Orbital View: The Story of Water Comes to an End

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

At least it is for Kjell Lindgren, the NASA astronaut who spent the past few months photographing bodies of water from above. He returned to Earth on Friday after taking one last photo from the ISS:

A river fades into the ocean in the #StoryOfWater

A photo posted by Kjell Lindgren (@astro_kjell) on

We’ll be keeping our eyes out for photos from the newest residents of the orbital station, who arrived there today: Yuri Malenchenko of Russia, Tim Kopra of the United States, and Tim Peake, Britain’s first official astronaut to reach the ISS.

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