Earth from above: Astronauts photograph our planet

Astronaut like André Kuipers, Doug Wheelock, Soichi Noguchi and others have been tweeting back stunning photos of Earth from the International Space Station. Here are some of their pictures and thoughts.

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    Mar. 10, 2012: Over the Southern Lights between Antarctic and Australia.
    ESA/NASA
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    Mar. 7, 2012: The Sahara remains amazing. A mysterious crater in Mauritania -- but what is it? Read more
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    Feb. 6, 2012: Paris by night.
    ESA/NASA
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    Feb. 10, 2012: Denmark with Copenhagen, Norway with Oslo, Sweden with Stockholm in the distance, northern Germany and beyond. And the Aurora Borealis of course.
    ESA/NASA
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    Jan. 22, 2012: Beautiful reflection of the Sun in a Brazilian river.
    ESA/NASA
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    Sunrise_From_Space

    June 20: "A stunning sunrise aboard the International Space Station, as seen from the Russian MRM1 Module. We're blessed with 16 sunrises each day!" notes Wheelock.
    Astro_Wheels/Twitpic
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    Sunlight_Glints_off_Mediterranean

    "Beautiful reflection of sunlight on the eastern Mediterranean Sea. No borders or conflict visible from space…just breath-taking beauty like this view of the island of Cyprus," wrote astronaut Doug Wheelock.
    Doug Wheelock / Twitpic
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    Through_the_Aurora

    April 5: Fly through Aurora at 28,000 kmh. Happy 1,000 tweets :-)
    Astro_Soichi / Twitpic
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    Shuttle_Launch_Pad

    April 5: Space Shuttle Discovery ready for launch in 5 hours! KSC, Florida, USA.
    Astro_Soichi / Twitpic
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    Planet_Earth

    March 28: Big Venezuela. 
    Astro_Soichi / Twitpic
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    Vietnam_Coast

    Vietnam pacific coast.
    Astro_Soichi / Twitpic
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    Dead Sea

    "Water surface is 400m below sea level, but very clearly visible 400km above ground," said Noguchi.
    Twitpic
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    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Jakarta, Indonesia. Big city near Equator.
    Twitpic
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    Bucharest, Romania

    Bucharest, Romania
    Twitpic
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    Aruba

    Feb. 6: "Antilles, near Venezuela." http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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    Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

    Feb. 3: "Three weeks after the earthquake." http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    Singapore

    Feb. 4: "Where is Mar Lion?" http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    Moscow, Russia

    Feb. 5: "Star City is far back on the right upper corner." http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

    Feb. 5: "Oh, I miss pho noodle!" http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    Casablanca, Morocco

    Feb. 6: "Here is looking at you, kid!" http://twitter.com/astro_soichi 
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    London, England, United Kingdom

    Feb. 7: "First time that I saw the whole city without any cloud." http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    Pico De Orizaba, Mexico

    Feb. 7: "The highest mountain in Mexico." http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

    Feb. 8: "Congrats, New Orleans Saints" http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    Palermo, Sicily, Italy

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    Clouds and Anvils

    August 19, 2003: Cumulonimbus clouds and anvils over Canada as seen from the International Space Station.
    NASA
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    Wind, Sand and Stars

    Jan 3, 2003: Cloud patterns over the Sahara.
    NASA
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    From Moon to the Earth

    Dec. 7, 1972: A view of Earth from Apollo 17.
    NASA
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    The Gift of Egypt

    Oct. 11, 2007: Clouds over North Africa and the Mediterranean Sea, a scenic view of the Nile River, the Nile River Delta, Gulf of Suez and part of the Sinai Peninsula in Jumhuriyat Misr al-Arabiyah, Egypt.
    NASA
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    Clouds Over Mexico

    Oct. 8, 2007:  A bright cloud over the Gulf of Mexico.
    NASA
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    Mountain Deltas

    May 2, 2002: An alluvial fan between China's Kunlun and Altun Mountains.
    NASA
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    A Hurricane as Seen From Higher Climbs

    Sept. 3, 2007: Hurricane Felix Over the Caribbean Sea.
    NASA
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    Chilean Cloud Cover

    Sept. 7, 2007: Cloud over the Pacific Ocean, off the Coast of República de Chile.
    NASA
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    Earth, the Blue Planet

    Dec. 7, 1972: Earth's South Pole covered in clouds.
    NASA
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    Man and His Planet

    Aug. 15, 2007: NASA Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson and Earth are reflected in Anderson's helmet visor.
    NASA
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    Eye of the Hurricane

    Sept. 3, 2007: Hurricane Felix over the Caribbean Sea.
    NASA
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    Heavenly Splendor

    Aug. 20, 2007: Clouds over the Earth's surface.
    NASA
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    Casablanca, Morocco

    Feb. 6: "Here is looking at you, kid!" http://twitter.com/astro_soichi 
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    London, England, United Kingdom

    Feb. 7: "First time that I saw the whole city without any cloud." http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    Pico De Orizaba, Mexico

    Feb. 7: "The highest mountain in Mexico." http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

    Feb. 8: "Congrats, New Orleans Saints" http://twitter.com/astro_soichi
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    Palermo, Sicily, Italy

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    Clouds and Anvils

    August 19, 2003: Cumulonimbus clouds and anvils over Canada as seen from the International Space Station.
    NASA
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    Wind, Sand and Stars

    Jan 3, 2003: Cloud patterns over the Sahara.
    NASA
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    From Moon to the Earth

    Dec. 7, 1972: A view of Earth from Apollo 17.
    NASA
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    Swirls in Sand

    Dec. 12, 2007: As seen from the International Space Station, the Richat Structure in Mauritania's Gres de Chinguetti Plateau.
    NASA
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    Hawaii From on High

    Oct. 8, 2003: Clouds over Oahu, Hawaii.
    NASA
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    Weightlessness

    February 1984: Astronaut Robert C. Stewart tests the nitrogen-propelled, hand-controlled manned maneuvering unit as part of an extravehicular activity during Flight 41-B of the space shuttle Challenger.
    NASA
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    The Gift of Egypt

    Oct. 11, 2007: Clouds over North Africa and the Mediterranean Sea, a scenic view of the Nile River, the Nile River Delta, Gulf of Suez and part of the Sinai Peninsula in Jumhuriyat Misr al-Arabiyah, Egypt.
    NASA
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    Clouds Over Mexico

    Oct. 8, 2007:  A bright cloud over the Gulf of Mexico.
    NASA
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    Mountain Deltas

    May 2, 2002: An alluvial fan between China's Kunlun and Altun Mountains.
    NASA
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    A Hurricane as Seen From Higher Climbs

    Sept. 3, 2007: Hurricane Felix Over the Caribbean Sea.
    NASA
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    Chilean Cloud Cover

    Sept. 7, 2007: Cloud over the Pacific Ocean, off the Coast of República de Chile.
    NASA
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    Earth, the Blue Planet

    Dec. 7, 1972: Earth's South Pole covered in clouds.
    NASA
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    Man and His Planet

    Aug. 15, 2007: NASA Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson and Earth are reflected in Anderson's helmet visor.
    NASA
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    Eye of the Hurricane

    Sept. 3, 2007: Hurricane Felix over the Caribbean Sea.
    NASA
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    Heavenly Splendor

    Aug. 20, 2007: Clouds over the Earth's surface.
    NASA
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