Astronaut Sergey Ryazansky captured from ISS Antarctica.

Credit: Sergey Ryazansky, Roscosmos, Alex Gerst, ESA, NASA

Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost and the fifth-largest continent. It is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Not widely known, Antarctica is a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200mm along the coast and far less inland. Antarctica is governed based on the Antarctic Treaty which is signed by 52 countries. The treaty prohibits military activities and mineral mining, prohibits nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal, supports scientific research, and protects the continent’s ecozone.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Wikipedia

Reference: Alex Gerst’s Tweet
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