Astronaut Scott Kelly has just came back to Earth from his 340-day mission aboard the ISS. The record breaking mission has made Kelly and Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko spend nearly a year in space, and researchers hope to get an insight into what extensive stays in microgravity do to the human body, with visions on missions to Mars in the future. Over the past year, Commander Kelly has just not only been in command of the ISS and directed significant scientific experiments, but he has also been a keen scientific communicator, sharing incredible photos on his Twitter page. Here's our collection of his best shots.
This spectacular photo was shared by Astronaut Scott Kelly back in February and it shows Algeria's Tassili N'Ajjer National Park. NASA/ Kelly
In his tweet, Kelly said: "#Bahamas, the strokes of your watercolors are always a refreshing sight." This image of the Caribbean archipelagos was captured last July. NASA/Scott Kelly
"#GoodMorning #Egypt! Your colors never cease to amaze! #YearInSpace " tweeted Kelly after capturing this magnificent picture of the Governorate of Wadi Al-Jadid, Egypt. NASA/Scott Kelly
"Day 207, dusk over the Indian Ocean with a yellow band on the horizon," tweeted Scott Kelly. The yellow boundry is the light of the Sun shimmering on the atmosphere. NASA/Scott Kelly
This stunning image displays the aurora from last August. NASA/Scott Kelly
The Alps and the entire italian boot are observable here through the clouds. He shared this back in January. NASA/Scott Kelly
A picture of the saltwater lake La’nga Co located in Tibet. Its Sanskrit name translates to "lake of the demon", as the lake is devoid of fish and plants. Kelly tweeted this picture in January. NASA/Scott Kelly