When you gaze outside of your spacecraft, what do you see?
What’s it really like to be there?
With the advent of digital photography in the hands of determined astronauts willing to make time to steal moments to snap images like the above, now we can know.
Have a look. Blow the image up with a click. You’re really just sitting there, looking out the window; A perfectly mundane act performed from an extraordinary vantage.
This reality represents (to me, anyway) one of the most inspirational aspects of 21st-century human space exploration: for the first time, the human experience of spaceflight is being not just communicated but also shown to those of us on the planet surface in real-time (via Twitter, for example,) to great effect.
I believe it is the responsibility of those who support and/or are professionally involved in space exploration to promote imagery like the above, for I truly believe it will be via exposure to this media that the next generation of planetary explorers will be engaged to careers in the student-starved sectors of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (see: STEM).
-And the more ordinary orbital space feels, not only will the goals ...