Orbital View: Icebrrrrg

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Nope, this isn’t a cartoon:

A photo posted by Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) on

British astronaut Tim Peake, currently living on the International Space Station, shared the minimalist snap. “Granted - not the most exciting pic ever but this iceberg drifting off Antarctica is about the size of London,” Peake posted.

For reference, here’s London:

Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

If you read Peake’s caption and thought to yourself, “Wow, I wish I could hook that up to a boat and drag it thousands of miles” … well, you’re not alone. Back in 2011, Alexis Madrigal reported on the (surprisingly long) history of “zany iceberg towing schemes.”

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