s flat!!!’
During the spacewalk, Bresnik and Acaba installed a new camera system on the Canadarm2 robotic arm’s latching end effector, an HD camera on the starboard truss of the station, and replaced a fuse on the Dextre robotic arm extension.
The Go-Pro video shows a first-hand look at our planet as seen from orbit, as the pair worked to install new cameras and fix a robotic arm during the Oct 20 outing
The spacewalk lasted over six hours.
The mission was cut short after a ‘jetpack’ the astronauts wear to stop them floating away in the event a tether strap breaks malfunctioned – just hours after they replaced a frayed strap.
NASA decided near the end of the spacewalk that Joe Acaba’s jetpack was no longer reliable and ordered him back inside.
He finished his work lubricating a robotic hand before heading back in at the six-hour mark with commander Randy Bresnik.
Astronauts on the ISS often share eye-opening – and comical – videos about their experience beyond Earth.
‘Sometimes on a #spacewalk, you just have to enjoy the beauty of our planet Earth,’ Bresnik tweeted alongside the stunning footage
In the short video, Earth is in full view from the perspective of the astronaut as he carries out the different tasks in the spacewalk. And, viewers online were blown away by the amazing footage
Last month, Bresnik shared an amusing video of his experiments with a fidget spinner aboard the orbiting space station, revealing how it spins continuously and even floats by itself.
The NASA-branded fidget spinner looks like any other you might use here on Earth.
But, once they put it in motion, it just keeps going.
The special NASA-branded looks like any other you might use here on Earth. But, once they put it in motion, it just keeps going.
‘A fidget spinner in space! How long does it spin?’ Bresnik tweeted.
But, unfortunately, the answer remains a mystery.
‘I’m not sure,’ Bresnik continued, ‘but it’s a great way to experiment with Newton’s laws of motion!’