After 340 days in space, more than 5,000 trips around our planet, and several memorable experiences on-board the International Space Station, astronaut Cdr Scott Kelly returned to earth safely on Tuesday, the 1st of March. His expedition makes him the American with longest time in space. His research has helped scientists advance in the direction of deep space exploration and the journey to Mars. Scientists believe that Cdr Scott Kelly’s year in space informs them about how the human body adjusts to weightlessness, isolation, radiation and the stress of long-duration spaceflight which will prove effective in setting foot on Mars. Also Read - 'CHAMPIONS': PM Modi Launches ICT-based Technology Platform to Empower MSMEs

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What is most astonishing about Cdr Scott Kelly’s year-in-space though is the huge number of stunning pictures he has posted all year round from space. His pictures show unique views of our planet and its diverse terrains. These marvelous pictures that he posted on Facebook, Twitter and his Tumblr account accompanied by his well-wishes were a delight as he waited for his safe return. He gave us a tour of our planet as the ISS hovered over one country to another. Also Read - Mohena Kumari Singh And 6 Family Members Test Positive For COVID-19, All Hospitalised

Today, we give you these 10 mind-blowing images that stand testimony to the beauty of our planet and the marvelous advance of science and technology. Thank you, Cdr Scott Kelly! Thank you very much!

1. Bahamas


2. Spain


3. Mozambique


4. Australia


5. Iran


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6. Egypt


7. Italy


8. Saudi Arabia


9. Southeast Asia


10. India


Do let us know which one you like the most!