Astronaut Reid Wiseman of the International Space Station posted a “wicked cool view’’ of Boston from his 800 millimeter lens camera on Labor Day, the latest in a line of impressive images of the city from outer space.
Here’s the photo in question from Wiseman’s Twitter account (a must-follow, by the way).
It’s a stunningly crystal clear picture of Boston. In the lower-left section, Logan Airport’s long runways are clearly visible. Boston Common stands out as a green oasis in the center of downtown, and bodies of water of Pleasure Bay, the Inner Harbor, and Fort Point are evident from afar.
The image is Wiseman’s first of Boston since he boarded the ISS in May. The photo joins a sizable group of images of Boston from outer space, conveniently organized by location on this map.
Previous pictures of Boston largely came from former ISS Commander Chris Hadfield in 2013. In particular, one post amid the Boston Marathon bombings was widely shared.
Tonight's Finale: A somber Spring night in Boston. pic.twitter.com/eXiozObOKR— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) April 15, 2013
Hadfield had previously posted other images of the city, too, including posts in January and February 2013.
Boston at night, glowing under a trace of fog. pic.twitter.com/ArGyssaj— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 28, 2013
Boston on a misty February night. pic.twitter.com/anOFWBFuQU— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) February 23, 2013
A third post from Hadfield in May 2013 captured Boston during the day, but was a bit farther away than Wiseman’s most recent post.
Tonight's Finale: Boston, you're a beautiful harbor city. Hope your Bruins play a memorable game tonight vs the Leafs pic.twitter.com/HVKwADzVw6— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 12, 2013
Thomas Marshburn, another NASA astronaut aboard ISS, took this image of “Boston on the Bay’’ in April 2013.
Boston on the Bay. Though it was only for a short time, I enjoyed every day that I got to live in this fabulous city! pic.twitter.com/P4aKQjPOcL— Thomas H. Marshburn (@AstroMarshburn) April 24, 2013