Houstonians on the ground may have been a bit perturbed by all of the rain and scattered thunderstorms last week. But maybe all they needed was a little perspective.
Maryland astronaut Reid Wiseman shot a video of a lightning storm above Houston while orbiting above the earth and posted it to his Twitter account. Wiseman is currently serving as a flight engineer on Expedition 40 of the International Space Station (ISS).
Aside from shooting amazing footage of an otherwise dreary Houston day, Wiseman and crew also caught a case of World Cup fever. Flight engineer Alexander Gerst of Germany, shaved Wiseman's and commander Steve Swanson's heads to collect a bet on the outcome of the USA vs Germany game on Thursday.
Among other things, the crew members of Expedition 40 will be working on a space-based scatterometer, a remote sensing instrument that will be useful for weather forecasting and hurricane monitoring. With some luck, the crew may be able to help Houstonians better predict these rainy days.
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