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It's opening day of baseball season, and Terry Virts has a nosebleed seat to beat them all: the observation cupola of the International Space Station. The astronaut, photographer and baseball fan is commemorating the start of the season by tweeting a series of pictures showing Major League Baseball's cities, all taken from space. But he only posts the photos — his followers will need to figure out which cities are shown.

"This is my favorite thing to do in orbit,” Virts explained in a NASA news release. “I like to try to think of creative ways to take pictures, from a new perspective, or with new lighting."

Certainly the view from space isn't the best for second-guessing the umpires or cheering on a promising rookie — you can barely make out the field, much less the strike zone. But Virts, an Orioles fan, probably isn't too worried about missing out on a few games. He hopes the contest will give baseball fans a new perspective on their cities and stadiums, and maybe interest them in the other interesting work being done on the space station.

Virts aims to photograph all 28 cities with a major-league team — watch his Twitter and Instagram streams, and be on the lookout for your hometown or favorite.



-Devin Coldewey