Glimpsing National Parks From The International Space Station


Megan McArthur/NASA

Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks as photographed from space by NASA astronaut Megan McArthur

A U.S. astronaut on the International Space Station has recently launched a new project. Megan McArthur is photographing the West’s iconic national parks. She grew up visiting places like Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Zion — and now she’s shooting them from 250 miles above the surface of Earth.

“These are amazing, breathtaking places,” she said during an interview with NASA TV on Friday. “Also, [I’m] seeing parks I haven’t been to before and thinking, ‘Oh wow, that looks amazing. I really want to go there and learn about that environment.'”

McArthur plans to create a portfolio of photos when she returns. Right now she’s taking shots of parks including Zion and Yellowstone and posting them to Twitter.

She’s also taking photos of wildfires in the West.

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