Oakdale from space

International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti came through for us in a big way today, snapping a photograph of the Twin Cities, while tweeting a shout out to its suburbs — well, one suburb anyway.

Cristoforetti, described by ABC News as “everyone’s favorite Star Trek loving, espresso-sipping Italian astronaut,” returns to Earth on Thursday.

Here’s the annotated version of her photo (click image for larger version).


By the way, that’s a fine depiction of how Lake Elmo has been able to hold suburban sprawl at bay. By this time next year — if a similar photo is taken from space — a substantial part of those brown areas will be housing.