Here's what Michigan looks like from the International Space Station

Oh sweet Jesus, it's now May and there's still snow in Michigan.

We know this thanks to NASA astronaut and Grand Rapids native Christina Koch, who tweeted a stunning photo of the Great Lakes State live from outer space on Wednesday.

"Waving to the mitten! Greetings to my friends and family in Michigan," Koch tweeted from the International Space station. "The Great Lakes are as stunning from space as they are in person."


Speaking on behalf of our giant mitten-shaped state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed that Michigan is waving back.


Koch is on track to make history as the woman in space for the longest stretch of time. Koch has been on the ISS since March 14 and is scheduled to leave in February 2020. So far, the longest stretch in time in space for a woman is Peggy Wilson's 288-day stay in 2016 and 2017. The overall record is held by Scott Kelly, who was in space for 340 days in 2015 and 2016.

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Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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