American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian astronaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth yesterday, after spending nearly a year living on the International Space Station.
Kelly and Kornienko spent 340 days in space as part of an effort to understand how the human body deals with microgravity in long durations. It was part of a larger project to eventually send someone to Mars.
In honor of his safe return, here are nine photographs he posted since embarking on his spaceflight, which began on March 27, 2015:
1) May 5, 2015
Scott Kelly: "Space taco w rehydrated eggs, sausage & hot sauce on a tortilla. Happy #CincoDeMayo from @Space_Station #YearInSpace"
2) June 22, 2015
Scott Kelly: "Day 87. The red curtain of an #aurora closes on another day. Good night from @space_station! #YearInSpace"
3) July 9, 2015
Scott Kelly: "Keeping my feet grounded to Earth. Good morning from @space_station! #YearInSpace"
4) July 24, 2015
Scott Kelly: "Day 119. Starry night over Eastern Mediterranean lights. Good night from @space_station! #YearInSpace"
5) August 15, 2015
Scott Kelly: "Another pass through #Aurora. The sun is very active today, apparently. #YearInSpace"
6) August 29, 2015
7) September 28, 2015
Scott Kelly: "She didn't want to go at first, but one orbit later she said goodbye. #HTV5 you served us well. #YearInSpace"
8) October 19, 2015
Scott Kelly: "Day 206. Starry night. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace"
9) March 2, 2016
A reminder that not everyone has to spend a year in space to watch an epic sunset – Earth has some good views too.
You can see all of Kelly's photos here.