Astronaut Photography

Drainage Patterns and Wind Farms in Northwest China
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Drainage Patterns and Wind Farms in Northwest China

Turbines and alluvial fans scratch out shapes across the flat landscape.

Published May 29, 2017

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Corinth Canal
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Corinth Canal

This passage through the Peloponnese Peninsula was 2500 years in the making.

Published May 22, 2017

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Burlington, Iowa, and the Mississippi Floodplain
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Burlington, Iowa, and the Mississippi Floodplain

The city has a commanding view of the fertile and well-vegetated river basin and plain.

Published May 15, 2017

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Mount Silla and Monterrey
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Mount Silla and Monterrey

A saddle-shaped mountain distinguishes a region that carries a heavy economic load for Mexico.

Published May 10, 2017

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The I-95 Corridor at Night
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The I-95 Corridor at Night

A nearly uninterrupted string of lights stretches from Philadelphia to Hartford.

Published May 1, 2017

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South Australia, Wet and Dry
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South Australia, Wet and Dry

The landscape near the southern Murray River contrasts fertile farmland with dry lakes.

Published Apr 24, 2017

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A Royal View of Denmark
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A Royal View of Denmark

There is nothing rotten about this view of the Scandinavian nation that thrives amidst cold northern waters.

Published Apr 17, 2017

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Lake Neusiedl and Lake Ferto
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Lake Neusiedl and Lake Ferto

Straddling Austria and Hungary, the lake is also known as the “Sea of the Viennese.”

Published Apr 10, 2017

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Agriculture on the Ethiopian Plateau
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Agriculture on the Ethiopian Plateau

Standing beside floodplains and wetlands, the highlands are packed with farms.

Published Apr 3, 2017

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Wheatland Reservoir, Wyoming
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Wheatland Reservoir, Wyoming

Winter traces white and blue across the high country.

Published Mar 27, 2017

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Etna Erupts
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Etna Erupts

The volcano produced streams of lava in March 2017.

Published Mar 23, 2017

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Grand Turk Island
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Grand Turk Island

Much of the land surface is covered by salt evaporation ponds and a saline lake known as Town Pond, around which the capital—Cockburn Town—developed.

Published Mar 20, 2017

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Fending Off the Wind on the Steppe
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Fending Off the Wind on the Steppe

Shelterbelts, or wind breaks, are used to protect and preserve farmland in southern Russian.

Published Mar 13, 2017

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Naples and Mount Vesuvius at Night
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Naples and Mount Vesuvius at Night

Millennia of human development stand alongside mainland Europe’s only active volcano.

Published Mar 6, 2017

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Astronauts Snap a Photo of Oroville Dam
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Astronauts Snap a Photo of Oroville Dam

The International Space Station got a view of the overflowing dam.

Published Mar 3, 2017

Water Floods Human Presence

Flood Waters Reach Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre
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Flood Waters Reach Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre

The usually dry, inland lake in Australia came alive with color after flood waters arrived in the late summer of 2017.

Published Feb 27, 2017

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Red on White: Lake Maharlu
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Red on White: Lake Maharlu

Salt and algae lend color to the bed of this desert lake in Iran.

Published Feb 20, 2017

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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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