Astronaut Photography

Bou Craa Phosphate Mine, Western Sahara
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Bou Craa Phosphate Mine, Western Sahara

The mine is one of the few human patterns visible from space in this almost entirely uninhabited western extremity of the Sahara Desert.

Published Sep 23, 2018

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Green River Meanders
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Green River Meanders

The old river has cut compelling patterns and formations into the red rocks of Utah.

Published Sep 18, 2018

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River of the Strait
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River of the Strait

Cars, commerce, and countries connect along the Detroit River.

Published Sep 2, 2018

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Midsummer Sunrise, Gulf of Saint Lawrence
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Midsummer Sunrise, Gulf of Saint Lawrence

An astronaut captured a moment of morning beauty in a region often shrouded in clouds.

Published Aug 19, 2018

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Lake Van, Turkey
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Lake Van, Turkey

Rich in carbonate species and salts, the basin is the largest alkaline lake in the world.

Published Aug 12, 2018

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Coastal Beauty in Northern Territory
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Coastal Beauty in Northern Territory

This northern part of Australia is sparsely populated but rich in national park and conservation land.

Published Aug 5, 2018

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Sand Sea Margin, Namib Desert
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Sand Sea Margin, Namib Desert

In a land with little water, the wind does the landscaping most of the time. Ephemeral water leaves a mark, though.

Published Jul 29, 2018

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An Astronaut’s View of Mount St. Helens
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An Astronaut’s View of Mount St. Helens

The area around the volcano has been left to recover naturally from the disaster, which it has done quite nicely, if slowly.

Published Jul 22, 2018

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Connemara National Park
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Connemara National Park

Sculpted by ice ages, the west coast of Ireland is rich in rugged natural beauty.

Published Jul 15, 2018

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Amazon Meanders in Sunglint
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Amazon Meanders in Sunglint

The largest river in the world is full of bends and meanders, a result of the water course snaking back and forth across the landscape over time.

Published Jul 2, 2018

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Fighting Back the Sea
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Fighting Back the Sea

Extensive engineering projects help fend off the North Sea at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta.

Published Jun 24, 2018

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Strait of Dover
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Strait of Dover

Ships, trains, cars, and swimmers crowd this crossing between Britain and France.

Published Jun 17, 2018

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History and Seaports in Charleston
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History and Seaports in Charleston

Surrounded by meandering rivers and a marshy landscape, this South Carolina city has been a focal point for American history and for shipping.

Published Jun 10, 2018

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End of the Journey for Iceberg B-15Z?
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End of the Journey for Iceberg B-15Z?

After an 18-year voyage, a fragment of the largest iceberg ever recorded has drifted into dangerously warm territory.

Published Jun 6, 2018

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Grand Erg Oriental, Algeria
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Grand Erg Oriental, Algeria

A vast field of star dunes in this desert stands astride wind-carved hills in one of the driest landscapes on Earth.

Published Jun 4, 2018

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A Transformed Landscape in Germany
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A Transformed Landscape in Germany

Old lignite mines are reborn as lakes in the Leipzig District.

Published May 27, 2018

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Mount Shasta, California
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Mount Shasta, California

The risk of hazards around this active volcano are well known, but it does not deter people from enjoying skiing and mountaineering on this rugged “fourteener” peak.

Published May 20, 2018

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The Variable Sea
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The Variable Sea

The eastern basin of the South Aral Sea is shallow and more prone to size fluctuations than its neighbors.

Published May 21, 2018

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Fishing in Green, Living in Yellow
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Fishing in Green, Living in Yellow

Thailand and Cambodia have distinctly different hues at night compared to nearby seas.

Published May 14, 2018

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A Central American Panorama
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A Central American Panorama

The narrow strip of land connects continents and divides oceans, while making clouds sprout daily.

Published May 6, 2018

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Richat Structure
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Richat Structure

This geologic feature has captured the attention of astronauts for about as long as NASA has sent humans into orbit around Earth.

Published Apr 29, 2018

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A Clear View of Scottish Highlands
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A Clear View of Scottish Highlands

Astronauts had a rare chance to view a rocky landscape that is often shrouded in clouds.

Published Apr 23, 2018

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Seasons of Snow Cover in the West
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Seasons of Snow Cover in the West

A blanket of white comes and goes from the mountains and deserts of the American West.

Published Apr 16, 2018

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Medina, Saudi Arabia
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Medina, Saudi Arabia

The second holiest city of Islam is centered around the Prophet’s Mosque (Al-Masjid an–Nabawi).

Published Apr 9, 2018

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The Pearl-Qatar
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The Pearl-Qatar

These artificial islands in Doha were built to resemble a string of pearls.

Published Apr 3, 2018

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Lake Balkhash Under the Moon
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Lake Balkhash Under the Moon

The central Asian lake is fed by snowmelt but tugged by the Moon.

Published Mar 25, 2018

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Lake Darodzan in Sunglint
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Lake Darodzan in Sunglint

Sunlight teases out the patterns on this lake and landscape in Iran.

Published Mar 19, 2018

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A Plateau of Chasms
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A Plateau of Chasms

Tassili n’Ajjer was once shaped by water, but the plateau gives shape to the sands below.

Published Mar 12, 2018

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Lake Garda
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Lake Garda

Italy’s largest lake is situated where the southern Alps meet the Po River Valley.

Published Mar 5, 2018

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One World, One Orbit
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One World, One Orbit

Astronauts captured simultaneous moments in time with citizens on the ground.

Published Mar 3, 2018

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