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Mars-like Photos Show a Dramatic View of Our Own Planet

Mars like photos show a dramatic view of our own planet

Some photos taken from the International Space Station (ISS) over the weekend will probably remind you more of Mars than Earth.

Shared by NASA astronaut and current ISS crew member Shane Kimbrough, the beautiful images (below) actually show sand dunes in Saudi Arabia and neighboring Yemen.

“Thought we might be on another planet with this picture, but found out that these mounds are in Saudi Arabia,” Kimbrough, who is currently on his third trip to space, wrote in a tweet.

Thought we might be on another planet with this picture but found out that these dunes are in Saudi Arabia. pic.twitter.com/h8rfZod31A

– Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) May 30, 2021

Commenting on the second photo, the American astronaut stated: “The attractive colors and structures of these sand dunes in Yemen near the southern Saudi Arabian border.”

Striking colors and structures of these sand dunes in Yemen near the southern Saudi Arabian border. pic.twitter.com/vREORvdpv7

– Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) May 29, 2021

And yes, there are sand dunes on Mars – you can see some of them in the images below, which have been captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Kimbrough, like his fellow space station crew member Thomas Peskett, is a keen photographer, both astronauts enjoying the apparently enviable vantage point that the ISS offers about 250 miles above the Earth’s surface (here Peskett See amazing photos of).

Most of the photos taken at the space station are from Kapola, a seven-window module that offers panoramic views of Earth and space, although recently astronauts have been falling from a docked crew dragon spacecraft, their decent size The windows are also offering great potential for avid astronaut photographers.

To capture their shots, ISS crew members can choose from a wide range of professional cameras and lenses, most of them supplied by Nikon, although recent Sony devices are also among the collection.

Below are several more images recently captured by Kimbrough, showing Bahrain and Qatar with part of the Cygnus cargo spacecraft that arrived on its most recent trip to the space station in February.

Qatar and Bahrain Cygnus cargo vehicles look great behind solar arrays. Cygnus will be with us for about another month and leave with a lot of our waste. pic.twitter.com/FeYoh7Tyi5

– Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) May 28, 2021

In the photo below we can see a striking rock formation near the Bighorn River in Wyoming.

Recently a shot was made of this beautiful rock formation in northeast Wyoming near the Bighorn River, a tributary of the Yellowstone River and about 461 miles long. pic.twitter.com/K32NSLEjLK

– Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) 18 May 2021

For these four images, Kimbrough placed his lens slightly off Earth to capture a grand orbital sunrise in five seconds.

Progress of an orbital sunrise in about 5 seconds. Good morning from @space Station! pic.twitter.com/tzHdHMDe1e

– Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) 7 May, 2021

Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Peskett will both remain on the space station until October 2021, so we can expect a steady stream of amazing images in the coming months.

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