Welcome Home, Scott Kelly!
For the past twelve months, American astronaut Scott Kelly has been moving at 4.76 miles per second in a continuous loop around the globe as commander of the International Space Station.
A veteran astronaut and New Jersey native, Kelly left the planet on March 27, 2015 until rescinded his command of the ISS on February 29, 2016 and returning to Earth on March 1.
During his record-breaking time in space–Kelly is now the American who has spent the most time off of the planet–Scott was not only being studied for physical and mental changes (as compared to his twin brother, an astronaut who remained on Earth), but he performed many studies as well. Foremost among this was his observations of the planet and its climates: “I feel more like an environmentalist since I’ve been up here,” he said. “There are parts of the Earth that are covered with pollution all the time. I saw weather that was unexpected. Storms bigger than we’ve seen in the past. This is a human effect. This is not a natural phenomenon.”
From its natural beauties and treasures to its biggest threats, see the Earth as Scott Kelly has for the past year in these beautiful images.
Ever the character, Scott Kelly went above and beyond his role of International Space Station Commander by personally sharing his experiences with millions of followers on social media.
Even more spectacular than a bird’s eye point of view, Kelly’s unique position aboard the ISS allowed all the world to follow along and see ourselves on a much broader scale, one we’re we realize we’re really not that important.
Here are some of the breathtaking images that will put things into perspective:
Scott recently posted this throwback from when he left the planet last March.
How about seeing your whole country in one shot?