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Stunning Photos: Earth from Space by Astronaut André Kuipers

Astronaut's View of Philippines

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Space station resident André Kuipers snapped this picture of the Philippines in southeast Asia on Jan. 1, 2012.

"Veins" in the Somalian Desert

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André Kuipers spotted these intriguing "veins" in the Somalian desert in Africa on Jan. 22, 2012 from the International Space Station.

Cape of Good Hope from Space

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Dutch astronaut André Kuipers shared this photo of the Cape of Good Hope at the southernmost point of Africa on the Atlantic coast. The photo of the famous rocky headland was taken on Jan. 14, 2012.

Inside of the Dragon Module

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Interior view of the dragon module. SpaceX's Dragon unmanned cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, the first commercial vehicle to do so. Photo taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.

Soyuz Reflected in one of Dragon's Solar Panels

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SpaceX's Dragon unmanned cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, the first commercial vehicle to do so. Photo taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.

The Gate to the Dragon's Lair

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SpaceX's Dragon unmanned cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, the first commercial vehicle to do so. Photo taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.

Dragon's Golden Gate

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SpaceX's Dragon unmanned cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, the first commercial vehicle to do so. Photo taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.

Teamwork in the Cupola During Dragon Approach

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SpaceX's Dragon unmanned cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, the first commercial vehicle to do so. Photo taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.

Dragon Spacecraft Berthing ISS

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SpaceX's Dragon unmanned cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, the first commercial vehicle to do so. Photo taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.

Maneuvering Dragon to the Docking Port

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SpaceX's Dragon unmanned cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, the first commercial vehicle to do so. Photo taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.

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