ISS Astronauts Send Love and Support from Space—And Photos!

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They’re Farther Away From Home Than Any Of Us, And As They Look Down on Our Struggles, ISS Astronauts Send Their Love.

Let’s face it. The International Space Station may be the safest place for humans right now. Considering that the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19 seems to be to stay away from one another, ISS astronauts couldn’t be in a better spot. It’s a little weird, that. Typically, we think of space as the most perilous environment in which we can live and work. However, these days, that may not be the case. After all, where would you rather be working right now? Aboard the ISS or in a hospital?

Of course, while I have the utmost respect and appreciation for all medical professionals right now, I submit that at least the ISS has a better view. As such, astronauts like Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir are trying to help however they can. So, right now, that means sending down love and support to the rest of us via Twitter.

A Beautiful Planet – Photos from the ISS Astronauts:

Let’s start with Andrew Morgan.

Morgan’s message sends hope and reminds us that it’s worth fighting for our planet and each other. Similarly, his colleague, the incredible Jessica Meir also shared several tweets this week. Here they are:

Next, here’s a shot of the UK and some of Europe.

And keeping to the spirit of showing off the beauty of our planet, Meir continued to show the perspective offered by the ultimate social distancing. Specifically, she tweeted two stunning photos of the Algerian landscape. And honestly, it’s hard to tell the difference between those pics and the ones Voyager took of Jupiter. She sent this tweet on Monday:

Then, Meir followed it up with this one:

#EarthStrong

You may have noticed that Meir’s tweets contain the hashtag “EarthStrong.” She and many of the other ISS astronauts have been using that hashtag since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. And because NASA remains committed to the safety of its employees, there’s a chance that some of the ISS crew may have to extend their stay, though nothing has officially been decided yet. In a virtual town hall meeting earlier this week, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that all current space missions would continue operations as normally as possible. However, with the ever-changing situation on terra-firma, the near future of space exploration, along with so much else, remains in question. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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