The Red Moon is a sight not to be missed even for astronauts: the images of the total eclipse of the Moon that took place on the night between 15 and 16 May were captured by Samantha Cristoforetti, aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for the Minerva mission.
"Happy Monday from space! Were you lucky enough to see last night's lunar eclipse? We do!", Wrote the astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA) on Twitter.
It is a short sequence of photos, the one published by AstroSamantha also on Flickr, and in which the Moon, not yet at the totality of the eclipse, peeps out between the solar panels of the Space Station.
In a photo the moon, reddish, stands out by itself in a sky that fades from black towards the increasingly clear blue of the earth's atmosphere;
in another shot a solar panel occupies the darkest area of the sky, leaving the scene to a moon in penumbra;
in a third photo, the Moon appears between two illuminated solar panels, touched by the shadow of one of the modules of the Space Station.