The bush fires ravaging Australia are so massive that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield can see them from space.
Over the last several days, the social-media savvy Hadfield has snapped photos of the wildfires from the International Space Station, where he's been tweeting up a storm since he boarded the satellite in December.
Another of the Australian bushfires, this one near Burrinjuck Dam. Look closely and you can see the flames from orbit. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 9, 2013
Striking image of the bushfires in Australia. Streamers of smoke are visible all across the country. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 9, 2013
Hadfield has kept Earth-bound space fans up-to-date with his adventures aboard the ISS via his very active personal Twitter account. Besides capturing photos of Earth, Hadfield recorded a holiday song in space and traded "Star Trek" witticisms with fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and actors William Shatner, Leonard Nemoy and Wil Wheaton.
@williamshatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're detecting signs of life on the surface.— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 3, 2013
I am not Spock either, but living and working in this spaceship comes pretty close. Life mirrors art. LLAP, @therealnimoy.— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 5, 2013
@wilw Wesley, we've talked about you being on the bridge. I believe you're needed in Engineering. :)— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 5, 2013