Astronaut uses Twitpics to upload photos of Earth

Soichi Noguchi, a Japanese astronaut on the $100bn International Space Station (ISS), has become the

The ISS is a research laboratory that is being assembled in low Earth orbit for testing the spacecraft systems for missions to the Moon and Mars.

Noguchi is using Twitpics, the image-sharing arm of the microblogging site Twitter, to instantly upload photographs of the Earth in his account.

On January 26, he posted his first photograph - the image of the Port-Au-Prince, the earthquake-ravaged capital of Haiti.

He has also posted pictures of the man-made coast of Bahrain, the Bosphorus dividing Europe from Asia and the Bird's Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing.