The picture was taken by Astronaut Scott Kelly on August 9, 2015, the 135th day of his one-year mission in space on the International Space Station. The Milky Way stretches the curve of Earth in the scene that also records a faint red, extended airglow. The galaxy's central bulge appears with starfields cut by dark rifts of obscuring interstellar dust. Since November 2000, people have been living continuously on the International Space Station.
"When Kelly lands back on terra firma, he’ll have broken two American records: one for the most consecutive days in space, and another for spending the most days in space, period (520)." We wish Scott Kelly a safe journey home! Definitely will miss his incredible photography from the ISS! Read more at http://gizmodo.com/watch-scott-kelly-and-mikhail-kornienko-plummet-to-eart-1762158022
Magnificent Earth | International Space Station | Scott: "Day 282. Soyuz silhouette and sunset colors of our magnificent Earth. Goodnight from Space Station!" Credit: NASA/JSC, U.S. Astronaut Scott Kelly Release Date: January 3, 2016