Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

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Our amazing ‘Blue Planet’!  Witnessing the Aurora from the Space Station is life-changing.  I have been back on the planet for nearly a year now, and I still dream of this incredible sight.  Because we are orbiting the Earth so fast, it is impossible to see ‘motion’ on the surface of the Earth.  You can see the effects of wind and ocean currents, and even the spiral cloud formation of cyclones.  Just can’t see motion, even in the ‘eye wall’ of a hurricane.  But the Aurora is something so fantastically unique.  It moves and changes color and shape and form.  It literally can look like our planet is a ball of fire in a very dark, empty, and vast sea.  Behold…the Aurora!  Thanks for this great shot @astro_aggie.

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1075 days ago

Our amazing ‘Blue Planet’! Witnessing the Aurora from the Space Station is life-changing. I have been back on the planet for nearly a year now, and I still dream of this incredible sight. Because we are orbiting the Earth so fast, it is impossible to see ‘motion’ on the surface of the Earth. You can see the effects of wind and ocean currents, and even the spiral cloud formation of cyclones. Just can’t see motion, even in the ‘eye wall’ of a hurricane. But the Aurora is something so fantastically unique. It moves and changes color and shape and form. It literally can look like our planet is a ball of fire in a very dark, empty, and vast sea. Behold…the Aurora! Thanks for this great shot .

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culturaourofino 1056 days ago

Obrigado por nos privilegiar com suas fotos! Tais visões são maravilhosas!!!

STfangirl 1069 days ago

Seems sometimes the whole world becomes Hungarian. Red-white-green... (colours of Hungarian flag :-)))))
Fantastic photo!

scotshamster66 1070 days ago

Stunning

godivako 1071 days ago

Beautiful♪

KnightCharon 1071 days ago

There are no word that can explain what I feel now. 100% agree. Behold…the Aurora!

ETHER_JOE 1074 days ago

OMG!! The Aurora from the space!beautiful Light !

ConnieWheelock 1074 days ago

Thanks Cuz !!!

stratopause5by5 1074 days ago

The magnetosphere in action! It truly is our shield against the solar wind. Everybody give thanks!

deniswright 1074 days ago

Vibrant! No wonder Earth is such a target for all those aliens! :)

albakutschker 1074 days ago

Are truly a privilege, a very interesting picture with a huge explosion of colors, thanks.

a_cup_of_sea 1074 days ago

This is words of the earth... Red-light tells her gentleness… Green-light tells her vitality… Deep-Blue tells her severity… to us... :-)

bestbing 1074 days ago

i bing

Geshiela 1074 days ago

had been in my desktop since postd this shot...

nasu_kazu 1074 days ago

WoW!! Beautiful. It's natural that you still dream. :-)

kcnickerson 1075 days ago

Like the opening scene of a SciFi... incredible capture.

angiedoodle 1075 days ago

Stunning, I'd love to see this angle, see it often from the underside. Xx

Daniel_Craig 1075 days ago

AMAZING! THX for the pic and for sharing. :-)

3rdAg19 1075 days ago

sugooooooooi!!

Zodiac_Matt 1075 days ago

Wow !! That's incredible !!

sandarwai 1075 days ago

Muchas gracias por mostrarnos tanta belleza !