Astronaut Jeff Williams Celebrates The National Parks On The ISS

An out of this world birthday tribute
Mount St Helens
Mount St. Helens, best known for its dramatic eruption in 1980 is now the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Williams wrote: "Mount St. Helens looks spectacular from directly above!" Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams’ father was a seasonal Park Ranger with the National Park Service, taking his family out to Wyoming every summer.

Now, Williams still looks out over the parks, albeit from a different vantage point. He is currently the ISS commander of Expedition 48, and recently broke the United States record for the most cumulative days in space.

He also is a big fan of the parks, and this week, in honor of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, Williams posted many of his pictures online, along with a touching video tribute to the Parks that you can watch above.

All of the images Williams took are composites, made of many images stitched together, because even from low-earth orbit it’s hard to capture the entirety of most parks in a single image. Enjoy this beautiful look at some of the prettiest parks in the country.

Death Valley National Park
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Glacier Bay National Park