Orbital View: The Other American in Space

Proud to wear the red, white and blue!

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Scott Kelly is quickly becoming America’s Chris Hadfield. Like the Canadian astronaut, Kelly has built quite the following on social media, thanks mostly to his ridiculously beautiful photos of Earth (which Notes can’t stop fangirling over). But there’s another American in space right now, and he’s got some pretty sick shots of our home planet, too.

Kjell Lindgren, a native of Taiwan who grew up in England and the American Midwest, arrived at the International Space Station in July. He’s back next month. The flight engineer is board-certified in emergency and aerospace medicine, according to NASA.

This is Lindgren’s first spaceflight. He seems to be a big fan of water:

The story of #water. Gradients of color, dynamics of flow. Simple but beautiful.

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A gorgeous glacier fed lake.

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A reservoir in South Dakota. The story of #water.

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He seems to be one-upping his fellow NASA astronaut in at least one respect: Telling viewers exactly what they’re looking at, which Kelly doesn’t often do.