U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgren took a little grief from St. Paul residents after sharing an epic photo of Minneapolis that was captured from the International Space Station during its flight Tuesday.

So on Saturday, Lindgren responded in kind with a way-up-high snap of greater St. Paul from his perch in space.

“I sensed some sibling rivalry from Tuesday’s post,” he wrote on Twitter. “Here’s the twin! Good morning St. Paul!”

Landmarks are not as clear and identifiable as in Tuesday’s snap, but the Mississippi River, Minnesota Children’s Museum and the St. Paul Downtown Airport, outlined by Summit-University at left, Payne-Phalen at top and Maplewood at right, help to clearly define the metro area.

Lindgren, who completed his medical residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, lit up Twitter and Internet traffic Tuesday when he shared the photo of Minneapolis with the note: “Looking great Minneapolis! And a warm hello to my friends and colleagues @HennepinMedical!”

That image, which clearly shows the new Vikings stadium near the center along with TCF Bank Stadium and Target Field, also spotlights the Mississippi River and several of Minneapolis’ lakes, including Lake of the Isles, Calhoun and Harriet.

The International Space Station orbits at an altitude of 205 to 270 miles and offers an unparalleled perspective on the world.

Lindgren was born in Taiwan and also spent time growing up in the Midwest and England. He worked for three years at Hennepin County Medical Center during a residency in emergency medicine, eventually landing a spot as chief resident in 2005.

Last month, Lindgren — known as @astro_kjell on Twitter, shared an image of New York City’s Central Park.

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