French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet's Amazing Photos from Space (Gallery)

Great Barrier Reef


The Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef structure on Earth, is seen from space.

Great Barrier Reef Close-Up


This surreal shot is a zoomed-in view of the Great Barrier Reef.

Sunset challenge


Beautiful sunsets in the vastness of space are a bit different with no landscapes. In answer to a challenge, astronaut Thomas Pesquet used the Canadian robotic arm for a posed sunset photo taken on December 6, 2016.

ISS Camera Stash


Space photographer and ISS astronaut Thomas Pesquet snapped this photo of the cameras in the Russian segment of the space station.

Soyuz and Progress


December 9, 2016, the ISS gets a different view. Given 70 percent of Earth is water, flight over desert is a nice change.



ESA's Thomas Pesquet imaged Lisboa, a beautiful coastal city on December 17, 2016.



Houston, Texas shines on December 6, 2016. The home to NASA-JSC will see the Expedition 51 astronauts in April 2017.



An admittedly blurry image of Paris, this still of the City of Light highlights the beauty of this city in a December 5, 2016 shot by Pesquet.



The island of Guadeloupe offers a unique shape from above — butterfly wings invited explorers to experience new adventures in this December 10, 2016 photo.



The southern Sun shines brightly upon Olympique de Marseille —a football stadium — an ancient port and the "calanques" or creeks of Marseille. A unique sight indeed snapped by Pesquet on December 23, 2016.

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Christine Lunsford
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Christine Lunsford joined the team in 2010 as a freelance producer and later became a contributing writer, covering astrophotography images, astronomy photos and amazing space galleries and more. During her more than 10 years with, oversaw the site's monthly skywatching updates and produced overnight features and stories on the latest space discoveries. She enjoys learning about subjects of all kinds.