Stunning image of the ISS captured from Earth is so clear you can SEE astronauts

A MAN has taken one of the clearest photos of the International Space Station ever taken from Earth.

German photographer Sebastian Voltmer captured a remarkable image that shows two astronauts walking in space.

Sebastian snapped the “one of a kind” photo early last week and later shared his creation on twitter.

“I feel like I just took a once in a lifetime picture,” he wrote of the photo.

“It is probably the first ground-based image showing two astronauts on Earth ISS at the same time.”

The photo was taken March 23 as the space station, orbiting 250 miles above Earth, flew over Germany.

Back then, astronauts Raja Chari and Matthias Maurer climbed around the exterior of the alien laboratory during a scheduled spacewalk.

They performed a number of minor sub-installations and repairs during the seven-hour zero-g maintenance period.

Sebastian took the photo through his C11 EdgeHD telescope in St. Wendel in western Germany, the hometown of ESA astronaut Maurer.

He can be seen at work near the European Columbus laboratory segment of the ISS, while Raja appears on the robotic arm “Canadarm2”.

Sebastian’s original goal was to take a picture of the ISS while his compatriot worked on the outer skin.

Two days later, following a tip from his colleague and astrophotographer Philip Smith, he realized that he had also captured Raja.

“Two days after the spacewalk, Smith contacted me,” Sebastian continued

“He is a world-renowned photographer around the ISS and has been published in many media.

“Smith, with his ISS obsession, noticed in my image that NASA astronaut Raja Chari is also detectable.”

The pair remain on the perimeter outpost and make up half of the current residents.

Yesterday, a Nasa astronaut finally returned to Earth after Russia previously threatened to abandon him in space.

Mark Vande Hei, 55, arrived from the International Space Station on March 30 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

Vande Hei and two Russian cosmonauts, Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, landed just after 07:28 ET (12:28 UK time).

In response to sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, the country’s space agency had indicated they would leave him behind.

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin released an eerie video on March 13 showing the mission’s two cosmonauts flying home without a Hei.

Rogozin is known for making inflammatory comments on social media in order to create panic in the West.

Roscosmos later clarified that it had no intention of leaving Hei behind.

Selfie taken by astronaut Matthias Maurer during a spacewalk earlier this month


Selfie taken by astronaut Matthias Maurer during a spacewalk earlier this monthPhoto credit: ESA
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