21 of the most amazing photos

These beautiful images of Earth from space show our planet’s colorful and bizarre geography in a stunning new light.

In these images, taken by both satellites and astronauts aboard the International Space Station, Earth’s eerie and colorful terrain is highlighted from a fascinating new vantage point. From the Sahara desert to coral reefs off the coast of Africa, some of the world’s most beautiful places look positively exotic from space.

Yet our planet remains a work of art, whether covered in ice or bracing for hurricanes. Here are 21 stunning images of Earth from space that prove it:

This photo posted by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shows the stunningly colorful Sahara desert Twitter On October 17, 2015.Scott Kelly/Twitter

Another NASA astronaut, Jeff Williams, posted this photo of the neon green aurora over South Australia Twitter June 24, 2016. Jeff Williams/Twitter

Williams also shared this photo of the Richat Structure, a giant eroded dome in the Sahara. Twitter June 30, 2016. Jeff Williams/Twitter

On July 6, 2016, NASA’s Terra satellite’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured this image of phytoplankton in the Barents Sea. NASA

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On April 8, 2015, astronauts on the International Space Station captured this image of Paris at night.


Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this photo of Adele Island (from Australia) on June 11, 2015. NASA


The plume of the 9/11 attacks on New York was photographed by NASA from space.


Bahamian
Scott Kelly shared this photo from the Bahamas Twitter On January 19, 2016. Scott Kelly/Twitter

British Columbia

European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake catches ice off the coast of British Columbia from the International Space Station on December 31, 2015. NASA/ESA/Team Peak


Caspian Sea

NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite’s Operational Earth Imager (OLI) captured this image of ice floes in the Caspian Sea.NASA


Central Asia

On May 31, 2016, the Expedition 47 crew aboard the International Space Station captured this image of a light beam over Central Asia. NASA


File: Cleveland Volcano Eruption

On May 23, 2009, the Cleveland Volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands erupted.NASA via Getty Images


Shuttle Endeavor on mission to the International Space Station

Space Shuttle Endeavor prepares to dock with the International Space Station on November 16, 2008.NASA via Getty Images


Space shuttle Endeavor, led by astronaut Mark Kelly, makes its final trip to the ISS

This photo taken on May 28, 2011 shows Earth’s atmosphere against a starry sky with one of the wings of the space shuttle Endeavour. NASA via Getty Images


Hurricane Patricia as seen from space

Scott Kelly captured this image of Hurricane Patricia as it gathered in Mexico on October 23, 2015 from the International Space Station. Scott Kelly/NASA via Getty Images


Mediterranean

Astronaut Tim Peake took this photo of the Mediterranean lit up at night on January 25, 2016. NASA/ESA/Team Peak


night cloud

Peak captured rare high-altitude nocturnal or “night glow” clouds from the International Space Station on May 29, 2016.NASA/ESA/Team Peak


North West Australia

Jeff Williams photographed the northwest coast of Australia on March 29, 2016. NASA/Jeff Williams


Reefs Mozambique
Tim Peake posted this photo of his coral reef off the coast of Mozambique Twitter On May 29, 2016. Team Pick/Twitter

Sea of ​​Okhotsk

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of clouds and ice over the Sea of ​​Okhotsk on February 8, 2016. NASA/LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS


salt desert
Tim Peake compares Iran’s Great Salt Desert to Mars in this photo posted on Twitter on June 7, 2016. Team Pick/Twitter

horn of africa

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took this photo of the Horn of Africa from the International Space Station on January 30, 2015. NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti



After seeing these impressive images of Earth from space, check out some of the best photos taken from space by astronaut Scott Kelly. Then, enjoy 25 vintage Apollo photos that put you in the spotlight of NASA’s most important moments.

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