The International Space Station is one of the great technological marvels of our time, but not everything on board could have stepped out of a sci-fi show. Sometimes, the old ways are still the best ways when it comes to identifying unfamiliar landmarks down on Earth.
NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik tweeted a photo on Sunday of fellow astronaut Mark Vande Hei studying a physical atlas. A laptop sits open in front of Vande Hei and shows an unidentified view of Earth. The astronaut has his finger pointing to part of a map in the book.
The space station crew members often share Earth views on social media, whether it’s aor strange parallel . When looking back at the many photos, it’s not always immediately obvious exactly which part of the planet they show.
Finding a large book of maps on the ISS may seem like a surprise, but it’s far from being the strangest item we’ve ever sent into orbit. That honor probably goes to.