Flyover country is for flying over

If you were aboard the International Space Station, how many orbits of the Earth would it take to get bored by what’s out the window? Astronaut Soichi Noguchi has been taking pictures from the ISS for the last six months and sending them to Twitter (via TwitPic). It’s the first time an astronaut has sent images directly to people on terra firma. It was made possible by the space station’s Internet connection, which only went online in January.

But despite my numerous pleas to take a picture of the Upper Midwest (specifically, the Twin Cities), not a single view of our fair flyover country was ever forthcoming. And one won’t be because Noguchi’s time in orbit ends this week.

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