“To travel in space is to be awestruck, over and over and over.”–Don Pettit, Spaceborne.
Don Pettit and his crewmates flew into space three times, capturing about 600,000 photos from their shuttle missions and long-term stays on the International Space Station. In his new book, Spaceborne, the astronaut/photographer highlights some of the best of the collection, leading to page after page of mind-blowingly beautiful space imagery. This is a good one for the coffee table.
Popular Science‘s photo director, Thom Payne, chose 10 of his favorite Spaceborne images. Here are his picks, with captions excerpted from the book.
The Bosphorus Strait, Turkey
Sunshine on the International Space Station
Betisboka River delta in Madagascar
Space station over aurorae
Solar panels in front of the terminator
Adapted from Spaceborne, by Don Pettit. Published by PSG.