Welcome to the International Space Station

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.
A big lightning strike on Earth lights up solar panels on the ISS on Wednesday. {NASA / Reuters)

Three astronauts—including Denmark’s first—are currently en route to that big hunk of metal orbiting 220 miles up from Earth. The Soyuz capsule carrying them, which launched Wednesday from Kazakhstan, will take two days to reach the ISS.

And thanks to the European Space Agency, humans back on Earth can see what the trio of astronauts will see when they arrive at the station. Earlier this summer, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, of Italy (and the record holder for longest time in space for women), snapped 15 photos of each module of the ISS, and the agency has stitched them together to create an interactive, panoramic virtual tour.

Check it out here, in full screen. Pretty cozy.