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Stunning Space Photos from Astronaut Paolo Nespoli

Montana's Mountains

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Mountain range in Montana, USA, as seen by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli on Jan. 12, 2011.

Canada Ice

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The icy landscape of northern Canada takes center stage in this Jan. 11, 2011 image taken by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

Caribbean Spaceship

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Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli photographs a Russian Soyuz spacecraft with a Caribbean island as the backdrop in this photo from the International Space Station on Jan. 8, 2011.

Lightning from Space

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Lightning as seen from space, somewhere over Brazil. I estimate the diameter to be at least 80 kilometres! says Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Photo taken Jan. 9, 2011.

Eerie Aurora

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"Aurora Borealis. Surreal!" says Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Photo taken Dec. 28, 2010.

Houston, We Don't Have a Problem

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Houston, Texas, home to NASA's Johnson Space Center and International Space Station Mission Control as seen from space.

Space Clothes

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"Preparing the spacewalk suits. We never know!" says Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Taken Jan. 5, 2011.

Even Astronauts Need Time Off

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From Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli: "A place I'd like to go on vacation. Where is it?" Taken Jan. 7, 2011.

The Alps Down Below

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From Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli: "Cloudy, but the crown of Italy, the Alps, can be clearly seen!" Taken Jan. 1, 2011.

Happy New Year! 2011 Begins in Space

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Expedition 26 'toasts' to the New Year as 2011 begins on the International Space Station. Taken Jan. 1, 2011.

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