Photo: West Seattle, seen from the International Space Station

January 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 10 Comments

When Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted that photo today from aboard the International Space Station – two weeks after his arrival – his caption noted that you might see Pike Place Market if you look closely. Never mind the market; West Seattle’s in the heart of the photo! We wouldn’t have seen this if not for West Seattleite Bill Schrier retweeting the picture. Click here for a larger version via Twitter. (The ISS, according to this NASA webpage, is in “low Earth orbit,” more than 100 miles up, making one full orbit of Earth every hour and a half.)


  1. That is awesome!

    Comment by Rachael — 10:17 pm January 3, 2013 #

  2. Outstanding pic! NASA: Naturally Awesome Snapshots Always

    Comment by Mark — 10:43 pm January 3, 2013 #

  3. Beautiful shot- thanks for posting!

    Comment by nativetoseattle — 7:03 am January 4, 2013 #

  4. There was a big fire involving multiple houses near UW that day. You can see the smoke drifting across the lake toward Mercer Is.

    Comment by Skeptic — 7:40 am January 4, 2013 #

  5. I thought it was, NASA: Nikon Always Shoots Amazingly


    Comment by JordanP — 7:43 am January 4, 2013 #

  6. Way cool!


    Between that, and Long Bach Nguyen’s aerial photos, we get a wonderful perspective of our peninsula, that we might not otherwise see!



    Comment by miws — 8:12 am January 4, 2013 #

  7. I can’t see Pike Place Market. However, I can see the Great Wall of China.

    Comment by DBP — 9:33 am January 4, 2013 #

  8. Very cool!
    One of my favorite pastimes is looking at satellite images of my hometown back in the Midwest, retracing old familiar routes and finding buildings/parks/etc…
    Schmitz/Fauntleroy Creek/Lincoln/Westcrest parks are all easily spotted in this image…great observation about the smoke on Lake Washington, @Skeptic! :)

    Comment by anti-obstruction — 10:14 am January 4, 2013 #

  9. Is the white line coming in from the top a contrail from a jet? I’ve seen many following that same path, from below of course.

    Comment by picklebee — 10:44 am January 4, 2013 #

  10. I thought it was a Long Bach Nguyen photo!!

    Comment by Pibal — 4:59 pm January 5, 2013 #

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