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Astronaut snaps once-in-a-lifetime image of Earth on his last day in space

There was one thing in particular he wanted to photograph.
  • A NASA cosmonaut was determined to take pictures of a specific landmark from space
  • He managed to capture the image on his last day in space
  • The astronaut in question spent six months on the International Space Station

Published on Feb 21, 2024 at 3:59PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Feb 21, 2024 at 9:23PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Adam Gray

An astronaut on his way back home from space took one of the most amazing pictures you’ll see today.

Cosmonauts who’ve been to space often say that the best view is looking at Earth down below.

After seeing these pictures, we can totally see what they mean.

READ MORE: Trailblazing spacecraft reaches moon and sends back images

NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts spent six months on the International Space Station (ISS).

There was one picture in particular he was trying to capture for the entire time he was there.

Amazingly, on his last day in space, on his way back, he finally managed to snap the perfect shot.

Virts’ idea was pretty straightforward.

He just wanted to take a photograph of one of the world’s Seven Wonders, the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

“It took me until my last day in space to get a good picture of these,” he wrote on X.

We’ve been treated to amazing pictures taken from space before.

Not long ago, another astronaut managed to capture a rare event called ‘airglow‘ from space.

It appears we’re finally taking the so-called space race seriously, and NASA is even planning to build a base on the Moon.

And then of course we’ve got Elon Musk, who’s adamant we must get back to the Moon ASAP and then to Mars.

Imagine the pictures that could be taken from there.

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