NASA astronaut Jeff Williams hasn’t even been in space for a month, and he’s already captured one of the coolest images I’ve ever seen. Yesterday, Russia launched the Progress resupply spacecraft into space. And the International Space Station passed right over the launch site in Kazakhstan at about the same time.

Williams writes in a Facebook post:

“Sunset occurred for us about a minute later and shortly after we caught site of the rocket ahead and below us from the Cupola. We continued to catch up to it until it was directly below. We saw the flash of 3rd stage ignition and the subsequent 3rd stage was spectacular.”

The images captured were breathtaking.

Rocket launch ISS

Rocket launch ISS sunset

Progress is packed with more than 3 tons of supplies and equipment. Nearly 2,000 pounds of propellant will help with any orbital adjustments. 110 pounds of oxygen, 920 pounds of water and 3,161 pounds of dry cargo are also onboard. For Williams, it’s the little things in life that matter. “Fresh fruit is on the way!” reads the last line of his Facebook post.

Here’s what the Progress launch looked like.

Progress launch

If everything goes smoothly, Williams will be eating fresh apples on Saturday.

Follow Jeff Williams’ Twitter account for a daily dose of fantastic images

With Scott Kelly back on the ground, you might be looking for a new Twitter account to follow. Well, Jeff Williams is picking up right where Kelly left off. Just three hours he said good morning with a pair of early morning images of Boston, NYC, Philly, Baltimore and Washington DC.

Yesterday, he gave us a stunning look at the coast of Mozambique.

Who wouldn’t want to kick back on those beaches today? As good as Mozambique looks, it can’t touch the video created from a merged panorama of the Madagascar coastline.

Here’s another merged panorama of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Man, I really hope Jeff keeps doing these. They add so much more life to already fantastic images.

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Other ISS Twitter accounts to follow

Jeff Williams is just the latest to show us Earth’s beauty from the International Space Station. Tim Kopra and Tim Peake also share their views of Earth every day with us. Here are a couple of my recent favorites.

From Tim Peake’s feed.

From Tim Kopra’s feed.

I could sit here and post pictures all day. Give Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams a follow to enjoy views of Earth most of us can only dream of.

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