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

France at night

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At night, the lights in the southern portion of France glimmer and even the Earth's atmosphere glows in a halo. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet took the image December 10, 2016.

Estuaire de la Gironde

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The "Mouth of France," the estuary of the Gironde in Nouvelle-Aquitaine welcomes the ISS in the sky above on December 10, 2016.

Clouds over the Sahara

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The Sahara Desert offers up an orange background to the very white graffiti-like cloud formations on December 10, 2016.

The Andes

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This view of the Andes on December 3, 2016, contains a variety of colors to see: browns, grays and reds.

The Andes

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More colors are added to the palette of the Andes with blacks, blues, greens and oranges in this December 3, 2016 image.

Desert Art

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What seem to be great brush strokes across this vast desert brings to mind meticulous artistic touches in this December 12, 2016 image by Pesquet.

Madrid

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Astronaut Thomas Pesquet reminisces about time in the beautiful city of Madrid and how he spent New Year's Eve on Puerta del Sol.

Alps in a glance

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From the perspective of the International Space Station, ESA's Thomas Pesquet captured a unique view — a single image encompassing all the Alps, taken on December 22, 2016.

Moon

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The solar arrays for the ISS almost mask the moon, once a destination for men, and soon to be again.

Cities at Night

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Electricity on Earth are not the only source of light. When the moon is up, its light reflects across snow, and with the city lights provides a stunning image of Torino, Milano and Lyon.

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