Fabulous Pictures of Our Earth Taken by the Astronaut

Dutch astronaut and physician Andre Kuipers, who’s currently working at the International Space station, took these marvelous pictures with his SLR. Good photographic skills and perfect vantage point enabled the man to make the images so stunning that some of them seem absolutely unreal.

The Richat Structure in Mauritania

Paris at night

From space I wish you all a very exciting and colorful year!

Veins' in the Somalian desert

Over the Tibetan plateau with the Himilayas, Butan and Napal in the background

Denmark with Copenhagen, Norway with Oslo, Sweden with Stockholm in the distance, northern Germany and beyond

Beautiful reflection of the Sun in a Brazilian river

On their way to America

Over the Southern Lights between Antarctic and Australia

Sahara sand treks hundreds of kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean

Sea ice spirals near Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

The different layers of the atmosphere can be seen during sunrise and sunset

Detail strong winds at White Sands

Sunlight reflects in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. Corsica, Sardinia and northern Italy

Sahara sand pattern

Snowy Canada. River or a millipede?

Wave pattern in the Indian Ocean

Lake Powell and Colorado River. Awesome place. Green warm water, white/red rocks, blue sky. And nobody around

Meteor crater in Canada

The Alps look very tempting

The moon looks the same from the ISS as it does on Earth. Only we see it rise and set again and again.

Salt Lake City

The Earth by night

ISS Commander Dan Burbank @astrocoastie has an eye for beautiful cloud formations

Aircraft make patterns in the sky

How we see the moon. Sharp and slowly moving towards or away from the horizon

The Pacific is a great source of colourful images. One of the Gilbert Islands

Africa meets Europe - Strait of Gibraltar

Foam clouds

For an experiment I had to be quiet for 10 min, so I looked out the window. And saw an active Etna!

Australia is an extraordinary continent with beautiful structures

Comet Lovejoy by Cdr Dan Burbank @astrocoastie, on launch day. One of the first who spotted it

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