An Astronaut Asks: What Does This Cloud Look Like?

Apr 5, 2014
Originally published on April 6, 2014 9:54 am

The image comes from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who gained fans last year when he he tweeted photos from the International Space Station, along with his refreshingly wide-eyed excitement at being in orbit.

Hadfield tweeted an image of an unusually shaped cloud with a question: "We all see faces & familiar shapes in clouds, even astronauts looking from above. Do you see what I see?"

The responses poured in, with many people referring to E.T. and the need to phone home. But other suggestions also had traction.

A Google Image search, which finds similar images to one submitted to its search engine, favored two images of cats' faces. The search results included Yoda and a manatee. And proving you can't predict what the Internet will do next, other suggestions ranged from legendary British TV series Blackadder and the HBO show Game of Thrones -- to a photo of Fresh Air host Terry Gross.

Hadfield took the photo from space; a similar image is on a global map of his pictures, says Dave MacLean, who created the map last year.

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