Astronaut Scott Kelly tweets photo of San Antonio from space

In this photo provided by NASA, astronaut Scott Kelly sits inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC), Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Star City, Russia. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will travel to the International Space Station to begin a year-long mission living in orbit. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

Astronaut Scott Kelly sits inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, March 4, 2015 in Star City, Russia. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

An astronaut currently spending a calendar year aboard the International Space Station has captured some great images from his view drifting above the earth on his mission. Early this morning, one Texas city got a special shoutout from Scott Kelly with an incredible shot.

While passing over San Antonio, Kelly snapped a photo of the Alamo City still covered in darkness and shared it on his Twitter account.

The tweet was captioned:

#GoodMorning #SanAntonio! Looking good down there. #Texas #YearInSpace

According to this European Space Agency page, the International Space Station takes about an hour and half to “complete a circuit of Earth.”

While I am no expert in geography or flyover routes for massive man-made space stations, San Antonio is my hometown and I just had to figure out how the image compared to a map of the city.

My guess: The photo contains a lighted outline of Interstate 410, more commonly known as Loop 410. For reference, here’s what it looks like on Google Maps:

san antonio

And here’s what the loop looks like upside-down:

san antonio upside down

So maybe the photo didn’t upload with north being north. Perhaps Kelly just snapped the photo facing generally south, since north in this photo is more like southeast. Either way, Texas looks pretty cool from space.


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