NASA Astronaut Shares the Amazing Sights of Space From His Spacecraft’s Window

If you have ever wondered about the astronaut’s view from their spacecraft, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins gives you a very good answer. Even though, out of our planet, he still finds a way to connect with us by tweeting the images of the earth as seen from the International Space Station.

Mike is currently serving as a Crew-1 Dragon Resilience Commander. He and a team of 3 other scientists launched on November 15, 2020, and they spent six months on the Resilience spacecraft until the new team took over. This was Hopkins’ third trip to the International Space Station after previously serving as a flight engineer for Expedition 64.

Even though on a tough mission, Hopkins make sure to keep us updated what goes on on space. Through the images he shared on his Twitter account we were able to see how the space looks like from an astronaut’s point of view.

This incredible snapshots show how beautiful the space is is, and it’s really breathtaking to look at it from that point of view.

Daylight view is surely amazing, but the night time in space though… Just incredible!!!

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10 Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms

When pink clouds of cherry blossoms start blooming, that’s a sure sign that spring has officially arrived. Every spring, cherry blossoms erupt across the globe, drawing nature seekers far and wide to observe the stunning pale pink flowers in their prime. And if they are fluffy and pink, even better.

However, most of the time we’re not in a city that has many cherry blossoms. And other times, we will miss it by a couple of weeks. Since traveling to see them in person is out of reach for many right now, we’re bringing the bloom to you with the chance to experience them safely from the comfort of your home.

Here are some of the best places around the globe to walk or picnic under the cherry blossoms.

1. Kyoto, Japan

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Japan remains at the top of the list when it comes to cherry blossoms. Cherry blossom season is taken very seriously here, with daily (often hourly) reports forecasting when the sakura (cherry blossoms) will start to bloom. Workers go on holiday, dress up, and picnic under the trees. The best places to see the blossoms in Kyoto include the Kiage Incline, the lonely Lake Biwa Canal, the popular Philosopher’s Path, Shirakawa Canal, and around the Kodai-Ji Temple. In the evening you can dine amidst the blossoms in Maruyama Park.

2. Washington DC

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With thousands of cherry trees to its name, D.C. is one of the best places to petal-peep in the U.S. Washington celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival between March 20 to April 11, which gives a good indication of just how many trees there are in Washington bursting into blossom when the time is right. The best place to see them is in and around the Tidal Basin and along the shoreline of East Potomac Park, extending all the way to Hains Point, and around the National Mall.

3. Bonn, Germany

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In Bonn, extra-vibrant cherry trees arch over the roadways to create tunnels of blooms. So even if you arrive late in the season, the carpet of bright pink petals underfoot makes for a gorgeous consolation prize.

4. Salem, Oregon

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Formerly nicknamed Cherry City for its striking cherry blossoms, Salem’s picturesque flowers in shades of pale pink and white can be best found on the grounds of the State Capitol State Park. Visitors can learn about calligraphy and origami, enjoy a traditional Japanese ceremony, view authentic kimonos at a fashion show and learn about the Japanese tradition ofhanami while enjoying the blossoms. Throughout the month of March local businesses hold their own events to mark the bloom, including traditional dinners at Oregon wineries and a display of 30 parasols designed by Salem artists.

5. Buffalo, New York

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With the arrival of spring in Buffalo, New York comes cherry blossom season. Buffalo is hands down one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in the United States. When spring comes and you find yourself daydreaming in pastels and cherry blossom blooms, the best place to see cherry blossoms in Buffalo is the grounds of The Buffalo History Museum. If you have the chance to visit the District during spring, you’ll find that the nation’s capital is accented in pink for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

6. Paris, France

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Paris is, as they say, always a good idea. But visit during cherry blossom season and you’ll get a special treat. For a week or two, Paris positively explodes with color and is even prettier than normal. Visiting at any other time, you don’t quite realize how many parks are perfect for cherry blossom viewing. Some particularly good spots are Square Marie Trintignant, at the edge of the Marais; Jardin des Plantes with its ancient Mount Fuji cherry tree; the hidden garden of the Petit Palais and alongside Notre Dame Cathedral; the Coulée Verte, the Paris equivalent of the NYC High Line; and the Martin Luther King Park in Batignolles.

7. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Amsterdam Forest is home to 300 cherry trees blooming in early April. With cherry blossoms planted by the Japanese Women’s Club as a tribute to the victims of the tsunami in 2000, today Amsterdam showcases more than 400 trees that burst into bloom each spring in Westerpark, a charming green space that’s smaller than Vondelpark and Rembrandpark.

8. Macon, Georgia

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Each March, Macon transforms into a pink paradise as more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees burst into bloom. For 10 days, festivalgoers are treated to one of the most extravagant displays of bright, springtime colors for the annual International Cherry Blossom Festival, where free nightly concerts, a street party, amusement rides and even a cherry blossom gala takes place. In fact, the town has been dubbed by Congressional Records as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.

9. Extremadura, Spain

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The Jerte Valley in the Extremadura region of Spain is home to over 2 million cherry trees. In late March the rural valleys are covered in white petals for 10 days–their dry season makes this one of the shortest blooms in the world.

10. London, England

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Several parks around London are home to the cherry blossom bloom in late March, peaking around the same time as the magnolia tree. The pink blends make for a beautiful picnic in Greenwich Park, home to a rose garden and cherry tree tunnel.

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