Astronaut captures stunning photo of the Moon from space

The image was shared to illustrate how far astronauts travel as they orbit the Earth aboard the ISS.

A German astronaut has shared a breathtaking photo he took of the moon from the International Space Station (ISS).

Alexander Gerst, from the European Space Agency, posted the image on Twitter showing Earth’s natural satellite from a unique viewpoint.

Dr Gerst, a geophysicist who was selected in 2009 to take part in space training and is currently on his second space mission, wrote: “By orbiting the Earth almost 16 times per day, the #ISS crew travel the distance to the Moon and back – every day.”

Astronauts aboard the ISS – a science laboratory orbiting 250 miles above Earth every 90 minutes – are able to see multiple moonsets in a single day as it travels at a brisk speed of 17,100 miles per hour.

Back in May, Nasa astronaut Drew Feustel shared a video of a chance viewing of a moonset.

The Moon is approximately 238,900 miles away from Earth.

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