National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Tim Kopra aboard International Space Station (ISS) has once again tweeted stunning image taken from space. This time, he has captured night time view of Turkey which is divine to watch.
The yellow lightning in the image covered by black surrounding is breathtaking. One can also see some major bright spots in the image that are major cities of Turkey.
Timothy Lennart Kopra (born on April 9, 1963) is an engineer and is current commander of ISS. Being a NASA astronaut, he had previously served as a flight engineer on ISS for Expedition 20, returning to Earth aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 mission on September 11, 2009.
He is following the footsteps of previous NASA astronaut Scott Kelly who used to capture images from space and tweet it for his fans for over a year that made him popular among space enthusiasts and astronaut aspirants. Soon after the retirement of Kelly in March this year, Kopra took the charge and started releasing some beautiful images of Earth and space.
The tweet received hundreds of favourites and retweets.
— Tim Kopra (@astro_tim) May 20, 2016
International space station completed its 1,00,000th orbit around Earth on Monday. The ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments on several fields including physics, astronomy, human biology, etc.
ISS orbits Earth at an altitude of 330 km to 435 km and completes 15.54 orbits per day moving at a very high speed of 7.66 kilometers per second. Launched in 1998, it has traveled 2.6 billion miles till date which is equivalent to 10 round trips of Mars.
Moreover, 226 people from 15 countries have got a chance to visit ISS. It will remain operational until 2024 as European space agency has vowed to fund it till then.