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New Astronaut Art! The Lights Of New York City

Just when you thought you’d seen every angle of the Big far, far above the sights and skyscrapers with New York City (ISS045-E-066112)!

New York City (ISS045-E-066112), a 20x200 Space Edition
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There’s nothing quite like an aerial view of New York City. What feels almost overwhelmingly tall and animated when you’re standing on the city’s streets transforms into something totally different from up above. Flying overhead on our way into JFK, we’ve all peered out the window and pictured the millions of people living their lives below. We’ve all been struck by the strange experience of seeing NYC in its entirety, the whole enchilada. It’s a rare and wonderful thing to get a new glimpse of our familiar city, so imagine the rush we got when we spotted today’s Space Edition, New York City (ISS045-E-066112)! This gorgeous photograph—captured by cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko from the International Space Station—provides some extraordinary and seriously stunning perspective on the city that never sleeps. 

Set against the inky blackness of the East and Hudson Rivers, New York City (and the Garden State, too!) draws our eye to its epicenter with a complex network of golden lights. At this distance, our luminous metropolis begins to resemble a microchip, which feels like an apt metaphor for the city itself: a whirlwind of information contained in a small area, powered by many smaller components that come together to work and create. New York City (ISS045-E-066112) celebrates the glittering expanse of this city, while also calling to mind the individuality that makes NYC the bright, bold beacon of energy that it is. For every light in this image there are thousands of lives; thousands of people who were born here, who have moved here, who are inspired here, who feed this city’s gleaming nervous system.

The photographs taken by the astronauts and cosmonauts of the International Space Station serve a scientific purpose, but they go beyond that. Taking in New York City (ISS045-E-066112) as a piece of art, it becomes moving, magnetic and enlightening. It’s safe to say that even if NYC isn’t your home, this edition will be right at home in your art collection. 

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Team 20x200