Savor the Snow from Far, Far Away

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It’s hard to remember the beauty of winter when constantly shovelling walkways, scraping ice off cars, and tromping through freezing slush. That’s why it’s nice to get a view from above, far away from the chilly realities of the season.

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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly took this photo from the International Space Station, before an epic blizzard smothered the East Coast. Faint traces of rivers create subtle veins in the snow, while ridges, roads, and cities stand out in sharp contrast.

Top image: Snowy landscapes in Novopersianovka, Russia. Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly


Contact the author at mika.mckinnon@io9.com or follow her at @MikaMcKinnon.

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lostengineer
lostEngineer

So Scott Kelly, I understand you’re pushing the known boundary of science with your record setting flight, but that’s your day job, do you have any hobbies?

“I take jaw dropping artistic photos of Earth from an altitude of 1,314,720 ft up while traveling at 17,000 mph.”

oh.

(I don't think Scott has ever said that, but I know he's thought it)