60 of Chris Hadfield’s photos from orbit ‘So much of the world’s beauty is simply art itself,’ astronaut says of pictures macleans.ca January 5, 2013 Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email 11 [View the story “60 of Chris Hadfield’s photos from orbit: ‘So much of the world’s beauty is simply art itself’ ” on Storify] 60 of Chris Hadfield’s photos from orbit: ‘So much of the world’s beauty is simply art itself’ ‘Let’s use Twitter to communicate like never before,’ astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted on New Year’s Eve. ‘See the year and the world through each others’ eyes.’ In recent days, Hadfield has been sending photographs from orbit out to the Twitterverse: Storified by Maclean’s Magazine· Sat, Jan 05 2013 13:45:02 Quebec City – La Ville de Quebec, le 31 Dec 12 a midi, de la station spatial internationale. http://pic.twitter.com/uvqvB1TuChris Hadfield Tadoussac, Quebec – a great place for whale watching. Photo taken at Noon on 31 Dec 12. http://pic.twitter.com/mFJESAXIChris Hadfield Kitchener-Waterloo in the snow, taken from the Space Station on the last day of 2012. http://pic.twitter.com/GDwTtV7wChris Hadfield Cambridge Ontario in the snow, on the last day of 2012. http://pic.twitter.com/cbDyUdAUChris Hadfield PEI on the last day of 2012, as seen from a window of the Space Station. (11:00 AM, 31 Dec) http://pic.twitter.com/KR2is7v0Chris Hadfield The Alps are beautiful, even from orbit. Taken on the last day of 2012 from the International Space Station. http://pic.twitter.com/6aN205HXChris Hadfield Like a pointed toe into icy water – Long Point, Lake Winnipeg, from orbit. (30 Dec 12) http://pic.twitter.com/m1zZbIBIChris Hadfield The Space Station followed this valley across the Prairie – 30 Dec 12. Recognize where it is? http://pic.twitter.com/BH9XvILYChris Hadfield The Rockies are beautiful, and very much so from orbit – What an amazing view! (photo taken 30 Dec 12) http://pic.twitter.com/4Bj7Z9apChris Hadfield Barrie, ON in snow – how it looked from ISS, today, 30 Dec at 12:40. http://pic.twitter.com/fQrfWo5PChris Hadfield Toronto in snow – how it looked from the ISS today, 30 Dec at 12:35 local. http://pic.twitter.com/V7wtOJmMChris Hadfield Montreal South Shore, in snow (and a trace of cloud) – how it looked today from ISS, 30 Dec at 12:40. http://pic.twitter.com/8aFH0WgOChris Hadfield Ottawa in Snow – how it looked today from ISS – 30 Dec at 12:40 http://pic.twitter.com/Xz3xKVlFChris Hadfield Kingston, ON in snow – how it looked from ISS today, 30 Dec at 12:40. http://pic.twitter.com/QRXeC3fMChris Hadfield Earth, Moon and Soyuz: Kevin Ford took this picture as we approached Station last week. Science fiction into fact. http://pic.twitter.com/YnPatMbzChris Hadfield Calgary emerging from the snow on New Year’s Eve, with clouds beginning to roll in overhead. http://pic.twitter.com/Ei3cSXSmChris Hadfield Mt. Vesuvius, Italy, on New Year’s Day, 2013. Looks a little like a remainder from earth’s difficult puberty years. :) http://pic.twitter.com/ccKC73uSChris Hadfield The beauty of the Bahamas is surreal; every blue that exists. Taken on New Year’s Day, 2013 from the Space Station. http://pic.twitter.com/cnNPh8XlChris Hadfield Haifa, Israel, on 2 Jan 13. Interesting how well you can see the city planning decisions when viewing from space. http://pic.twitter.com/Bntai58NChris Hadfield A view of the Suez Canal, as it opens into the Mediterranean. A great mix of nature and powerful human engineering. http://pic.twitter.com/asqfHKknChris Hadfield Turkish Coast near Ceyhan, on 2 Jan. Fishing boats and piers along an interesting landscape. http://pic.twitter.com/3phhKBjpChris Hadfield Two lakes, close but very different. Lake Hazar and Keban Reservoir, Turkey. http://pic.twitter.com/Q28d7b4CChris Hadfield Batumi Beach on the Black Sea. Keeping up with these photos is hard work. I hope nobody minds that I’ve got some more! http://pic.twitter.com/HbkERrSRChris Hadfield Poti on the Black sea – you can clearly see the fishing boats and the loads of silt washing out to sea. http://pic.twitter.com/9SN6LGqpChris Hadfield Halifax NS, dressed in snow. Beautiful both on earth and from space – taken on the second day of 2013. http://pic.twitter.com/5wv0bbU6Chris Hadfield St John’s, NF – catching some winter sun through the cloud. Taken from the International Space Station on 2 Jan 13. http://pic.twitter.com/ijs1GjiyChris Hadfield Boston in the snow – taken from the International Space Station, January 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM http://pic.twitter.com/kkGAEyDCChris Hadfield Sands of the Sahara – starkly beautiful, a harshly serene and unmistakable part of the Earth’s skin. Just stunning. http://pic.twitter.com/QkITUw1rChris Hadfield Latakia, Syria – deceptively calm and beautiful, strife-torn on the shore on the sea. Peaceful from such a distance. http://pic.twitter.com/SoWWZ5BUChris Hadfield Polka-Dot Desert – centre-point irrigation farms in Egypt. A life necessity viewed from a stellar vantage point. http://pic.twitter.com/ipypyhiAChris Hadfield The Pyramids at Giza, Egypt – can you see them? http://pic.twitter.com/aP43h0plChris Hadfield Los Angeles from Earth orbit, New Years Day. http://pic.twitter.com/FFXoUPBgChris Hadfield The Golden Horseshoe snowily wrapping the end of Lake Ontario on the 2nd of January. http://pic.twitter.com/ASjP0xVpChris Hadfield Australian Wildfires – took this photo of many smoky fires on 2 Jan 13. http://pic.twitter.com/WFE6KNnVChris Hadfield Mojave Desert and the lake beds of Edwards AFB where I attended test Pilot School, and where the Shuttle first landed. http://pic.twitter.com/KCqt6iInChris Hadfield Chicago, 2 January 2013. I’m trying to find the time to post some more Canadian views from above – keep posted! http://pic.twitter.com/vTjFF9AjChris Hadfield Like a Hole Punch – confetti of farms using central irrigation in the American Southwest. Jan 2, 2013. http://pic.twitter.com/LRB9KI6TChris Hadfield Seattle WA. Look carefully, you can see Pike Place Market. http://pic.twitter.com/0OFm0iO0Chris Hadfield St John NB – beautiful in the sunlit snow. Taken from the International Space Station, 2 Jan 13 http://pic.twitter.com/XgoJvmFuChris Hadfield Space Horizon – from a Pacific thunderstorm to infinity. http://pic.twitter.com/FjwIVSnyChris Hadfield Calgary on a clear winter’s day. Fewer clouds in this shot than the last – 2 Jan 13. http://pic.twitter.com/28CMhA16Chris Hadfield Edmonton Alberta – the North Saskatchewan River looks serpentine, writhing through the capital city. http://pic.twitter.com/pHqGjCfUChris Hadfield Winnipeg, Manitoba: Home of the (currently idle) Jets. Portage and Main are visible if you know where to look. http://pic.twitter.com/T1mAFYDGChris Hadfield Tonight’s finale: Montreal – home of the Canadian Space Agency (@csa_asc), just visible at the bottom of the photo. http://pic.twitter.com/k7VaMt0rChris Hadfield Great Belt Bridge, Denmark, connecting Zealand and Fyn. Straight lines stand out against nature when viewed from space. http://pic.twitter.com/PyCYt2jpChris Hadfield Ostrich skin of the Sahara. Change your viewing angle and Earth can quickly appear other worldly. http://pic.twitter.com/KXPBaR9SChris Hadfield These mountains near Sochi, Russia remind me somehow of corduroy pillows. http://pic.twitter.com/O6s2KRzZChris Hadfield So much of the World’s beauty is simply art itself. http://pic.twitter.com/LXjPidWmChris Hadfield Rocher Perce – Perce Rock – Gaspe, Quebec. A famous tourism site, looks different from up here! http://pic.twitter.com/NittkzrmChris Hadfield Kiev, Ukraine – an historic major crossing place of water, rail and road. http://pic.twitter.com/lk7LzomxChris Hadfield Baie des Chaleurs, New Brunswick, Canada. The name means ‘bay of warmth’, but the fingers of ice disagree. http://pic.twitter.com/domPuw6dChris Hadfield The very northern tip of Newfoundland with clouds rolling in. Narrow strait across to Labrador from here. http://pic.twitter.com/I93nhW9RChris Hadfield One last picture for the night: Casablanca. Here’s lookin’ at you. http://pic.twitter.com/DvIA2klQChris Hadfield Halifax NS, on a crystal clear day. The type of city where you can easily see why sailors would have settled there. http://pic.twitter.com/OUMQM85PChris Hadfield Chesapeake Bay from far away – you can even see the causeway. http://pic.twitter.com/KjxibNoUChris Hadfield St Mary’s County, MD – home of Patuxent River NAS, where I was a test pilot before becoming an astronaut. http://pic.twitter.com/tgm8W6XTChris Hadfield Cagliari, Sardinia. Cool in January under scattered cloud. Some tremendous caves inside this island. http://pic.twitter.com/lSPHUz9tChris Hadfield El Ejido, Spain – you can easily tell where the people live, even from orbit. http://pic.twitter.com/4ClayOvhChris Hadfield Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, and the town where I was born, Sarnia Ontario. http://pic.twitter.com/ohcuTdxiChris Hadfield Ibiza, Spain – lovely in the Mediterranean Sea. http://pic.twitter.com/xU6J9jLZChris Hadfield Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Filed under: Chris Hadfield Advertisement About this author macleans.ca Macleans.ca administrator Other articles For the record: Conrad Black on Canada's tradition of greatness The very checkered history of the men’s suit + 16 more posts this week Advertisement Post navigation Previous Disaster in B major: The divorce exposing scandal in Canada’s arts scene Next Read the best we have to offer with the new Maclean’s app.