Curling snow drifts are magnified by the terrain around the 1,400 miles (2,300 kilometers) Dnieper River, flowing from Russia to the Black Sea.
European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, a member of the Expedition 50 crew, captured this image from the International Space Station on “February 9th, 2017, saying, “winter landscapes are also magical from the International Space Station: this river north of Kyiv reminds me of a Hokusai painting.”
Each day, the International Space Station completes 16 orbits of our home planet as the crew conducts important science and research. Their work will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will help us venture deeper into space than ever before. Crew members on the space station photograph the Earth from their unique perspective, hovering 200 miles above us, documenting Earth from space. This record is crucial to how we see the planet changing over time, from human-caused changes like urban growth, to natural dynamic events such as hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions.