Earth from space

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Image Credit: Oleg Novitskiy.

The erupting Cumbre Vieja vulcano on the island of La Palma photographed from the International Space Station.

The current eruption began on September 19, 2021 and as of today (October 06) is still ongoing.

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The Himalaya, Earth’s tallest mountain range, photographed by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The mountain range is about 2,400 km in length and separates the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.

The Himalaya formed about 40-50 million years ago through the subduction of the Indian tectonic plate under the Eurasian plate and some of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest (8,848 m), are located within the enormous mountain range.

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The test launch of an unarmed Russian Topol/SS-25 intercontinental ballistic missile seen from the International Space Station.

The ICBM was launched on October 10, 2013 at 13:39 UTC from Kapustin Yar in Russia to the Sary Shagan test site in Kazakhstan.

Image Credit: Thomas Pesquet.

Earth’s night-side photographed by European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet from the International Space Station.

Image Credit: Megan McArthur.

Hurricane Larry photographed by NASA astronaut Megan McArthur from the International Space Station’s Cupola.

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The British Isles of Scilly photographed by a crew member of the ISS Expedition 14 crew in March 2010 from onboard the International Space Station.

The archipelago consists of about 150 islands, some of which inhabited for over 4,000 years.

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The northeastern United States photographed in the early morning hours on January 1, 2018 from an astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

Image Credit: Oleg Novitskiy.

One of the first photographs of planet Earth taken from onboard the newly arrived Russian Nauka laboratory module at the International Space Station.

Image Credit: Aki Hoshide.

An aurora australis photographed over the southern Indian Ocean by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide from onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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The South Georgia Island photographed in August 2005 by an Expedition 11 crew member on the ISS.

South Georgia is an uninhabited British island located in the South Atlantic Ocean about 1,300 km east of the Falkland Islands.

Image Credit: Ricky Arnold.

The British island Tristan Da Cunha photographed on July 18, 2018 from the International Space Station.

The small archipelago consists of six islands and is located in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Tristan Da Cunha, the largest island, is the only one with a permanent settelment and is often called the most isolated inhabited island on the planet.

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A stunning Aurora Australis captured by a member of the ISS Expedition 29 crew from the International Space Station.

The photograph was taken on September 17, 2011 over the Tasman Sea near southern New Zealand.

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New Zealand and a large bloom of phytoplankton captured by the U.S. weather satellite Suomi NPP on January 9, 2015.

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Mount Rainer photographed in late February 2004 by an Expedition 8 astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

With an elevation of 4,392 m, the active stratovulcano is the highest mountain in the U.S. state of Washington and the Cascade Range.

Mount Rainer is considered one of the most dangerous vulcanoes on Earth.

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The Auckland Islands captured by an astronaut onboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in late January 1998.

The Auckland Islands are an archipelago located 465 km south of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean.

All seven islands are uninhabited and belong to New Zealand.

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The eruption of the Klyuchevskaya Sopka vulcano on the Russian Kamchatka peninsula photographed in 1994 by an astronaut onboard Space Shuttle Endeavour.

The vulcano is about 8,000 years old and part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

With a height of 4,750 m, the Klyuchevskaja Sopka is the highest active vulcano in Eurasia.

Image Credit: Karen Nyberg.

Breathtaking sunset and noctilucent clouds over the Aleutian Islands captured on August 4, 2013 from onboard the International Space Station.

The Aleutian Islands are a chain of 69 vulcanic island located in the Bering Sea between the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula and the U.S. State of Alaska.

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The island of Hawaii photographed on January 8, 1974 by an astronaut onboard the Skylab space station.

Hawaii’s large vulcanoes Kilauea, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea are clearly visible in the image.

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Night-time shot of the Nile Delta and the two large Egyptian cities Cairo and Alexandria.

The Mediterranean Sea is located north of the Nile Delta and the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba are the two bodies of water on the image’s lower right side.

Image Credit: NASA.

Hurricane Florence captured on November 14, 1994 by an astronaut of the STS-66 mission from onboard Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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True-color mosaic of Antarctica, Earth’s coldest, windiest, driest and most isolated continent.

The image was created using multiple photographs taken by the MODIS instrument onboard the Terra Earth observation satellite.

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London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, photographed during night-time on February 2, 2013.

The image was taken by the Canadian astronaut and ISS Expedition 34 crew member Chris Hadfield from onboard the ISS.

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Spain on the left, Morocco on the right and the Strait of Gibraltar photographed by an astronaut onboard Space Shuttle Challenger in October 1984.

The Mediterranean Sea is the large body of water located east of the Strait of Gibraltar, while the Atlantic Ocean is located west.

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Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates, and “The World” and “Palm Jumeirah”, two of the man-made archipelagos, seen rom low Earth orbit.

This image was taken on October 14, 2013, by a member of the ISS Expedition 37 long-duration mission from onboard the International Space Station.

Image Credit: NASA.

Breathtaking shot of the Bahamas taken by a crew member of the STS-6 mission in April 1983 from onboard Space Shuttle Challenger.

The large island in the image’s lower center is Eleuthera, a 180 km long island and part of the Great Bahama Bank.

New Providence, with the country’s capital Nassua, is located about 80 km from Eleuthera in the photograph’s upper right corner.

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A beautiful image of snow-covered Iceland taken by the MODIS instrument onboard the Terra satellite on April 15, 2015.

Terra, also known as EOS AM-1, is a 4,864 kg heavy Earth observation satellite launchedon December 18, 1999 atop an Atlas IIAS rocket from the Vandenberg SFB in California.

The spacecraft is stationed in a 701 km x 703 km Sun-synchronous orbit and monitors Earth’s environment and climate change.

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Planet Earth photographed by the Apollo 15 astronauts during their voyage to the Moon in late July 1971.

South America can be clearly identified in the image’s center, while North and Central America are mostly covered by clouds. Western Africa can be spotted on the lower right side of the photograph as well.

Apollo 15 was the ninth crewed Apollo flight and the fourth mission to land astronauts on the Moon.


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Northern Chile and the Andes Mountains photographed bya  crew member of the STS-65 mission onboard Space Shuttle Columbia.

Between the mountain chain on the left and the Pacific Ocean on the right, the Atacama Desert is clearly visible in the center of the image.

The Atacama is the driest nonpolar desert, as well as the largest fog desert on the planet. Because of its altitude and the extremely low humdity, several astronomical observatories have been built in the region.

Image Credit: NASA.

The Cape Canaveral SFS and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) seen from low Earth orbit.

The image was taken on February 9, 1994 by the crew of the STS-60 mission onboard Space Shuttle Discoverey.

Discovery and its crew of six blasted off from the KSC just a few days earlier on February 3, 1994 and landed back at the spaceport on February 11.

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