A man has taken one of the clearest photos of the International Space Station ever taken from Earth.
German photographer Sebastian Voltmer captured a remarkable image in which two astronauts can be seen performing a spacewalk.
Sebastian captured the ‘once in a lifetime’ photo earlier last week and then shared his creation on Twitter.
“I feel like I made a once-in-a-lifetime picture,” he wrote of the photography.
“This is probably the first ground-based image showing two astronauts on the ISS at the same time.”
The photo was taken on March 23 as the space station – which orbits 250 miles above Earth – passed over Germany.
At the time, astronauts Raja Chari and Matthias Maurer were climbing outside the alien lab during a planned spacewalk.
They performed a number of minor part installations and repairs during the seven hours of weightless maintenance.
Sebastian took the photo through his C11 EdgeHD telescope from St. Wendel in western Germany, the hometown of ESA astronaut Maurer.
He can be seen at work near the European Columbus laboratory segment of the ISS, while Raja appears on the “Canadarm2” robotic arm.
Sebastian’s original goal was to take a picture of the ISS while his compatriot was working outside.
It was only two days later, on a tip from fellow astrophotographer Philip Smith, that he realized he had also captured Raja.
“Two days after the spacewalk, Smith contacted me,” Sebastian wrote on spaceweather.com.
“He is a world famous photographer of all things ISS and has been published in many media outlets.
“Smith with his obsession with the ISS noticed in my photo that NASA astronaut Raja Chari is also detectable.”
The pair remain on the orbiting outpost and represent half of the current occupants.
A NASA astronaut finally returned to Earth yesterday after Russia threatened to abandon him in space.
Mark Vande Hei, 55, arrived from the International Space Station on March 30 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Vande Hei and two Russian cosmonauts, Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, landed shortly after 07:28 ET (12:28 UK time).
In response to sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, the country’s space agency had hinted that it would leave it behind.
Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin released a grim video on March 13 showing the two mission cosmonauts returning home without Hei.
Rogozin is known to have made inflammatory comments on social media in order to sow panic in the West.
Roscosmos later clarified that he had no intention of leaving Hei behind.
This story originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced here with permission.