Stunning images of the Earth taken from a space station


Arriving at the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2021, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet quickly grabbed the cameras on board and began taking photos of the earth about 250 miles away.

The efforts of the French astronaut have so far not been merely stunning, highlighting the stunning landscapes that make our planet so special.

These are some of Pesquet’s efforts from his first weeks on the space station. With his planned stay of another five months, we can expect to see much more spectacular images from the astronaut.

The first image in this series shows the west coast of Africa next to the deep blue Atlantic Ocean.

I like it when our trail leads us along the coast (here in West Africa). Like sailing on a ship and flying a plane combined … the best of both worlds! #MissionAlpha

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 5, 2021

In this shot taken across Canada, Pesquet compares ice formations to clouds.

You get another perspective on space. Looking at the ice of this lake #Canada I see shapes … like watching clouds on earth. ☁ #MissionAlpha

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 7, 2021

Here we see a Russian-docked Soyuz spacecraft as the ISS passes over Cuba.

A view that brings back memories, Soyuz that brought me @Space station in 2016 #Proxima was docked in exactly the same port. this is @novitskiy_iss& # 39; s, Pyotr & # 39; @Astro_Sabot& # 39; s, flying over Cuba. #MissionAlpha

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 10, 2021

Look at this picture carefully and you will notice a small town on the northwest coast of Africa.

And the ports of the Sahara Occidental. The Deux route is located on the interior of the terre, une autre longe l & # 39; ocean, and c’est tout ☀
A city on the northwest coast of Africa. The road runs inland, and the road follows the ocean.

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 10, 2021

See Pesquet’s impressive night view of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Mecca! So bright at night that it ended up overexposed because I wanted to see the city lights as well. Happy end of Ramadan!

La Mecque! If you do not want to take a photo and see it for sure, you can see the absolute Qu & # 39; is you can les Lumières de la ville. Joyeuse fête! #EidMubarak

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 12, 2021

Here we see the Quiberon Peninsula, a popular tourist destination located about 260 miles west of Paris in France.

I remember taking a picture of the Quiberon Peninsula #Proxima. It’s fun to think that I can easily recognize an area from space, but unfortunately I didn’t get to visit there in reality before #MissionAlpha! #Brittany

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 13, 2021

An absolute amazement that shows the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau.

Guinea Bissau that I didn’t see from my previous mission four years ago (no, unfortunately I didn’t visit all the places I photograph from space! #MissionAlpha

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 14, 2021

Pesquet took this picture of the huge Uppsala Glacier, located about 450 miles northwest of Cape Horn, the southernmost land point in South America.

Uppsala Glacier in Argentina. The majestic spectacle of slow ice waves flowing into blue water is beautiful – but also worrying as we see glaciers shrinking from space. #MissionAlpha #Climate change #EarthFocus

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 15, 2021

Take a close look at this picture of Key West and you’ll see a starred airport at your local Naval Air Station.

Renowned #KeyWest and a special highway 1 that jumps from island to island to the south. The base of Naval Air Station Key West is a major star-shaped airport. #MissionAlpha

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 15, 2021

A trio of stunning shots that show different locations in Asia.

Spring has not conquered all of the northern hemisphere – three examples in Asia where snow is still found. ❄ #MissionAlpha

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 16, 2021

Add stunning colors to Pesquet’s photo, which shows part of the Sahara desert in Africa.

Hints of red and ocher, gray rocks and white clouds flying over the Sahara (across the plain) # Chad here) is never boring. @Helsinki called it the skin of the earth in my opinion, and he is right, it resembles skin. #MissionAlpha

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 17, 2021

Part of the African White Nile, which, as Pesquet notes, is really blue.

More #EarthArt Around the White Nile, which is actually clearly blue

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 18, 2021

Get more impressive Earth photos shot from the ISS check out this image collection taken by recent station visitor Soichi Noguch.

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