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:
And here’s what the loop looks like 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.