July 24, 2021

NASA shares a photo of the International Space Station crossing the Sun; Small silhouettes leave netizens in awe

NASA shares a photo of the International Space Station crossing the Sun; Small silhouettes leave netizens in awe



On Saturday, NASA released a composite image of seven stunning pictures of the International Space Station (ISS) crossing the sun. In the images, the International Space Station can be seen as tiny dots outlined against the sun as it crosses the golden orb at nearly five miles per second near Nellisford, Virginia.

The International Space Station crosses the sun

According to NASA, at the time of the transit, astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet were working outside the space station on a spacewalk that lasted a total of 6 hours and 45 minutes. The duo successfully installed and deployed a new solar array to increase the power supply at the station. However, during this time, NASA was able to capture the beautiful silhouettes of the International Space Station’s shadow on the Sun when the two astronauts were on a space flight. According to the US space agency, the space station was moving at nearly five miles (eight kilometers) per second at an altitude of 410 kilometers above Earth.

At the time of the transit, Shane Kimbrough and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet were working outside the station on a spacewalk that lasted a total of 6 hours and 45 minutes. The duo managed to install and deploy a new solar panel that increased the station’s power supply. Aboard the station, the seven-member crew includes NASA astronauts Megan MacArthur, Mark Vande Hee, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshied and Roscosmos astronaut Pyotr Dubrov and Oleg Nowitzki, according to a NASA Instagram in the caption.

Netizens wonder when the International Space Station crosses the sun

In response to the impressive photo, netizens were surprised to see how small the International Space Station looks against the background of the sun. Some have even compared the impressive scene to album covers of Coldplay aesthetics.