ertThe powerful Typhoon Vongfong has injured over 40 people on the Japanese island of Okinawa, and is now downgrading from a super-typhoon to a mere tropical storm. But at the peak of its strength it was a startling sight to see from the Earth’s orbit. The giant atmospheric vortex that is the typhoon fascinated German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is currently on board the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 40/41 crew. On Sunday, Gerst tweeted the photos he took of the typhoon which prompted a recommendation to almost 185,000 people to evacuate. More