Last year, in a QnA session on Twitter, International Space Station astronauts Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquest welcomed questions from space enthusiasts. And it was during that session, the astronauts shared an interesting fact and revealed that apart from witnessing a significant change in the temperature, as they see a sunrise and sunset every 90 minutes on the space station. While the answer left many space enthusiasts and science lovers wondering, the ISS recently wished everyone Happy New Year by sharing a couple of pictures of the first sunrise of 2022. “Happy New Year! The station crew sees 16 sunrises a day, and they officially started 2022 at 12am GMT,” ISS tweeted.
Happy New Year! The station crew sees 16 sunrises a day, and they officially started 2022 at 12am GMT. pic.twitter.com/ConanYAhPm
— International Space Station (@Space_Station) January 1, 2022
While the breathtaking glimpse of the Earth and Sun left us all stunned, many netizens took to their respective social media handles to share their views on the phenomenal view. From appreciating the beauty of space to expressing their desire to head to space, Twitterati just could ignore the amazing clicks shared by the International Space Station. Check out a few reactions here:
Got to make these pictures as my desktop. Never tired of looking these splendid views from space. https://t.co/psO9XCliLd
— Carl Huang / Vogel von Formosa (@HerrCarlHuang) January 2, 2022
I love these!!! Thank you ISS crew, you have one of the most amazing jobs. Praying for your and your families’ safety/good health/happiness this 2022. HAPPY NEW YEAR! 💕🙏
— Angel R. Ojastro III (@AngelOjastroIII) January 3, 2022
This is beautiful if I wasn’t scared of death my dream would be to be with you people up there ☺☺ https://t.co/V7P7BaA9VC
— Ines (@Prett98) January 2, 2022
This is incredible! Imagine seeing this! https://t.co/L2qx94d0N4
— Jade North (@JadeNorth) January 2, 2022
Bucket list: See sixteen sunrises 🌅 https://t.co/nIAPc9Ymzs
— trixie danielle (@trixiepixxie) January 2, 2022
A collaborative project of various space agencies: NASA (United States), ESA (Europe), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan) and CSA (Canada), the International Space Station is a common station for astronauts from these countries. And given the increase in space tourism in the last few years, many billionaires have visited the ISS and spent time in space. The last billionaire to head to space was Yusaku Maezawa, who along with his production assistant Yozo Hirano and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, stayed at the ISS for nearly 12 days.
Before Maezawa, Russian actress Yulia Peresild and filmmaker Klim Shipenko also joined the long list of billionaires travelling to space. The two even shot a few scenes for their movie on the International Space Station last year.
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