Thank you Karen! Glad you’re back safe.

By Tom Yulsman | November 10, 2013 11:32 pm
Astronaut Karen N. Nyberg gazes at Earth from the cupola of the International Space Station shortly before her return to Earth. (Photo: NASA)

Astronaut Karen N. Nyberg gazes at Earth from the cupola of the International Space Station shortly before her return to Earth. (Photo: NASA)

Karen Nyberg sure got around during her 166 days in space. She traveled 70.3 million miles while orbiting the Earth more than 2,600 times.

Along the way took some spectacular photos of the home planet and Tweeted them so we could all enjoy her unique perspective from the International Space Station.

This was one of her last ones before returning to Earth aboard a Soyuz spacecraft on Nov. 11 (Kazakh time, Nov. 10 in the U.S.):

Karen Nyberg's last sunrise photo from the International Space Station before returning home. (Photo: Karen N. Nyberg/NASA)

Karen Nyberg’s last sunrise photo from the International Space Station before returning home. (Photo: Karen N. Nyberg/NASA)

As a native-born Brooklynite, here’s one of my faves:

New York City glitters in this photo taken in September, 2013 from the International Space Station by Karen Nyberg. (Photo: Karen N. Nyberg/NASA)

New York City glitters in this photo taken in September, 2013 from the International Space Station. (Photo: Karen N. Nyberg/NASA)

I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that Nyberg and two crewmembers touched down safely in Kazahkstan. Here she is in a photo Tweeted by NASA shortly after being carried from the Soyuz capsule and wrapped in blankets to ward off temperatures in the 20s:

Welcome home Karen.

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ImaGeo

ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.

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