Heeeeeere’s Jerry

This picture of Chicago was tweeted from the International Space Station by Commander Chris Hadfield. (Tweets from space!). It shows Chicago from space orbit (click to enlarge), and was taken yesterday. Hadfield’s note:

Chicago on a clear winter’s day, ice on the shore, busy O’Hare airport visible from orbit.

Picture 1

O’Hare is obvious, about halfway up from the center on a line bisecting the photo vertically. I’ve added a red arrow to show you where I am (I think!).

h/t: Matthew Cobb


  1. Chuck O'Connor
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Our city looks cold from space.

  2. abrotherhoodofman
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    You have more gray hair than I thought! Wait… that’s probably just the photo tint.

  3. Posted March 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Not the Total Perspective Vortex by a long shot, but still an impressive picture!

  4. lanceleuven
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Oh, you added the arrow? I thought you were simply wearing a particularly ostentatious hat or something. 😉

  5. Diane G.
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Very cool!

    So easy to forget there are still people on the ISS…

    • Matthew Cobb
      Posted March 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Not if you follow Commander Hadfield on Twitter! He posts loads of Earth shots every day.

      • Diane G.
        Posted March 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

        That’s almost a convincing reason to join Twitter. Almost.


  6. George
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I think the arrow should be a hair to the left. That white egg shape a little to the west is Washington Park. You cannot make out Promontory Point. Too much ice around it.

    • George
      Posted March 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      Upon closer examination, you can make out the Point in the sea of ice – just a little to the right of the tip of the arrow.

      • J.J.E.
        Posted March 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

        I think Jerry is talking about his own place, which is indeed roughly east of U of C and west of the Point.

  7. Posted March 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    O’Hare named for American pilot Edward “Butch” O’Hare in the Pacific, who shot down a number of Japanese planes on one particular sortie.


    Shucks, I thought Jerry was coming up with another comedy routine, and “be here all week”.

    Nice ISS picture, though. Thank you!

  8. Harry
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    When I was a boy many years ago, I got a postcard from a cousin who was in Chicago. The postcard said “Chicago – The Windy City” and I always thought that arctic winds were part and parcel of the city.

    In 1996 I visited Chicago and it was in the middle of a heat wave. No breeze at all to cool you. We bought ice-creams, we sun-bathed in a park and it was a heap of sweat most of the time.

    Yet, when Jerry mentions Chicago I still find it a wintery place, a Windy City.

  9. Cremnomaniac
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Images like cause me pain. They serve should serve to remind us of the degree to which we have obliterated ecosystems across our planet.
    Most people just take it as status-quo because that’s all they know. Most never stop to consider what was, and what has been lost.
    All due to man’s presence, and it continues at an ever increasing rate.
    Disgusting actually.

  10. JT
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Looks like one giant slab of concrete.

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