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Space Photos: German Astronaut Alexander Gerst's Blue Dot Flight

South Africa from ISS

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South Africa as seen from the International Space Station by astronaut Alexander Gerst on Sep. 29, 2014.

Shanghai at Night from ISS

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Shanghai at night as seen from the International Space Station by astronaut Alexander Gerst on Sep. 30, 2014.

Cloud Vortex from ISS

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This image of a cloud vortex was taken by Alexander Gerst on Sep. 24, 2014.

A Unique View from ISS

Alexander Gerst/ISS

A unique view from the ISS by astronaut Alexander Gerst on Sep. 24, 2014.

A German City From ISS

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A German city as seen from the International Space Station by astronaut Alexander Gerst on Sep. 29, 2014.

Oil Fields in Texas from ISS

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Oil fields in Texas as seen from the International Space Station by astronaut Alexander Gerst on Oct.1, 2014.

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