A beautiful picture of Earth from the ISS, taken by Commander Scott Kelly to mark the New Year. (Blue is my favorite color and I think this picture rocks!)

Kelly already has the record for the longest space mission of any NASA astronaut. He will have spent a year on the ISS by the time he comes home. However cosmonaut Valery Polyakov spent over 14 months consecutively on the Soviet space station Mir.

Mona Evans
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