This is what Connecticut looks like from space!
Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, a Waterbury native, Tweeted it from the International Space Station yesterday afternoon.
Mastracchio began his space mission on November 6 when he launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the ISS.
The Waterbury schools graduate, has been providing mission updates to Waterbury school students through geocaching.com as part of a joint-effort to increase student awareness about NASA and the ISS.
Hey Connecticut (& RI) - I just flew over! Looks like nice weather. pic.twitter.com/s0wruJWHcl
— Rick Mastracchio (@AstroRM) November 13, 2013
Mastracchio graduated from Crosby High School in Waterbury in 1978, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Connecticut in 1982.
He is currently serving as flight engineer aboard the ISS, but is already a veteran of three spaceflights, and logged nearly 40 days in space, according to his profile on NASA’s website.
You can follow Mastracchio on his space mission through his twitter account, @AstroRM