The Inquisitive Astronaut

Don Pettit turns his curiosity—and his camera—loose on board the International Space Station.


Issyk Kul


Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan. “When seen from orbit, Issyk Kul appears to be a giant eye, looking at us looking down at it," writes the astronaut. "The snow-covered mountains become aged eyebrows. The lake itself, having a fairly high salt concentration, does not typically freeze over, thus reflecting wintertime light in such a way as to form a 'pupil' that seems to track us as we orbit overhead.”

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