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See an astronaut's view of Super Bowl 50 from orbit

While the Super Bowl is a big spectacle down on Earth, it's a mere speck from the International Space Station.

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Super Bowl from space

Scott Kelly's view of the Super Bowl. And you thought your nosebleed seats were bad.

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During last year's Super Bowl, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was on Earth, gearing up to head to the International Space Station for a yearlong stay. This year, he experienced the game from a unique vantage point -- looking out a window while in orbit.

Kelly tweeted a photo Sunday of Levi's Stadium, the host location for the big game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. His photo looks like something you'd see from a satellite. The stadium looks tiny, though it is visible near the center of the photo.

Levi's Stadium is located in Santa Clara, California, not far from the Mineta San Jose International Airport (notice the runways at bottom left) and wetlands and salt ponds (the green and blue areas at top right).

The astronaut's excitement at spying the stadium was short-lived. He captioned the tweet with "Got to see the #SuperBowl in person after all! But at 17,500MPH, it didn't last long. #YearInSpace."

If it's any consolation, Kelly's ticket to a year on the space station costs much more than the thousands most fans paid to see the Super Bowl in person. The Broncos won the game, but Kelly didn't seem to be rooting for one team or another.

The astronaut did get a better view of the game than just a long-distance stare from space. Kelly also tweeted a photo of a TV screen playing the match-up with this caption: "Hosted #SuperBowl party on @space_station, but no one showed up. I would have served nachos! #YearInSpace."