14 photos from Scott Kelly’s year in space that will take your breath away

If you’re like me, then you’ve got a few hours of downtime before Scott Kelly completes his journey back to Earth after spending an eye-watering 340 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Kelly is joined by Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, and the two have spent the longest amount of time aboard the ISS ever. Kelly also now holds the American record for most time spent in space.

While he was up there doing important astronaut stuff that will, among other things, one day help humans travel to Mars, he also became a social media darling with 889,000 Instagram followers, 936,010 Likes on Facebook and 939,000 Twitter followers.

His pictures captured the wonders of Earth from 249 miles up, and gave followers a view of the planet and space they wouldn’t have had otherwise, with a hearty helping of inspiration on the side.

NASA put together some of Kelly’s best shots over on Flickr, and below you’ll find some of the most stunning photos Kelly took while traveling at 17,150 miles an hour.

Aurora

Planet Water

South America

Africa

Andes

Aleutian Islands

Star Wars

Canadian rockies

Himalayan Frozen lake

Chicago

Milky Way

Snow

Great Lakes

Hero

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