On march 7, Dutch astronaut André Kupiers took this picture from the ISS, showing the 50 kilometers wide rock formation called Eye of Africa. The structure sits in Mauritania, at the Sahara desert, and can only be seen from space.
Luna 3 took these images on 7 October 1959, the very first views of the far side of the moon. It took 29 pictures for 40 minutes. The film was developed, dried, then scanned by a cathode ray television system inside the probe itself. Images were eventually received on earth two weeks later, 17 of the 29 actually useable. Earlier attempts were made but the probe was too far away and the images noisy.
When astronauts return from space walks and remove their helmets, they are welcomed back with a peculiar smell. An odor that is distinct and weird: something, astronauts have described it, like “seared steak.” And also: “hot metal.” And also: “welding fumes.”
Our extraterrestrial explorers are remarkably consistent in describing Space Scent in meaty-metallic terms. “Space,” astronaut Tony Antonelli has said, “definitely has a smell that’s different than anything else.” Space, three-time spacewalker Thomas Jones has put it, “carries a distinct odor of ozone, a faint acrid smell.”