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SpaceX: NASA astronaut shares a breathtaking snap of Earth from the Space Station

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NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived on the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, May 31. Millions of people watched live online as they flew a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to the orbital lab. The astronauts have now spent more than a week on the ISS, adapting to life and work in microgravity.

The ISS orbits the planet at an average height of about 250 miles (402km), giving the space station front row seats to the best view in the solar system.

Mr Behnken shared a snapshot of this view on Monday, tweeting a photo of Earth from the ISS.

You can see in the breathtaking image how white cloud tops create a marbled effect across Earth’s blue oceans.

In the background is the vast, dark expanse of space.

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In the foreground, you can see the various modules that form the bulk of the ISS.

In the back of the station, you can just make out the white outline of the Crew Dragon docked to the ISS’ Harmony module.

The structure covered in orange foil and pointing downwards is the HTV-9 resupply ship from Japan.

Mr Behnken tweeted: “Here’s the front of @Space_Station now, the 1st @SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle leading the way. #Endavour”

The photo was met with praise online as people expressed their excitement about the SpaceX launch.

One person tweeted: “What a time to be alive, Tweeting from space? Soo cool.

Here’s the front of @Space_Station now

Bob Behnken, NASA astronaut

“Thank you for the beautiful view. The world is much more peaceful from up there.

“Enjoy every moment of your stay, thank you for helping change the world and inspire us all. Say hi to Tremor!”

Another person tweeted: “What a breathtaking view, thank you for sharing.”

A third fan said: “Beautiful! Thanks Bob! Take care!”

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There are now five crewmembers aboard the ISS: NASA’s Chris Cassidy, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, and Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.

On Monday, June 8, the astronauts were busy servicing some of the space station’s communication gear, plumbing and spacewalk equipment.

The astronauts also carried out microgravity research as part of their daily duties.

NASA’s Mark Garcia said: “NASA Commander Chris Cassidy started Monday working in the Japanese Kibo laboratory module.

“The veteran astronaut disconnected and removed and HDTV camera from Kibo’s airlock that filmed activities outside of the orbiting lab.

“During the afternoon, he and fellow NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken worked in the station’s bathroom checking drain valves and recycle tanks.

“Located in the Tranquility module, the Waste and Hygiene Compartment also recycles urine into drinking water.”

Up to 90 percent of all water on the ISS – including sweat and urine – is recycled into drinking water.

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