The International Space Station was photographed by ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet from the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft after undocking on Nov. 8, 2021. Pesquet, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Aki Hoshide executed a fly around maneuver to take pictures of the orbiting laboratory before returning to Earth after 199 days in space as part of Expeditions 65 and 66.
jsc2021e064215_alt (Dec. 8, 2021) — This mosaic depicts the International Space Station pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during a fly around of the orbiting lab that took place following its undocking from the Harmony module’s space-facing port on Nov. 8, 2021.
Expedition 69 Gallery
View imagery from Expedition 69 with the first long-term crew member from UAE (United Arab Emirates), that welcomed the second private astronaut mission from Axiom Space, and conducted numerous spacewalks
The official Expedition 69 crew portrait with (from left) Frank Rubio, Dmitri Petelin, Sultan Alneyadi, Woody Hoburg, Stephen Bowen, Andrey Fedyaev, and Sergey Prokopyev.
SpaceX Crew-6 Gallery
The four members of SpaceX Crew-6 launched to space aboard the Dragon Endeavour spacecraft on March 2, 2023. The quartet docked to the station one day later joining the crew as Expedition 68/69 flight engineers.
The four crew members that comprise the SpaceX Crew-6 mission are seated inside the SpaceX Dragon crew ship during a training session at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Seated from left in their spacesuits are, Mission Specialist Andrey Fedyaev, Pilot Warren “Woody” Hoburg, Commander Stephen Bowen, and Mission Specialist Sultan Alneyadi.
See imagery from over 260 spacewalks that have taken place at the space station for maintenance and assembly since 1999.
Astronaut Joseph Tanner waves during a spacewalk at the International Space Station on Sept. 12, 2006. The STS-115 astronaut was participating in the construction of the orbital outpost while visiting the Expedition 13 crew.
Station Science Gallery
See astronauts conducting advanced research that can only be done in space due to the lack of gravity. The microgravity environment provides unique insights helping doctors prevent and treat Earth-bound conditions, as well as protect astronaut health during long-term space missions.
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur works on the Cardinal Muscle investigation in the Life Sciences Glovebox aboard the International Space Station. This study tests whether such engineered tissues cultured in space could provide a model for studying muscle loss and assessing possible therapeutics prior to clinical trials.
Expedition crew members and external station cameras take pictures of the Earth at all hours of the day capturing our planet’s beauty and nature’s devastation. From glittering cities at night, desert oases, active volcanoes, to storms churning above the oceans, the orbital residents have an awe-inspiring view of the many colors and textures of our home planet.
The Murghab river flows into the oasis city of Mary in the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan. At left, is the Hanhowuz Reservoir which plays an important role in agriculture in southeastern Turkmenistan. The International Space Station was orbiting 256 miles above the Central Asian nation when this photograph was taken.
Highlights from the Space Station
With each expedition to the International Space Station, the crew takes images of the Earth views, the orbiting station, their daily lives aboard and the experiments they conducted during their stay, plus so much more. Check out galleries of these images organized by theme, Expedition number,
The International Space Station’s “window to the world” is pictured from the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module.
Gateway to Astronaut Photography
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth from 1961 through the present. Crew members on the International Space Station photograph the Earth with educators and scientists working on a daily basis to acquire the beautiful astronaut photography seen all over the media.