Astronaut Photography

Dek and Daga Islands, Ethiopia
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Dek and Daga Islands, Ethiopia

Ancient monasteries and settlements dot these islands in the middle of Ethiopia’s largest lake.

Published Feb 13, 2017

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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia

Australia’s second-largest city has an historic past.

Published Feb 6, 2017

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Houston at Night
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Houston at Night

Astronauts on the Space Station had a glowing view of their professional home, as well as the site of Super Bowl 51.

Published Feb 4, 2017

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Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho
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Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho

Lands along the Priest River show a human hand at work.

Published Jan 30, 2017

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Lake Powell and Grand Staircase-Escalante
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Lake Powell and Grand Staircase-Escalante

One of the largest reservoirs in the United States stands alongside one of the largest national monuments.

Published Jan 23, 2017

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Lagoa Mirim
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Lagoa Mirim

This lagoon along the Brazil-Uruguay border formed when sea level was much higher, and has since evolved from a marine to freshwater lake.

Published Jan 16, 2017

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Sunglint on Lake Titicaca
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Sunglint on Lake Titicaca

An astronaut photographed the interplay of light and wind on South America’s largest lake.

Published Jan 9, 2017

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Al Jawf, Eastern Libya
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Al Jawf, Eastern Libya

Different farming patterns mark various attempts to grow crops on the dry North African landscape.

Published Jan 2, 2017

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Laguna del Negro Francisco
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Laguna del Negro Francisco

Salt and wind have painted a colorful, swirling landscape in the highlands of central Chile.

Published Dec 26, 2016

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Uluru
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Uluru

This ancient rock is one of Australia’s major tourist attractions and a sacred place for indigenous people.

Published Dec 19, 2016

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Bear Lake
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Bear Lake

Situated on the Idaho-Utah border, it is one of the bigger lakes in the Rocky Mountains.

Published Dec 11, 2016

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Iberá Wetlands in Sunglint
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Iberá Wetlands in Sunglint

Hundreds of lakes and ponds dot this inland delta in Argentina.

Published Dec 5, 2016

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Fiery South Atlantic Sunset
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Fiery South Atlantic Sunset

Thin layers of lighter and darker blues reveal the many layers of the atmosphere.

Published Nov 28, 2016

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Look Again: It’s Not Snow
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Look Again: It’s Not Snow

These white mounds are the world’s largest gypsum dune field, centerpiece of the White Sands National Monument.

Published Nov 27, 2016

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Linear Dunes, Namib Sand Sea
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Linear Dunes, Namib Sand Sea

Dunes grow upon dunes at one of the most visually spectacular places on Earth, at least from an astronaut’s perspective.

Published Nov 21, 2016

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Cloudscape Over the Philippine Sea
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Cloudscape Over the Philippine Sea

Thunderhead anvils stretch out in three dimensions against the thin blue envelope of the atmosphere.

Published Nov 14, 2016

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Little Bahama Bank
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Little Bahama Bank

The shallow seas allow us to see vivid details of how waves, winds, and tides shape the islands.

Published Nov 7, 2016

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Sediment Patterns, Western Australia
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Sediment Patterns, Western Australia

Once clouds have cleared away, the effects of major storms often can be viewed from space for days and weeks.

Published Oct 31, 2016

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Caspian Sea
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Caspian Sea

The inland sea in Central Asia has a host of distinctive features along its shores.

Published Oct 24, 2016

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The Black Hills
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The Black Hills

The dark, pine-covered slopes rise up from the Great Plains like an island from a sea of grass.

Published Oct 23, 2016

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Santorini, Greece
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Santorini, Greece

The islands of this tourist mecca are actually the rim of an old volcano.

Published Oct 17, 2016

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A Curious Ensemble of Wonderful Features
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A Curious Ensemble of Wonderful Features

Parts of the Glen Canyon that John Wesley Powell explored in 1869 have been submerged by Lake Powell.

Published Oct 16, 2016

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Channel Country, Northwest Queensland
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Channel Country, Northwest Queensland

These wide Australian floodplains are unique on the planet. Scientists think they are caused by the extreme variation in water and sediment discharges from the local rivers.

Published Oct 10, 2016

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Grosser Aletschgletscher
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Grosser Aletschgletscher

Great Aletsch in Switzerland is the largest glacier in Europe.

Published Oct 3, 2016

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Living in a Desert Basin
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Living in a Desert Basin

Utah Lake and the Wasatch Mountains frame a beautiful landscape around Provo.

Published Sep 26, 2016

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Water Swirls, Gulf of St. Lawrence
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Water Swirls, Gulf of St. Lawrence

Reflections off the water surface show an interlinked mass of currents and eddies in the shallow water north of Prince Edward Island.

Published Sep 19, 2016

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Central Madrid
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Central Madrid

Madrid is the political, economic, and cultural center of Spain.

Published Sep 12, 2016

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Southern Greenland
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Southern Greenland

An astronaut caught an unlikely glimpse of a wide swath of Greenland, which is often cloud-covered and far from the northernmost orbit of the space station.

Published Sep 5, 2016

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Manila, Philippines
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Manila, Philippines

The political and economic hub of the Philippines has a long history of globalization.

Published Aug 29, 2016

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Living on the Edge of the Taklimakan Desert
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Living on the Edge of the Taklimakan Desert

Bosten Lake, one of the largest inland lakes in China, and the Kaidu River have made this dry landscape habitable.

Published Aug 22, 2016

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