Don Pettit is an astronaut who does cool stuff during his free time while in space, like writing, experimenting, introducing video games, and taking photographs. His wikipedia page has more useful information and links to check out if interested.
Bonus photo after the break.
Bel in druppel by André Kuipers.
Bonus: how to recreate this image using tools you can find at home.
Okay, new post about Don Pettit.
This newly sewed image was taken in the IR spectrum “using the HAWK-I camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope”. Check out this comparison to the visual spectrum image.
The Large JPEG is a starry 13092×8926 pixels (117 megapixels!).
The ESO site has a myriad of other space related imagery, and even RSS feeds.