Magnificent photo of the space station at sunrise will take your breath away

Earth. ISS solar panels. Orbital sunrise. Wow.

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ISS solar panels capture the light during an orbital sunrise.

I love looking at pictures taken from the International Space Station. I peek into the pyramids, see the aurora and marvel How Earth Could Look Like Mars when seen from above. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough shared a new view from the ISS on Monday, and it took my breath away.

It’s like JJ Abrams directing a photo shoot from class. I like this that stone pillar We were all obsessed with starring in a sci-fi flick last year. This is beauty. This is grace. It is flying through space.

Astronauts aboard the ISS see 16 sunrises and sunsets every day, and this was extra special. “This orbital sunrise captured as the Sun’s rays are reflecting off solar arrays for the first time in this orbit and the new IROSA to provide the space station with the solar power to run this amazing orbiting laboratory,” Kimbrough tweeted.

IROSA stands for “ISS Roll-out Solar Array.” system. There is a new addition to the station after a series of The spacewalk culminated in the installation of two arrays in June. They rolled like giant rugs in space and are designed to deliver a needed power boost to the ISS.

The technique displayed in Kimbrough’s image is fine, but there’s something soul-stirring about the composition. The way solar panels are carved against the distant darkness of space. How is the curve of the Earth illuminated by sunlight? It is a statement piece, a meeting of nature and humanity and an expression of hope for space exploration.

Maybe I’m reading too much in this photo, but at a time when Billionaires Are Running in Suborbital SpaceIt is heartening to be reminded of how NASA and its international partners worked together to put the ISS in orbit and maintain it for more than 20 years.

Such an image should not be taken lightly. This is a gift from above the world.

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