This Is Just Too Much: Lightning Illuminates the ISS With the Milky Way As a Backdrop

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What could be more majestic than seeing a flash of lightning on Earth reflecting on the solar panels of the International Space Station, soaring at 17,150 miles per hour 250 miles above us? How about all of that, with the expanse of the Milky Way twinkling in the background. I can’t imagine a view better that this one, which was captured by NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren a few hours ago. Thank you, flight engineer Lindgren!

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When I was a kid growing up in the 50s I read about science fiction space stations all the time. Now I’m looking at dramatic pictures of a real space station on my pocket computer. I’m pretty old, but it’s nice to know that I made it to The Future.