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Astronaut snaps photo from space of Chicago and Great Lakes

Astronaut Scott Kelly recently snapped a photo of the Chicago and the Great Lakes region from outer space. And, not surprisingly, Chicago shines brighter than any other city around.

Kelly previously popped up on our radar in October when he captured a photo of the Northern Lights and Chicago, and again in September when he snapped a shot of Soldier Field.

Kelly, 51, is currently orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station. He's been in space since March of this year as part of a program evaluating the affects of space and low gravity on the human body. He'll be up there for a total of a year and is expected to return to Earth in about four months' time. When he's back on planetary soil, scientists will compare his vitals and physiology to his twin brother Mark Kelly, who was an astronaut but is now retired.

Scott Kelly recently broke the U.S. record for most days in space and, if all goes according to plan, he will have spent 522 in Earth orbit by the time he comes home.