Orbital View: The Cure for the Monday Blues

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

More blues, of course:

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British astronaut Tim Peake, a current resident of the International Space Station, identifies this shot as the Bahamas. Another blissful snap:

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“Do you ever have a beer up in space and look at a view like this and think, ‘This is awesome!’?” asks a commenter. But life on the ISS isn’t as relaxed as these images suggest; Peake is preparing to run the London Marathon from space next week:

The AP relays a quote from Peake:

The former British Army helicopter test pilot hopes to finish the 26.2-mile race on April 24 in under four hours — maybe even 3 hours and 30 or 45 minutes “if I’m feeling really good.” That’s about 2 ½ laps around Earth.

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