It may not be a perfect world, but if you look in the right places it’s certainly wonderful.
The astronaut of the International Space Station (ISS) Samantha Cristoforetti, for his part, definitely thinks so. Inspired by the 1967 Louis Armstrong classic What a Wonderful Worldthe Italian space traveler recently posted four sublime images of Earth along with the lyrics to the legendary song.
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) September 10, 2022
The images, captured from the space station as it orbited some 250 miles above our planet, look more like paintings than photographs. Cristoforetti doesn’t say which parts of the world they show, inviting us to focus on the beauty of the landscape far below.
During downtime on the ISS, astronauts often like to head to the Cupola module, whose seven windows offer stunning views of Earth and beyond. Without a doubt these images were taken from that precise place.
While some crew members like to just watch and enjoy the sights, others take to one of the station’s many cameras, capturing the spectacle to share with their followers on social media.
Cristoforetti, who has more than a million followers on Twitter and around half a million on TikTok, has been posting regular updates during his six-month space mission, which began in April.