Scott Kelly Spent a Year Taking Photos in Space. They’re Beautiful.

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Science|Scott Kelly Spent a Year Taking Photos in Space. They’re Beautiful.

It was not supposed to be a photo safari. NASA lofted Scott Kelly into orbit aboard the International Space Station in March 2015 for a year so that scientists could learn what happens to the human body during long missions in space. (A lot, as it turned out.)

But between blood draws and equipment repairs, Mr. Kelly aimed a Nikon D4 toward the windows of the space station’s cupola or — his preferred spot — a porthole in the floor of a laboratory module.

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A snowstorm over the East Coast, the ethereal aurora, the Pantone deserts of North Africa, the vast swirl of the Caribbean — Mr. Kelly captured it all and then shared it, turning Twitter into an eye on Earth. Many of the images are collected in a book, “Infinite Wonder,” published in October.

One day the data gleaned from Mr. Kelly’s medical experiments may open the door to new worlds. His photos gave us an unrivaled glimpse at the one we’ve already got.

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Mr. Kelly's feet in socks over the Bahamas.
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An aurora photographed in August 2015.
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Mr. Kelly with camera equipment in the I.S.S.'s Destiny laboratory.
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The Bahamas.
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The Great Sand Sea of Libya and Egypt.
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In zero gravity, Mr. Kelly proved a master juggler.
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A zinnia growing in the cupola of the I.S.S.
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The Mediterranean coast of France.
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A frozen lake in the Himalayas.
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The Milky Way, the I.S.S. and Earth.
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Nosebleed seats for Superbowl 50, in 2016.CreditScott Kelly/NASA
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Mr. Kelly’s living quarters aboard the ISS.
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A snowstorm over the East Coast.
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Mr. Kelly posted this photo of New York taken by his colleague, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, in 2016.CreditOleg Kononenko, via NASA
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The moon, Venus and Jupiter.
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Mr. Kelly, along with cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov, returning to Earth on March 2, 2016.CreditBill Ingalls/NASA