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Astronaut tweets pictures of Earth from International Space Station

CINCINNATI (Chip Reid) -- An astronaut on board the International Space Station shared his experience with his 70,000 Twitter followers.
   
People can't get enough of Reid Wiseman's pictures of earth.  Snow-capped volcanoes in Chile, deserts in Egypt, even the first Vine video taken from space showing a sun that never sets.  Those were just a few of the images making Astronaut Reid Wiseman one of Twitter's shining stars.

Wiseman said, "The view out the window is way beyond what I ever dreamed it would be."

One of his favorite photos of the northern coast of Australia was taken Monday. 

"We just looked down and the way the clouds and the red desert met the ocean, from up here, the view was absolutely spectacular and it's burned in my mind," said Wiseman.

His fellow astronaut, Steve Swanson, who's been on board the International Space Station since March, has completed five spacewalks. He took a selfie during one of them.

Swanson said, "It's just you and a helmet with a visor and you can see everything now without any obstructions and that view is just fantastic in itself."

Wiseman has taken it one step further with images ranging from the mundane to the creative. His most re-tweeted image thus far was a simple red die floating in space with earth as its backdrop.

He said, "I don't know why that picture worked so well. It's just really neat to see that crisp red die against the blackness of space with earth under it.  But it's in the completely foreign environment and I think that's why this picture is so spectacular."

With infectious enthusiasm, Wiseman lives the life at zero gravity that most dream only dream about.

"And as kid you always want to float everywhere you go, and up here it's just no problem. You just float on over to the bathroom, float on over to the window, float on down to the dinner table, really it's better than you could ever think," said Wiseman. 

He's hoping his rare perspective will once again get people talking about the wonderment of aerospace, "Everything is just unusual up here. The view, the living, the way we work, the way we eat, and if I can just capture a little of that and spark some imagination back in the world and in the U.S. in particular then that's mission accomplished for me."

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