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Stunning Photos: Earth from Space by Astronaut André Kuipers

Blue Sky and Supermoon

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The blue colours of our atmosphere are a beautiful contrast with the supermoon. The image was taken by André Kuipers from aboard the ISS on May 5, 2012.

Beautiful Wave Patterns off Lake Erie Near Canada

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Dutch astronaut André Kuipers caught this view of stunningly beautiful wave patterns on the Canadian side of Lake Erie on March 11, 2012.

Lights Infiltration in the Alps

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The infiltration of lights in the Alps mountain range in Europe was seen by astronaut André Kuipers from the International Space Station on Feb. 12, 2012.

Saharan Sand Crossing the Atlantic

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European astronaut André Kuipers captured sand from the Sahara Desert in Africa crossing the Atlantic Ocean on March 21, 2012.

Mysterious Geological Structure in Mauritania

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Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers snapped this photo of a mysterious geological structure in Mauritania from the International Space Station on March 7, 2012.

Milky Way and Aurora Australis

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The ghostly glow of the Milky Way and the Southern Lights (also known as the aurora australis) are featured in this photo taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers on March 1, 2012.

North Island, New Zealand

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This shot of the north island of New Zealand was taken by astronaut André Kuipers on Feb. 23, 2012 from the International Space Station. Two different Russian spacecraft can be also be seen in the foreground.

Northern Europe

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The lights of northern Europe shine bright in this photo taken by André Kuipers on Feb. 22, 2012. France, Belgium, Germany, the U.K. and Denmark can all be seen in this image. The Northern lights, or the aurora borealis, are also visible on the right.

Southern Lights

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Astronaut André Kuipers snapped this photo of the Southern Lights between Antarctica and Australia on March 10, 2012.

The Islands of French Polynesia

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The islands of French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean take center stage in this photo taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers on Feb. 28, 2012.

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