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Cloudscape Over the Philippine Sea

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ISS048-E-10018

Thunderhead anvils stretch out in three dimensions against the thin blue envelope of the atmopshere. Read more...

Fiery South Atlantic Sunset

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ISS049-E-49442

Thin layers of lighter and darker blues reveal the many layers of the atmosphere. Read more...

Thunderstorms - South China Sea

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ISS048-E-46427

Several large anvil thunderstorms roll over the South China Sea.

Weda Island Atoll - Northeastern Indonesia

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ISS047-E-3870

Sun glint bounces off of this Indonesian island.

Salar de Atacama salt works - Chile

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ISS047-E-1784

The Salar de Atacama in Chile is an enclosed basin with no drainage outlets and is considered to be one of the driest places on Earth.

Perito Moreno Glacier - Argentine Patagonia

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ISS049-E-10958

One of the most famous glaciers in Patagonia periodically cuts off the major southern arm of Lago Argentino.

Aurora Australis - Western Australia

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ISS048-E-52829

A sinuous green aurora appears above a deck of clouds in this dramatic astronaut photograph from August 11, 2016.

Luiz Gonzaga Dam - Brazil

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ISS048-E-58961

This dam is one of four hydroelectric plants along the Sao Francisco River in Brazil.

Sangeang Volcano - South-central Indonesia

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ISS048-E-72367

Evidence of a three year volcanic eruption in the 1980s still shows on Sangeang Volcano today.

Santorini - Greece

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ISS048-E-72284

The islands of this tourist mecca are actually the rim of an old volcano. Read more...

Namib Desert - Southwestern Africa

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ISS047-E-23405

Dunes grow upon dunes in one of the most visually spectacular places on Earth, as least from an astronaut's perspective.

Mount Fuji - Japan

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ISS046-E-35820

The highest peak in Japan is one of the nation's most striking symbols. Read more...

Lake Urmia - Iran

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ISS049-E-3471

This shallow, saline lake in Iran is one of the largest in the Middle East. But drought and water withdrawals for farming are shrinking it.

Stratus Cloud Field - Northeastern Atlantic Ocean

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ISS048-E-10988

Swirling, low-lying clouds over the Atlantic Ocean prove for a fascinating picture from space.

Lake Nasser - Egypt

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ISS048-E-3471

Formed from the Aswan Dam and cycles of drought and flooding, astronauts and scientists have been monitoring the level of Lake Nasser for decades.

Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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ISS047-E-5647

The manmade islands around the city of Dubai can be easily recognized by astronauts in space.