It has been a big year for the International Space Station (ISS) as it marks the twentieth consecutive year of continuous human presence on board. The station has hosted 242 people and played home to more than 3,000 science experiments—many of which have been captured on film by the astronauts who have called the station home.
This year, NASA is sharing some of the experiments and day-to-day life of the crew aboard the station through their own personal photography. The crew increased a record number of seven concurrent long-duration members which has resulted in a wide variety of photographs across everything from growing radishes in microgravity to heart tissue research and even a couple of shots of Paris, Ottawa, and various other cities from above.
“The men and women who live and work on the International Space Station take thousands of photographs of their home planet every year, and we asked the folks at the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA's Johnson Space Center for a few of their favorites from 2020,” the space organisation shared in a caption on a video released to social media.
NASA also added that the crew aboard the space station this past year have been both “the videographers for and subjects of a virtual reality production known as The ISS Experience,” which aims to create a cinematic virtual reality experience based on the day-to-day life aboard the station. In other words, they know a thing or two about capturing a great photograph.
The entire curated catalogue of images taken by crew members in 2020, as well as the top images dating all the way back to 2016, is available for public viewing on the official NASA website.
See also: Tatler's Guide to Visiting Outer Space