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Monday, April 23, 2012

How the Earth looks from space

How the Earth looks from space

Some awe-inspiring aerial shots of Earth taken by NASA 
astronauts on board the International Space Station. 

Can you recognize any of the following features?

1: The bright lights of Russia's capital city Moscow are seen beneath the colourful rays of the aurora borealis. 

The image was recently captured by astronauts on board the International Space Station flying at 
an altitude of approximately 240 miles.
2: An amazing image released by Nasa shows the UK and Ireland below the stunning greens and purples lights of the Aurora Borealis. 
The photo was taken on 28 March by the Expedition 30 crew onboard the International Space Station flying at an altitude of about 240 miles over the eastern North Atlantic.
3: Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers snapped a huge, copper-toned rock formation in Mauritania, West Africa, from the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA
4: The Strait of Hormuz which connects the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. Photo credit: NASA
5: Papua New Guinea's Manam Volcano is pictured as it releases a thin, faint plume, as clouds cluster at the volcano's summit. 
The volcanic plume appears as a thin, blue-grey veil extending toward the northwest over the Bismarck Sea. Photo credit: Nasa
6: Mount Everest and the Himalayas as seen from the International Space Station. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth. 
It towers at a height of 8,848 meters above sea level. Photo credit: Nasa
7:A night time photograph taken by a member of the International Space Station Expedition 25 crew shows the bright lights of Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt, on the Mediterranean coast, as well as the River Nile flowing south from Egypt's capital city. 
Photo credit: Nasa
8: A clear shot of the artificial archipelagos of Dubai's Palm Jumeirah (left) and The World (right) taken from the International Space Station.
9: An aerial image of New York City captured by one of the Expedition 28 crew members. Photo credit: Nasa
10: This Nasa photo shows the eruption of Cleveland Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, as photographed by an Expedition 
13 crew member on the International Space Station. The image captures the ash plume of the very short-lived eruption. 
Photo credit: Nasa
11: The Atlantic coast of the United States is lit up at night time. Photo credit: Nasa
12: This image shows the beauty of Bazaruto Island, St. Antonio Island and Magaruque Island in the Mozambique Channel from above. 
The breathtaking shot was taken by astronaut Clayton Anderson aboard the International Space Station. Photo credit: Nasa
13: This dazzling photo of the Aurora Australis was taken by Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers on board the International Space Station between Antarctica and Australia in early March. Photo credit: Nasa

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