NASA astronaut Josh Cassada recently took an incredible photo of the northern lights from onboard the International Space Station. The image, which was shared by NASA on social media, is mind-melting and shows a spectacular view of the aurora borealis way down below.
The ISS orbits Earth at an altitude of around 250 miles (400 kilometers), giving astronauts like Cassada a unique perspective to observe our planet’s natural beauty from space. From this vantage point, they can see stunning phenomena such as thunderstorms, sunsets, and sunrises – but nothing quite compares to seeing the mesmerizing colors created by solar particles interacting with Earth’s atmosphere to create these beautiful light displays known as auroras or northern lights.
Cassada has been living aboard the ISS since July 2019 and will remain there until February 2020 when he returns home after completing his mission for NASA’s Expedition 60/61 crew members. While up in space, he has had plenty of time to capture some truly breathtaking images that give us all a glimpse into what it looks like out there beyond our world – including this awe-inspiring shot taken during one particularly special night sky show put on by Mother Nature herself!